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  1. HuskyRips

    Husqvarna No0b in the house!

    Nice find.
  2. 2010 Husqvarna TE250 Quick Ride JC HilderbrandOff-Road Editor | www.motorcycle-usa.com Friday, March 12, 2010 - The dual sport world has a big problem with little bikes. The problem is, every since KTM bolted lights and blinkers onto its dirt bikes and snuck them through the American legalization process, serious dirt riders who want to connect trails without getting hassled have become spoiled. Off-roaders have enjoyed excellent equipment recently not only from KTM, but Husqvarna as well. Unfortunately, it seems like the manufacturers don’t feel the need to include small displacement options – sticking with 450 and open-class bikes. There are plenty to be found, but the sub-300cc division has a distinct lack of high-performance machines. Husqvarna finally broke the mold when it offered up its TE310 and is now taking full advantage of its new 250cc platform with the introduction of the 2010 TE250. Husky's latest DS bike, also available in motocross and enduro trim, is the street-legal blueprint and opens the door for DS fans to a machine that was previously unavailable. Like its larger siblings, the smallest TE offering is an uncompromising machine, which makes it unique in a market full of wishy-washy bikes. Unlike other 250cc dual sports, the TE puts a very heavy emphasis on dirt performance. For all intents and purposes, it’s the same machine as the TXC250 only with street-going hardware. Dual sporters are especially hungry for high-tech features and the Husky doesn’t disappoint. New Mikuni fuel injection is perhaps the most desirable of the best features since it’s destined to see a wide variety of terrain, temperatures and elevations in a single ride. There were no major problems with the fueling during our quick test, though we did note a bog off the bottom end. We had good luck tuning out a similar issue on the virtually identical TXC250, which is another benefit of fuel injection. One of the Zip-Ty Racing technicians was able to nearly rid the enduro Husky of its low-rpm stumble with his laptop computer and tuning software in a matter of minutes. Our testing location was near 3500 feet of elevation and the temperature was crisp. In all fairness, we weren’t able to give the same amount of attention to the TE in our short timeframe, but our experience with the TXC and testimony from Ty Davis indicate that there is plenty of room for tuning. The motor uses titanium valves operated by dual overhead cams. A 79 x 50.9mm bore and stroke pump out power that is definitely best on the top end. A six-speed transmission gives a little extra leg room, though we argued about whether a gearing adjustment could make up for the lack of bottom end. Expert off-road racer Kyle Redmond had fewer problems getting over obstacles and claimed it was a flat spot in the motor, but our B-level rider wanted the extra snap of a shorter final drive. When at the bottom of the transmission, he constantly felt like the gearbox was stuck in second gear and was searching for something lower. The TE carries a bit more weight than the TXC, and combined with mild dual-purpose tires, it can be very difficult to lighten the front end. Our machine was shod in Metzeler Karoo 2 tires. The front is awesome on the pavement, but the rear isn’t great anywhere. Because it obviously isn’t intended for lots of highway use or high speeds, we would prefer a much more aggressive tread – to hell with pavement considerations of any kind – just enough to make it legal. There were a few instances where the differences in power delivery were apparent, especially a particular road jump and set of hillclimbs. Both the TXC and TC (motocross) versions were able to make the obstacles, but the TE with its added weight and sub-par traction wasn’t as willing to attempt the more severe challenges. However, it’s a phenomenal trail bike. Electric start is mandatory these days in our opinion and the Husky system works well. It also comes with a kickstarter for you masochists and paranoids. Ergonomics were comfortable for our six-foot-tall riders with a 37.4-inch seat height. Like other Husqarna’s we’ve tested, the TE250 sits fairly low in the rear end which makes it simple to touch the ground by dirt bike standards. A 57.8-inch wheelbase and the same double-cradle steel chassis as the TXC make it a quick-handling, agile mount. The chassis and suspension encourage aggressive riding and the new Kayaba/Sachs suspension is a welcome addition. The closed-cartridge 48mm fork is new for Husqvarna rather than the Marzocchi unit previously used on TE models. Again, the components have no engineering for street applications, but it performed well on our trip over mild trails and dirt roads. The fork has less bottoming resistance than on the TXC, likely due to the extra weight. We didn’t have our scales on hand but Husky claims the TE weighs 234 pounds dry. Add in the weight of engine fluids and 1.9 gallons of gas and the 250 has about a 1:1 pound-to-displacement ratio. Husqvarna puts high-quality wave rotors on the TE for excellent stopping power, but the kickstand is a little goofy. We did appreciate the small-but-effective, single-piece plastic skidplate and the kickstart as a second option to the e-start. Like the TXC, one of our few gripes is the lack of red accents on the motor. Husky has done everything else right by us in the looks department, but for some reason has switched from red to black on the cylinder head and hose connectors, and since we feel the need to complain about something on this otherwise awesome bike, this is it. We also don’t like the grips. At first they feel great, but once the riding starts, a hard ridge in the thumb flange wears a hole in gloves and skin. The fuel tank is excellent for aggressive riding with its slim profile and fuel injection is economical, but we wouldn’t mind seeing another half-gallon or gallon of capacity to help us enjoy longer dual sport rides. Also of note, we’ve used better kickstands. This one has a weird angle and small footprint. Okay, so with those minor annoyances out of the way, we must say that we loved the exhaust heat shield. Husky gives all of its 250 machines the standard header guard, but the left-side exhaust destroys pants from the midpipe. We had to throw away a brand new pair after riding the TXC, but the TE comes with an additional shield that bolts to the subframe mount and works wonders. (Buy one if you are a TXC or TC owner). Husqvarna is the first to offer a real 250cc dirt bike that is street legal. We know plenty of riders who spend lots of money and equal amounts of frustration in modifying their underperforming dual sports or legalizing their dirt bikes. Performing the latter is increasingly difficult, which means the TE250 is possibly the perfect solution to the genre’s biggest problem. The best thing about the TE250 is what it represents for small-bore dual sport riders – its an extension of the dirt-first line of thinking. Until now the class was mostly affordable but underwhelming machines like the Kawasaki KLX250S and Honda CRF230L. Yamaha’s WR250R was one of the highest in terms of performance and price, but the TE tops it in both categories. The Husky is more expensive at $7599, but all things considered, the TE250 has more in common with a WR250F or even KX250F in that it’s a real dirt bike – not a bargain bike and not something that belongs behind an RV. Throw in fuel injection, sexy European styling and a growing dealer network and the Husky really starts to shine; this new quarter-liter Italian lumps technology, styling, performance and utility into a very tidy package. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/135/6307/Motorcycle-Article/2010-Husqvarna-TE250-Quick-Ride.aspx
  3. HuskyRips

    Husqvarna frame paint?

    "Appliance White" spray epoxy... available at most any hardware store. Electrolux Appliance use to own Husqvarna Motorcycles and that's where the color "Appliance White" came from. Just a funny fact about Husqvarna.
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    Mystery huskys?

    Single shock is an 1986 (Water cooled) cross country frame with what looks to be an 1983 (AIR COOLED 500) stuffed into it. Lots of good info on these area bikes on Husqvarna face book pages.
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    Inaugural Husky World Championships

    Pretty cool
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    Husqvarna 401

    Motor and chassis is the same as KTM.... but with frame and engine tweaks to make them feel and behave differently. Same approach as with their endure and MX bikes.
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    Husqvarna TE85

    Interesting thought.
  8. FIRST LOOK - 2017 HUSQVARNA TX 300 CROSS COUNTRY Following yesterday’s announcement of Husqvarna’s 2017 motocross models, Husqvarna USA have pulled the covers back on their cross-country TX 300, FX 350 and FX 450. With elements of both motocross and enduro Husqvarnas, the bikes come in three sizes - FX 350, FX 450 and completely new for 2017 the TX 300. While fully rolled out in the USA, the TX and FX models will have limited availability in Europe too… TX 300Completely new for 2017, the TX 300 signifies the constant development and secure future of the historic 300cc 2-stroke in the Husqvarna off-road line-up. With a newly designed chassis based on the new generation 2016 FC and TC models, the TX 300 is a purpose-built closed course racing 2-stroke with off-road specific features. A larger fuel tank, an 18-inch rear wheel and a side-stand increase the ability and usability of the TX for its intended purpose. Additionally, the lightweight 2-stroke engine is efficient, centralises mass and features very little vibration thanks to a counter balancer shaft. As a result the TX 300 now offers a refined and manageable closed course racing package. Engine The 300cc 2-stroke engine has long been the best combination of unsurpassed power and lightweight construction. The simplicity and low maintenance cost of the 2-stroke motor has made it a favourite amongst riders for generations. The TX 300 features an advanced construction with shaft arrangements aimed at centralising oscillating mass. A counter balancer shaft reduces vibration while a twin-valve controlled power valve ensures optimal performance. Transmission A 6-speed semi-close ratio gearbox compliments the off-road usage of the TX 300. An innovative shift lever reduces dirt build up guaranteeing easy operation in even the toughest conditions. Crankcases The TX 300 engine is designed with mass centralisation as a key theme. As a result the lightweight, die-cast engine cases are developed to accommodate the specific location of shaft arrangements. Additionally the counter balancer shaft is integrated in a very compact manner having little affect on the compact design. Carburettor The TX 300 features a 38mm flat slide Mikuni TMX carburettor. This carburettor provides a smooth and controllable power delivery with optimal performance over the entire RPM range. Additionally, the carburettor has minimal sensitivity to changes in temperature and altitude which reduces the need for setting changes in different conditions. Electric and kick start The TX 300 is fitted with an electric starter located below the engine. This position ensures that the unit is always protected. Additionally, the system is powered by a lightweight and powerful Li-Ion battery which is 2.2 pounds lighter than a conventional battery. A standard kick starter is fitted as standard as a back up. Map select switch The engine characteristics can be tailored thanks to the standard map switch that modifies the CDI curve between two ignition curves according to rider preference, conditions and terrain. Further optimisation of the power delivery can be obtained by varying the spring stiffness in the exhaust valve. WP AER 48 The 48 mm split air fork features an insulated air spring and pressurised oil chamber for progressive and consistent damping. The new component is lightweight and easily adjustable via a single air pressure valve for pre-load (on the left leg) as well as easy access clickers adjusting damping with 30 clicks (on the right leg). Additionally, the air pump needed to adjust air pressure in the fork will be provided as standard. Standard off-road equipment A large 2.65 gallon fuel tank gives the TX 300 the extra range needed for longer loops. The rear wheel is an 18-inch unit with Dunlop AT 81 off-road tires front and rear. Pro Taper handlebars, self-clewing foot pegs and a side stand complete the off-road transformation of the TX 300. TECHNICAL SPECS ENGINE Design: 1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine Displacement 293.2 cm³ Bore: 72 mm Stroke: 72 mm Starter: Kick and electric starter Transmission: 6-speed Primary drive: 26:73 Secondary gear ratio: 13:50 Clutch: Wet, multi-disc clutch, Magura hydraulics EMS: Kokusan CHASSIS Frame design: 25CrMo4 steel central-tube frame Front suspension: WP-USD, AER 48, Ø 48 mm Rear suspension: WP shock absorber with linkage Suspension travel (front): 310 mm Suspension travel (rear): 300 mm Front brake: Brembo twin-piston floating calliper, brake disc Rear brake: Brembo single-piston floating calliper, brake disc Front brake disc diameter: 260 mm Rear brake disc diameter: 220 mm Chain: 5/8 x 1/4" Steering head angle: 63.9 ° Wheelbase: 1485 ± 10 mm Ground clearance: 370 mm Seat height: 960 mm Tank capacity (approx.): 10 l Weight without fuel: 98.4 kg FX 350The FX 350 shares much of its engine and chassis architecture with the motocross FC 350, but is tailored for closed course off-road usage. With a maximum output of 58 hp, the FX 350 has a 450 rivalling power-to-weight ratio while retaining the light, agile handling of 250-class machines. This is matched with an advanced electronics package featuring launch control, switchable engine maps and traction control resulting in a versatile, high performance package. Include a larger 6-speed transmission, large fuel capacity and an 18-inch rear wheel and the FX 350 is one of the most advanced off-road machines created by Husqvarna Motorcycles. TECHNICAL SPECS ENGINE Design: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine Displacement: 349.7 cm³ Bore: 88 mm Stroke: 57.5 mm Starter: Electric starter Transmission: 6-speed Primary drive: 24:73 Secondary gear ratio: 14:50 Clutch: Wet, multi-disc clutch, Magura hydraulics EMS: Keihin EMS CHASSIS Frame design: 25CrMo4 steel central-tube frame Front suspension: WP-USD, AER 48, Ø 48 mm Rear suspension: WP shock absorber with linkage Suspension travel (front): 310 mm Suspension travel (rear): 300 mm Front brake: Brembo twin-piston floating calliper, brake disc Rear brake: Brembo single-piston floating calliper, brake disc Front brake disc diameter: 260 mm Rear brake disc diameter: 220 mm Chain: 5/8 x 1/4" Steering head angle: 63.9 ° Wheelbase: 1485 ± 10 mm Ground clearance: 370 mm Seat height: 960 mm Tank capacity (approx.): 8.5 l Weight without fuel: 100.6 kg FX 450Husqvarna Motorcycles new for 2017 FX 450 offers class leading performance in a lightweight, capable package. All aspects are designed to offer exceptional performance in conjunction with rider comfort and ergonomics making the FX 450 equally appealing to amateur and professional off-road riders alike. Traction control, map select and WP AER 48 forks are just a few of the standard features which ensure the FX 450 embodies premium quality and feel. TECHNICAL SPECS ENGINE Design: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine Displacement: 449.9 cm³ Bore: 95 mm Stroke: 63.4 mm Starter: Electric starter Transmission: 5-speed Primary drive: 31:76 Secondary gear ratio: 13:48 Clutch: Wet, multi-disc clutch, Magura hydraulics EMS: Keihin EMS CHASSIS Frame design: 25CrMo4 steel central-tube frame Front suspension: WP-USD, AER 48, Ø 48 mm Rear suspension: WP shock absorber with linkage Suspension travel (front): 310 mm Suspension travel (rear): 300 mm Front brake: Brembo twin-piston floating calliper, brake disc Rear brake: Brembo single-piston floating calliper, brake disc Front brake disc diameter: 260 mm Rear brake disc diameter: 220 mm Chain: 5/8 x 1/4" Steering head angle: 63.9 ° Wheelbase: 1485 ± 10 mm Ground clearance: 370 mm Seat height: 960 mm Tank capacity (approx.): 8.5 l Weight without fuel: 101.6 kg Informationwww.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/us
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    2017 Husqvarna FX350 or FE350

    Doesn't the FE come with a larger semi transparent fuel tank?
  10. HuskyRips

    2004 te450

    Haven't had much of a problem ordering stuff from Central Jersey Cycles for my 2007 TE450, but then again nothing much breaks on that bike.
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    2004 te450

    And the new KTM//Husqvarna has also been sourcing and ordering old Cagiva/Husqvarna parts. Actually it's easier now getting many of the high wear older parts than when Cagiva and BMW owned them. Just saying
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    2004 te450

    Good long time Husqvarna dealers are still stocking parts and believe it or not KTM/Husqvarna is still sourcing high wear parts for older Cagiva made Husqvarnas. Need to find a dealer who's been selling Husqvarnas for a long time.
  13. Don't have a problem with traction control... it's got to add a competitive edge in a slick muddy offload event. I'm fine with it if it's going to help me from getting tired early.
  14. Looks like a real Husqvarna to me
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    2017 TX 300?

    Sweet! Also cross country versions of the FC350 and FC450 as in FX350 and FX450 FX350 FX450
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    Older Husky 610 Value

    Looks like a 1998 610 TE My guess would be between $2000 and $2500 today running
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    2017 TX 300?

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    2017 TX 300?

    I suppose TX 300 would be a cross county version of the TE 300 What I find more intersecting is that Husqvarna is going to be bringing in Mini cross version as in TC50, TC65 to complement their TC85. Also it looks like the TE125 grows into a TE150 for 2017
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    Trade cr500 for husky 510?

    Parts shouldn't be an issue now and into the future. The new Husqvarna has done a good job restocking the stuff that wears and with SWM now picking up production with their new RS 500 R.... Which is the Cagiva/Husqvarna 510 before BMW killed that model ... NEW PART in the future shouldn't be a problem. http://www.swm-motorcycles.it/en/models/enduro/rs-500-r/ Overall the Husqvarna 510 is a very reliable and fun bike.
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    '16 FE 350s Report

    Thanks, this is the bike I'm leaning towards.
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    Older Husky 610 Value

    Jacky Martens won the 1993 500cc World Motocross Championship on one of those. First 4 stroke of the modern era to do it.