After bought Husqvarna Motorcycles from BMW Motorrad earlier in January 2013, last week Pierer Industries AG which owned by KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has announced its plan to reunite it with the Austria-based Swedish brand, Husaberg. After 25 years apart, Husqvarna and Husaberg will be merged into one and will be called Husqvarna Sportmotorcycle GmbH as of October 2013. The new company will be based in Mattighofen, Austria and will build off the technology that Husaberg has developed.
According to KTM, the new models from Husqvarna Sportmotorcycle GmbH will most likely be rolling out by the end of this year at the EICMA in Milan, Italy. Nevertheless, it hasn’t stopped Husaberg from unveiling its 2014 lineup of seven off-road bikes – Final Edition before the “reunite” – , including the four-stroke Husaberg FE 250, FE 350, FE 450 and FE 501 and the two-stroke Husaberg TE 125, TE 250 and TE 300.
All 2014 Husaberg models have been improved and refined, with the handling of all models has been upgraded to ensure improved manoeuvrability and rideability. Husaberg’s final independent model range gets optimised suspension settings plus the WP PDS shock and the sophisticated 4CS USD WP Closed Cartridge forks also have been extensively revised.
For 2014, the Husaberg FE 250 features a new engine which offers notably more torque and power than its predecessor. The new engine comes with an all-new cylinder head, new crankshaft, shorter stroke, 5% heavier flywheel, updated Engine Management System (ECU), new crankcases and a Damped Diaphragm Steel clutch. Furthermore, the FE 250 also receives a new exhaust system that features a new header pipe and a silencer with dual cone perforated pipes.
The FE 250 and FE 350 models receive new lighter frames with thinner-walled down tubes and revised cylinder head braces. The two-stroke TE 250 and TE 300 models also get a stronger battery, new cylinder heads, modified ignition mapping and refined DDS clutches.
Other highlights include new 25th Anniversary graphics, optimised tank cap mechanism, new lower triple clamp and a new speedometer which provides a better read-out.