Husqvarna’s 2012 Dual-Purpose TE Line Revealed

Stronger Frame, Lower Profile
Handling is improved thanks to a more rigid frame, featuring a reinforced steering tube – like the other TE models – as well as reinforced seat rails and stronger engine supports. With styling and layout redesigned, the TE449 and TE511 have better overall balance, and with a revised Kayaba shock, 4mm shorter than its predecessor, the overall seat height is lowered for 2012, making both models more approachable. The chromoly reinforced frame and upgraded shock synchronize with Husqvarna’s patented Coaxial Traction System (CTS) in order to let the 449 and 511 handle like never before. Through the collaborated efforts of the Husqvarna R&D and factory race teams, the latest frame has also been designed to concentrate more weight on the bike’s center of gravity, and minimize chain torque.

Husqvarna continues to use top of the line Kayaba suspension components on the TE449 and 511. The shock is fully adjustable with high-and low-speed compression and rebound damping clickers, and spring preload adjust. The shock is mounted on an upsidedown link, combining the advantages of progressive linkage with the protection of above swingarm shock placement. Up front, the 48mm Kayaba fork is re-valved with stiffer overall settings, yet with a more supple feel on the initial stroke for a more comfortable, yet capable ride.

Fine Tuning the Power Delivery
The single-cylinder, titanium four-valve, DOHC motor is a recent design, one which needed few modifications – just some minor changes to fine-tune the power curve. To draw optimum performance from the TE449, designers focused on the mapping of the Keihin fuel injection. Cooling efficiency is improved with new WP radiators, which also help power flow freer. The TE511 certainly has no shortage of power. In fact, the biggest challenge is keeping all of its ponies in check. This is why engineers, riders and testers at Husqvarna have focused mainly on ease of handling with the TE511 motorcycle, and painstakingly developed a new Keihin ignition mapping specifically designed to deliver power from its 477.5cc DOHC four-stroke motor in a more linear, progressive fashion.

Stopping capabilities are entrusted to Brembo and premium wave rotors are supplied by Braking. Cooling circuit efficiency on both models is further improved with a new WP radiator. The six-speed gearbox remains operated by a progressive Brembo hydraulic clutch, which affords a positive feel with a light touch. Starting is effortless with push-button command, and eliminating the kick-starter remains to be a good decision, given the reliable ignition and high-power battery of the TE449 and 511.


MY12 Husqvarna TE/TXC Specs at a Glance

TE250 TE310 TE449 TE511 TXC250 TXC310 TXC511
Engine single-cylinder
four-stroke
single-cylinder
four-stroke
single-cylinder
four-stroke
single-cylinder
four-stroke
single-cylinder
four-stroke
single-cylinder
four-stroke
single-cylinder
four-stroke
Displacement 249.5cc 302.4cc 449.6cc 477.5cc 249.5cc 302.4cc 477.5cc
Bore x Stroke 79 x 50.9mm 82 x 57.35mm 98 x 59.6mm 101 x 59.6mm 79 x 50.9mm 82 x 57.35mm 101 x 59.6mm
Gears 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Starting electric/kick electric/kick electric electric electric/kick electric/kick electric
Front
Suspension
48mm Kayaba
open-cartridge
48mm Kayaba
open-cartridge
48mm Kayaba
open-cartridge
48mm Kayaba
open-cartridge
48mm Kayaba
closed-cartridge
48mm Kayaba
closed-cartridge
48mm Kayaba
closed-cartridge
Rear
Suspension
fully-adjustable
Kayaba shock
fully-adjustable
Kayaba shock
fully-adjustable
Kayaba shock
fully-adjustable
Kayaba shock
fully-adjustable
Kayaba shock
fully-adjustable
Kayaba shock
fully-adjustable
Kayaba shock
Fuel
Capacity
2.25 gal 2.25 gal 2.5 gal 2.5 gal 2.25 gal 2.25 gal 2.5 gal
Wheelbase 57.0 in 57.9 in 58.7 in 58.7 in 57.9 in 57.9 in 58.7 in
Seat Height 35.8 in 37.4 in 37.7 in 37.7 in 37.4 in 37.4 in 37.9 in
Curb Weight 246 lbs 247 lbs 249.1 lbs 249.1 lbs 239.4 lbs 240.5 lbs 242.5 lbs
Red/Green
Sticker
license
plate
license
plate
license
plate
license
plate
red red green
MSRP $7,599 $8,199 $8,699 $8,999 $7,399 $7,899 $8,299

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