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    2014 Husqvarna Line Tested

    The latest issue of Cycle News, Vol. 50, Issue 42 has a brief review of the new Husky line up. Designated FE and TE for enduros, FC and TC for motocross (F for four-stoke, T for two-stoke). Husky brand gets a new color for their Swedish roots. Bike are essentially KTM engines and Husaberg suspension, but sounds like mostly KTM components. The Husaberg brand is dead. The Husky brand is now made in Austria.

    Pictured here are the FE350 and the TE300.
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    This sucks, I thought Husky had a good thing going with the TR650 line and the TE630 dual-sports. Even the Nuda was well reviewed out in Europe. Now it's all gone, replaced by warmed over KTM/Husaberg bits only suitable for hardcore offroaders.
    With great power to weight ratio comes great responsibility.

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    Hmm. I don't think I like this. Probably nice bikes but what does it mean for the brand in the long run? Did they shut down everything in Italy? No more husky engines or R&D?
    07 Tuono

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    Everything in Italy will be shut down by year-end. Production has already stopped there. All Husky's will now be made at the KTM factory in Mattighofen, Austria. My Italian made TE250 is still running fine, but curious how long the parts supply will last...
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    Same here. One has to wonder why. If they are using their engines in Husaberg frames why buy Husky?
    I can see it fading away.
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    they are using KTM chassis too !! for now everything is just a rebadged KTM. it will take a year or two to develop something exclusively husky.. but the last interview from the CEO of KTM doesn't sound like a exclusive husky engine will happen, he plans on sharing pretty much all components. kind of hard to make it different if it is all KTM, chassis engine, forks, wheels. only plastic and rear shocks will differ, along with a 4 position handlebar set - up. sort of sad' KTM is looking at using the vareese facility for casting components for both brands. KTM already has casting for the engines done in italy.

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    The engines in the last batch of Huskys were made in Taiwan or something like that. BMW's Husky's were not using Italian engines. I think they were actually made by Kymco.

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