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Husqvarna motorcycles

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There is hardly any other motorcycle brand able to boast a 108-year tradition of motorcycle production and racing like that of Husqvarna. The first Husqvarna motorcycles were built in 1903, with victory coming just 13 years later in 1916 at one of best known enduro races of the time, the Novemberkåsan. This laid the foundation for a success story which remains unparalleled to this day.

While the thirties also saw victories in road racing, too, it was after the Second World War that Husqvarna achieved a major breakthrough in off-road racing. In the early fifties, the company not only focussed on developing and manufacturing innovative, competitive and reliable motorcycles but also made a clear commitment to its involvement in the areas of motocross and enduro racing. Husqvarna won its first world championship in the class up to 250 cc in 1959, collecting the same title in the 500 cc category just two years later.

Ongoing success in racing made Husqvarna a sought-after brand with increasing sales figures not just in Europe but also in the USA. The enormous popularity of Husqvarna was enhanced by famous riders such as Mikkola, Aberg and Hallman, but there was one outstanding celebrity fan: American actor Steve McQueen. McQueen was not just an enthusiastic motorcyclist and motor racing fan, he also achieved success himself on the race track on both two and four wheels. Among other things he entered the Six Days in 1964. The title photo of the US magazine "Sports Illustrated" dated August 23rd 1971 showing a bare-topped Steve McQueen doing a jump on a Husqvarna 400 Motocross remains legendary to this day. The McQueen-Husqvarna combination eventually became the idol of a whole generation of off-road fans.

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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.

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After Husqvarna stated to be part of the BMW Group, the company’s motorcycles received a boost of new technologies which help them rise even higher in the motorcycle’s food chain.

Perhaps it goes without saying that the Husqvarna CR65 has also received a lot of attention from BMW’s technicians, and now has everything it needs to be considered one of the most capable compact off roaders in its class.

The Husqvarna CR 65 is propelled by a lightweight 64.90 cc which is perfect for those who are starting to learn how to ride a powerful motorcycle. The single cylinder unit is water cooled, has two radiators and a large Mikuni 24 mm carburetor. Power is sent to the rear wheel though a 6 speed gearbox combined with a clutch with hydraulic command, for more sensitivity and less strain on the rider.

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The 2012 Husqvarna TC250 was developed using Husqvarna’s experience gained at the World MX2 Championship. The collaboration between the factory R&D technicians and the Ricci Racing team resulted into significant upgrades made to the engine and the mechanical design.

The motorcycle’s DOHC, 4-valve liquid-cooled, 49.5cc engine now features a modern design and is the most compact and lightest in its category. Among the numerous upgrades made to the new engine we want to note the completely redesigned twin cam valve train which comes with four titanium valves and a different piston.

The injection has also been completely changed, while the electronic ignition and the exhaust are new too.

Moreover, stability and maneuverability are improved by the new Kayaba monoshock with externally adjustable damping (high/low speed compression and rebound). The fork is also Kayaba and the preload has been changed to a firmer setting.

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The 2012 Husqvarna CR125 has received a series of upgrades for 2012 which help it remain ahead of the pack.

The most significant upgrade is the new single cylinder two-stroke engine which is technically an updated version of the old one. The new unit features Mikuni TMX38 carburettor, V-Force reed valve, the same clutch bell-housing as the 4-stroke TC250, ultra-light exhaust and silencer and better protection of the filter box underside.

The engine is mounted on a semi-perimeter frame made of chrome-molybdenum steel tubing. The frame features a black paint job which gives the entire motorcycle a pretty aggressive stance. What’s more interesting however, is the fact that the frame has now reinforcement plates at the steering-head area.

As far as suspensions go, the 2012 Husqvarna CR125 comes with a 48 mm Kayaba fork, hydraulically adjustable for both rebound and compression damping, and a rear Sachs monoshock.

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There aren’t many motorcycle manufacturers that can compete with Husqvarna’s 108 years history. The German manufacturer started to build motorcycles back in 1903 and since then, it continued to improve them and to develop new technologies.

Today’s Husqvarna enduros are considered among the best models in their class and the company continues to stay among the top dogs like it did 108 years ago.

The Husqvarna TE511 moves the company’s heritage further and rewards its rider with modern technologies and top notch performances. The motorcycle can deal effortless with any type of terrain as is powered by a potent 477.5 cc, DOHC, 4-valve liquid-cooled engine.

For 2012 Husqvarna’s technicians have focused mainly on ease of handling, and the new motorcycle has a new mapping for the Keihin injection (double flap 46 mm throttle body), developed specifically to make power supply from the single cylinder engine more linear and progressive.

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The 2012 WR300 is the largest engine capacity 2-stroke model in the Husqvarna range. Despite its strong nature, the engine rewards you with a linear power delivery which makes it easy to ride on any road conditions.

The engine is based on the crankcase of the WR250, which houses a larger bore cylinder (72 mm, giving an engine capacity of 293.1 cc). Perhaps it goes without saying that all components are top of the range including Ducati Energy digital ignition, Mikuni TMX38 carburettor and V-Force reed valve.

The engine is paired with a similarly capable five speed gearbox which offers smooth shifts and is pretty efficient.

The front suspension consists of a Kayaba 48mm open-cartridge fork with fully-adjustable compression and rebound damping, while out back, there is a Sachs single shock with remote reservoir, adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping.

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The big motorcycle manufacturers are constantly searching for innovative technologies to improve their models. The latest trend is represented by the electric power trains, so there is no wonder why Husqvarna decided to develop the E-Go Concept.

The concept was designed as a super efficient dirt bike and features a pretty simple style. The company didn’t revealed many details about its new concept, but we do know that it’s powered an electric motor. We also know that it weighs 176 pounds and is packed with a set of innovative suspensions. When we say innovative we mean that both suspension tubes are mounted on the right side of the wheel and feature 35mm inner fork tubes.

The E-go Concept’s style is reflecting the Husqvarna brand identity and features a sporty combination of red and white colors.

For the moment, we don’t know if Husqvarna is planning to launch an electric motorcycle, but judging by their new concept we certainly hope they do.

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For a long time the Husqvarna 300 was simply a suped-up version of the WR 250. However after it was launched on the market as a series model, the WR 300 had instantly attracted a lot of fans. The Husqvarna WR 300 has become even more appreciated after it helped Sebastien Guillaume to earn a place on the podium of the E3 class at the International Six Days Enduro Championship.

The secret behind the WR 300’s success is a capable 2-stroke single cylinder engine with a displacement of 293.1 cc. The engine is combined with a constant mesh 5-speed gearbox and a 9.5 liter fuel tank.

The motorcycle sits on front 21 inch and rear 18 inch wheels wrapped in 90/90 - 21" and 140/90 - 18" tires respectively. The wheels are combined with front Kayaba upside-down telescopic open cartridge fork and a rear Sachs single hydraulic shock absorber with spring preload adjustment, rebound and compression damping adjustment

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The Husqvarna TE 449 received a few modifications for the year 2013 which help it remain on top of the pack. The motorcycle keeps its basic profile, but the company says that it has become more streamlined and efficient. There is also a new color scheme available, a set of fresh black grips for the handlebar and higher-quality decals. However, the most important upgrades were made to the engine, which received minor changes to the power curve. Moreover, the ECU map has also received a few tweaks to improve the overall performances.

Power comes from a 4 stoke, DTS-i 180-cc engine which develops a maximum output of 17 PS. The engine is combined with ExhuasTEC (Torque Expansion Chamber) Technology for the exhaust system which improves torque at low rpm and provides abundant power at any stage.

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