Husqvarna’s new 2012 line of off-road motorcycles was recently unveiled, featuring black frames, silver rims, new graphics and sleek styling. The first models to be released are the cross-country models, including the race-inspired TXC off-roaders and WR two-stroke motorcycles.
Husqvarna’s line of TXC motorcycles is developed exclusively for the American off-road market. The competitive cross-country bikes are based on the TE platform, and carry with them race-proven technology straight from the Husqvarna World Enduro Championship bikes of factory racers such as Juha Salminen and Antoine Meo. The TXC line returns for 2012, with a host of premium upgrades such as Leo Vince exhaust (on 250/310) and revised Kayaba suspension components.
In addition, 2012 also brings an entirely new model – the TXC310. The TXC310 is based on Husqvarna’s existing TE310 dual-sport, but is all-new to the TXC line of purebred off-roaders. A bored and stroked version of the 250 motor, the 302cc fuel-injected four-stroke offers more aggressive power characteristics than its quarter-liter sibling and fills a significant gap in the current range of off-road bikes. For riders looking for robust power delivery that can run with the 450s, and still provide lightweight maneuvering of a 250, the all-new TXC310 will do the job.
Joining the 310 in the 2012 lineup are the TXC250 and TXC511. All three models receive a new all-black chromoly frame, reinforced for higher rigidity and improved tensile strength. New technology and the addition of select new reinforcements give the 250/310 TXCs an entirely new feel. The reworked frame not only provides better handling capabilities, but also substantially improves long-term durability.
Further chassis upgrades include the Kayaba shock – which replaces the Sachs shock on the 250. The existing Kayaba shock on the 511 receives a new progressive spring, as well as revised damping, allowing it to provide a plusher ride without sacrificing any mid-stroke capability. Up front, the TXC line features premium Kayaba suspension on all three bikes. The 48mm closed-cartridge fork receives revised damping, making the TXC more capable than ever of tackling tough terrain while providing a supple ride for everyone to the casual trail rider to aggressive cross-country racer.
In the power department, the TXC250 is improved, as well. Husqvarna heavily revised the fuel injection system for optimum power output. An all-new Leo Vince exhaust system and revised ignition timing allow the 249.5cc fuel-injected powerplant to run stronger and churn out bigger power. The 6-speed gearbox allows the TXC250 and 310 to stretch their ponies across a wide spectrum, allowing both bikes to handle a variety of off-road terrain.
The TXC511 remains the open-class off-road specialist. The California green-sticker-legal four-stroke features a fuel-injected 477.5cc motor, revised and fine-tuned for 2012 to smooth out power delivery. The dual-flap ignition system is re-tuned to improve low-end power, resulting in an overall better-running bike. Like its TE counterpart, the TXC511 receives a new single-piece tail section, simplified to improve aesthetics and function. Ergonomics are significantly improved with the narrower tailpiece, which is also 15mm shorter than last year’s.
The Kayaba shock body on the TXC511 remains unchanged, but the use of the new progressive spring creates more initial sag and allows the rear end to ride slightly lower. Altering the geometry helps refine the overall balance, and noticeably improves the handling characteristics of the TXC511. Husqvarna’s patented CTS (Coaxial Traction System) works with the refined suspension components to provide incredible climbing ability and unparalleled straight-line stability.
For more information on the complete line of 2012 Husqvarna off-road motorcycles, visit www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com.