Husqvarna Motorcycles launch their 2020 TE and FE Enduro range this week in Finland – before we fly to ride them, we’ve taken a look at some of the updates on the new models.
Husqvarna Motorcycles have released the MY20 TE and FE Enduro model details ahead of this week’s world press launch in Finland. The revamped line-up for 2020 has key chassis, suspension and engine developments for two and four stroke models and an all-new 150i fuel injected two-stroke.
The 2020 Husqvarna range combines a simplified new look to the bodywork and graphics plus performance upgrades in engine and chassis departments to improve handling, rider comfort and take a step forward in how the bikes work out on the track or trail.
The 2020 range includes a new 150i, fuel injected two-stroke model plus the 250i and 300i TE two-strokes and the four-strong, four stroke FE range of 250, 350, 450 and 501 capacities.
We arrive later this week to test Husqvarna’s Enduro MY20 range in Finland but, in the meantime, the official details of the updates for 2020 models have been released to chew over.
The details for 2020 include a new more rigid frame, subframe, improved shock linkage lowering seat height, updated fork and shock settings, better ergonomics for rider feel on the bike and Husqvarna’s premium components as standard across the entire Husqvarna Motorcycles enduro range.
Husqvarna MY20 models in a nutshell:
- New frame on all models with increased longitudinal and torsional rigidity
- New TE 150i with electronic fuel injection and electric start
- Two-stroke 250 and 300i models have a secondary ambient air sensor
- New 250g lighter two-piece subframe across the model range
- Updated WP XPLOR fork with new mid-valve piston and setting
- Updated WP XACT shock with new main piston and setting
- New shock linkage dimension providing reduced seat height and added control
- All-new exhaust systems across all models for improved performance and durability
- New seat and suspension linkage make it 20mm lower to the ground
- Improved cooling circuit with radiators placed 12mm lower
- Progressive new bodywork design with improved ergonomics
- New fuel tank design
- Updated four stroke engines offering improved performance and rideability
- 1° lower mounting on T 250i/300i engines for improved front end traction
- Updated TE 250i/300i cylinder for improved two-stroke performance
The new generation of enduro models feature new blue powder-coated frame with increased longitudinal and torsional rigidity, which Husqvarna says, brings improved precision of steering, feel and stability.
A new, lighter composite carbon fibre subframe improves handling also they say by improving stability and rider feedback.
A significant part of the new handling characteristic is the updated, now aluminium cylinder head mountings (metal stays connecting engine to frame basically inside your knees).
Equally important are the 12mm lower radiators which reduces the centre of gravity and helps rider feel for the front of the bikes and improves the ergonomics for the rider.
That’s not all – the 250 and 300 two-strokes engines have been rotated forwards by one degree, again, to improve front end feel.
New WP suspension on all models
Updated 48mm WP XPLOR front forks and WP XACT shocks arrive with more consistent damping and better resistance to bottoming. Using the same linkage progression found in the Husqvarna Motocross range, the rear-end now sits lower, improving control and comfort in extreme enduro conditions.
Additionally, by using a softer spring rate and increased hydraulic damping, Husqvarna says the rear shock is more comfortable, sensitive and has improved feel. The new linkage system (and new seat) reduces seat height by 20mm, helping rider control over technical terrain.
New engines and exhausts
As we’ve already spotted this season, particularly the two-strokes, the 2020 Husqvarna enduro models have revised exhausts across the range. Each is tailor made to the specific model and for 2020 are lighter and stronger on the two-strokes thanks to new mufflers and header pipes.
The four strokes are redesigned with the two part header pipes now removable without removing the rear shock.
More precision from two-stroke engines and improved cold start
The big change in the two-stroke line-up is the all-new TE 150i which makes three models with the TE 250i and TE 300i. Benefitting from an electric starter as standard, the TE 150i, TE 250i and TE 300i arrive with new engine mapping settings and new wiring looms.
A significant update for the MY20 fuel injected models includes a new ambient pressure sensor and 39mm throttle body working together with the power valve, a reworked idle system supplying more air (and improving cold starts), a redesigned air intake funnel and heavily worked new engine maps that deliver a more precise power delivery.
Four strokes with more thump
The entire four stroke range features extensive engine upgrades to reduce weight and increased performance and rideability. Highlights includes the FE 450 and FE 501 getting new, lighter cylinder heads (-500g), new camshaft timings and increased compression ratios (also on FE 250 and 350).
Husqvarna’s MY20 enduro range features new graphics and bodywork which is slimmed down to help easier movement on the bike and confidence inspiring riding.
That includes a new nose shape in the upper fairing cowling deflects dirt better and guides the front brake hose more smoothly.
New shape fuel tanks sit in a revised position between your legs and house a new throttle cable routing which will please some owners.
Like we say, we’ll be at the world launch later this week so stay tuned for more insight and details of the 2020 range. Got any questions? Get in touch at the email address below.
The new Husqvarna MY20 enduro range will be available worldwide from June 2019 at all authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers.
Complimenting the launch of the MY20 enduro range is Husqvarna Motorcycles´ Gotland clothing range of apparel and protective equipment which we revealed earlier this year.
More information: Husqvarna-Motorcycles.com
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