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In a bid to foster the next generation of young riders, renowned motorcycle manufacturers Husqvarna and GASGAS, both under the Pierer Mobility group, have unveiled their latest innovation – balance electric bikes for kids.

  • These cutting-edge two-wheelers aim to accelerate the learning process and instill essential riding skills in children as young as three years old.
  • The introduction of balance bikes has revolutionized the way kids learn to ride on two wheels.

By removing the pedals, these bikes allow children to focus solely on mastering the art of balance, body positioning, and throttle control, without the added complexity of pedaling. As a result, kids can develop a solid foundation for their riding journey, making the transition to regular bicycles or motorized motocross bikes much smoother.

The GASGAS MC-E 1.20 balance bike stands at the forefront of innovative design. Crafted around a TIG-welded aluminum frame, this electric off-roader is built to withstand the rough and tumble of kids’ outdoor escapades.

The bike features three power modes, catering to beginners as well as more experienced riders. With an 80-millimeter suspension travel from the Manito J-Unit Machete fork, youngsters can explore various terrains with confidence. Additionally, hydraulic disc brakes provide reliable stopping power for enhanced safety during their adventures.

Following suit, Husqvarna’s EE 1.20 balance bike takes elegance to new heights with its signature clean white colorway. Like its GASGAS counterpart, it offers three power modes, ensuring a gradual learning curve for kids. In the lowest setting, the bike limits speed to a manageable 16 kilometers per hour, which can be increased to 32 kilometers per hour in Advanced mode as young riders gain confidence.

The Husqvarna balance bike is designed for children up to 12 years old, boasting a minimum inseam of 60 centimeters to instill confidence with both feet planted firmly on the ground. With a Manitou J-Unit Machete fork and hydraulic disc brakes, this balance bike promises a safe and smooth riding experience.

Both the GASGAS MC-E 1.20 and Husqvarna EE 1.20 serve as pivotal stepping stones in nurturing the passion for riding in young enthusiasts. Not only do these balance electric bikes offer an exhilarating experience for kids, but they also promote essential skills that lay the foundation for future elite riders.

As these young riders grow and develop, they will have gained invaluable riding expertise, setting them on a path towards becoming the next generation of skilled cyclists and motocross champions.

“Crap, I may not make this turn, I’m going to make a fool of myself and fall off the bike,” I thought to myself as the group I was riding with suddenly made a hard right U-turn from the tarmac to cobbled stones with a steep drop connecting both terrains.

I was part of a group of riders from South East Asia who were invited to ride the Husqvarna Norden 901 at the romantic island of Jeju, in Korea. I was the only one from Malaysia, so national pride rode on my shoulders as well.

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The iconic Husqvarna FS 450 gets minor update for 2024 following an extensive upgrade from the previous year. 

  • the 2024 Husqvarna FS 450 gets new seat cover and graphics. 
  • the powerful supermoto continue to offer 63hp from its high compression powertrain.

According to the Swedish firm, the 2024 FS 450 gets a new high-grip seat cover and striking graphics featuring gray, yellow, and white colors.

Powering the FS 450 is a 450cc single overhead cam, single-cylinder engine with a five-speed gearbox that pumps out 63hp thanks to a higher compression ratio of 13.1:1. The engine is designed to provide exceptional performance while maintaining a lightweight structure, tipping the scales at just 27kg.

The bike is fitted with a 48mm WP XACT front fork and a WP XACT rear shock that features a CFD-optimized main piston and tool-free adjustment. The suspension system provides front and rear suspension travel of 285mm and 266mm, respectively, and a ground clearance of 281mm. 

Additionally, the FS 450 is equipped with Brembo brakes, a pair of black Alpina spoked wheels with Metzeler Racetec SM rubber, and a polyamide-reinforced, two-piece aluminum subframe.

Riders can enjoy an easy-to-use map select switch located on the handlebar, which can activate launch control, traction control, the quickshifter, and switch between two different engine maps as needed. The fuel tank holds 7.2L and is positioned to ensure more time in the saddle per tank.

Husqvarna Motorcycles has not yet announced pricing and availability for the 2024 FS 450, which will vary by country. Nevertheless, we’re looking forward to it’s arrival. 

Husqvarna Motorcycles has officially unveiled its latest model, the 2023 Norden 901 Expedition, which is an upgraded version of the standard Norden 901 adventure bike.

  • The news of the imminent arrival of the Expedition first broke out in January 2023. 
  • The Expedition is the more off-road capable version of the base Norden 901.

The Norden 901 Expedition has been equipped with new hardware to make it a more travel-ready adventure motorcycle. The most significant upgrade is the new suspension system, featuring WP XPLOR forks and XPLOR PDS rear shock absorber with 240mm of travel, which is 20mm more than the stock bike.

Husqvarna hit the sweet spot by introducing a fully adjustable suspension, allowing riders to control preload, compression, and rebound damping.

The bike’s cockpit has also been upgraded for long-distance comfort, with a larger front screen fitted as standard and adjustable heated grips and rider seat. 

Additionally, the Norden 901 Expedition comes with pre-fitted soft luggage that offers 36-litres of carrying capacity in two sub-frame-mounted panniers.

Other notable additions include a center stand as standard, a heavy-duty engine guard, and a Bluetooth connectivity module, which enables on-bike calls and communication, as well as turn-by-turn navigation.

Interested buyers can order the 2023 Husqvarna Norden 901 Expedition now through the official website. The motorcycle is set to arrive in Europe’s in mid-March. 

The upgraded features make this bike an ideal choice for adventure enthusiasts looking for a reliable and comfortable ride, whether it’s for a long-distance tour or a weekend getaway.

GALLERY: 2023 HUSQVARNA NORDEN 901 EXPEDITION

The news regarding the arrival of a more extreme version of Husqvarna’s Norden 901 first broke out in July 2022. 

  • An extreme version of Husqvarna’s Norden 901 to land in 2023. 
  • The “Expedition” could borrow much of its features from KTM’s 890 Adventure R. 

At the time, dealers were given a private showing of a prototype version of the motorcycle. 

However, the latest European type-approval documents have confirmed that the motorcycle is set for the 2023 unveiling. 

Despite the bike’s first image already making its way to social media, Husqvarna is yet to make any official announcement. 

Since the base Norden 901 is based on KTM’s 890 Adventure, we expect the “Expedition” version to use the 890 Adventure R as its basis. That said, it could feature a WP Xplor 48mm inverted front fork with 240mm of travel and a WP Xplor rear shock. 

Also, the document confirms that no change is done to the engine meaning the Expedition gets the same 889cc LC8c parallel-twin engine that makes 103hp @ 8,000rpm. 

However, the wheelbase is longer due to the longer front fork, while the bike’s overall weight also increases from 220kg to 229kg. 

Based on the videos shared on Facebook, the Expedition stands apart from the standard Norden 901 thanks to new paint and graphics, soft luggage and alloy shields. 

MotoGP legend, Max Biaggi has decided to shutdown his Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max Racing Moto3 team after four years.

  • Max Biaggi is heavily linked with a move to RNF Aprilia MotoGP team for the 2023 season.
  • Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max Racing to exit Moto3 by the end of 2022. 

The announcement came at the back of John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki taking top two podium position at the Malaysian MotoGP on Sunday.

The four-time 250cc Grand Prix champion and two-time Superbike World Champion (WSBK) titleholder recalled the team achievement in the last years.

“A wonderful double, after a very difficult period, in which it was necessary to make painful decisions. 

“We started the World Championship Moto3 four years ago and every year we got at least one win. In the debut year there were even three, like this year. 

“We had the pleasure and honor to bring three different drivers back to victory and we brought a young driver to the first victory. All this fills me with pride and satisfaction. We started very far away and after a few years we set up a winning team, but now for me the time has come for new challenges. 

“Valencia will represent the last race in Moto3 of the Max Racing Team. I want to thank Sterilgarda Alimenti, which has always supported me, Husqvarna Motorcycles, KTM and all those who in recent years have contributed to achieving these results,” he said.

In addition, the 51-year-old also hints looking forward to the next project in 2023.

Reports suggest that his next destination is to join Razlan Razali’s RNF Aprilia MotoGP outfit where he will assume the role of Technical Advisor.

MotoGP rookie, Darryn Binder will make the switch to Moto2 next season, riding for the Liqui Moly Intact GP Team.

Darry Binder is left without a premier class spot after RNF decided to move with

The South African will make his debut in Moto2 after skipping the intermediate class by moving straight from Moto3 to MotoGP with RNF Racing this season.

Binder joins Intact GP after he was left without a premier-class seat for 2023.

The 24-year-old will teamed up with newly-crowned Moto2 European champion Lukas Tulovic as Intact GP received new backing from Husqvarna.

Meanwhile, team principal, Jurgen Lingg is looking forward to the new partnership and new riders ahead of the 2023 season.

“We are very grateful to Husqvarna Motorcycles for the trust they have placed in us. This merger is a new and an exciting step for our team, ushering in a new era.

“We have a new brand, new riders and a new direction. In 2023 the bikes will change colour and we are all motivated and convinced that this change will take us forward,” he said.

Meanwhile, RNF will no longer participate in the premier class as Yamaha’s satellite team but instead moving with Aprilia machinery next year. 

RNF Racing will run with an all-new line-up of Migeul Oliveira and Raul Fernandez.

Calling all adventure riders, the all-new Husqvarna Norden 901 has officially land in Malaysia with a recommended selling price of RM98,800 excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

  • the Norden 901 features the same 890cc parallel-twin engine taken from KTM’s 890 Adventure. 
  • Husqvarna claimed the company first ADV bike makes 103hp and 100Nm. 

The Norden 901 officially made its bow in November 2021, two years after the Swedish company unveiled the concept at EICMA.

Build based on the KTM 890 Adventure platform, the Norden 901 carries a different styling set than its Austrian cousin.

It has a more extensive body panel than the 890 Adventure, thus making it a proper dual-purpose bike for long-distance touring.

Nonetheless, underneath the fairing sits the same 890cc parallel-twin engine that makes 103hp and 100Nm.
The Norden also features a 21″ front and 18″ rear wheel paired with a tubeless Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR.
Moreover, it also comes equipped with taller suspension travel from the WP APEX suspension setup, 215mm and 220mm, as opposed to KTM’s 200mm.

If you fancy some electronics, the ADV bike comes with three standard riding modes (Rain, Street and Off-Road) but should you fancy ‘exploring the world’, Husqvarna offers the option “Explore” mode. (Which we thinks is another fancy name for Touring mode).

Other exciting features include:

  • quickshifter
  • slipper clutch
  • traction control
  • cornering ABS (with off-road mode)
  • auxiliary LED lights
  • 19L tank

Swedish motorcycle company Husqvarna Motorcycles has partnered with Google and Unreal Engine to introduce a new configurator for the company FC 450 flagship dirt bike.

  • Husqvarna partners with Google and game engine developers Unreal Engine to produce a new configurator.
  • The configurator allow prospective owners to create a dirt bike that meets their need.

According to Husqvarna, the new configurator will allow its FC 450 riders to set up their prospective bike accordingly.

While motorcycle configurators are not new features, this will be the first addition to Husqvarna’s dirt bike range.

For those outside the gaming spectrum, Unreal Engine is a 3D computer graphics engine developed by Epic Games. They are also the game engine behind MotoGP, Ride, MXGP and Supercross videogames, allowing gamers to enjoy life-like graphics.

The configurator will allow riders to try out infinite combinations to create a suitable competition machine that meets their needs.

In addition, the configurator will allow prospective customers to choose from over 150 Husqvarna Technical Accessories.

Although the configurator is currently limited to just the FC 450, Husqvarna says they will add more models in the future.

KTM’s parent company, Pierer Industrie AG bought Husqvarna from BMW back in 2013.

The Austrian firm then proceeded to unveil the Svartpilen and Vitpilen concept a year later at the 2014 EICMA show in Milan, before the production version successfully made its way to the showroom around the globe.

However, the latest spy shot has confirmed that the Svartpilen is getting a significant update soon.

While the prototype may look similar to the current generation of Svartpilen, the new generation model sports different styling cues.

The test mule features a rectangular TFT dash – similar to KTM’s – new radiator panels, new side sections and a redesigned tank mount to carry luggage.

While the previous Svartpilen tank section flows straight to the side of the rider’s saddle, the new generation features a more exposed subframe.

At the tail sits a new conventional license plate holder instead of the previous swingarm-mounted unit.

Husqvarna also wholly redesigned the steel trellis frame and swingarm, which shares similarities with KTM’s Duke prototypes.

Nonetheless, the next-gen Svartpilen continues to use WP Apex front fork and ByBre brake callipers.

Moving on to the best bits, the Svartpilen will run on the same single-cylinder platform; however, the photos showed what could be a prototype motor as it shares no visible components with the current 373cc engine.

While the exact capacity is still unknown to us, reports suggest it features a similar-looking engine spotted in the KTM Duke test mule.

Other notable changes include an underbelly exhaust, replacing the side-mounted pipe on the previous generation Svartpilen. 

Pierer Mobility AG recent investor presentation reveals the company is currently working on an all-electric motorcycle.

Dubbed the KTM E-Duke, the electric motorcycle is similar to Husqvarna’s E-Pilen Concept unveiled in April last year.

According to reports, the KTM E-Duke will share the same powertrain as the E-Pilen, consisting of the 10kW electric motor and a 5.5kWh fixed lithium-ion battery.

The KTM E-Duke will also share the same platform with the E-Pilen, including a similar claimed range of 100km.

However, the presentation also revealed that the KTM E-Duke would not feature a swappable battery pack even though the company had signed the swappable battery consortium with Honda, Piaggio and Yamaha last year.

Meanwhile, the E-Duke is slated for launch in 2023 alongside the E-Pilen.

Nevertheless, while the E-Duke and E-Pilen offer an entirely different design, we expect the two models to feature the same chassis, specifications, and electronic components, just like the Vitpilen/Svartpilen are based on KTM’s Duke range.

(Source: BikeDekho)

Husqvarna was working on a prototype Vitpilen 1301 back in 2016 but despite the motorcycle garnered a lot of attention, the neo-retro hypernaked project went quiet.

However, latest reports has emerged in Europe showing the big-bore Vitpilen is back in the game and is currently undergoing road testing.

While the 2016 prototype was heavily influence by Vitpilen’s design language, the 2022 model ditched the bodywork. Instead, the overall look resembles KTM’s 1290 Super Duke sharp styling.

Although the Vitpilen 1301 continues to feature the same futuristic circular headlight, it now comes with new composite subframe, the same component available on the Super Duke. Not only that, the test mule also adopts the 1290 single-sided swingarm.

While some might argue that the Vitpilen 1301 is just another rendition of the 1290 Super Duke, but looking at how good the Husqvarna Norden 901 turn out to be when it came out (despite it was built based on KTM’s 890 Adventure), we’re pretty sure the big Vitpilen will offer the same encouraging vibe.

Currently, further details remain scarce but reports suggest that the Husqvarna is schedule for release in 2023.

(Source: RideApart)

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