After last year’s all-new range of machines, Husaberg has been busy refining its new designs further.
All the new models feature re-designed engine cases, which are stronger and lighter. The electric start introduced last year has been overhauled and the starter gears refined with the introduction of new roller bearings in place of bushes.
A new stainless exhaust system has also been introduced, mimicking the ones found on this year’s factory racers. The can is now an oval-section inox-aluminium item. Many other engine internals have been lightened and tweaked and various bearings have been modified.
The Husabergs innovative ignition system remains unchanged. Named Dynamic Force Control, it takes the form of a switch found on the handlebars, which can be flicked between Hi and Lo.
In Hi, the ignition is advanced and power output is at its optimum. In Lo, the overall power is greatly reduced, but the all-important usability and ‘feel’ of the engine is massively increased. It can be changed on the fly and the manufacturers say the effect is instant. They recommend the Lo setting for when the going gets greasy and wet.
The hydraulic clutch receives a thorough overhaul, too. Again alterations in the bearing design are claimed to improve overall performance. The upside-down forks remain unchanged – as do the Brembo off-road brakes and Beringer 4-pot Supermoto calipers. At the back, a brand-new top-of-the-range WP shock is fitted. Not only is it fully adjustable for pre-load, compression and rebound damping, its damping is also adjustable separately for high and low speeds.
Cosmetically, the only changes are to the graphics and the seat.
The factory doesn’t claim any power figures for the model, but the 2001 F650e Super Motard was tested out of the box at 55bhp at the rear wheel and the 2002 model is expected to have even more. The road-legal Super Motard weighs just 115kg.
The machines are available now and costs range from £4880 for the Enduro 400 up to £5450 for the road going 650 Super Motard.