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Old 06-18-2011, 12:54 PM   #61
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I fitted Mecasystems rad guards. The fit is very good, and there is no reduction in air flow. Rode the bike in 100 degree weather on 1st and 2nd gear single track last week with no issues.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:16 AM   #62
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2012 Changes

The range topping TE449 and TE511 have evolved considerably for 2012. Feedback from the factory race team has seen a host of changes introduced on the big four strokes, again starting with a new frame with increased rigidity. The rear shock has been shortened and revalved, new radiators fitted with extra cooling capacity, remapped fuel injection for smoother power delivery, a new lighter and simpler wiring harness and a new one piece rear mudguard take the 2012 bikes up another level.

http://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.co....x?itemid=13759

I have a query regarding the compatibility of the rear mudguard with the current model in with Husky UK, I will update when/if I get a reply.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:48 AM   #63
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Anybody got one of these?:

http://www.touratech.com/shops/008/p...d98c6bd67703d1
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:26 AM   #64
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No, but thinking about getting one.
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Old 06-21-2011, 03:15 AM   #65
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2012

2012 Husqvarna TE449: Evolution of the Species
The experience gained over the last year has made the new TE449 an even more competitive bike. The basic profile is unchanged, the 449 is still the bike that inspires love at first sight, with all the innovative technical features that put it amongst the market leaders in the sector. It was already exclusive, now it has become more stream lined and efficient. Aesthetically it is more pleasing, the chassis is now black, the rims anodised silver, new graphics emphasise the flow of the lines that express functionality, lightweight and style. The ergonomic side panels allow the rider more freedom of movement, the integrated in-mould graphics are guaranteed to last. The days of "adhesive" graphics that come off with the second power wash are gone.But races are won by the stopwatch, not on the catwalk, and the changes in handling and mechanics make the new TE449 a more reliable bike, tough and competitive enough to win and keep winning!
Stronger frame, lower profile
The new version uses more 25CrMo4 chrome-moly steel to reinforce the steering head, the seatrail and engine mounts. The rear section – now a single piece rear fender – is stronger and more streamlined and the entire electrical system has been simplified and lightened. The styling and layout have been completely redesigned; it has better balance, with new suspension settings and the Kayaba rear shock is shorter by 4 mm, further reducing seat height.The top of the range rear suspension uses Kayaba components (adjustable for rebound and compression) and an upside down linkage, combining the advantages of progressive linkage with a sheltered location. The front suspension (48 mm diameter forks) has been improved with more progressive damping. The rear shock is better shielded for additional protection.These modifications are the result of the collaboration between the Husqvarna R&D team and the official racing team, further stream lining the frame, designed to concentrate weight on the bike's centre-of-gravity and minimize chain-torque. The steel tubing perimeter frame was designed for the CTS - Coaxial Traction System – which on the TE449 reduces to a minimum the influence of the final transmission on dynamic handling and steering. With the gearbox output shaft coaxially aligned with the swingarm pivot, the torque generated by the powerful 450cc engine now has almost no influence on the handling, and above all allows the engine to be placed as far to the rear as possible. This optimises the wheelbase and enables the forward slant of the cylinder head,which lowers the centre of gravity and allows straighter inlet tracts for the engine.

The braking system is the trusted Brembo. The front braking disc has a diameter of no less than 260 mm, with a twin piston floating caliper, while the 240 mm rear disc has a light and compact single piston floating caliper.
More linear power delivery
The single cylinder, four valve, twin cam titanium valve engine is a recent design and needed few modifications, just some minor changes to the power curve. To better access and exploit all the power of the TE449, the designers concentrated on the mapping of the Keihin injection, which controls the action of the twin flap 46mm throttle body. Fine tuning included the balancing of the engine thermodynamics with the light steel Akrapovic exhaust, developed in collaboration with theprestigious Slovenian manufacturer. The efficiency of the cooling circuit was improved with a change to the radiator, introducing a new WP component. Unchanged are the six gears and clutch with soft and progressive hydraulic action. Weight is saved by eliminating a kick starter, which has proved to be superfluous, given the efficient and reliable electric ignition with high-power battery
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:43 AM   #66
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Received a response from Husky UK:

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Hi Ian,

Thanks for your enquiry.


At this point we haven't had the 2012 parts information so we don't know if the sub frame has changed to accommodate the new panel. It's unlikely the factory have gone to such an extreme change but until we get the parts information we can't actually confirm the panel will fit.


Please keep in touch with your local dealer who will receive the parts information at the same time as we do.




Best regards...Dave
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:42 PM   #67
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Dan is looking into it, but I am hoping to find someone with a copy of it now. There are a few things I am curious about, including the word FAIL on the dash every now and then.
Any luck finding a service manual? I need one.
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Old 06-28-2011, 05:05 AM   #68
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My dealer gave me copies with my bikes. Want me to look up something specific?
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Old 06-28-2011, 05:46 AM   #69
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Oh, and FAIL means "fuel injection system malfunction" according to the owners manual.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:47 AM   #70
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This whole thread is useless without pics
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:03 PM   #71
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When I roll the key on, on my 450, I see "sel 2", then "fail", then "sel 1". This is the ECM trying to select map 2 (stock), "failing" to select map 2 (because I have the resistor in), causing it to select map 1 (power up/race).

AKA normal operation.

Those 449's sure are sexy
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:06 PM   #72
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Old 06-29-2011, 03:04 AM   #73
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Oh alright, here is mine (before it got Barkbusters and various TT extras fitted at the weekend):

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Old 07-13-2011, 03:27 PM   #74
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Is a 2010 GX450 even worth considering? Local dealer has one with 10 miles on it. Nice looking bike, good componenets.

They are 5 speeds? The HSQ is 6? WTF is that about?

Does it really have a SS frame?

Ohlins shock, marzocchi forks, and that zippy FI motor.

What is a good price?
Or are they just junk? Skip it?

Thanks guys...
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:29 PM   #75
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you should ask over in the G450X thread. I like mine just fine.
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