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2012 Husqvarna Motorcycle

Antoine Meo has proven the performance of the Husqvarna TE250 – the French rider took the 2010 Enduro 1 World Championship aboard the Husky.

When the championship culminated at the GP of France, Meo remarked: “You can see that many riders had problems with their bikes because of the conditions but I have to say that my Husqvarna was perfect all weekend.”

Perfect all weekend equals podiums and ultimately a championship. And Meo hopes to repeat this again using the updated 2012 Husqvarna TE250, which Husky says guarantees better performance.

New for this year is a Kayaba rear-shock absorber to match the TE250’s forks, and a redesigned exhaust to help boost power in its four-stroke engine.

Following are the changes made to the 2011 TE250.

2011 Husqvarna TE250: Front and rear suspension now Kayaba

Along with the 48 mm forks, the rear shock absorber is now also by Kayaba, with external damping adjustment for low/high speed compression and rebound. The setting of the front forks has been completely revised to match the new shock, with new springs and internal settings.

As with all Husqvarna 2012 models, the steel chassis – a mixture of round, oval and rectangular tubing – is painted black, and has been reinforced at the steering head area with 25CrMo4 chrome-moly steel plates to improve structural rigidity. The Excel rims are anodised silver, and the new graphics are in-mould, integrated to the plastic structure, making them impervious to repeated power washes. The handlebar also has new clamps.

2012 Husqvarna TE250 Engine: lightest in its class

The 2012 Husqvarna TE250 single cylinder, twin cam, 4 valve titanium engine, in addition to clocking up numerous victories at the EWC – the top international championship – retains its ultra light weight; at 22 kg it is the lightest 250 cc enduro engine on the market.

The 2012 version now has a completely redesigned exhaust system, boosting maximum performance. The compact engine is the result of resolute design without compromise. All peripherals were developed specifically for this engine, such as the Mikuni fuel injection that feeds the cylinder head through a 42 mm throttle body and the electric starting with the classic kick start back up.

To ensure optimum reliability even on the slowest and most demanding circuits, the cooling system is fitted with a thermostat and electric fan. The engine power output can be altered for slippery conditions using the standard fit ‘dual mode switch’ on the handlebars.

The wet sump crankcase houses a 6 speed gearbox, and the clutch is hydraulically controlled.

With a world championship winning bike such as this – what more could you want?

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.

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