-- More new models from Husqvarna
-- New Husqvarna TR 650 Terra and TR 650 Strada
-- Expected end of 2012
-- By Trevor Hedge
The fruit of Husqvarna's collaboration with BMW has borne more fruit with the impending expansion of Husqvarna's line-up by a further two models, the TR 650 Terra and TR 650 Strada.
Manufactured in Husqvarna's Northern Italian plant, the Terra model is the dual-sport machine while the Strada is a purely road biased offering. In Australia the Strada will be ABS equipped as standard while the more off-road Terra goes without. Both models are braked by a 300mm single front disc and 240mm rear. The Terra model rolls on spoked rims rather than the cast alloys employed on the Strada.
Powered by an uprated version of the single-cylinder 652cc engine BMW have well proven in the G 650 GS, the new Husky TR models also borrow many other components from BMW's most junior dual-purpose offering. Delivering 58hp (43kW) at 7250rpm in Husqvarna guise, the TR 650 machines rev a little harder than the donor engine and deliver 10 more horsepower. A new lighter forged piston bumps up the compression ratio (12.3:1) and much hotter camshafts acting on bigger valves help inject a little more animal into the engine.
Beefy Sachs 46mm forks help control the bumps through a 190mm of stroke. A progressive single-shock, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping, suspends the rear.
The Strada tips the scales at 168kg dry, the Terra 3kg lighter. Full of fluids those numbers are 186kg and 183kg respectively.
Husqvarna claim a range of 350km from the underseat 14-litre fuel cell.