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Old 03-23-2011, 01:54 PM   #1
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Husqvarna TE 449 RR

Well, according to the entry list of the 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2011, there are 2 Husqvarna TE449 RR bikes entered.

http://www.abudhabidesertchallenge.c...Entry_List.pdf

This is not unexpected due to the BMW/Husqvarna 'Alliance', but i wasn't aware of any 'Rallye Kit' (tanks etc.) being available for the Husky yet?

I suppose it may be plausable that although they are 'Huskys', they may have some kind of hybrid build that incorporates G450X frames and Tanks, with the Husky engine?

Does anyone have any information/photos of these bikes?
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:38 PM   #2
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Bianchi Prata will be running the TE 449's I think.

Frans (from what I was told a month or so ago) will be on the BMW...



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Old 03-23-2011, 06:50 PM   #3
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They-the Husky 449RR- have been in the works for awhile. There was behind the scenes attempt to get a 2011 Husky dakar team, (and baja 1000 team) and rumor had it Mr. Riff Raff himself was asked to get on board. In the end it didnt come together.

Its worth noting the frame and many other parts are different between the G450 BMW and the Husky 449, so kits and the like are not gonna bolt on both bikes. Plus of course the BMW is no longer in production.

The Husky is a dakar natural in terms of the motor, and given all the G450 hiccups it makes sense to prove the motor at dakar.

Ive thought about talking to them, Husky helped my in '07. Who knows. For sure its a bike to consider. That motor has great potential for an endurance race like this one.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:54 PM   #4
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New Goodies on show in Abu Dhabi

Jaybo and me will get photos at scrutineering next week in Abu Dhabi of all the goodies on offer with the new bikes.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:02 PM   #5
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Its worth noting the frame and many other parts are different between the G450 BMW and the Husky 449, so kits and the like are not gonna bolt on both bikes. Plus of course the BMW is no longer in production.
I sent an email to Speedbrain back in January making enquiries if they were going to make, or modify, their kit to suit the Husky frame, now that the BMW was out of production?

Their response was:
Dear David,
sorry for my late reply!
In the near future we´ll not switch our Rally Bike to Husqvarna. Sorry!

Best regards,
Katja Kunerth


I thought this was an odd response considering that the BMW was out of production, so to now see an entry in the ADDC listed as:
"Husqvarna Monster Energy Speedbrain - TE 449 RR"
makes you wonder if they really understood what was going on?


So the question still remains, for those wanting to race a Speedbrain TE449RR in Dakar 2012, do you need to buy not only the Bike, but also a blank G450X frame, so that you can mount the Speedbrain RR kit?


Will be interesting to see what Touratech come up with.
According to Touratech UK, they are working with Safari tanks in Aus to build a long range tank to suit the 449.

Its a little unfortunate, that waiting all these years waiting for a long range tank for the 450/510 Huskys, Safari finaly release it just as the bike model is superseeded.
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"Husqvarna Monster Energy Speedbrain - TE 449 RR"
I've been told it is the same bike just rebadged.
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I've been told it is the same bike just rebadged.
Thats probably it
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:11 AM   #10
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there's the cradle frame. I was beginning to think they hadn't done the frame at all!
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fair enough. I had heard the frame would be different on this bike, are they not doing it yet? sticking with the BMW style truss, for now?
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fair enough. I had heard the frame would be different on this bike, are they not doing it yet? sticking with the BMW style truss, for now?
The DC bikes seem to be just the re-decaled BMWs from what I can tell and I am no expert by any means.
I have seen no naked photos to be able to tell more but the frame sure is a bmw thingy.
I want to see a real husq though, it is becoming a little Jingcheng hehe

I hope they are developing it.
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That's just beautiful.

Hope they get there soon.

A BMW with Husky graphics just doesn't do it for me, even though it's a successful platform
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Where, when and how much please Mr Husqvarna.
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