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Prototype TC449s,TE449s and TE511s stolen from factory race shop!


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Talk about crazy!

Reported in Moto.it thieves broke into the factory race shop between July 13th and the 14th and removed 10 motorcycles that were going to be used at the press launch at the end of july.

From the jest of the story it sounds like the preproduction TC449s,TE449s and TE511s for the press intro were the machines stolen from factory race shop!

I used google translation tools so and you can read it here http://www.moto.it/news/rubati-dieci-prototipi-husqvarna.html

VareseNews.it: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww3.varesenews.it%2Fvarese%2Farticolo.php%3Fid%3D178798&sl=it&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

Lunico.eu: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lunico.eu%2Findex.php%3Foption%3Dcom_content%26view%3Darticle%26id%3D25369%3Aancora-furti-preserie-dopo-bimota-adesso-tocca-a-husqvarna%26catid%3D127%3Amotori%26Itemid%3D692&sl=it&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

Hopefully this doesn't hold up the release.

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I suspect it was a insider with the union who is holding the bikes hostage over the engines being manufactured by a new engine supplier.

Apparently the union is pissed because half of the current engine manufacturing at the Husqvarna factory is for the TE/TC/SM 450/510 range.

From 2011 on out all open class 4-stroke engines will be out sourced to the new supplier who has a much higher quality standard than the current Husqvarna factory has.

Yep, I'd bet it's an inside job by the union. ๐Ÿ˜

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I suspect it was a insider with the union who is holding the bikes hostage over the engines being manufactured by a new engine supplier.

Apparently the union is pissed because half of the current engine manufacturing at the Husqvarna factory is for the TE/TC/SM 450/510 range.

From 2011 on out all open class 4-stroke engines will be out sourced to the new supplier who has a much higher quality standard than the current Husqvarna factory has.

Yep, I'd bet it's an inside job by the union. ๐Ÿ˜

There you go Union involvement labor costs skyrocket, prices go up then have to outsource to stay competive.

Later George

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There you go Union involvement labor costs skyrocket, prices go up then have to outsource to stay competive.

Later George

George, you and I know that the guy assembling Husqvarna engines at the factory never threw a leg over a motorcycle... just like at KTM.

Also rumor has it Ernesto Vettori is president of the union.

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George, you and I know that the guy assembling Husqvarna engines at the factory never threw a leg over a motorcycle... just like at KTM.

Also rumor has it Ernesto Vettori is president of the union.[/quote

Only rumor would like to hear is the SOB is dead.

George

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George, you and I know that the guy assembling Husqvarna engines at the factory never threw a leg over a motorcycle... just like at KTM.

Also rumor has it Ernesto Vettori is president of the union.[/quote

Only rumor would like to hear is the SOB is dead.

George

Thats a good rumor about EV.

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That suck's. Must have been a fine night for thieves.

The doors off my jeep were stolen roughly the same time

๐Ÿ˜ :smirk:

Hope they find the bikes quick & the thieves even quicker. Then prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

I hate thieves with a passion.

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George, I have a ton of respect for your knowledge but the next time you open your mouth think about the people that spend money in your shop and how they earned it. If it were not for UNIONS you would have a lot less.

Nate Tucker

Nate, George was commenting on the EV reference I posted and that's Old Cagiva history.... which still raises the hair on the backs of those who had to deal with CAGIVA NA which owned Husqvarna back in the old days. EV wasn't a very nice person and if anything single-handily destroyed Husqvarna's reputation here in the United States while he ran the company into the ground.

On the Union issue I took this thread off track with my post on "Union activity at the Husqvarna factory" (Which is well documented at the CAGIVA/HUSQVARNA factory). that BMW inherited when they purchased Husqvarna from CAGIVA, so don't vent on George.

If you know anything you would know BMW and all German companies have great relationships with their Unions!

As far as Union issues go at the Husqvarna factory... We're talking about ITALY!... not the United States, not Germany... In Italy the Socialist run the Unions.

As far as 10 bikes missing from a secured factory... Well yes it looks like a inside job.

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I heard that the BMW 450 engine was built by KYMCO in Taiwan or something. Not sure how true that is.

I wouldn't buy the bike with a Taiwanese engine in it. What's the point in buying European with a china engine.

BTW i don't like unions either. Thanks to them virtually nothing is manufactured in Australia any more.

Found a link http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/Breaking+News/BMW-Taps-KYMCO/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/481696?contextCategoryId=2704

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I heard that the BMW 450 engine was built by KYMCO in Taiwan or something. Not sure how true that is.

I wouldn't buy the bike with a Taiwanese engine in it. What's the point in buying European with a china engine.

BTW i don't like unions either. Thanks to them virtually nothing is manufactured in Australia any more.

Found a link http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/Breaking+News/BMW-Taps-KYMCO/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/481696?contextCategoryId=2704

First Taiwan, Japan and Korea are not the problem why things aren't manufactured in Australia or the United States.... CHINA is!

Yes, the engine is manufactured by KYMCO in Taiwan which also happens to be one of America's strongest allies in the region... both economically as well as militarily... so buying a Taiwanese manufactured product is almost like buying American.... Out of all America's partners in Asia, Taiwan has been one of the few who has constantly reinvest back in the American economy.... by buying American made products... the other two are Japan and Korea.

BMW small displacement engines like the 650s have all been out sourced for the last 30 years or so and manufactured by companies like Rotex or Aprilla... and both companies also bid on the 450X motor.

KYMCO won the 450X motor bid... not on price, but on a commitment to BMW quality standards as well as to build a separate dedicated manufacturing facility for BMW products with the same or better quality standards as of those at the BMW factory in Germany.

For a first year model the BMW 450x engine has had one of the fewest problems of any big 5 OEM dirt bike motors... and the only reason you don't hear about it is because when things are good no one complains.

Why hasn't BMW been able to sell more 450X's... 1. people don't buy dirt bikes from BMW dealers and 2. The BMW 450x really wasn't a good competition dirt bike when first released.... just ask Knight?

What's the future of the BMW 450x... I couldn't really care!... but I know once the new 499 Husqvarna get's out there everyone is going to want one.

JustSayen

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from what I've heard, yes 449,511. a little odd sounding but not just another xxx450

fully agree with HuskyRips above. Biz is biz and Taiwan is not mainland China, it's KYMCO (look em up) a top line top quality manufacturing facility using the latest tech and fair trade practices. everything EU made = $15,000 dirtbike (just an example).

I for one have no issue with the KYMCO sub-contract. The BMW road version superbike is doing well with it's KYMCO built motor. And the BMW G450s are still podium finishers in the toughest extreme enduros with the first production version of the upcoming Husky motor.

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