Originally Posted by BMW Atlanta
I'd say the OEM suspension/settings on the TE449 are better then the G450X out of the box. Same kind of great traction, albeit the TE449/511 and 310 are coming with Karoo's as the standard equipment tire. Last long and will do great in gravel at speeds, not so good on rutted/rocky root type riding.
The transmission ratio in the TE is tighter overall between 1st and 6th. In off the floor trim the bike is good gearing for trail duty, but too short for any real dual sporting and when you get the 6th gear up to a safe 65mph cruise you have a first gear you have to be doing 15mph in to not have to use the clutch, typical Husky close ratio were are gonna race to the top of the alp and back and no overdrive needed. Would love to put their engineers out in the Desert or even around these parts on a 200+ mile day dual sport with the way they have the TE's geared.
I agree, I think the transmission is where Husky is striking out. The only thing that keeps me from getting a 449/510 is the gear box. The fuel capacity is an issue, but not a deal breaker. Can't they see how KTM has been successful by offering more of what riders want?
Why not a CR for the TC/TXC and a WR for the TE? They know how to build a WR, the 610 is a very good example.
If they waent back to a WR offering in the 2sts, it would be nothing but good for sales as well.