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Toby Price stays in touch with lead

Aussie Toby Price has whittled a little off the lead of American Ricky Brabec with a strong second place in the 410km ninth stage of the Dakar Rally.

The 410km stage across rocky terrain was won by Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarana) less than two minutes ahead of Toby who is chasing his third win and a 19th consecutive victory for KTM.

Toby says with the stage being so fast it was difficult to make up any time up as riders were able to follow each other.

Brabec finished fourth with Toby shaving two minutes from the American’s overall lead.

With a 26-minute gap and only three stages to go, Toby has a real fight on his hands.Toby Price Dakar lead

It comes two days after Toby stopped to help fallen rider Paulo Goncalves and stayed with him until the helicopters arrived. Sadly Paulo later died and the eighth stage was cancelled in his honour.

“Now I can really focus on the small number of remaining days to try and close this gap up to the lead,” he says.

Toby is dedicating his race to the loss of his friend, Paulo or “Speedy”.

We didn’t know Toby could speak French! (Sorry, no English video yet.)

Top 5 rankings

1 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 31H 59′ 29”
2 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 32H 20′ 22” + 00H 20′ 53”
3 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 32H 26′ 12” + 00H 26′ 43” 00H 02′ 00”
4 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 32H 27′ 45” + 00H 28′ 16”
5 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 32H 28′ 58” + 00H 29′ 29” 00H 01′ 00”

Other Aussies

Queensland veteran competitor Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha) is proving consistent with yet another top 20 finish.

He came in 18th and remains in 12th outright.

He says his bike is down on top speed from the factory bikes and he had to ride hard in the rough stuff.

“Last few stages have been pretty boring track/racing wise and super fast, but the scenery is magic! Like moonscape in places.”

Rodney FaggotterRodney Faggotter

Fellow Aussie Ben Young (KTM) finished 73rd despite a minor fall on the first part of the special stage.

It should be remembered that he rode half of his debut rally last year with a broken hand after a fall on stage 5. He drops back five places to 63rd.

The only other Aussie competing in the bike category is Matthew Tisdall (KTM) who finished 104th and moves up three spots to 99th.

For the first time the Dakar rally is being run in the one country, Saudi Arabia, after being run in 35 countries on three continents since 1978.

Toby aids firefightersToby Price Dakar Rally super marathon stage

Like many Aussie sports stars and celebrities, Toby is raising money for the bushfire appeal.

He is auctioning his starting jersey and pants for firefighters

Toby is also doing his bit for the current critical bushfire situation by auctioning his starting jersey and pants with proceeds going to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

It is open worldwide, just send in your bid in Australian dollars on his Facebook page or Instagram.

Current highest bid is still $13,001.

Auction closes on 18 January at 5pm (AEST).

If you can’t bid, please donate on this link.

Jack Miller's MotoGP helmetJack Miller’s MotoGP helmet

Meanwhile, Aussie MotoGP racer Jack Miller put his 2018 MotoGP helmet up for auction to raise money for the bushfire crisis.

The auction closed on Sunday with 22 bids and the winner bidding $18,000.

Jack will sign and send the helmet to the winning bidder

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Husqvarna confirm Norden 901 adventurer

Husqvarna Australia has confirmed they will import the production version of the Norden 901 Concept model unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last month.

That was a quick move from concept to production confirmation.

However, Husqvarna Motorcycles say the concept was so well accepted by consumers they took no time in announcing their decision to go ahead.Husqvarna Norden 901 concept (7)

Husqvarna Australia has not yet released a scheduled arrival date or pricing, but we expect it some time in 2020.

Let’s hope they get the pricing right on this after the debacle of the overpricing for the single-cylinder 401 and 701 Svartpilen and Vitpilen street models.

Sales were consequently so slow, they dropped prices between $3000 and a massive $7000 in August.

Norden specsHusqvarna Norden 901 concept (7)

The Norden will be only their second attempt at the street/adventure market since the company became part of the KTM group in 2013.

While specifications have not yet been released, it will be powered by an 889.5cc parallel-twin engine.

Like the 401 and 701 models, it will likely be a reworked KTM engine, possibly the new 799cc motor powering the 790 Duke and Adventure.Husqvarna Norden 901 concept (7)

Also, like the the Husky street models, it will be suspended by premium WP suspension which is also part of the KTM group.

If the concept is anything to go by, it will be shod with a 21-inch front Pirelli Scorpion Really STR front tyre for off-road ability with an 18-inch rear.

We are not sure how much of the attractive concept will make it into production.

However, these images show it will be set up for adventure touring with lots of luggage and protection options.Husqvarna Norden 901 concept (7)

Husky promises the slim and light adventure tourer will have comfortable ergonomics and “confidence inspiring handling”.

If it’s as successful as the KTM 790 Adventure, it will be another great option for adventure riders … so long as they get the pricing right!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Husqvarna announces updated 701 line-up for 2020

2020 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto & 701 Enduro


Husqvarna have announced updates to the 2020 701 Supermoto and 701 Enduro models, including new switchable ride modes, a Bosch cornering ABS system, “Easy Shift” function and lean sensitive motorcycle traction control, alongside the existing features which have made the model a favourite amongst owners.

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2020 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto

For the first time, each model also has their own unique new graphics.

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2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro

2020 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto & Enduro features

  • New switchable Ride Modes
  • New Bosch cornering ABS
  • New Easy Shift function
  • New lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control
  • New graphics and slim bodywork
  • Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame
  • Aluminium swingarm
  • Polyamide rear subframe with integrated fuel tank
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2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro

The Australian market saw the 2019 701 Supermoto launched earlier in the year, arriving for $15,995 RRP. Australian pricing and availability of the 2020 models yet to be announced.

The Husqvarna 701 models feature a 692.7cc single-cylinder engine with Ride-by-Wire and producing 72 hp at 5000rpm. A Keihin EFI system includes a 50mm throttle-body controlled by the EMS.

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2020 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto

A lightweight trellis frame is manufactured with chomium-molybdenum steel, with a self supporting rear subframe including an integrated 13 litre fuel tank in polyamide thermoplastic. A light-weight aluminium swingarm maximises traction and stability.

Suspension is provided by WP Performance Systems, with Brembo brakes and spoked wheels, with the Supermoto featuring 17-inch wheels, and the Enduro running a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear with 250 mm suspension travel at each end.

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2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro

On the Supermoto suspension is WP USD split-function 48mm forks matched to a WP monoshock fitted with Pro-Lever linkage. A single 320mm rotor is matched to a Brembo four-piston caliper while a 250mm rear rotor is joined by a single-piston Brembo floating caliper.


2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro LR

Also joining the 701 line-up in 2020 is the brand new 701 Enduro LR (Long Range), which shares the same electronics as the 701 Enduro but offers additional touring capabilities for riders wanting to travel further.

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2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro LR (Long Range)

Remaining a lightweight and nimble machine, the additional 12-litre auxiliary fuel tank increases the total fuel capacity to 25 litres, meaning a significantly bigger fuel range for more enduro capability. 701 Enduro LR availability is yet to be confirmed for Australia.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek returns to NSW in 2020

2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek


The Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek is set to return for 2020 when the ‘Northern Explorer’ event takes place between April 27 to May 1, in New South Wales.

An ideal opportunity for Husqvarna 701 Enduro riders to take the ultimate one-model adventure together, next year’s edition follows on from the inaugural event held in the Victorian High Country earlier in 2019.

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2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek announced

The Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek: Northern Explorer represents the pioneering brand’s Simple, Progressive mantra and riders who take part will be treated to an unforgettable four-day experience with fellow adventurers.



Boasting an assortment of terrain including everything from sandy coastal tracks to lush rainforest with rocky water crossings and impressive hillclimbs, there will also be a mix of open cattle country for participants with a wide range of abilities including optional harder routes.

Starting and finishing in Coffs Harbour, the Husky Trek will explore Northern NSW from coast to country with overnights in Glen Innes, Tenterfield and Yamba – aiming to support local businesses in the region which have been affected by drought and devastating fires recently.

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The 2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek will offer varied conditions and cater to different rider skills

At $1495 per rider, the entry fee includes approximately 1200-kilometres of adventure riding over four-days with lead riders, course markers, GPS files, luggage support, technical and tyre support, back-up vehicle, sweep and medical support, as well as dinner every night.

Participants will also receive a Husqvarna Motorcycles Riders Bag (t-shirt, stickers and more), as well as enjoy the opportunity to ride with professional riders and special guests.

Husqvarna Enduro Trek
The 2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek will be held over four days out of Coffs Harbour

In addition riders can relive the Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek: Northern Explorer through an event video featuring all of the highlights and official event photography provided by a dedicated media crew.

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.


Space is limited in the 2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek: Northern Explorer, so be certain to secure your entry when registrations open Wednesday December 11th at 9.00am AEST at:

https://ridehusqvarna.com.au/2019/11/27/2020-husqvarna-motorcycles-701-enduro-trek-northern-explorer/

Husqvarna Enduro Trek
2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro Trek

Source: MCNews.com.au

Husqvarna to Moto3 with MAX Racing | Fenati & Lopez riding

Husqvarna to Moto3 with MAX Racing & Max Biaggi

Romano Fenati and Alonso Lopez to run new Husqvarna FR 250 GP


Husqvarna Motorcycles have announced their return to international road racing and the FIM World Championship Grand Prix Moto3 class where they will officially support the Max Racing Team.

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Husqvarna return to Moto3 with the FR 250 GP and Max Biaggi’s Max Racing Team in 2020

Owned by four-time 250cc World Champion Max Biaggi who secured no fewer than 42 GP victories during an illustrious career and under the management of experienced German former-racer Peter Öttl, the team will field Romano Fenati and Alonso Lopez in the 2020 season on the new Husqvarna FR 250 GP.

Max Biaggi – Max Racing Team Principal

“I am very happy that Husqvarna Motorcycles have chosen to support our team for their return to international road racing. Husqvarna’s re-entry into Moto3 is a very special and unique moment, one that personally I am very proud to be associated with. Everyone in the team is looking forward to 2020. We believe that with the support of Husqvarna Motorcycles we can achieve great things. Our two riders are both very motivated. With Romano Fenati and Alonso Lopez, we have one experienced and one young rider, but both can deliver strong results. We will give our riders all we can to allow them to show their true potential.”

Max Biaggi
Max Biaggi

The Moto3 class replaced the 125cc category in 2012 and is restricted to single-cylinder 250cc four-stroke machines. In 2014 Husqvarna Motorcycles secured Moto3 class podium finishes, stepping away from the series at the end of 2015.

With a rich heritage in road racing, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ return to the hotly contested Moto3 category mirrors the brand’s wider expansion into the global street motorcycle market.

Husqvarna FR GP
Husqvarna FR 250 GP
Peter Öttl – Max Racing Team Manager

“I am really proud to work with Husqvarna Motorcycles in the Moto3 World Championship. After my active racing career, I worked for Husqvarna in their Offroad Racing Department, so to be opening another chapter with the brand in 2020 is personally very special to me. We have a close relationship with the company for almost 10 years now and this project is another display of trust but also a huge responsibility for our team. With the signing of Romano Fenati and Alonso Lopez, we will have two promising riders on the Husqvarna FR 250 GP. Fenati is one of the most successful Moto3 riders in recent years and he proved it already with 11 GP victories. We are convinced that he has the potential to fight for the podium right away. With Alonso Lopez, we rely on a young rider – he´s just 17 years old but already with two years’ experience in the FIM World Championship. During the last races he has produced some great performances in the category and we are confident he will evolve and improve in our team. I am more than satisfied with our rider line-up – with an experienced rider and a young talent both at a high level in the Moto3 FIM World Championship we’re looking forward to a very positive 2020 season.”

Husqvarna FR GP
Husqvarna FR 250 GP

The experienced Romano Fenati finished the 2017 Moto3 World Championship as runner-up, showing himself to be a rider capable of delivering strong, season-long performances. During his time as a Moto3 campaigner Fenati has earned 11 GP victories, 24 podiums and four pole positions.

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Romano Fenati – Image by AJRN

Alonso Lopez, at just 17 years old, is also keen to make his mark on the Moto3 series. 2020 will be the young Spaniard’s third year in the class having made his debut in 2018, claiming a recent third-place result at the Thai Grand Prix he has shown he is more than capable of fighting for top results.

MotoGP Catalunya Fri Moto Alonso Lopez
Alonso Lopez – Catalunya MotoGP 2019

Moto3 World Championship kicks off in Qatar on March 8th.

Pit Beirer – Motorsports Director at KTM / Husqvarna Motorcycles

“We’re really excited to be able to bring the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand back into road racing and the Moto3 World Championship. The Moto3 category is an excellent platform to nurture new Grand Prix talent and represents the first rung in MotoGP World Championship competition when it comes to developing rider potential. With the knowledgeable and experienced pairing of Max Biaggi and Peter Öttl heading the team, and riders Fenati and Lopez both more than capable of challenging for race wins, we are really looking forward to seeing what the Max Racing Team can do in the 2020 season with the Husqvarna FR 250 GP.”

Source: MCNews.com.au

Husqvarna 901 Norden Concept | Want! Now!

Overnight at EICMA Husqvarna unveiled a concept adventure-touring machine dubbed the 901 Norden.

Husqvarna Norden
Husqvarna 901 Norden

Hidden behind its rally style flanks is the 899.5 cc LC8c parallel twin, a larger version of the grunty new engine first debuted in KTM’s 790 Duke.

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Husqvarna 901 Norden

While short on detail, Husqvarna claim that their concept machine is lighter than any of its rivals and features high-end equipment throughout. 

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Husqvarna 901 Norden

Rolling on a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear the Norden promises serious adventure. 

Husqvarna Norden
Husqvarna 901 Norden

One can only hope that it looks this damn good when no doubt the Norden becomes a production reality in due time. But I want this bike R-F-N, dammit! 

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Husqvarna 901 Norden
Husqvarna Norden
Husqvarna 901 Norden
Husqvarna Norden
Husqvarna 901 Norden

Source: MCNews.com.au

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.

Right mixspiral

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 to join Moto3 | New model in development

Husqvarna to compete Moto3 from 2020

KTM commit to MotoGP until 2026


Husqvarna have been announced as making their return to MotoGP racing, alongside the announcement that KTM has made a five-year commitment to their racing efforts in MotoGP until 2026, in the Moto3 and premier MotoGP class.

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KTM have reconfirmed their commitment to MotoGP until 2026, with a focus on Moto3 and MotoGP

Husqvarna’s comeback will be marked with a dedicated Moto3 race team and a new model, which will be developed specifically for Moto3, with more details yet to be released.

KTM AG CEO Stefan Pierer and Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta inked the fresh contract for KTM to remain as part of the MotoGP grid for another five years at the Red Bull Ring for the myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich this weekend. The existing agreement will now extend to a total of seven years from the current campaign: KTM’s third as part of the high profile MotoGP series.

With the pledge to the pinnacle of Grand Prix racing confirmed, KTM realigned their output in the support categories by placing principle emphasis on MotoGP and Moto3. Europe’s leading manufacturer will maintain their carefully constructed ‘road to MotoGP’ ladder from the new Northern Talent Cup (for 2020) and through the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the subsequent divisions up until MotoGP but will reshape their perspective in the following two areas.

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Aron Canet currently leads the KTM Moto3 effort, with Husqvarna to develop their own Moto3 race machine

Withdrawal as a chassis manufacturer in Moto2 but keeping the close relationship with Aki Ajo’s team as the crucial stepping-stone for Red Bull KTM in MotoGP.

A further focus on Moto3 as the building block for Grand Prix talent to showcase and develop their potential. This includes a renewed effort with the return of Husqvarna to road racing. Adopting the KTM technical platform the brand was part of Moto3 in 2014 and 2015 and scored two podium results in the first season thanks to Danny Kent. The intention for 2020 is to develop a new Husqvarna race bike specifically for Moto3.

KTM continues to make promising gains in the MotoGP class where the quest for single-digit race results in the fiercely competitive contest remains on-track. The brand is a firm believer in the educational role of Moto3. The company’s young heritage started in the best possible way with the first two titles in 2012 (Sandro Cortese) and 2013 (Maverick Viñales) and another in 2016 with Brad Binder and KTM wishes to enforce this initial rung into Grand Prix racing.

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Aaron Canet leads the Moto3 standings following Brno 2019
Stefan Pierer, CEO KTM AG

“We made a proactive decision here at our home grand prix to renew our stay in MotoGP and commit to another five years of competition. This is part of a wider strategic view and we now have seven years to rise towards the top of the MotoGP class; the same period of time we needed to conquer the Dakar Rally. We know we are firmly on the way and have made good steps in less than three years already. As part of this outlook we want to boost Moto3: it is the foundation and the base of road racing for us. It is where we began and where we are one of the leading brands. We see a very good opportunity here by bringing back Husqvarna with force; there will be a new bike and a special direction with this project. All of this movement means we will pool our resources and energy and as a consequence we will step out of Moto2.”

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Stefan Pierer made the announcement in Austria
Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director

“First of all it is fantastic for us to continue to stay in ‘sixth gear’ as a company in MotoGP and to be able to keep pushing hard to achieve our goals. With our knowledge of more than three-hundred FIM world championships in so many classes we know the ingredients to have success in racing and we are determined not to move from our objective. For this I want to thank Mr Pierer and the KTM AG board for the extra vote of confidence and for all the hard work and belief that every single person who touches this project has made so far. Secondly we have looked at the entire programme and know that our effort has to be well placed, and we believe that MotoGP and Moto3 are the main platforms for us moving forwards. Thanks to the great work and experience with Aki we can maintain a link to Moto2 and the perhaps what is the final preparation needed for the jump to MotoGP. We feel strongly that we can have this asset even though we will vastly reduce our presence as a chassis contributor. We can feel the passion for MotoGP at places like Red Bull Ring this weekend and it allows us to feed off that energy. We believe that exciting times are coming for us as a racing division and as a company.”

Source: MCNews.com.au

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