2020 HUSQVARNA DUAL-SPORT AND OFF-ROAD RANGE ANNOUNCED

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THE All-NEW TE, FE, AND FEs RANGE INTRODUCES MAJOR ENGINE AND CHASSIS DEVELOPMENTS MATCHED TO PREMIUM TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRESSIVE OFF-ROAD FUNCTIONALITY

Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to launch the complete range of 2020 TE, FE, and FEs models – a revamped line-up of competition, off-road and dual-sport machines that introduce key chassis, suspension and engine developments to allow riders to further extend their limits of off-road potential.

All-new for 2020 are the off-road only FE 501 and FE 350. These models shed the road-going components of their dual-sport counterparts, the FE 501s and FE 350s, and feature more aggressive mapping and a less restrictive power pack, resulting in a lighter overall package and more power to put to the ground. Controlling this power is made easy with industry-leading Traction Control and a handlebar-mounted Map Select switch that allows the rider to select between two EFI maps, easily changing the engine character to suit the terrain or rider preference.

Delivering high levels of dynamic performance, class-leading power across all engine sizes and equipped with updated WP suspension, all 2020 models benefit from comfortable ergonomics and progressive design. Thanks to a new frame, subframe, shock linkage and bodywork, updated fork and shock settings, and premium components as standard, the entire Husqvarna Motorcycles off-road and dual-sport range will allow riders of all skill levels to easily find seamless flow and confidence while riding off-road or on.

Primed for the unpredictability of off-road riding, the new generation 2020 range combines unparalleled performance with advances in engine and chassis technology. Continuing the progression of off-road motorcycling, the new models offer improved handling, comfort and usability for both professional and amateur riders alike.

MAJOR CHASSIS UPGRADES

Continuing the brand’s leading approach to innovation, the entirely new generation of 2020 machines features new frames, subframes and bodywork and updated suspension and engines. All frames feature increased longitudinal and torsional rigidity, which when added to the new, lighter composite carbon fiber subframe, ensures exceptional handling, stability and rider feedback. New aluminum cylinder head mountings provide reduced vibration and optimized flex to further improve handling.

Updated 48 mm WP XPLOR front forks and WP XACT shocks offer simple adjustment, more consistent damping and better resistance to bottoming. Superior performance, comfort and traction is further enhanced thanks to the linkage system that reduces seat height, ensuring that riding over technical terrain is easier than ever.

ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD

Husqvarna Motorcycles 2020 off-road and dual-sport models are primed for the unpredictability of tackling challenging terrain thanks to new engines across the range, as well as revised exhaust systems and wiring harnesses.

An all-new TE 150i now stands beside the pioneering TE 250i and TE 300i, sharing the same proven 2-stroke fuel injection technology. Giving all the convenience of a modern 4-stroke at a fraction of the weight, the machine mixes a nimble and lightweight chassis with a compact and powerful engine. Benefitting from an electric starter as standard, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ continuous 2-stroke development ensures the TE 150i delivers maximum performance.

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The entire 4-stroke range features extensive engine upgrades for increased performance and rideability, with the FE 501 and FE 501s receiving a new cylinder head, as well as extensive revisions to the FE 350 and FE 350s engine.

Showcasing Husqvarna Motorcycles pioneering design direction, the MY20 off-road and dual-sport range features distinctive, new bodywork and graphics. Allowing riders to perform at the highest level for extended periods, the slimmed down bodywork and 10 mm reduction in seat height deliver ergonomics that ensure easier movement on the bike and confidence inspiring riding positions.



WHAT´S NEW IN 2020

  • New frame on all models offering increased longitudinal & torsional rigidity

  • TE 150i featuring electronic fuel injection

  • New 250 g lighter 2-piece subframe across the model range

  • Updated WP XPLOR fork with new mid-valve piston & setting

  • Updated WP XACT shock with new main piston & setting

  • New shock linkage dimension providing reduced seat height & added control

  • All-new exhaust systems for optimal performance & durability

  • New seat places the rider 10 mm closer to the ground

  • Improved cooling circuit with radiators mounted 12 mm lower

  • Progressive new bodywork design offering new and improved ergonomics

  • Updated 4-stroke engines offering improved performance & rideability

  • Off-road only 4-strokes with Map Select switch and Traction Control

  • 1° lower mounting on TE 250i/300i engines for improved front end traction

  • Updated TE 250i/300i cylinder for superior 2-stroke performance

FEATURES AND BENEFITS – 2-STROKES AND 4-STROKES

Frame: The chrome-moly steel frame is expertly crafted using hydro-formed tubes, which are laser-cut and robot-welded to ensure the highest levels of precision and quality. Harnessing advanced geometries, the frame is developed using specifically calculated parameters of longitudinal and torsional flex. For MY20 the frame features an increase in longitudinal and torsional rigidity providing improved rider feedback, energy absorption and stability. 

The cylinder head mountings are now forged aluminium on all models, further improving handling characteristics and comfort while on the TE 250i/300i the engine is mounted 1° lower at the swingarm pivot to improve front wheel traction and feeling.

  • The frame is finished off with a premium blue coloured powder coating and standard frame protectors, guaranteeing superior protection and durability.

  • Increased longitudinal and torsional rigidity → improved rider feedback, energy absorption and stability

  • Forged aluminium cylinder head mountings on all models

  • 1° lower mounting on TE 250i/300i engines → improved front-end traction and feel

  • Durable powder coated finish with standard frame protectors

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Composite carbon fibre subframe: Unique to Husqvarna Motorcycles, the carbon composite subframe showcases pioneering technologies and innovation. Using 70% polyamide and 30% carbon fibre, the new 2-piece subframe saves 250g for a total weight of just over 1 kg. Apart from being robust, specific care is taken by increasing the subframe’s length by 50 mm to create the perfect rigidity for exceptional handling and rider comfort.

  • New 2-piece subframe → 250g saving

  • Carbon fibre composite construction → light-weight and robust

  • Increased length → exceptional handling and comfort

Swingarm: The hollow cast aluminium swingarm offers optimal stiffness and reliability at the lightest possible weight. Specific machining allows for the chain adjustment slots to be seen from above, allowing for easy maintenance.

  • Optimal stiffness and reliability in a light-weight construction

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WP XPLOR fork: The WP XPLOR front forks consist of a 48 mm spring type layout with split rebound and damping functions. Compression damping is solely maintained by the left leg and rebound damping solely by the right leg. The result is simple adjustment through optimized easy access clickers (30 clicks) located on the top of each fork leg. Additionally, the standard preload adjusters are refined and allow for a 3-way preload adjustment without the use of tools.

Offering unsurpassed performance and comfort, the MY20 XPLOR forks features an updated mid-valve piston that delivers a more consistent damping function while a new setting allows the forks to operate higher in the stroke, delivering improved rider feedback and bottoming resistance.

  • WP XPLOR front fork → 48 mm spring type with split damping function

  • Updated preload adjusters

  • New mid-valve piston and setting → superior performance, feel and comfort

CNC machined triple clamps: The 22 mm offset black-anodised CNC machined triple clamps offer premium quality as standard on all Husqvarna Motorcycles enduro models. The triple clamps are expertly crafted using superior techniques and materials to provide high-levels of quality and reliability. A 2-way handlebar adjustment is standard and allows for customisable ergonomics.

  • CNC aluminium → finest quality and reliability

  • Adjustable handlebar position → adjustable ergonomics

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WP rear shock: Featuring a new main piston and updated settings, balanced with the new front-end set-up and frame rigidity, the WP XACT shock is further perfected to provide advanced damping characteristics while keeping a compact and light-weight design. With a pressure balance inside the shock, damping is consistent for superior rider comfort and handling. 

Using the same linkage progression found in the Husqvarna Motocross range, the rear-end now sits lower, improving control and comfort in extreme enduro conditions. Additionally, by using a softer spring rate and increased hydraulic damping the rear shock maintains comfort with added sensitivity and feel. The component is fully adjustable and delivers unrivalled traction, feeling and energy absorption. Rear wheel travel is 300 mm. 

  • New main piston and setting → balanced with new front-end set-up and frame rigidity

  • New Linkage progression → improved control and comfort

  • Pressure balance → consistent damping

  • 300 mm wheel travel

Magura hydraulic clutch: The reliable, high-quality, German-made clutch system guarantees even wear, near maintenance-free operation and perfect action in all conditions. Lever free play is constantly compensated so that the pressure point and function of the clutch remain identical in cold or hot conditions, as well as over time.

  • Magura hydraulic clutch → perfect action in all conditions

                                                                                                                 

Magura Brakes: The Magura braking system offers the highest level of braking performance while specifically tailored for enduro riding to deliver a sensitive action and feel. The 260 mm front and 220 mm rear waved brake discs by GSK keep weight to a minimum and offer complete braking confidence. 

  • Magura brake callipers and high-performance GSK discs → superior stopping power with unsurpassed sensitivity and action

ProTaper handlebars: ProTaper handlebars are second to none for function and style. Manufactured to exacting standards, the ProTaper handlebars features class-leading fatigue resistance while adding minimal weight. ProTaper logos are chemically applied and are scratch and peel resistant. 

  • ProTaper handlebars → class-leading function and style

Grips and throttle assembly: The ODI lock-on grip on the left side requires no gluing, while on the right, the vulcanised grip features an innovative integrated throttle mechanism. The assembly has easy free-play adjustment and, by changing a cam, throttle progression can be altered.

  • Throttle assembly and ODI grips → easily alter throttle progression; easy grip mounting without glue

Map switch, traction control: Designed for easy operation, the standard map switch on all 4-stroke models selects between 2 EFI maps and activates the traction control. Traction control features an updated setting offering improved traction and control on slick terrain. 

Traction control is selected to an onor offposition from the switch and functions by analysing throttle input from the rider and the rate at which RPM increases in the engine. If the RPM increases too quickly, the EMS registers a loss of grip and reduces the amount of power to the rear wheel ensuring maximum traction. 

Additionally, all 2-strokes are also fitted with a standard map switch allowing selection between 2 ignition curves based on conditions or rider preference.

  • Standard handlebar map switch → alter engine characteristics according to conditions and rider preference

  • Traction control → optimal traction in all conditions

Engine Management System (EMS:) Apart from controlling EFI parameters on the 4-strokes, the Keihin EMS features selectable engine maps via the switch on the handlebar, as well as traction control. Combined with the gear sensor, power delivery is tailored for each gear.

The EMS features new map settings adapted to the new engine characteristics, exhaust and airbox design to deliver the perfect response and control in ever changing conditions.

  • Keihin EMS → smaller, lighter and faster at processing engine data for more efficient engine management

  • New map settings 

  • Gear sensor → specific engine maps for each gear

On the 2-strokes, the EMS features an electronic control unit (ECU) which is responsible for a number of functions. The unit determines the ignition timing, the amount of fuel and oil injected and additionally receives information from the throttle position sensor, ambient air and intake pressure sensors as well as crankcase pressure and water temperature sensors to adapt values and make corrections for automatic temperature and altitude compensation eliminating the need to change carburettor jetting as in the past.

  • 2-stroke EMS → modern engine management eliminating the need for jetting changes

Throttle body: The 4-stroke range features a 42 mm Keihin throttle body. The injector is positioned to ensure the most efficient flow into the combustion chamber. To ensure optimal throttle response the throttle cable is mounted directly without a throttle linkage, to provide more immediate throttle response and feeling. A new throttle cable routing eases maintenance allowing the cable to be accessed more seamlessly.

  • Throttle body → 42 mm, injector positioned for optimal flow, more immediate throttle response thanks to direct cable mounting

  • New throttle cable routing → more seamless access

The 2-strokes use a 39 mm throttle body, which regulates the amount of air entering the engine via a butterfly valve operated by dual throttle cables connected to a new handlebar throttle assembly. Unlike 4-stroke throttle bodies, fuel is not introduced at this point, but rather 2-stroke oil is mixed with the air entering the engine to lubricate the crankshaft, cylinder and piston. Additionally, a throttle position sensor (TPS) relays airflow data to the ECU, which in turn calculates the amount of oil and fuel delivered to the engine while a bypass screw regulates the idling speed and a cold start device opens a bypass providing more air for cold starts.

  • 39 mm throttle body → regulates air flow, TPS relays airflow data

Exhaust system: Tailored specifically for each model using an innovative 3D design process, the 2-stroke header pipes offer further improvements in geometry and performance. The TE 250i/300i header pipe is 25 mm narrower and offers more ground clearance making it less susceptible to damage while a corrugated surface makes the header pipe more durable and resistant to damage from rocks and other hazards found on enduro trails. The 2-stroke mufflers feature a new aluminium mounting bracket with new internals and less dense packaging material for more efficient noise damping and a weight saving of 200g.

The 4-stroke exhaust systems are expertly designed to deliver leading performance at the lowest possible weight. The header pipe is separated in two pieces, designed to be as compact as possible. The new header pipe also features a new joining position allowing it to be removed without detaching the rear shock. The new silencer is shorter and more compact without increasing the noise level. The component is crafted from light-weight aluminium and is stylishly finished in a new coating that proudly displays the Husqvarna logo.

  • New exhausts → light-weight, optimal performance

  • Corrugated surface on TE 250i/300i → more durable against damage

  • New header joining position on 4-stroke → removable without detaching rear shock

Electric start and wiring harness: All TE and FE models come standard with an electric starter. The system uses a compact and light-weight Li-Ion battery, which is 1 kg lighter than a conventional battery. With several years of experience of electric starters on Husqvarna Motorcycles’ enduro models, the proven reliability is second to none, ensuring a quick and seamless start in all conditions. 

Additionally, an optimised wiring harness improves the packaging and concentrates all needed electrical components in a common area for easy accessibility. This improved packaging also allows the seat base to be moved downward reducing the seat height by 10 mm.

Integrated cooling system and radiators: The radiators are expertly crafted using high-strength aluminium. CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) is used to channel air through the radiators more efficiently and provide optimal cooling in all conditions.The system is integrated into the frame allowing for improved cooling by channelling coolant through the frame while eliminating the need for additional hoses. New to the system is a 4 mm larger centre tube that runs through the frame. The new tube reduces the pressure at this point in the system allowing for a more consistent coolant flow.

Additionally, the new radiators are mounted 12 mm lower, closer to the centre of gravity for improved handling agility. 

All 4-stroke models are fitted with radiator fans as standard. 2-stroke radiator fan kits are available from the Accessories catalogue.

  • Integrated cooling → maximum efficiency in minimum space

  • New central tube → more consistent coolant flow

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Fuel tank: The 8.5-litre polythene fuel tanks incorporate a quick release filler cap and an integrated fuel pump. The fuel pump is optimised with a new internal line routing directly from the pump to the flange, for improved fuel flow. Additionally, the external fuel line has moved inward making it less exposed and susceptible to damage. A fuel level sensor is incorporated on all models.

Airbox and tool-less air filter access: The airbox is designed with precisely positioned inlet ducts aimed at preventing air deformation to ensure maximum airflow and maximum filter protection. The air filter is easily accessed, without tools, by removing the left side panel. Easy maintenance is guaranteed by the Twin Air filter and filter cage design, which features a simple fail proof mounting system for safe and accurate filter installation.

  • Airbox → maximum air flow and filter protection

  • Filter mounting system → safe and accurate protection against dirt

  • Tool-less filter access → easy and fast maintenance

Wheels: Black high-strength alloy rims by D.I.D with laser engraved logos are coupled to CNC machined hubs using light-weight spokes and silver anodised aluminium nipples. The nipples incorporate a new design reducing the frequency of spoke checks and maintenance.

  • Light-weight but strong and reliable construction → minimum unsprung weight

Tires: The enduro range features Metzeler 6 Days Extreme tires. The FIM approved tyres offer advanced grip in a wide variety of different terrain.

  • Metzeler 6 Days Extreme tyres → advanced grip in all conditions 

Bodywork: The enduro generation features fresh, new bodywork. This new bodywork clearly showcases Husqvarna Motorcycles’ pioneering design direction in offroad motorcycling. Aside from the Swedish-inspired design, the ergonomics are tailored to deliver greater comfort and control, enabling riders to perform at their highest level for extended periods of time. Developed from extensive testing, the contact points have been slimmed down making movement between riding positions increasingly seamless. 

The new seat profile (thanks to the improved packaging of the wiring harness) reduces the total seat height by 10 mm, which when combined with the new seat cover deliver superior comfort and control in all conditions.

  • New bodywork → distinctive looks, modern design and graphics

  • Ergonomics → confidence-inspiring riding position in all riding situations

  • Seat → Reduced seat height by 10 mm with improved comfort and control in all conditions

The new Husqvarna 2020 TE models will be available at authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers starting in July of 2019, while the 2020 FE and FEs models arrive in September of 2019.

(*European spec models shown)

For more Information go to: https://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/us/

 

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