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2011 Husqvarna TC450 Prototype Revealed

Monday, April 26, 2010
Husqvarna TC450 Prototype
The new Husqvarna features a BMW engine and all-new chassis and suspension. It could be available this year.
Husqvarna Motorcycles has taken a big step in the dirt bike market ever since being acquired by BMW Motorrad. The combination of the two thus far has been mostly the application of the German’s purchasing power, marketing and production and refining techniques. The world has been waiting for a blend of the two manufacturers’ dirt bikes, and it’s finally happened with a prototype TC450 motocross machine. During our trip to the factory in Varese, Italy to ride the TE630, Husky reps promised a joint-effort bike very soon, and here it is. Husqvarna reports that the same platform will serve a TXC450 cross country and TE450 dual sport dirt bike.

It’s being called a 450/Open class machine, which may indicate the possibility for another big-bore machine, perhaps something along the lines of previous European open-classers like the 505/525/550. Just how close are the prototypes to being complete? Husky says the bike will be released later this year.

Husqvarna TC450 Prototype
Shock linkage on the top of the swingarm is big news for the new Husqvarna.
The new dirt bike uses BMW’s electric-start engine. Information is scarce, but looking at the photos reveals a dual-overhead cam, water-cooled, fuel-injected, 449cc 4-stroke tilted forward in what looks to be a steel chassis. Exhaust exits down the right side next to a fully adjustable Kayaba rear shock that connects via a linkage placed on top of the swingarm. This unconventional arrangement is definitely one of the most intriguing features. The swingarm pivot connects at the countershaft sprocket like the system BMW debuted on its G450X, meaning the chain tension will not change as the suspension compresses.

Other features include a fuel cell under the seat. Brembo brakes and wave rotors handle the stopping, and bodywork is minimal at best. The rear side panels and fender are so small they're almost trials-like. A Kayaba fork graces the front end.

Husqvarna has been testing at a private facility near the new production plant in Varese. We’ll continue to keep our eyes out on this project and post updates as they become available on the 2011 Husqvarna TC450, TXC450 and TE450.

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john -should work  July 13, 2010 10:58 PM
c.o.g should be nice and low coupled with the husqvarna frame mods should give a very light feel to the ride.
the engine is an unknown at this stage.
asthetically needs more italian input.

ben timson -totally agree  May 10, 2010 05:19 PM
This bike just looks like a german horrible, i am the best at every thing because i am german bike, wheres the fun wheres the smiles where the F is the italian bike, this is a descries and using a bmw engine have they no shame i own a wre 125 and i was thinking of getting another but it looks like husqvarna is now just a german ego well done bmw you'v destroyed husqvarna.
x111 -Husqvarna - Lost Tradition  May 7, 2010 09:10 PM
The bike looks promising, as far as the engine we have to wait and see! But what I can’t believe is that Husqvarna would sacrifice it’s 100 years of tradition and give up it’s dignity to recapture a small piece of the market share in the dirt bike industry! I love European dirt bikes and more so Italian made off-road bikes. But I see BWM slowly diluting Husqvarna chassis parts and brand name. I do commend the KTM & Husaberg relationship. Even though KTM owns Husaberg it does let Husaberg have it's own identity. I don’t see it with BMW & Husqvarna. (i.e. TEAM BMW HUSQVARNA MOTORSPORT)! C’mon! I see BMW converting Husqvarna into their own brand of production competition off-road motorcycles that they been so unsuccessful with in pass years. (i.e. the BWM G450X isn’t exactly in high demand and didn’t get good reviews from Dirt Rider Magazine, March 2009 Issue)! David Knight also proved that last year after quitting the BMW team before the end of the season and then to go on and win many more races on a private Kawasaki and now on a KTM after his departure from BMW! I was strongly considered purchasing a Husqvarna TC450 or a TXC450, but now I have turned my attention to purchasing a BETA or Aprilia these are two small but strong Italian made motorcycle companies that haven’t sold out their decades of tradition & brand name for a small piece of the off-road market share or to compete against the Big 5!
jack -?  May 7, 2010 09:31 AM
just came back from mx track n saw that bike,finnish enduro maestro juha salminen was riding it hardnfast.cooool........
LASOVAN -ALL EXPERTS,right...  May 5, 2010 08:43 PM
As i hear,chassis and weight distribution is done by the Husqvarna boys(it will handle well).The BMW motor is about 55 bhp,and it is reliable too(competing already),so wait with the gudgement.
R34 -Prototype  April 30, 2010 03:41 PM
Different, yes...innovative, Hmm...linkage on top? Wonder how that is going to perform. Well, I will say at least it "has" a linkage somewhere (ktm?). If they skimp on any more plastics, this bike won't have any! Where the heck is the frame?! oh wait, think i see it, thought it was the sub frame with those twig beams. Forward engine is a plus...looks like a gasgas in some aspects.
Bo -What are they doing!!!  April 30, 2010 08:14 AM
That bike is gonna ride like doo-doo. Huskies always sat too high for motocross and now they took the linkage up top and moved the engine even more forward; its gonna feel weird. The husky engine was the only reason to buy the brand because it was so easy to work on. Huskies are great desert/trail bikes because it was so easy to change up your counter sprockets...try that on this thing. I'm all for lowering the chassis and making it aluminum but not this. Change is great when it makes things better, not just simply merging the two worst aspects of two bike companies to make the CEO happy. At least they centered the fuel.
SCOOB -hopes  April 26, 2010 05:30 PM
I hope that this engine will be powerful from stock form and you will not need to buy expencive parts from catalog to make the bike competetive like you should with G450... And another hope that BMW will not cut 2-stroke bikes from HUSKY...
SCOOB_Ilya -hopes  April 26, 2010 05:17 PM
I hope that engine will be more powerfull than on G450 in stock form. And you will not need to buy editional parts to unleashed it...
Frank -Bad Heart Transplant  April 26, 2010 12:52 PM
Take a winning bike (Husqvarna) and replace its heart with one from a losing bike (BMW)? Now the bike needs some sort of fancy linkage to fix the weird ride from having the countershaft sprocket on swing arm pivot. The current Husky engine is great, why replace it with this?
x2468 -hmmm..  April 26, 2010 09:32 AM
It would seem to appear that this just got serious. Funny, just this morning i was pondering the future of both BMW off-road and Husqvarna with respect to one another. I suppose this is the answer.
Mike -X-Country and Dual Sport are all well and good, but...  April 26, 2010 08:48 AM
I cannot wait to see what a new SMR would be like!!