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 reserve tank is transparent and can be seen from either side of the bike, making it easy to keep track of low fuel.
- 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.
- The spacious cockpit offers easy movement, but muscling the bike takes effort, particularly in the air.
- Power delivery is non-aggressive and feels a little slower than it probably is due to the bike's weight.
- Balance between the Kayaba shock and fork is the biggest issue.
- 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.
- 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.