2014 Husqvarna FE 350 PreviewThe KTM AG-owned Husqvarna pulled the covers off its 2014 motocross and endure lineup this week. And it’s a special time for motocross and enduro fans, considering after 25 years Husqvarna and Husaberg are reunited.*
The 110-year old company, which was founded in Sweden in 1903, has continues to offer both two-stroke (TE) and four-stroke (FE) enduro motorcycles. The 2014 FE lineup consists of the FE 250, FE 350, and the FE 501. The FE 350 offers balance for those seeking a machine not too big or too small.Like the entire range of 2014 Husky motorcycles, the FE 350 features the polyamide rear subframe that’s offered across the Husky lineup. Husky says “uniquely housing the airbox and electronics of each model, the high-tech composite construction of the polyamide subframe is designed to offer optimum rigidity while also allowing more flex than a traditional aluminum structure. The unique three-piece fiberglass-reinforced subframe also provides an ideal grab handle, and gives the bike greater impact resistance (polyamide will bend back into place unlike aluminum).”And also like the entire lineup of Husky machinery, the FE 350 arrives with an aluminum swingarm built from the single component casting process, and WP suspension.Speaking of the middle-displacement four-stroke endure, Husqvarna says “the FE 350 also carries the Pankl crankshaft and connecting rod, but receives its own unique Vertex forged piston.“The high-revving 349.7cc DOHC engine is the ideal balance between a 250 and 450, and its peak power of over 45 hp make it more than capable of keeping up with premier class competitors.“Titanium intake valves are operated by DLC-coated finger followers, which ensure low friction and high revs. Cam timing and Pankl crankshaft are tuned for enduro-style riding, and also ensure ample durability and long service intervals.Following are the highlights and specs for the 2014 Husqvarna TE 350 Enduro.2014 Husqvarna TE 350 Highlights:
349.7cc DOHC four-stroke engine with Vertex forged piston
4CS closed-cartridge 48mm WP fork with easy on-the-fly adjust
CNC-machined triple clamps with four handlebar positions
* After 25 years apart, Husaberg and Husqvarna have come back together, reconnecting the heritage, classic style and innovative craftsmanship that introduced motocross to America. The first generation of this revitalized brand reflects a time that both Husaberg and Husqvarna can trace their roots back to – a time when blue, yellow and white Swedish-bred bikes ruled the off-road world. Husqvarna is now proud to recapture the spirit of this dominant era with the 2014 line of Austrian-built motorcycles, and return the iconic brand to the highest ranks of off-road competition.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.