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Traction Control Arrives in Husqvarna's 2017 Motocross Bikes

Husqvarna reveals the 2017 motocross bike line-up and introduces a lot of new electronic technologies plus thorough updates in almost all departments.
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It's the dawn of a new era in Husqvarna's troubled history, but it looks like KTM, its new owners, are looking forward to transforming the brand into a spearheading herald in the off-road segment.

The bikes are now equipped with the new WP AER 48 forks which are lighter and sturdier, with CNC machined triple clamps and sport rubber damping and an adjustable handlebar position. Map switching and launch control buttons are easily accessible on the left handlebar, and the bikes come with Brembo calipers and GSK rotors.

Another weight-saving move was the addition of a composite carbon fiber subframe that tips the scales at only 1.4 kg (3.1 lb) and a hollow-cast aluminum swingarm, plus numerous other enhancements. Mass centralization also affected the exhaust system, which is now more compact.

Two-stroke machines got new diecast engine casings and covers which provide better resistance to wear, a new crankshaft, new cylinder and piston, alongside a new clutch, new gearbox, and exhaust.
Traction control now standard on the four-stroke machines
The 2017 four-stroke Husqvarna models receive a new electronic feature, the traction control system. The TCS is also switchable, so riders who feel they can do better without it can easily disengage it. The Keihin engine management system (EMS) analyzes the throttle input and the rate at which the engine RPM increases.

If the raise in RPM is too steep, the EMS will detect a wheelspin that will result in loss of grip and cut the power to the rear wheel. Also, in the electronic department, the gear sensor will also determine a specific map to be used for each gear, maximizing power deployment for each and every second of the ride.

With electronics becoming more and more present in the off-road bike segment, we can also expect that other technologies may arrive in the not-so-distant future. Obviously, the next step is represented by IMU-based electronics, such as wheelie control and the rest. Check with your nearest Husqvarna dealer for availability and prices, and make sure you also check out the attached brochure.

 Download: Husqvarna 2017 brochure (PDF)

 
 
 
 
 

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