Update – Husqvarna Make Official Debut Announcement
Underlining our commitment to two-stroke technology Husqvarna is pleased to announce the unveiling of the very first new generation Husqvarna to be built – a Factory Racing edition TC300 two-stroke – at the Motocross of Nations, Teutschenthal, Germany, on September 28.
Offering an exciting ‘world first’ look at this brand new 2014 model Husqvarna, which gets it’s official launch at the worldwide press event at Uddevalla, Sweden on October 5, the TC300 will showcase the machinery available to riders competing in the newly formed European Motocross 300cc two-stroke championship.
Good balance between power and cost
The bike on show at Teutschenthal is the brand new TC250 two-stroke, upgraded to 300cc with accessories soon to be available from the Husky Power range of special parts. Decorated with official Husqvarna Factory Racing graphics it will feature numerous technical upgrades, among which will be a Carbon Fibre rear subframe, a full Akrapovic exhaust system, CNC machined hubs and triple clamps, and WP suspension.
Husqvarna will actively support the European Motocross 300cc two-stroke championship, and the wider use of two-stroke engine technology. Offering great acceleration characteristics, easily achievable power and capacity increases, ease of maintenance, and compact design, Husqvarna is fully committed to two-stroke power.
Pit Beirer – (Head of Motorsport):“Husqvarna is promoting and supporting the new European 300cc two-stroke championship because we think it will be a great class for talented, young, racers. It offers the right balance between great racing and costs. At present we are not involved in the European championship with a direct Factory team, but we are in contact with many riders, through our subsidiaries, and we’ve had a great number of requests regarding our two-stroke bikes for this new championship. In the near future you will see many of our two-stroke bikes competing in not only this exciting, new championship but at race tracks all over the world.”
My email has been going crazy today with the introduction of purported 2014 Husqvarna 300 two stroke at the Motocross Des Nations press conference.
Here are the photos, so judge for yourself. It is a Husaberg TE300 with linkage and new graphics. It is a new twist, but hardly presents itself as a flag ship new bike for a new company.
We expect the actual press information on the 2014 Husqvarna models to be released in a little over a week. So I am holding out hope that we see something more creative in the styling department for production models, something that deserves to be called new and represents the true Husky heritage. If it is just new graphics on Husaberg body work, I am going to be disappointed.
As for the linkage on this bike; I was thinking about this dilemma the other day. Should KTM put PDS on the Husky enduro versions or go all linkage? I am leaning towards an all linkage line up for the Husqvarnas. Why? The PDS system is probably the most unique of KTM innovations and will always be a part of the KTM persona. Just for the sake of being different, it really wouldn’t fit the new Husky image. Next guess, look for WP 4CS forks on all the new models too.
The context of this photo is the debut of the new MX3 class in FIM motocross. The class will now become a 300 two stroke competition, so that is pretty cool.
For now, let us hope that we see something that can really be called new in couple of weeks.