Husqvarna Plans Compact 250

Husqvarna Motorcycles is preparing to introduce a 250cc four-stroke engine in the all-new 2009 TC 250 motocross race bike this year.

The 48.5-lb. power plant is described as very thin, ultra light and compact, and a full 13 percent smaller overall than other single cylinder engines on the market, BMW says.

The 2009 TC 250 will be produced in limited quantities in late 2008. Husqvarna says it may still opt to race the bike in the 2009 World Motocross Championship.

Husqvarna Motorcycles was purchased by the BMW Group in October 2007. Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC, headquartered with BMW North America in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., announced a return to off-road racing competition earlier this year, after reaching an agreement with Scott Summers, Inc. to provide a professional race team to compete in the GNCC Racing Series. The riders pilot 2008 Husqvarna TXC 450 off-road models and have earned podium finishes in the GNCC's XC1 class.

Industry veteran Mark Brady was named president of Husqvarna Motorcycles NA in July. Brady is charged with reestablishing the Husqvarna brand in North America — the only market with its own national sales organization.

Prior to joining Husqvarna, Brady served 15 years with Triumph Motorcycles where he was most recently the CEO of Triumph Motorcycles America.