Originally Posted by doyle
The most I have heard in regards to a Husqvarna team is the slim possibility of a "B" level team as a feeder to KTM, however it is important to keep in mind that a bike would essentially need to be developed from scratch is a Husky is used as a platform. Keep in mind that the TE449RR was essentially the BMW G450X that was rebadged as a Husky using a husky motor. Speedbrain owns all the rights to that version as a rally bike which is why they are moving to homologate it as the first model from Speedbrain as a manufacturer
It's true that Speedbrain owns all the rights but both Husqvarna and BMW rally bikes are very different from G450X enduro bike. G450X ran PDS, Husqvarna and rally bikes rally are using linkage in suspension.
Actually BMW/Speedbrain used a small and virtually unknown subcontractor to fix issues with G450X frame for Juha Salminen few years ago (everybody remembers how Knighter left BMW with a bang). For that purpose they manufactured 5-10 different frames which by the end of the season brought Salminen some victories in EWC already. The very same subcontractor manufactured frames for last year's Dakar bikes. It's true that design of these rally frames is based on 'Salminen' G450X frame but incorporates linkage and support for huge rear subframe-mounted tank. This year's Dakar bikes used evolution of these frames manufactured by Speedbrain itself.
So in fact Speedbrain frames have practically nothing to do with standard G450X frames. Different geometry entirely.
By the way - that small subcontractor devised and manufactures a device which became pretty popular among Advrider users recently. So for us here it is not so unknown anymore but owner of that little workshop still prefers to fly below the radar visibility range - so don't ask me :)