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Friday, 30 August 2019 18:46 Published in Multimedia
Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to launch the complete range of MY20 TE, FE, and FEs models – a revamped line-up of competition, off-road and dual-sport machines that introduce key chassis, suspension and engine developments to allow riders to further extend their limits of off-road potential.
All-new for 2020 are the off-road only FE 501 and FE 350. These models shed the road-going components of their dual-sport counterparts, the FE 501s and FE 350s, and feature more aggressive mapping and a less restrictive power pack, resulting in a lighter overall package and more power to put to the ground. Controlling this power is made easy with industry-leading Traction Control and a handlebar-mounted Map Select switch that allows the rider to select between two EFI maps, easily changing the engine character to suit the terrain or rider preference.
Delivering high levels of dynamic performance, class-leading power across all engine sizes and equipped with updated WP suspension, all 2020 models benefit from comfortable ergonomics and a progressive design. Thanks to a new frame, subframe, shock linkage and bodywork, updated fork and shock settings, and premium components as standard, the entire Husqvarna Motorcycles off-road and dual-sport range will allow riders of all skill levels to easily find seamless flow and confidence while riding off-road or on.
Primed for the unpredictability of off-road riding, the new generation MY20 range combines unparalleled performance with advances in engine and chassis technology. Continuing the progression of off-road motorcycling, the new models offer improved handling, comfort and usability for both professional and amateur riders alike.
MAJOR CHASSIS UPGRADES
Continuing the brand’s leading approach to innovation, the entirely new generation of MY20 machines features new frames, subframes and bodywork and updated suspension and engines. All frames feature increased longitudinal and torsional rigidity, which when added to the new, lighter composite carbon fiber subframe, ensures exceptional handling, stability and rider feedback. New aluminum cylinder head mountings provide reduced vibration and optimized flex to further improve handling.
Updated 48 mm WP XPLOR front forks and WP XACT shocks offer simple adjustment, more consistent damping and better resistance to bottoming. Superior performance, comfort and traction is further enhanced thanks to the linkage system that reduces seat height, ensuring that riding over technical terrain is easier than ever.
ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD
Husqvarna Motorcycles MY20 off-road and dual-sport models are primed for the unpredictability of tackling challenging terrain thanks to new engines across the range, as well as revised exhaust systems and wiring harnesses.
An all-new TE 150i now stands beside the pioneering TE 250i and TE 300i, sharing the same proven 2-stroke fuel injection technology. Giving all the convenience of a modern 4-stroke at a fraction of the weight, the machine mixes a nimble and lightweight chassis with a compact and powerful engine. Benefitting from an electric starter as standard, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ continuous 2-stroke development ensures the TE 150i delivers maximum performance.
The entire 4-stroke range features extensive engine upgrades for increased performance and rideability, with the FE 501 and FE 501s receiving a new cylinder head, as well as extensive revisions to the FE 350 and FE 350s engine.
Showcasing Husqvarna Motorcycles pioneering design direction, the MY20 off-road and dual-sport range features distinctive, new bodywork and graphics. Allowing riders to perform at the highest level for extended periods, the slimmed down bodywork and 10 mm reduction in seat height deliver ergonomics that ensure easier movement on the bike and confidence inspiring riding positions.
WHAT´S NEW IN MY20
• New frame on all models offering increased longitudinal & torsional rigidity
• TE 150i featuring electronic fuel injection
• New 250 g lighter 2-piece subframe across the model range
• Updated WP XPLOR fork with new mid-valve piston & setting
• Updated WP XACT shock with new main piston & setting
• New shock linkage dimension providing reduced seat height & added control
• All-new exhaust systems for optimal performance & durability
• New seat places the rider 10 mm closer to the ground
• Improved cooling circuit with radiators mounted 12 mm lower
• Progressive new bodywork design offering new and improved ergonomics
• Updated 4-stroke engines offering improved performance & rideability
• Off-road only 4-strokes with Map Select switch and Traction Control
• 1° lower mounting on TE 250i/300i engines for improved front end traction
• Updated TE 250i/300i cylinder for superior 2-stroke performance
Complimenting the launch of the MY20 off-road and dual-sport range is Husqvarna Motorcycles´ GOTLAND CLOTHING – a complete range of apparel and protective equipment that takes into account the unique challenges of off-road riding. In addition, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ ACCESSORIES provide an extensive line-up of performance engine and suspension components, protective parts and tools.
The new Husqvarna 2020 TE models will be available at authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers starting in July of 2019, while the 2020 FE and FEs models arrive in September of 2019.
Monday, 10 June 2019 15:09 Published in Industry News
The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame held their annual Induction Banquet and Reunion at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel on November 4, with a crowd of over 250 riders, racers, Hall members, fans and industry types on hand to enjoy the festivities. The 12th annual event was sponsored by Husqvarna, with additional support from Joe Rocket, BMW Motorrad Canada, Honda Canada, Flat Track Canada, Yamaha Canada and event founder Bar Hodgson Productions.
Top racer honored at the event was Steve Beattie, the 2016 Flat Track Canada National Champ who suffered a major injury at the end of last season at Ohsweken, and then worked in the pits last summer for the KTM Canada National Motocross program with friend and neighbor Cole Thompson. Beattie has also had success in the U.S. as a chassis tuner and rider coach for top American Flat Trackers Jared Mess and Brad Baker, as well as winning an AMA National himself.
“I think I’m kind of young to be up here,” cracked Beattie when he took the stage after his Audio-Visual introduction. From there, Beattie suggested he’d had a tough career since he didn’t start racing until he was ten, shortly after heading out to buy a bicycle with his dad and returning with a Suzuki 80 dirt bike.
“I have lots of people to thank, especially all my family, and specific people like Jon Cornwell and (fellow inductee) Kurt Beiger,” said the always-jovial Beattie. “I really have to thank my wife Michelle, because if she had stuck to her guns the first time I broke my neck, I would never have done enough to get into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.”
Beattie admits to five major neck injuries during his career, forcing at least a couple of retirements, and explains his tolerance for, and ability to forget, pain are major factors in his many successes in a wide variety of two wheeled sport and competition. His first major retirement in 2006 lead to the creation of his chassis set-up business, 26suspension.
Legendary motorcycle builder and tuner Mike Crompton started off by saying that when people have asked how he gets away with being busy with bikes and racing, his wife Kim has always encouraged him to participate and take advantage of the opportunities available.
“In the end, we always have a great time and come back with lots of stories to tell,” confirmed Crompton, who has built title winning machinery for George Morin, Art Robbins, Michel Mercier, Miguel Duhamel, Jordan Szoke in the glory days of the works CSBK Kawasaki program, as well as a host of others.
Crompton explained that is was a great honor to be inducted at the same time as fellow super tuner/builder Nick Kemp, since “he was always a go-to guy when we needed something fixed in a hurry, or if something was wrecked, and we could weld it, or rebuild it, or make another one or a redesign, whatever it took.”
“I have other great friends here tonight who were always there for me like Harald Surian, always part of a top notch fantastic team, and Jon Cornwell (already in the Hall of Fame) who was always a big help and always there when I needed him.
Crompton spoke of his time with Suzuki Canada, Team Manager George Morin, ace racer Michel Mercier (now all in the Hall of Fame) and the mid-1980s, first generation Suzuki GSX-R750 Superbike.
“Michel rode with his heart, an incredible racer and an incredible athlete. But it could be frustrating, and at times we were racing three different motorcycles over a weekend, and there were some incidents.
“Suzuki were great to deal with, but they always insisted the bikes to be blue, and I one time when I was at Suzuki, I asked if we could switch to the red ones, and they wanted to know why. So I told them – I can see them coming out of the sky easier!”
Once the laughs died down, Crompton also wanted to recognize the famous Ontario Honda race Shop in downtown Toronto on Queen Street, and owners Murray Brown and the late Ricky Andrews, a real beehive of activity that supported a wide range of endeavors from the 1970s through the 1990s.
“The best thing with the motorcycles is always the friendship and the camaraderie that goes along with racing. My father-in-law once said that I have the most fascinating array of friends and associates, and I think he meant that in a good way.”
Kurt Bieger, former racer and top Flat Track builder and Tuner, explained that when he started in competition, he crashed a lot. “One of my best friends, and old Brit, asked me why I crashed so much, and I told him the tires just were not good enough!”
“It took me some time to figure out that I had to slow down a little bit. I gradually figured that out, and then, when I got hurt, I started letting other people race my machines so they wouldn’t just sit.”
“In closing, I want to say that It’s hard to explain why anyone spends hours and hours alone working on their race bikes. We’re trying to figure out how to put the combination of bike, rider and track together, day by day. I’m happy to be up here, I’m proud to be part of this group, and thanks everyone.”
Famed Announcer Pat Gonsalves opened his remakes by explaining that he briefly considered having his alter-ego, Guyanese announcer Huntley Williams, speak on his behalf. This took some in the crowd way back, since Gonsalves hadn’t worked that character into his race coverage since the late 1970s at Shannonville Motorsport Park.
With a career spanning many types of motorsports in a variety of countries, both on the P.A. and television, Gonsalves admitted that he has never “met a microphone I didn’t like. This evening is truly special, and I want to thank the group of racers that nominated me for the Hall including Kathleen Coburn, Alan Labrosse and Bernie Ryan.”
“I am filled with gratitude for my career announcing, now at 40 years and counting. Harry McCluney hired me to work with the Canadian Road Racing Club at their events at Mosport when I was at Ryerson in 1972, and I eventually worked at Shannonville for John Nelson when it opened in 1976, and started announcing at Daytona International Speedway in 1977.”
The next event for the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame will be the 2018 Banquet and Reunion scheduled for November 17 at the Delta Burnaby Conference Centre in British Columbia.
Sunday, 05 November 2017 01:09 Published in News
(June 27, 2017)- Husqvarna Motorcycles today launch their complete line-up of 2018 enduro models – a sophisticated new series of 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines that take the historic brand’s enduro model line-up to a whole new level in terms of technology and performance.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 17:12 Published in Products
(June 13, 2017)- Husqvarna Motorcycles are proud to unveil the new 2018 Husqvarna FS 450 – an updated supermoto machine that successfully carries Husqvarna’s World Championship winning pedigree into a new era.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:49 Published in Industry News
(April 4, 2017)- Husqvarna Motorcycles proudly announce the introduction of their next generation fuel-injected 2-stroke enduro motorcycles.
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 18:57 Published in News
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2017) – American Flat Track is proud to announce a new partnership naming Husqvarna Motorcycles as the Official Motorcycle of AFT Singles for the 2017 season.
Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:34 Published in News
@Husqvarna1903 •#701SuperMotoRideOut •(February 8, 2017)- Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to present the second edition of the 701 SUPERMOTO RIDE OUT, four days of exciting riding aboard the 701 SUPERMOTO.
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:16 Published in News
@Husqvarna1903 •@HusqvarnaNA •(October 26, 2016)- The latest Husqvarna apparel range, which embraces a full selection of functional apparel for off-road casual and lifestyle apparel and accessories, can be seen on the Husqvarna Motorcycles website.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:18 Published in Industry News