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– 2010 Husqvarna TE449
2010 Husqvarna TE449
HUSQVARNA TE449: A NEW BREED The line is completely new: slim, svelte and refined. The single piece side panel runs from where traditionally the fuel tank would be, all the way back to the rear mudguard, allowing the rider free and unhindered movement. There is no chance of snagging boots or jeans on the edges of the panels with this design. Besides the aesthetic and ergonomic aspects, the new design also makes maintenance easier as the air filter, rear shock and throttle body can all be accessed with ease. The long seat, which runs from the rear mudguard to the steering head, offers completely free longitudinal movement. The idea behind the TE 449 is ‘mass centralisation’ – to keep the weight of the bike concentrated as close as possible to the centre of gravity and to design a chassis which adapts perfectly to the demands of competitive Enduro racing. This solution, which Husqvarna calls CTS (Coaxial Traction System), eliminates the variation in the length of the chain during rear suspension movement, minimising the effect of the final drive on the bikes handling. This solution allows a longer swing arm whilst still retaining a wheelbase similar to our competitors, ensuing greater traction, which for Enduro means tangible advantages. The chassis layout allows the modern DOHC engine to be mounted closer to the centre of the bike, whilst tilting the cylinder further forward allows a long and straight air intake path at the same time as keeping the centre of gravity as low as possible. Again, continuing the theme of mass centralisation, the two part fuel tank design provides a total of 8.5 litres capacity in a low mounted 2 litre pump housing and a 6,5 litre under seat main tank.
The under seat fuel tank layout permits the airbox to be located in a protected and fluidodynamically favourable position above the engine with the actual air intake being at the height of the steering column, in a raised and sheltered position to minimise the intake of dust or water. The gear ratios for both the Enduro and MX versions have been completely changed: the Enduro now uses a 6 speed transmission and the ratios have been modified on the basis of the experience gained during Salminen and Tarkkala’s races. The ignition timing has been optimised with maps specific to the two different capacities and exhaust systems. The perimeter design chassis is made of high strength steel tubing. The geometry of the rear suspension is revolutionary, with a new linkage mounted on top of the alloy swing arm. The advantages of the CTS system compared to the traditional systems are huge. During the suspension movement along the whole stroke, the chain is not subject to any change in length. The tension of the chain remains constant regardless of the swing arm position, while the chain and sprockets benefit from reduced wear. The new TEs are equipped with the most advanced components in the Off Road sector. For the front brake, there is a Brembo system with floating caliper and 260 mm wave rotor, while the rear brake consists of a floating calliper operating on a 240 mm rotor. The suspension is entrusted in full to the specialists of Kayaba, with 48 mm forks, adjustable for compression and rebound damping and a Kayaba rear shock absorber designed specifically for Enduro use with settings optimised in collaboration with the racing team. New Husqvarna TE 449: the perfect combination of elements to win every challenge.
Summary of new items on enduro models for 2010:
– NEW IPD (IN–MOULD PLASTIC DECORATION) GRAPHICS ON TANK SIDES AND NUMBER PLATE HOLDER.
– NEW STRONGER, MORE FLEXIBLE PLASTICS.
– NEW 48 MM KAYABA FORKS (EXCLUDING WR 125 AND TE449).
– NEW FORK CLAMPS FOR KAYABA FORKS
– NEW MORE POWERFUL FRONT HEADLIGHT (ON TE MODELS)
– NEW REAR MUDGUARD WITH INTEGRATED RACE NUMBER PLATE AND HOMOLOGATED NUMBER PLATE. MORE
AGGRESSIVE, COMPACT LOOK.
– NEW REAR LAMP CLUSTER WITH MORE POWERFUL/BETTER-PROTECTED LED LIGHTS.
– NEW EXHAUST PIPE (WR 125 – WR 300) FOR IMPROVED POWER DISTRIBUTION
– NEW SILENCER (WR 125)
– FRAME REINFORCED IN THE MOST CRITICAL AREAS (WR125 AND ALL TES)
– REAR SWING ARM SHORTENED BY 15 MM (TE) FOR IMPROVED TRACTION AND MANOEUVRABILITY.
– NEW RADIATOR CONNECTORS AND HOSES. (TE MODELS ONLY)
– NEW MORE POWERFUL WATER PUMP (TE MODELS ONLY)
– NEW SACHS REAR SHOCK ABSORBER (WR125)
– TE 250 COMPLETELY NEW MODEL WITH FUEL INJECTED ENGINE
2010 Husqvarna TE449 – Specifications
MSRP: $TBA USD
TDA. See Husqvarna.