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KTM factory takes over Australian distribution

The KTM factory has bought the distribution rights to KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles in Australia and New Zealand, the company’s third largest market in the world for KTM. Factory ownership will give Aussie KTM and Husqvarna riders and dealers an increased level of support, says KTM Group Australia and New Zealand GM Jeff Leisk. KTM …

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Husqvarna offers automatic clutch upgrade

Husqvarna Motorcycles now have an aftermarket automatic Rekluse X clutch option to upgrade their Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401. It’s a similar system as supplied by American clutch company Rekluse for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 SCS. In Australia, the Rekluse X clutch costs $1812.75 which does not include fitting. However, Husky says fitting is …

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Husqvarna and KTM recall over sticky throttle

Parents whose children ride a Husqvarna TC50 (above) or KTM 50 SX mini dirt bike should be aware that the new 2019 models are being recalled over an issue with a sticky throttle. Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) for the affected motorcycles are listed below. The official notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says …

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 svarptilen massive

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 a ‘hard sell’

The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 (“white arrow” in Swedish) will make you rethink what you believe about single-cylinder motorcycles. Yes the liquid-cooled 692.7cc single buzzes at high revs and feels lumpy if under-revved, but with two balancer shafts, 55kW of power and weighing only 157kg, it feels more like a twin. Still, Husqvarna Australia is going …

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 is a controversial bike

The Husqvarna single-cylinder Vitpilen 401 street bike is one of the most controversial and divisive motorcycles I’ve ridden in ages. After my road test I’m still trying to work out what it is all about and to which riders it will appeal. Controversial features are the price, styling, the single-cylinder engine and, of course, the …

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Ducati and Husqvarna join Brembo recall

Australian recalls have finally been issued for Ducati and Husqvarna models in the global Brembo recall which also affects Aprilia, KTM and MV Agusta. Ducati Australia told us on January 20 that they would join the global recall of faulty Brembo front brake master cylinders. However, it has taken more than two weeks for the Department …

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What will be the best motorcycles of 2018?

The global motorcycle industry is struggling, yet motorcycles have never been so affordable with so many model choices available to riders, but what will be the best of 2018? The trend for more models is going to continue in 2018 with some 50-odd models being released in a wide variety of categories. It is difficult …

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Husqvarna Pilen helmet matches bikes

Husqvarna has realised a Darth Vader-style Pilen helmet to match their new Vitpilen 701 naked bike unveiled last month at the EICMA show in Milan. Pilen means arrow in Swedish and the helmet certainly has the clean lines of an arrow. The helmet features a quick-change, double-panel, scratch-resistant visor and a ventilation scoop on the top …

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Husqvarna unveils Vitpilen 701 street bike

Famed off-road motorcycle company Husqvarna is moving further on to the street with the new Vitpilen 701 naked bike and Svartpilen concept. The bikes were unveiled this week at the EICMA show in Milan. Meanwhile, Husqvarna Australia says the Vitpilen 701 and 401, plus the Svartpilen 401 scrambler will arrive in mid-2018. Pricing will be announced …

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Husqvarna finally recalls TR650 models

Husqvarna finally has a fix for all TR650 Terra and TR650 Strada models over a stalling issue and has issued an official product safety recall. The issue began when the models were launched in 2012 when the company was owned by BMW. BMW purchased Husqvarna in 2007 and sold it to Pierrer Industrie, the major shareholder …

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