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2012 Husqvarna TE310 | Preview

Husqvarna Enduro Motorcycle

In the E2 class of the FIM World Enduro Championship, French Champions Antonine Meo will only contest on one machine – the Husqvarna TE310.

Although the E2 category allows for engine sizes up to 450cc, Meo competes on the TE310 due to the “effectiveness of the balance of performance, weight and maneuverability.”

Knowing the TE310 is already successful, Husqvarna didn’t do much for upgrades on the 2012 model, except for the Kayaba shock and redesigned exhaust system.

Following is a list of details for the 2012 Husqvarna TE310 from Husky:

2012 Husqvarna TE310: The classic allure of black

The compact frame, a mixture of round, oval and rectangular tubing, already modified in last year’s model has been fine-tuned to further improve strength and rigidity, with plates of 25CrMo4 chrome-moly steel added to the steering-head area.

This important change is emphasised by the new black colouring, the anodised silver Excel rims, and the new graphics that are common across the Husqvarna 2012 range. The 2012 TE310 also has new handlebar clamps.

To improve stability and maneuverability the Husqvarna TE310 has a new rear Kayaba shock, adjustable for both high and low speeds compression and rebound damping and a more rigid setting for the Kayaba 48 mm fork.

The Brembo braking system has large diameter braking discs (front 260 mm), controlled by compact twin piston floating calipers (front), and single piston in the rear.

2012 Husqvarna TE310: The best of all worlds

The engine is directly derived from the engine developed for the TE250 – the lightest in its category at just 22 kg! But its compactness now has greater torque and power with an increase in cylinder capacity to 302.4 cc (bore and stroke 82 x 57.35 mm), and a new specially developed exhaust system, to further improve performance.

The basic design is unchanged: single cylinder, twin cam, with 4 titanium valves, Mikuni electronic injection with 45 mm throttle body and double CDI mapping, selectable by a switch on the handlebars.

A practical system for changing engine performance to match the terrain and running conditions, selecting between “hard” for top performance, and a “soft” setting for less aggressive power delivery. Reliability is ensured by the high specification cooling system, with a thermostat and electric fan to prevent overheating in the tougher and slower trials.

 

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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