Husqvarna unveils 2012 TE dual-purpose bikes
Throw dirt and pound pavement with Husqvarna’s street-legal TE dual-sport motorcycles, the bikes which continue to provide riders the freedom to take aggressive off-road performance to the street!
All four TE models receive new reinforced all-black chromoly frames, silver rims and fresh styling (shared changes with the rest of the 2012 Husqvarna range). Key features also include suspension upgrades and the new TE250 “Low.” The 48mm open-cartridge Kayaba fork is stiffened up with revised damping for a comfortable and capable ride on road and trail. The TE250 and TE310 are both also upgraded to the Kayaba shock.
New in distinguishing the 250 from its larger TE310 sibling is a lower seat height. The Kayaba fork and shock on the TE250 are both shortened, resulting in a more user friendly seat height approximately 50mm lower than last year’s. The “inseam challenged” will also appreciate the slightly lower saddle height on the 449 and 511 TE, both of which receive a 4mm shorter Kayaba shock. Designed specifically to complement the CTS (Coaxial Traction System), the upgraded rear suspension improves the handling characteristic and overall balance of the 449 and 511 chassis. On the front end, the fork valving is more aggressive for even better off-road performance.
The focus on the 2012 TE449 and TE511 was to make them more approachable all around, so along with a shorter seat height and refined suspension, the chassis is also updated with a streamlined wiring harness and a sleeker one-piece rear fender. The TE449 and 511 also run cooler than ever thanks to the addition of high-performance WP radiators.
The TE250 and TE310 share a number of upgrades including improved exhaust and new generation frames. In striking red and black color scheme, the smaller bore TE models (250 and 310) are outfitted with more rigid frames, which complement the revised suspension, and pair stability with responsiveness for a confidence-inspiring ride. New exhaust systems deliver improved performance across the board, polishing up the power delivery on the 250 and 310 TE motorcycles.
Even with the long list of choice improvements for 2012, the TE line remains 50-state street legal. There is quite a wide spectrum between dirt and street that encompasses the bountiful category of “dual purpose” motorcycles, and Husqvarna’s TE models favor the “dirt” end of the scale. The TE dual sports are true off-roaders, urbanized just enough to allow riders to hop on the pavement every so often. Connect trailheads, ride straight from your garage – have the freedom to Ride More with the versatility of a Husqvarna TE.
- 48mm Kayaba open-cartridge forks on all TEs receive stiffer settings
- TE250 seat height is 50mm shorter
- 250/310 receive Kayaba shock
- 449/511 Kayaba shock 4mm shorter for improved handling
- 449/511 receive more compact one-piece tail section
- 449/511 receive lighter, streamlined electrical system
- New reinforced all-black chromoly frame with increased rigidity
- New handlebar clamps offer two different positions
- Silver Excel rims
- Striking red and black color scheme with new IPD (In-mold Plastic Decoration) graphics
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.
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