2013 Husqvarna TE511

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Strong, agile and tough, the Husqvarna TE511 is a versatile off roader that can tackle with any type of track with poise.

To make its machine even more appealing to the dirt-hungry riders, Husqvarna decided to give it a few upgrades. One of the most important modifications was made to the oval steel tubing chassis that has been strengthened. This tweak translates into a better handling and maneuverability.

The suspensions have also been reworked to improve the bike’s stability at high speeds. Other changes were made to the electrical system, and you also get a modern Coaxial Traction System a smart layout that minimizes chain torque and its effects on handling.

In terms of power, the Husqvarna TE511 is propelled by a single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with a displacement of 477.5cc. The engine sends it power to the ground through a six speed transmission.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Husqvarna TE511.

Overview

Husqvarna TE511: the engine that pulls no punches.
This is no toy. Horsepower is one thing the TE511 does not lack, if anything the problem is to keep the horses in check. This is why all design aspects of the machine have been studied and evaluated with one thing in mind: making the TE511 easier to ride.

2013 Husqvarna TE511 Key Features:

Husqvarna TE511

More reliable handling, lower profile

The improvements made to the TE449 have been extended to the TE511. The oval steel tubing chassis has been strengthened with more 25CrMo4 chrome-moly steel, reinforcing the steering-head, seat rail rear support and engine mounting, with handling and manoeuvrability having been improved, especially due to changes in layout. Suspension is entrusted to Kayaba, front and rear, the latter with upside down shock linkage, which exploits mechanical progression without risking contact in extreme terrain. In general the shocks have better, more balanced settings. Now protected in the rear, the completely adjustable shock (compression high/low speeds, extension) is 4 mm shorter and has a softer setting for the first part of the ride. This allows a lower saddle height, while the more rigid fork setting ensures greater stability. To further lighten and simplify, the wiring of the electrical system has been redesigned with the transparent central section of the fuel tank being retained.

Brakes

Husqvarna TE511

When it comes to brakes, little needs to be said: the effectiveness of Brembo brakes is undisputed, with large diameter Braking discs (front 260 mm, rear 240 mm)

Engine

Husqvarna TE511

The engine is the result of the recent project based on the innovative CTS concept - Coaxial Traction System – which puts the pinion of the final transmission coaxially in line with the swingarm pivot. This minimizes chain torque and its effects on rear suspension and therefore on handling. The influence of the CTS inspired design extends to the entire mechanical layout and frame, because the Husqvarna engine is so compact it can be positioned as far back as possible on the chassis – any further back would be impossible! The cylinder remains tilted forward (for a low centre of gravity) and the twin cam has particularly straight air intake lines, all optimising intake efficiency. The TE511’s radiator is also new (WP), with a more efficient cooling circuit, and the light steel exhaust was developed specially in collaboration with Akrapovic, the Slovenian specialist. Yet another well established name that needs no presentation and once again demonstrates Husqvarna’s philosophy of selecting only the best components.

Specifications

Engine typeSingle-cylinder, four-stroke
Displacement477.5cc
Bore & Stroke101 mm x 59.6 mm
Compression Ratio12:1
CoolingFan-Cooled
Fuel SystemEFI w Keihin D46
IgnitionCDI electronic
Starting SystemElectric
TransmissionSix Speed
Final DriveNA
Rake and Trail25.8° / 3.98 in.
Wheel Base58.7 in.
Seat Height37.5 in.
Front SuspensionKayaba 48 mm fork, open-cartridge
Rear SuspensionKayaba single shock, fully adjustable
Front BrakeBrembo hydraulic brake system and braking rotors
Rear BrakeBrembo hydraulic brake system and braking rotors
Front Tire90/90-21
Rear Tire140/80-18
Fuel Capacity2.51 gal.
Dry Weight255.7 lbs.
Price$8,999

Verdict

Like any Husqvarna, the TE511 is a quality product and comes with faultless fit and finish. The plastics are well made and all the electrical connections seem of a good quality.

Once you jump on its back, you are be rewarded by a great riding position and a perfect suspension setup which offers minimal vibrations and plays a major role in keeping the bike’s maneuverability in the first class area. The seat however, is a bit hard for our tastes as is made from a sort of lead based compound.

In terms of power, the Husqvarna TE511 won’t disappoint you, as it has more than enough grunt to be considered a perfectly acceptable Dual Sport bike.


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