The Husqvarna TE310 was chosen by the French champion Antoine Meo to compete in the E2 enduro category. Despite the fact that the motorcycle had a pretty weak engine compared with the ones of its rivals, it managed to outplay them thanks to its outstanding handling and the perfect balance between performance, weight and maneuverability.
The bike is powered by a lightweight (22kg) 302.4 cc engine, which makes it the lightest in its category. The basic design remained unchanged for 2012: single cylinder, twin cam, with 4 titanium valves, Mikuni electronic injection with 45 mm throttle body and double CDI mapping, selectable by a switch on the handlebars. However, the 2012 engine is combined with a newly developed exhaust system which further improves performance.
The frame is technically a mixture of round, oval and rectangular tubing, and remained unchanged as it was already modified in last year’s model.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Husqvarna TE310.
The engine is directly derived from the little beauty developed for the TE250 – the lightest in its category at just 22 kg! But its compactness now has greater torque and power with an increase in cylinder capacity to 302.4 cc (bore and stroke 82 x 57.35 mm), and a specially new developed exhaust system to further improve performance of the 2012 version TE310. The basic design is unchanged: single cylinder, twin cam, with 4 titanium valves, Mikuni electronic injection with 45 mm throttle body and double CDI mapping, selectable by a switch on the handlebars. A practical system for changing engine performance to match the terrain and running conditions, selecting between "hard" for top performance, and a "soft" setting for less aggressive power delivery. Reliability is ensured by the new cooling system, with a thermostat and electric fan to prevent overheating in the tougher and slower trials.
The compact frame, a mixture of round, oval and rectangular tubing, was already modified in last year’s model, and has been fine-tuned to further improve strength and rigidity, with plates of 25CrMo4 chrome-moly steel added to the steering-head area. This important change is emphasized by the new black colouring, the anodised silver Excel hubs, and the new graphics that are common across the Husqvarna 2012 range. Also the handlebar’s clamps are new.
To improve stability and manoeuvrability the TE310 has a new rear Kayaba shock, adjustable for both high and low speeds in both compression and rebound and a more rigid setting for the Kayaba 48 mm fork.
The Brembo braking system has large diameter Braking discs (front 260 mm), controlled by compact twin piston floating calipers (front), and single piston in the rear.
The Winning Choice of Antoine Meo
A choice of weapon you wouldn’t expect, and the one chosen by Antoine Meo. The French champion chose the Husqvarna TE310 to contest the E2 enduro category, against competitors racing with significantly more powerful engines (up to 450 cc). A courageous choice that is already becoming racing legend, and explained by the effectiveness of a rare balance of performance, weight and manoeuvrability. Just as suitable for the passionate amateur racer in challenges among friends, as it is for the wily and determined Husqvarna team champion. This is not a machete, but a sharpened razor blade that will cut the tape at every finishing line – at a more accessible price than the higher cc models, despite major updates such as the new Kayaba shock and completely redesigned exhaust system.
302.44 ccm (18.45 cubic inches)
Single cylinder, four-stroke
Titanium valves in radial arrangemen
Bore x stroke
82.0 x 82.0 mm (3.2 x 3.2 inches)
Injection. Mikuni Digital Fuel Injection
Wet, multi-plate with hydraulic control
Chromoly single tube frame cradle utilizes rounded-rectangle, elliptical tubing for maximum strength and durability.
Rake (fork angle)
106 mm (4.2 inches)
48mm Kayaba USD
Front suspension travel
300 mm (11.8 inches)
Kayaba Progressive ´Soft Damp´ hydraulic single shock
Rear suspension travel
295 mm (11.6 inches)
Front tyre dimensions
Rear tyre dimensions
Single disc. Bremo
Front brakes diameter
260 mm (10.2 inches)
Rear brakes diameter
240 mm (9.4 inches)
Motorcycle-USA----"Suspension settings are all-new on the Husqvarna TE310. Upgraded to premium Kayaba shock, stiffer suspension settings on both shock and Kayaba open-cartridge fork. The settings are unyielding on the shock for more aggressive riding and firmer overall balance. The Kayaba fork is also stiffer, which improves handling capabilities and supplements the chassis changes."
Bikez----"Derived straight from the TE250 platform, the 310 is bored and stroked to 302cc, producing robust torque while also retaining the light weight and agility of a quarter-liter bike. New Leo Vince exhaust improves power output on the fuel-injected motor of the TE310, which also remains street legal for the enthusiast looking for a hard-core off-road bike with a license plate."