Husqvarna being sold to KTM!!!

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Yellow Pig, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Yellow Pig

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    :huh

    The TE 449/511 are rooted in the BMW 450 and the new TR650 Terra from the G650 BMW - wonder what's gonna power the next gen Husqvarna? :D
    With KTM being owned by Bajaj.... the next Huskies will probably get the Enfield Bullet 350 :lol3

    The X Lite in the 250/310 is sure a sweet motor, hope it sticks around.
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  5. Yellow Pig

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    This is bad news in my opinion: If the deal goes through I don't think KTM will build Huskies that will compete with its line up.

    I suspect Husky will become ktms budget brand
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    :ear how much for the leetle husky?----:deal :lol3
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    Seems odd, doesn't it? KTM already has Husaberg. Is this just an elimination of competitors or what? I was impressed with Husqvarna's performance at Dakar this month for what appeared to be their first serious attempt at the event. The oddest part is that BMW seems to be at a point where they should start reaping their financial efforts with the product.
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    I'd like to see a Terra/690R fornication come out of this :nod

    The huskys I rode recently at the PJs ride day felt really nice, great suspension. I didn't ride the hotrod model but I heard it ran well.
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    Nah........too easy! :rofl
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    no way!

    if true Version 2 of the TR650 is gonna be friggin unreal!!!
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    I'll bring the 310 down, take if for a rip. :nod
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    Isn't it possible that the moto press simply got it wrong? :wink:
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    What will this mean for Husky's small engine line? A KTM leaf blower?:evil
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    Bring it down, the dez is pretty close to the house. We're headed out sunday at 11. it's about a 3 or 4 hr tour, starwars canyon, skinney ridges, secret singletrack, bombing run, widow maker, little moab etc.. check all that apply :lol3
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  15. Hair

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    KTM will deal with Husky the same why that is deals with Husaberg. Maybe keep a shell of it around to support sales and use as a platform for trying out new ideas. But other than that, Husky is dead.
    Even look within KTM's own line up. Bikes doesn't live long in the KTM stable. 950 SER was a direct answer to BMW's R1200R enduro. The 640 adventure was modeled after something (hell I don't know) maybe a Dakar race bike or the KLR. But it's no longer here. They invent models all the time. Most are very short lived.

    As far as I can tell this will be good news for lesser brands like GasGas.
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    Not sure I agree with all of that.... the LC4 had been around a while and was getting long in the tooth, so when they acquired Husaberg to develop a next-gen motor, the RFS was born.
    The LC4 was still around for a while....and now the 690 has an updated version.
    The RFS served well, and the morphed into the XC4 and others. If by "short lived" you mean they are continuously updated and refined - then yes :D

    It will be curious to see what engines Husqvarnas end up with now that the ties to revamped BMW mills would seem to be gone.
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    Interesting. Does give them access to additonal intellectual resources, processes and maybe technology. If they leave the company as a seperate operation competeing with themselves in effect and making both brands better. If they want to have a test platform for new ideas then yeah we might see some anomolies in the brand but it'll be differentiated in some way in the market place which might mean a less competitive, less high end components etc..
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    And since the RFS motor was developed, Huasberg has been left for dead. A couple of years ago I hosted some riders from Sweden. They said that the Husaberg engineers who developed the 70 degree motor were only allowed to use KTM parts. So they took to motors cut them and came up with the 70 degree motor. When Husaberg copied the KTM 300. All the desert riders said that they could have least made it a 380. That would have kept berg alive in spirit. But now the entire line is KTM product, so one could argue that Husaberg is dead.

    And yes the LC4s motors have not died. But Where is the 690 adventure? And where is the 990 SER or even the 1190 SER? The KTM 400 has come and gone. Same with the 505.
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    I always thought that BMW bought Husky to have more dirt-bike under their roof without doing all the R&D from scratch. Does this mean that BMW doesn't care about dirt any more? Or perhaps they learned all they wanted to learn?
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