MATTIGHOFEN, Austria - Husqvarna on Oct. 5 presented its new model range of motocross and enduro motorcycles to international media gathered in Uddevalla, Sweden, for the country's annual MXGP.
Authorized dealersin Europe will have these models starting in November, but U.S. dealers won't get them until next spring, according to a U.S. spokesperson. U.S. dealers will get 10 of the 14 new models introduced, she said.
"By choosing the Swedish venue for the model launch, Husqvarna Motorcycles paid homage to the brand's long and distinguished associations with the country," the company stated.
The 2014 model range features six new motocross bikes, including an 85cc minicross bike for young riders, and seven enduro models. All bikes feature a super-light chromium molybdenum steel frame with polyamide rear subframe, "a completely new innovation for motocross machines," the OEM announced.
All new models have advanced, fully adjustable WP suspension and "are driven by powerful and reliable engines ensuring they are firmly positioned at the top end of the offroad segment," the company noted.
The new Husqvarna MX range includes 250cc, 350cc and 450cc four-stroke models plus the 85cc minicross. "With innovation at the forefront, Husqvarna offers technical details completely new to motocross such as the polyamide rear subframe, which ensures both improved stability and flexibility. This allows the subframe to spring back into its original position very easily while at the same time offers optimal protection for air filter, battery and electric cables," the company noted.
The big enduro line for 2014 includes the TE125cc, 250cc and 300cc enduros with two-stroke engines along with the four-stroke FE250cc, 350cc, 450cc and 501cc bikes. "All models feature the advanced WP 4CS closed cartridge front fork with four separate chambers, which represents a premium class, front-end suspension system. The enduro range – except the TE125 – feature electric starters," Husqvarna said.
"The rear features an advanced shock with linkage system especially developed for enduro use, which is robust and effective for easy handling over rough terrain and for absorbing big hits. At the same time, the bikes are designed to provide optimal traction over smaller ruts and bumps," the company noted.