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2011 Husaberg TE250-TE300 2-Stroke First Look

Friday, July 9, 2010
2011 Husaberg TE 250
Husaberg has jumped into the 2-stroke market for 2011.
What business does a 4-stroke company like Husaberg have with 2-stroke dirt bikes? Over the course of their 22-year history, the answer is none, but that changes for 2011. The KTM subsidiary is joining the 2-stroke market with a 250cc and 300cc enduro design for the new model year.

Despite swirling rumors of a direct fuel-injected 2-stroke for ‘11, Husaberg has not imitated its 70-degree cylinder rotation and EFI with a smoker engine. Don’t feel sad, however, because the good news is there will be a TE250 and TE300 model available (TE=2-stroke enduro, FE=4-stroke enduro). The 249cc and 293.2cc machines are electric- and kick-start and are equipped with a headlight, designed to compete in the E2 and E3 World Enduro Championship racing divisions.

Husaberg claims it was looking into 2-stroke technology during the planning and design stage for the 4-stroke lineup that was released in 2009 – the purpose being to give 2-stroke handling characteristics to the 4-strokes. Since it was already examining the technology, it was easy to keep moving forward and develop its own line of premixers.

The direct connection with KTM (the largest 2-stroke manufacturer) certainly influenced the move and the two brands will likely have some interchangeable parts, much like the 4-stroke line. Still, when was the last time we saw a legitimate new entry to a market that has been considered “dying” ever since booming modern Thumpers became the norm? According to Husaberg’s International Sales Manager, David Larsson, the 2-stroke market is actually growing, and Husaberg intends to stand atop dirt bike enduro racing regardless of engine configuration.

2011 Husaberg TE 250
A 250cc and 300cc version will be available, but neither are coming to America this year.
Brembo brakes are the industry standard and have made the list. Same goes for the hydraulic clutch. Dual ignition maps are available at the flick of a handlebar-mounted switch. The soft and hard settings provide different power characteristics to suit alternate terrain. The exhaust power valve is also adjustable.

With 2.9 gallons of fuel available, riders will be able to take less pit stops and enjoy longer range, and a six-speed transmission provides longer legs to do it with. A closed-cartridge WP fork graces the front end with compression and rebound adjustment and is held in place by a black anodized, billet aluminum triple clamp. A WP PDS shock handles things out back with preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound controls. A single-piece, plastic skidplate and engine guards protect the underbelly and the subframe is aluminum.

Ready for the bad news? The TE250 and TE300 enduro bikes won’t be coming to America. So, for now you’ll just have to enjoy the following photos and video, courtesy of Husaberg.

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2011 Husaberg TE250/TE300 Photos
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Burhan -No DI?  January 11, 2011 03:00 PM
I would really consider them if they were Direct Injected. Maybe next year?
bob t -single track t  January 2, 2011 10:53 AM
who cares who builds the bikes, if they are ktm you know they are a solid ride !!!
leadvillehusky -well....  December 30, 2010 04:59 PM
ok husaberg started as the guys behind the best 4 stroke ever! the first and second gen. husqvarna 4stroke, than husaberg! well ktm saved them but stole some much needed r&d. ever ride a early lc4.now they gota sell more blue bikes! well i would love it! dam kicker is on the wrong side!
Ren Schmidt -Pres. Revanche2strokes.com  December 14, 2010 09:57 AM
All of the EU nations that are producing 2 strokes need to put them into competition spotlights, it's not enough just to sell them, they need to be represented AND supported. Some of these companys come off looking like they want to build strokers, but don't have any faith in them, and if they did, they would race them in the publics eye. Don't they realize that their sales would increase 20 fold, and be looked upon as heroes in a day of loud, expensive, droning 4 strokes. If they think that "pushing" 2 strokes would hurt their 4 stroke sales, don't they care about the sales/future of the 2 stroke? Come on guys, we stroker fans range in the millions and we are tired of having to watch the 4 strokes race and the incorrect opinions being based on there not being any 2 strokes, because they can't cut it.
Poodleman of Oz -Husaberg rule  October 14, 2010 01:15 PM
To all you pumpkin riders, guess what Husaberg's moto was b4 being bought by KTM. You may have heard it, 'Ready to race'! Sound familiar. Face the facts, KTM's are powered by Husaberg ideas.
Gil K -111  August 12, 2010 08:09 PM
Hey whats up I am from the U.S.A Pennsylvania, never saw te 250 bike or their for never heard of your bikes. Interested in getting one but never saw them on the market. I grew up riding on yamaha but sold everyhting to go to college, but now all my friends are starting to ride and race agian and would like to get a fresh start with a new bike never heard of. If anybody from husaberg could send me an email with more information that would be great.

Bolts -Where do you think the new generation KTM 4 strokes came from???  July 23, 2010 03:08 AM
Why did KTM buy Husaberg so they could steel a decent 4 stroke engine
david -HUSABERG OWNER  July 22, 2010 01:57 AM
david -HUSABERG OWNER  July 19, 2010 01:42 AM
to chris and steve and alan you only look with one orange eye. top job husaberg read IT ADB BOYS BIKE OF YEAR 570FE
SINCERE -BIKES  July 14, 2010 07:39 PM
Alan -6 speed  July 12, 2010 06:08 AM
KTM is 6 speed for 2011
Nick -Needs fuel injection  July 11, 2010 09:30 AM
They should make a fuel injected 2 stroke
x2468 -N/A  July 10, 2010 09:25 PM
Well this is kinda weird. ISn't Husaberg the company whose moto was "4-stroke force"?? Either way glad to see a new smoker on the line up, would have liked to see something that stands out from the Ktm 250 and 300 a little more. ALTHOUGH, I beleive i heard 6-speed gearbox??? that could be big for ktm 2-stroke riders, since i remember many of them loving their bikes but griping about the 5-speed gearbox, and wishing for a 6 speed
Alan -Blue KTM  July 10, 2010 05:26 AM
Chris, exactly. This is just a blue KTM. Kind of deceiving in the video. That's bad PR in my opinion.
Chris -KTM you mean  July 9, 2010 08:55 PM
I like how he talks in the video like they made the bike from scratch Its is a ktm with blue plastics It's not just similar , it is the exact same bike Maybe a few detail little things but give me a break
R34 -More 2-Stroke 300's?  July 9, 2010 04:15 PM
Awesome...maybe the reserve list for KTM300's will be shorter after this model releases. Keep the smokers alive!
Steve -Name thieves  July 9, 2010 12:51 PM
They really couldn't come up with another 2 letter combination for their 2 stroke bikes? Husky already has a TE250!
andy -???  July 9, 2010 12:34 PM
...a blue KTM...??? whats new on that??