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KTM defies downward sales spiral

Whatever KTM is doing, it seems to be working because the company, together with its acquisition Husqvarna, is defying the worldwide downward motorcycle sales spiral.

The Austrian manufacturing group has just posted record revenue, sales and earnings results for the ninth time in a row. 

KTM group sold 135,711 motorcycles in the first half of 2019 consisting of 115,318 KTM motorcycles and 20,393 Husqvarnas. That’s up 7% on last year.

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In Australia, KTM sales are slightly down 4.9% in the first half of the year compared with the 11.4% marketwide downward spiral.

However, KTM is the only company in Australia with increased road bike sales, up 9.1%.

Meanwhile, Husqvarna is down 13.6% and 23.8% in road bikes.

Australian market third-quarter results are expected to be announced in the first week of October.

It will be interesting to see how KTM performs after the factory bought the distribution rights to KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles in Australia and New Zealand in June

Australia is the third largest market in the world for KTM.

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So what is KTM doing right?

For a long time KTM has been successful on the track and showroom floor with dirt bikes.

Several years ago they realised they could not realistically grow their market share anymore in this sector, so they started to concentrate on road bikes.

KTM has always been successful in converting Sunday track wins to sales, so maybe it has something to do with its MotoGP involvement, although they will pull out of supplying the Moto2 chassis from next year.

Perhaps it is the right mix of motorcycles that is KTM’s strength.

Despite its MotoGP involvement, the company has spurned the sagging super bike market.

Instead, their line-up is comprised of high-performing, modern-styled supermotos, naked, sports tourers and adventure bikes.

Whatever they are doing, it might be time for other manufacturers to look at the KTM sales model.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 arrives at $17,595 Ride Away

Husqvarna Motorcycles Australia’s Real Street Range continues to expand with the introduction of the sleek new Husqvarna Svartpilen 701, available now at Husqvarna Street Dealers for $17,595 Ride Away.

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 increases Husky’s range for road riders with their unique take on the segment.

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2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 is a single-cylinder street explorer that boasts a progressive mix of classic thinking and modern design with styling cues that take inspiration from the flat-track scene.

2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701
2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

Svartpilen 701 rolls on lightweight 18-inch front and 17-inch rear black cast alloy wheels.

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2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

Despite its low profile, the seat of the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 integrated into the tail uses high-quality materials that Husky claim are both comfortable and durable.

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2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

The rear-end is a standout component of the design, with a flat track-type side panel, as well as a swingarm-mounted license plate and turn signals.

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

The minimalist 12-litre fuel tank is a focal point of the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701’s style with an aluminium filler cap that displays the Husqvarna Motorcycles logo.

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

Riders will appreciate the off-road style of handlebars and risers, which add to the comfortable ergonomics and result in an upright riding position. Forged aluminium triple clamps have been designed to ensure high levels of strength.

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2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

There is a prominent digital display unit that displays necessary information, situated directly above the subtle number board style front panel.

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

Its premium LED headlight with a daytime running light around the circumference makes for an unmistakable identity in all conditions, as does the LED tail light.

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2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

Visit www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com.au for further information

Source: MCNews.com.au

KTM factory takes over Australian distribution

The KTM factory has bought the distribution rights to KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles in Australia and New Zealand, the company’s third largest market in the world for KTM.

Factory ownership will give Aussie KTM and Husqvarna riders and dealers an increased level of support, says KTM Group Australia and New Zealand GM Jeff Leisk.

KTM bikes had been distributed by Automotive Holdings Group for 25 years and in recent years they also imported Husqvarna and WP Suspension.

KTM factory Australia adds WP Suspension and gear
WP Suspension

The Austrian factory bought 26% of the company in 2017 and from July will own 100% in a deal that values the business at $18 million.

KTM chief marketing officer Hubert Trunkenpolz says the transaction “reinforces our commitment to the Australian and New Zealand markets”.

“This is a very positive development for the KTM dealer network and the KTM customer in both countries,” he says.

The change will have no impact on KTM Group staff or established dealer networks for KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP Suspension, a company statement says.

The four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, plus BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle are the only other motorcycle manufacturers who also own the distribution rights in Australia and New Zealand.

All others are distributed by Australian-own importers.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

5 Best Scrambler Motorcycles Of 2019

As with café racers, scrambler-style motorcycles are in the midst of a mainstream revival, custom builders across the globe often turn to this aesthetic in their projects, and manufacturers are seeing enough mass-market appeal to dedicate resources to creating off-the-shelf versions. For fans of the look and function of a scrambler, these are good times indeed. We’ve chosen five of the best versions available today that prove the point.

Starting things off is the 2019 BMW R nineT Scrambler. Even though it looks a little too polished to take in the dirt, BMW was smart about the roadster’s conversion. This bike is much more capable off road than it appears. A few years back, Ari Henning put one to the test and found its 1,170cc boxer twin capable, it’s weight well balanced, and the 19-inch front and 17-inch wheel combination a good fit for an off-road ride. Now, as with all of the bikes in this list, if you’re looking to do serious adventure riding, get an adventure bike. But if you want a great roadbike with the ability to explore a fire road on a whim, complete with nods to the scrambler style like high exhaust, fork gaiters, and a stripped-down look, then the R nineT Scrambler is a great choice.

The 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S isn’t a scrambler in the strict sense; it’s clearly a tracker based on a competition machine. But it warrants inclusion on this list for two reasons. First, it’s an able-bodied roadbike with off-road chops. This motorcycle will blast down a dirt road as well as it leans into the corner on an oval. Plus it’s got solid, fully adjustable suspension, a 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel configuration, and is pared down to the essentials. Second, it’s ripe for customization. Indian Motorcycle already offers curated kits to turn the motorcycle into a more sporty, more rugged, more touring-friendly mount. That means you can easily transform this already off-road-capable streetbike into a motorcycle more in keeping with the scrambler aesthetic. The scramblers from the ’60s generally started life as roadbikes and were altered to better handle the demands of the dirt, so customization was a necessary facet of the type. The FTR 1200 S honors that tradition.

There is hardly any rival to the new Triumph Scrambler XE. It’s the epitome of the scrambler look from a brand that made this type of bike famous in the mid-20th century. This is the more off-road-focused version, there’s also an XC that is geared toward the road a bit more, so will have no trouble at all getting on it in the dirt. It’s packing a 1,200cc parallel twin with huge amounts of torque, long-travel Öhlins suspension, a 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel configuration, and electronic aids that can be switched off to really get spinning off-road. This bike impressed during our first ride review earlier this year and is really the standard-bearer of the segment currently. It’s so good off-road and on that it could hold its own against some adventure bikes.

The 2019 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is the closest rival to the Triumph in this list in terms of off-road capability. Ducati delivered a version of its versatile Scrambler line with long-travel suspension, a stout trellis frame, good power delivery on the low end, 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, and all the aesthetic touches one would want on a truly on-/off-road-worthy motorcycle. It’s not as completely authentic in terms of the scrambler elements as the Triumph, a single shock out back and a somewhat low exhaust setup being the main offenders in this regard, but it’s still a really sharp machine.

Husqvarna came at the café segment with a fresh perspective with the Vitpilen bikes, and does the same with the scrambler segment with its Svartpilen 401. We chose the 401 over the 701 version because it’s the more rugged of the two, better equipped off the showroom floor for some fun off road. It’s more of an urban scrambler than a true competitor to the Ducati or Triumph, but it wins points in our book for the bold design that Husqvarna has achieved.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 First Ride Review

Said streetbike lineup is dominated by the Vitpilen (White Arrow) and Svartpilen (Black Arrow), and both machines were initially released as 401 models based on the KTM 390 platform. Husqvarna also utilized the KTM 690 platform to create the Vitpilen 701, a bike we loved for the motor, handling, and style. However, an aggressive riding position meant you sacrificed a bit of comfort for the sake of style. It seems that Husqvarna has heard our notes, because the new Svartpilen retains the dynamic excellence of the White Arrow but provides ergonomics that allow you to enjoy the perks for much longer stints at a time.

The styling aesthetic is goth flat-tracker, with varying shades of black designed to absorb as much light and attention as possible. Bronze accents in the engine and exhaust help break up the potential monotony, but the styling is love-or-hate. I happen to fall in the former camp, but even if you’re in the latter, you can’t claim that it’s bland.

Related: 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Ridden And Reviewed

It’s also not bland to ride. The Svartpilen 701 makes a strong case as the best single-cylinder streetbike currently in production thanks to premium components such as Brembo brakes with Bosch 9M ABS, adjustable WP suspension, up and down quickshifter, a slipper clutch, and the KTM 690 Duke-derived motor with dual counterbalancers that produces a claimed 75 hp and 53 pound-feet of torque.

Because the whole package weighs just 369 pounds wet and the new bars are tall and wide, the Black Arrow requires minimal input and is supremely easy to maneuver. Pick a line and the Svartpilen will follow gracefully, accepting any midcorner corrections with ease. The Black Arrow gets a bigger front wheel (18 inches versus 17 inches) and more suspension travel on both ends (5.3 inches to 5.9 inches), but the handling remains precise and the extra comfort is worth it. Suspension duties are handled by WP and both the front and rear are fully adjustable. My 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame was happiest after two extra clicks of preload on both ends, but the rebound and compression were excellent from the factory. The same can be said about the Brembo brakes. One could wish for dual discs in the front, but I found the four-piston caliper clamping on a 320mm disc up front to have excellent feel and more than adequate stopping power.

One concern of mine before the ride was the tire choice of Pirelli’s MT 60 RS. The flat-track design of the tread fits the Svartpilen’s aesthetic, but the block pattern suggests reduced grip at the limit. My concern was unfounded, as the Pirellis offer more grip than I anticipated and are very predictable when being too aggressive. Keeping it all in check is a nearly flawless traction control system and ABS which you cannot shut off.

While you can turn off the TC (which allows for some of the easiest wheelies you’ll ever do), the on/off button might be the worst control I’ve encountered on a motorcycle. It’s difficult to push and frustrating to use. Unfortunately, that just about summarizes the rest of the gauge cluster, which tries to pack too much information into too small of an area. The gauge is a disappointment, and Husky should be replacing it with a TFT screen to match the other top-spec components found on the Svartpilen.

As a bike to ride, the Svartpilen is tremendous. Husqvarna considers this to be a premium single-cylinder motorcycle and that generally shows with the brakes, suspension, engine, and the build quality. There are lots of touches that make you feel special when you ride the Black Arrow.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

2020 Husqvarna Motocross Range | Specifications

2020 Husqvarna MX Specifications are bottom of page

Continuing to develop motorcycles that are more agile, more powerful and more ergonomically advanced, the Husqvarna 2020 Motocross range sees upgrades to the FC 250, FC 350, FC 450 4-strokes and TC 125 and TC 250 2-stroke machines, as well as to the TC 50.

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2020 Husqvarna FC450

Notably, the entire motocross range features striking new graphics that offer a modern-day salute to the brand’s rich racing history.

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2020 Husqvarna TC250

2020 Husqvarna Motocross Range
Technical Highlights

  • Additional interchangeable airbox cover on FC models for optimised airflow
  • Striking new graphics as a modern-day salute to Husqvarna’s racing heritage
  • Progressive bodywork for optimal ergonomics
  • Chromoly steel frame featuring precisely engineered flex characteristics
  • Innovative 2-piece composite subframe design
  • Progressive setting on the WP XACT forks with AER technology
  • WP XACT shock featuring progressive setting
  • CNC machined triple clamps on full-size models
  • Magura hydraulic clutch system offering perfect action in every condition
  • Brembo callipers & high-performance discs combining superior stopping power with great control
  • Traction & launch control with advanced settings [4-strokes]
  • Electric starter for easy starting when time is critical
  • Lightweight Li-ion 2.0 Ah battery
  • ProTaper handlebar
  • Progressive throttle mechanism & ODI grips offering easy grip mounting
  • Laser engraved D.I.D. wheels
  • Gearboxes produced by Pankl
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2020 Husqvarna FC350

The list of MY20 technical highlights includes a new additional interchangeable airbox cover for optimised airflow on all FC models.

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2020 Husqvarna FC250

Focused on delivering optimum efficiency, all models enjoy progressive bodywork for optimised ergonomics together with chromoly steel frames that ensure precisely engineered flex characteristics and Husqvarna Motorcycles’ innovative 2-piece composite subframe.

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2020 Husqvarna Motocross Range

WP XACT suspension ensures accurate and responsive handling in all conditions thanks to progressive settings and the AER front fork technology.

Husqvarna Motocross WP XACT Shock
2020 Husqvarna Motocross Range

High-end components guarantee all models deliver class leading performance with CNC machined triple clamps on all full-size models.

Husqvarna Motocross Triple Clamps
2020 Husqvarna Motocross Range

Magura hydraulic clutch system, ProTaper handlebars, Brembo brake callipers and high-performance discs as standard.

Husqvarna Motocross Bars
2020 Husqvarna Motocross Range

All 4-stroke models are equipped with electric start as well as traction and launch control.

Husqvarna Motocross Brake
2020 Husqvarna Motocross Range

Featuring the same level of quality and much of the same technology found in the successful full-size motocross models, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ minicycle range continues to offer up-and-coming youngsters of all skill levels a comprehensive line-up of premium quality bikes.

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2020 Husqvarna TC65

Giving all new minicycles striking new graphics, for MY20 Husqvarna Motorcycles engineers also focused their attentions on the TC 50, fitting it with a new lightweight, cast aluminium swingarm.

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2020 Husqvarna TC50

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2020 Husqvarna Motocross Range

2020 Husqvarna Specifications
2020 Husqvarna FC, TX and TC

Source: MCNews.com.au

Top 5 Factory Café Racers Of 2019

It used to be a person would have to work to get a café racer. Or at the very least, pay someone else to do the modifications. These days manufacturers make it simple, styling bikes with the café aesthetic right from the start.

Whether that’s a positive shift or negative one we’ll leave to you to decide, but it’s our opinion that the more options riders have the better. And with the current crop of café racers on showroom floors, it’s clear that some companies are taking the genre seriously enough to make a compelling case for factory-built versions of these previously garage-fabricated machines. We sorted through and found five available in 2019 that are particularly appealing.

Trigger warning: We kept our selections to bikes that chase a more “pure” café racer configuration. Clip-on bars (or clip-on-style bars at least), racier ergonomics, straight(ish) lines running tank to tail. Of course, some of our picks break the rules a bit, but we didn’t dive into the neo-café pool (looking at you, Honda) for this list.

The Scrambler platform has been a boon for Ducati. It’s approachable, affordable, stylish, and actually performs, both on the road and in terms of the brand’s bottom line. So it’s no surprise that variations on the base have been high priority for the Bologna-based brand. The Scrambler Café Racer for 2019 is one of the more appealing versions of the platform, and is why this one makes the cut. The nostalgia is there, with the slight fairing/headlight wrap and perpendicular fluidity marked by the bright blue trellis frame running under the tank back underneath the seat. The seat and tailsection pay due homage to the style as well. We also like the fact that as the Scrambler line maintains its presence in the industry, more and more aftermarket parts and accessories are developed. That means you can still put your personal stamp on this Italian V-Twin without having to be an experienced fabricator.

The 2019 Triumph Thruxton R has it all in terms of lines and heritage, plus it absolutely rips. This 1,200cc parallel twin is the biggest engine of the bunch and will have no problem surpassing the ton, plus with the R-spec you get some of the best Triumph has to offer in terms of mechanical componentry. These bikes are absolutely stunning in person, and are fantastic examples of a company honoring its past while moving forward into the future. Many claim to be hitting that mark, but Triumph absolutely does with its Thruxton R. Our only gripe is the price, which starts at $15,400. That undermines the café spirit somewhat, which was born in the garages of more modestly paid riders with an insatiable desire to go fast and eke out every ounce of performance a motorcycle could muster. But it’s not enough of a caveat to undermine the fact that this is one of the best café racers out there that’s ready to ride home from the dealer.

The W800 is an homage to an homage, a bike that brings back a defunct line (ended in 2016) that itself honored a ’60s-era British bike clone from Kawasaki. Does this fact alone warrant its inclusion in the list? Absolutely not, but the air-cooled, 360-degree-crank parallel twin and gaitered fork, front fairing, and unabashed retro styling make a strong case. This is the café that seeks to recreate the café of old with a bit more period-correct authenticity than some of the others. That’s not to say there aren’t a few modern comforts like an assist and slip clutch, but still. It’s a bold move from Kawasaki, which had a fairly enticing option in the café-ish Z900RS already.

At the other end of the spectrum is Husqvarna’s innovative-looking café racer, the Vitpilen 701. This bike has a lot of care paid to its aesthetic detailing, with crisp, clearly café lines thoughtfully accented by the shaping of the tailsection, minimal pinstriping, and trellis frame. It’s packing a playful 693cc single and comes with solid suspension, high-quality brakes, and some nice touches like the APTC slipper clutch and switchable ABS. Whereas lots of others are aiming to recreate a look that feels familiar, Husqvarna decided to take a different route and to us it paid off big time.

The Suzuki SV650X takes an immensely popular and fun platform and gives it a few updates to fit the café racer style. The stitched seat, front fairing, clip-on bars all provide a café look, but do so without feeling overblown. Similar to the Ducati mentioned at the top of the article, the SV650X makes good use out of a well-known, marketable, and enjoyable model with some styling changes to differentiate it from the pack. This may be the most personal choice of the bunch, so definitely subject to bias, but I think the SV650X is a wonderful motorcycle that has just the right amount of aesthetic embellishment in this case to be even more appealing. Plus it’s the most affordable of the bunch.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style | A new Husky streetbike

Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style

Husqvarna’s entry to the streetbike market is widening with the Austrian manufacturer unveiling overnight another take on the already quite avant-garde Svartpilen 701 with a spin-off model called the Svartpilen 701 Style.

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style

The Svartpilen 701 Style is even a little more radical than the model it is based on with  what Husky are calling ‘appealing future “derivatives” for a ‘Special edition’ of the Svartpilen platform within the brand’s existing colours framework’.

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style

Yeah I don’t know what they are on about with that obfuscation either… But here, let them continue, make of it yourself what you will…

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style

Several solutions were worked on during the design phase, but bronze was the colour of choice and was so striking, the decision was taken to make the model more widely available.

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style

The bike is a mix of technicality and premium aesthetics. The matt silver and high gloss black reinforce the original “Special edition” plan for this bike, supported by graphics that are a creative mix of the #svartpilen701 production model and the original #svartpilen701 show bike. Several parts were added, like the bar end mirrors, which lower the bike’s visual appearance and make it look a little meaner.

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style

The spoked wheels are a qualitative add-on, giving the bike a more rugged look, while the CNC-machined footpegs add an extra touch of premium quality and attention to detail.

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style

Aluminium badges were added on the tank “pills” to support the high-end livery and also offer protection for the tank covers.

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style

This new addition to Husqvarna Motorcycles’ street range is uniquely stylish, and like the #svartpilen701 model it evolved from, it is there to re-ignite a passion for motorcycling through the raw and exhilarating experience of riding it.

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style

Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style

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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Style

Source: MCNews.com.au

2019 Husqvarna High Country Adventure date change

Inaugural Husqvarna Motorcyles 701 Enduro Trek
High Country!

With a date shift to April 28th – May 2nd 2019, 701 Enduro riders still have time to register for this unique experience. Set to forge a new path with an adventure ride designed specifically for one model – the Husqvarna Motorcycles 701
Enduro – the event is set to explore the outstanding High Country region in prime conditions.

Husqvarna High Country Adventure Enduro Trek
2019 Husqvarna High Country Adventure 701 Enduro Trek

You’ll experience the ultimate in adventure riding with a passionate group of like-minded riders, making for a truly pioneering event that will deliver unforgettable experiences along the way. On and off the bike, the spirit of experience will be paramount.

Four days of riding will traverse 1200-kilometres in distance, fully-supported by Husqvarna Motorcycles Australia throughout the journey. Included will be luggage, technical, tyre and medical support, a back-up vehicle and sweep riders. This is also an amazing opportunity to ride alongside professional Husqvarna riders and special guests.

In addition, dinner will be provided each night at ‘Home Base’, plus a Husqvarna Motorcycles riders bag featuring a t-shirt, stickers and more will be supplied. We’ll record all the highlights via an official event video and an event photographer will also be on location throughout to capture life-long, lasting memories.

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2019 Husqvarna High Country Adventure 701 Enduro Trek

The Victorian High Country boasts an assortment of the best adventure riding in the country, filled with long hill climbs, technical descents, rocky river crossings and sweeping mountain views. Its history and heritage are well in line with those of the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand, playing a meaningful role in the historic first 701 Enduro Trek.

There will be a main route that will be achievable for first-year adventure riders with a limited amount of off-road experience, along with optional harder routes that will offer added challenges for those more experienced riders in the group. Both routes have been specifically sought to suit the Husqvarna 701 Enduro model and its attributes.

Sign on and an official welcome will take place at Merrijig on Sunday, April 28th, followed by four incredible days of riding from Dargo, through Dinner Plain, Beechworth and Bright. Come Thursday night, riders will feel a great sense of satisfaction on completion as they share the great memories from the week.

Husqvarna High Country Adventure Enduro Trek
2019 Husqvarna High Country Adventure 701 Enduro Trek

Riders will be required to have a road-registered Husqvarna 701 Enduro motorcycle fitted with knobby tyres, as well as third-party property damage insurance or comprehensive motorcycle insurance (recommended) and a full open unrestricted motorcycle licence. A GPS unit is also highly-recommended.

The 2019 Husqvarna Motorcycles 701 Enduro Trek: High Country entries are $995 per rider and registrations are open now online at: https://ridehusqvarna.com.au/events/

The 701 Enduro Trek is about offering a great experience for 701 Enduro riders – and what better way to do that than by four days exploring the historic High Country!

Source: MCNews.com.au

Husqvarna offers automatic clutch upgrade

Husqvarna Motorcycles now have an aftermarket automatic Rekluse X clutch option to upgrade their Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401.

It’s a similar system as supplied by American clutch company Rekluse for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 SCS.

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso practical upgrade
MBW rides the SCS version

In Australia, the Rekluse X clutch costs $1812.75 which does not include fitting. However, Husky says fitting is a “quick and uncomplicated” process.

That’s still a lot to pay to upgrade a 373cc learner bike that already costs a whopping $11,592 ride away.

Automatic benefits

While most riders love using their gears, there are advantages with automatic and semi-automatic transmissions.

They include smoother gear engagement, improved traction, faster acceleration, no-fuss riding in traffic, no missed gears and easier use in tricky off-road situations.

Honda offers a similar semi-automatic system in its Africa Twin adventure bike and many modern bikes now have quick shifters for up and down shifts that eliminate the need to use the clutch except when stationary.

Rekluse upgrade

Rekluse Radius X Centrifugal Force Clutch ugrgade Kit
Rekluse Radius X Centrifugal Force Clutch Kit

However, the Rekluse Radius X Centrifugal Force clutch is far more advanced than most other systems.

It even eliminates the chances of engine stalling when starting and when braking hard because you can stop without engaging the clutch.

“Offering an even more accessible and enjoyable experience for riders of all levels, the automatic clutch allows for easy starting and stopping without the need to use the clutch lever,” they say.

That’s great for novice riders as this is, after all, a learner-approved motorcycle.

The kit combines a TorqDrive clutch pack with Rekluse’s EXP automatic clutch disk.

“Providing a more relaxed and controlled riding experience, the Rekluse’s Radius X automatic clutch kit allows Husqvarna owners to ride their Vitpilen 401 or Svartpilen 401 machines for longer periods of time covering greater distances,” Husky says.

“Able to focus more on line selection, users get even closer to the pure riding experience Husqvarna Motorcycles’ sophisticated single-cylinder machines offer.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com