Husqvarna TE 449 RR

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  1. Trang

    Trang ... 2nd last to the Sweep

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    Well, according to the entry list of the 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2011, there are 2 Husqvarna TE449 RR bikes entered.:clap

    http://www.abudhabidesertchallenge.com/jart/prj3/desertchallenge/data/uploads/ADDC%202011/Moto_Entry_List.pdf

    This is not unexpected due to the BMW/Husqvarna 'Alliance', but i wasn't aware of any 'Rallye Kit' (tanks etc.) being available for the Husky yet? :huh

    I suppose it may be plausable that although they are 'Huskys', they may have some kind of hybrid build that incorporates G450X frames and Tanks, with the Husky engine? :deal

    Does anyone have any information/photos of these bikes? :ear
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    Bianchi Prata will be running the TE 449's I think.

    Frans (from what I was told a month or so ago) will be on the BMW...

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    Check out Bianchi Prata's facebook page for daily (!!) updates with pics and videos!
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  3. mikekay

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    They-the Husky 449RR- have been in the works for awhile. There was behind the scenes attempt to get a 2011 Husky dakar team, (and baja 1000 team) and rumor had it Mr. Riff Raff himself was asked to get on board. In the end it didnt come together.

    Its worth noting the frame and many other parts are different between the G450 BMW and the Husky 449, so kits and the like are not gonna bolt on both bikes. Plus of course the BMW is no longer in production.

    The Husky is a dakar natural in terms of the motor, and given all the G450 hiccups it makes sense to prove the motor at dakar.

    Ive thought about talking to them, Husky helped my in '07. Who knows. For sure its a bike to consider. That motor has great potential for an endurance race like this one.
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    Jaybo and me will get photos at scrutineering next week in Abu Dhabi of all the goodies on offer with the new bikes.
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  5. Trang

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    I sent an email to Speedbrain back in January making enquiries if they were going to make, or modify, their kit to suit the Husky frame, now that the BMW was out of production?

    Their response was:
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font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> Dear David,
    sorry for my late reply!
    In the near future we┬┤ll not switch our Rally Bike to Husqvarna. Sorry!

    Best regards,
    Katja Kunerth


    I thought this was an odd response considering that the BMW was out of production, so to now see an entry in the ADDC listed as:
    "Husqvarna Monster Energy Speedbrain - TE 449 RR"
    makes you wonder if they really understood what was going on?


    So the question still remains, for those wanting to race a Speedbrain TE449RR in Dakar 2012, do you need to buy not only the Bike, but also a blank G450X frame, so that you can mount the Speedbrain RR kit? :ear


    Will be interesting to see what Touratech come up with.
    According to Touratech UK, they are working with Safari tanks in Aus to build a long range tank to suit the 449.

    Its a little unfortunate, that waiting all these years waiting for a long range tank for the 450/510 Huskys, Safari finaly release it just as the bike model is superseeded. :cry
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    I've been told it is the same bike just rebadged.
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    Thats probably it :rofl
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    Fretigne having some fun;

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    Dakar wrap up;

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    Damn, Mr. Ex-Yamaha revs the sh!t out of that thing :eek1
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    tony.. thats how you ride a 4 stroke..

    funny the description on utube says BMW but the DC entry says Husky..
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  14. Trang

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    So what does the Chassis say: Husky or BMW ? :huh

    Must make it interesting at Scrutineerining. :ear
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    Pilbara In the flow...

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    The rally tank produced by Bert and Frans for the BMW is just fantastic. It is a pity that the Husky looks quite different in frame and sidecovers as it would be perfect if the Bert tank sold by Speedbrain could fit.

    The tank is so much better and practical than the Touratech/Safari effort for rally purposes. I have one and I know:deal

    I hope someone can convince Bert to tackle the Husky.

    Cheers
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    My Husky ('07 TE450) says MV Augusta :lol3 and was originally titled a Cagiva.

    Made it interesting at the RMV. :wink:
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    The new husqvarna has a cradle frame, I thought? and a six speed gearbox, and while the countershaft sprocket is still concentric, there are now two pivot spindles, making sprocket changes a not-removing-the-swingarm affair.
    The alternator cover is bigger on the husky...I think the oil capacity is up but only slightly.
    I dont know if the subframes are any different, and if the Dursmaa tank would still work as a bolt on.

    Dying to know more. :ear
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    Bert funded the design work Jos from Behego.com did for the G450X... Jos did the same for Aprilia RXV and European Honda's from Henk Hellegers...

    Earlier this year Jos was rumored to be asked to do some work on the Husky, have not heard anything since though...

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    Pilbara In the flow...

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    Would love to see some more shots of the Rota mould dies if you can?

    Cheers'
    Pilbara
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  20. tehdutchie

    tehdutchie Long timer

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    These are the RXV ones, 15.000 euros worth of machine time...

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    And the first one from the mould, sent to Italy to attend the Pharaos Rally 2010;

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    Demo fit;
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    A few little updates since, to facilitate multiple shock absorbers, some have the reservoir 'lengthwise' or 'sideways'.
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