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2012 Husqvarna CR 65 | Preview

2011 Husqvarna Motorcycle

With the introduction of the 2012 Husqvarna CR65 young champions can take to the track with the right bike and a brand they will learn to love – because in addition to its top-of-the-class performance, it has the same lines and layout as the TC449.

A “great” bike for great riders, the new CR65 has 14/12″ wheels, 6 speed gearbox, and above all, suspension that is externally adjustable for rebound and compression damping. For Husqvarna the CR65 is not “like a motocross bike,” it is a motocross bike.

Another example? The aluminum rear sub-frame rail is easily removed for ease of maintenance and transport. The same care and thought went into the design and development of all details. For example the disc brakes and the hydraulic clutch.

Small and aggressive

The engine of the Husqvarna CR65 can threaten adversaries, but the power delivery is just right for those learning to handle a powerful bike and go on to become champions. The single cylinder is 65 cc, water cooled, with two radiators, because the CR65’s engine has all the horsepower to triumph and make its riders the champions of the future.

Above all else, the engine is absolutely reliable. Air intake is by means of reed valve and a large Mikuni 24 mm carburetor. The 6 speed gearbox has a clutch with hydraulic command, for more sensitivity and less strain on the rider.

Light and compact

The steel frame is a tried and tested mix of round and oval tubing, the steering-head is inclined at an angle of 25.6°: the right compromise for stability and ease of handling, together with freedom of movement of the slim and streamlined bodywork.

The suspension is professional standard. The front forks are 35mm upside down Marzocchi units, externally adjustable for rebound and compression damping. The rear end is suspended by a Sachs rear shock, fully adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping, which controls an alloy swing arm.

The hydraulic disc brakes use a 4 piston calipers at the front, 2 piston calipers in the rear and the discs are outsized: 200 mm (front) and 165 mm (rear). The overall weight is just 55 kg on the curb without fuel.

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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