TE250 – World Championship “Low Down”
Exclusive to the U.S. market, the 2012 TE250 will feature a low seat height, nearly two inches shorter than last year’s model. Lowered suspension on both the front and rear give it greater appeal to riders of smaller stature, or to those simply seeking the comfort of being able to touch the ground flat-footed. The TE250 receives the premium Kayaba shock, and the increased rigidity of the revised all-black chromoly frame further improves the ride, as well as aesthetics.
Kayaba Suspension Upgrades
Along with the 48mm fork, the TE250’s shock is now also by Kayaba. The linkage-mounted monoshock is fully adjustable through high-and low-speed compression, as well as rebound damping and spring pre-load. The Kayaba fork on the TE250 is shorter, but also stiffer than last year. It has been re-valved for stiffer settings in order to complement the new shock, resulting in the TE250 being more capable and well balanced than ever. In addition to the suspension upgrades, the new all-black reinforced chromoly frame has a stronger steering tube, improving the overall structural rigidity of the chassis. Silver anodized Excel rims are new for 2012, and the TE’s sharp new look is finished with redesigned IPD (in-mold plastic decoration) graphics – integrated into the bodywork so they stay looking new, and won’t suffer damage from pressure washing.
Engine: Light and Compact
The potent Husqvarna TE250 single-cylinder, DOHC, titanium four-valve engine continues to rack up numerous victories in the World Enduro Championship. The compact lightweight 249.5cc power plant returns for 2012, and harmonizes with the quiet E3-compliant exhaust system to keep power flowing while also meeting stringent emissions standards. Mikuni electronic fuel injection feeds the cylinder head through a 42mm throttle body. The TE250 also features both electric start and kick starter backup.
Trimmed with choice aftermarket components such as the Brembo hydraulic clutch, Brembo brake hydraulics and Braking wave rotors, the TE250 is a super refined package with a world championship-winning pedigree.
TE310 – The Winning Choice of Antoine Meo
It’s the weapon of choice for World Enduro Champion Antoine Meo. The Frenchman elects to contest the E2 enduro category – which allows engines up to 450cc – on the 302cc machine. It’s a courageous choice, and one that is already turning heads and earning due recognition in the premier World Enduro category. The ideal balance of light weight, useable power and maneuverability come together in a potent package perfectly suited for Husqvarna champions as well as passionate amateur riders. A scalpel among axes, the TE310 will slice through the gnarliest off-road terrain – and at a more accessible price than its larger displacement counterparts, even with all its choice upgrades such as Kayaba suspension and revised chromoly reinforced frame.
The compact steel frame was already modified in last year’s model, yet is further refined for 2012. The steering head receives reinforcement for increased rigidity and the entire frame is now black in color. The TE310 is also characterized by redesigned IPD graphics and silver Excel rims – changes that are shared across the ’12 line of Husqvarna off-road motorcycles.
Like it’s TE250 sibling, the 310 receives improvements in the chassis and suspension department with an all-new Kayaba shock. With high-and low-speed compression, rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, the rider is able to fine-tune the Kayaba shock to any weight, preference and terrain. Thanks to stiffer settings in both the fork and shock, the TE310’s suspension is more capable and well-balanced than ever.
The engine is directly derived from the compact and lightweight TE250, but with all its own character, and even more torque coming from the bored-out 302cc mill. The specially developed exhaust system further improves engine performance, allowing air and power to flow efficiently. Engine performance and reliability are further improved by a new cooling system, which incorporates a thermostat and electric fan to help prevent overheating in slow, demanding terrain. New handlebar clamps complete the list of upgrades made to the latest-generation TE310.
Husqvarna TE449 & TE511: Evolution of the Species
Experience gained over the last year has helped Husqvarna engineers make the TE449 and TE511 even more competitive and appealing in 2012. The basic platform of both models remains unchanged – the 449 is still the bike with innovative technical features and striking good looks that put it among the best in its class, and the 511 still pours on smooth power in no limited supply. Both are already exquisite machines, but with a handful of choice revisions, they gain even more rider appeal for 2012.
The TE449 and 511 both feature the same shared changes across the 2012 line of Husqvarna off-road motorcycle – the revised black frame, silver anodized Excel rims and new IPD graphics. Ergonomically designed side panels increase freedom of movement for the rider, and the redesigned tail section is now once piece and more compact, further improving aesthetics. The 449 and 511 TEs are also both fitted with a streamlined electrical system designed to be lighter and simpler, and the sharp-looking integrated graphics are guaranteed to last through miles of off-road wear and repeated power washing. But dirt bikes are destined for the trail, not the runway, so additional changes to handling and mechanics make the TE449 an even more capable off-roader – a master of the dirt that is still 100% street-legal. Select changes to the TE511 make it easier to ride, and design aspects were thoughtfully scrutinized with one goal in mind: making the most powerful off-road motorcycle of Husqvarna’s 2012 range more appealing and rideable than ever.