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2011 Husqvarna TC449 First Ride Photo Gallery
The reserve tank is transparent and can be seen from either side of the bike, making it easy to keep track of low fuel.
Husqvarna introduces the all-new TC449 motocross bike for 2011. This motocross bike from Husqvarna is unique with an unconventional design. Read the full review in our
2011 Husqvarna TC449 First Ride
The concentric swingarm pibot gives the rear end a slightly different feel, but it's not unusually noticeable.
The Brembo dual caliper brake up front and single rear are said to be 8% lighter on the 2011 model.
Husky's new styling has developed a sleek, sexy appeal, but there's more under the hood that's worth noting.
Balance between the Kayaba shock and fork is the biggest issue.
Power delivery is non-aggressive and feels a little slower than it probably is due to the bike's weight.
The spacious cockpit offers easy movement, but muscling the bike takes effort, particularly in the air.
Gone is the split exhaust header and the pipe now exits along the right side, ending with Akrapovic’s top-of-the-line muffler with carbon fiber bracket.
Though it contributes to weight, electric starting is worth it, and the TC is not equipped with a kickstart lever.
Given the conditions and the heft of the machine, the brakes are adequate, though not particularly powerful.
A Kayaba shock has a unique layout with the linkage located on top of the swingarm rather than underneath.
The fuel cap is located at the rear of the seat, which feeds two cells, a 1.7 gallon primary located where a traditional airbox would be, and a 0.5 gallon “reserve” which is held low, resting just above the engine cases.
Dual ignition maps offer a hard and soft setting and can be switched by a button on the right handlebar. Riders cannot change maps while riding.
Fuel injection, a revised motor and unique suspension arrangement make the TC449 unlike any other motocross bike currently available.
It seems like the TC449 would be best on rough tracks with few jumps.
Motoring up the Italian circuit's long hills proved the motor is very user friendly.
The Husky likes flowing lines where it can eat up rough stuff.
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