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.
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 pushbutton 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.