2012 Husqvarna TE Review


The 2012 Husqvarna TE is a street-legal off-road bike that comes in four models: TE 250, TE 310, TE 449, and the powerful TE 511. This bike is able to be ridden off-road on rugged dirt roads and mountain sides, although, thanks to its street legal rating it can be ridden on regular roads as well.

This dual sport bike has been given premium Kayaba shocks that offer stiffer suspension settings on both shocks and the front Kayaba inverted fork. A new Leo Vince exhaust system that improves air flow, which increases power as well. The engine on all four models is a compact, lightweight single-cylinder, four-stroke motor with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and four titanium valves. Even though the displacement is significantly smaller than the average for dual sport motorcycles with the TE 250 at 249.5cc, TE 350 at 349.5cc, TE 449 at 449.6cc, and the TE 511 at 477.5cc; the bike is only 247 pounds which is approximately 38 percent lighter than other similar bikes. This translates to a premium dual sport motorcycle that has the power and agility to get around obstacles and have fun at the same time. Riders who frequently need to transition from off-road conditions to city streets and roads during the same ride should consider the dual-sport line-up offered by Husqvarna.

New For 2012

    2012 Husqvarna TE Specs

    • Model: Husqvarna TE 250, Husqvarna TE 310, Husqvarna TE 449, Husqvarna TE 511
    • Engine Type: four-stroke, single-cylinder, 250cc DOHC; four-stroke, single-cylinder, 310cc DOHC; four-stroke, single-cylinder, 449cc, DOHC; four-stroke, single-cylinder, 477cc, DOHC
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.23 inches and 2.26 inches
    • Compression ratio:13.1:1
    • Valve Train: Dual overhead camshaft
    • Induction: Liquid
    • Ignition: CDI electronic with adjustable advance/kick
    • Transmission: six-speed
    • Final Drive: N/A
    • Fuel Capacity: 2.25 gallons
    • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
    • Brakes (Front): Brembo 10.2 inch hydraulic disc
    • Brakes (Rear): Brembo 9.5 inch hydraulic disc
    • Suspension (Front): Kabaya inverted fork with adjustable rebound damping
    • Suspension (Rear): Kabaya twin-sided swing arm with adjustable rebound damping, an adjustable shock, and is spring pre-loaded
    • Wheelbase: 58.9 inches
    • Rake: 26.5 degrees
    • Trail: 4.17 inches
    • Seat Height: 37.4 inches
    • Curb Weight: 247 pounds
    • Tires (Front): 90/90-21
    • Tires (Rear): 140/90-18


    • Black or red paint color.
    • Tank bag designed to strap on/off large-capacity dualsport fuel tanks. Made from tough, waterproof truckers tarp material and waterproof YKK zipper as the Great Basin Saddlebag.
    • Protective indoor cover to shield your bike from the hazards of a garage and any dirt or dust.
    • Aluminum stand to stand you bike on when you need to work on it or just change a tire.
    • Battery charger to quickly charge your bike's battery if it happens to run low or dead.
    • Engine hour meter to tell how much time has been spent riding your bike and to tell when routine maintenance is needed.
    • Carbon fiber kit that replaces all the stainless steel components of the engine, exhaust and brake system. This kit is not only better quality but it personalizes your bike so it does not look like just another dual sport motorcycle.

    Key Competitors For The 2012 Husqvarna TE

    • BETA 350RS
    • KTM 350 EXC-F
    • Suzuki DR-Z400S
    • Kawasaki KLX250S
    • Honda's CRF230L