Husky power and poise

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By JIM GREEN

THE TE511 is an ex­tremely pow­er­ful, high qual­ity en­duro bike that quite sim­ply pulls no punches.

It is in­cred­i­bly fast and not for the faint hearted. Hav­ing said that, all the de­sign as­pects of this bike have been stud­ied and eval­u­ated with one thing in mind: mak­ing the TE511 eas­ier to ride.

The en­gine in this beast is a cut­ting edge ver­sion of par­ent com­pany BMWS G450X but bored out to 477.5cc.

The rea­son for the 511 moniker is be­cause it is, in essence, a de­vel­op­ment of the old Husq­varna 510 model.

An enor­mous amount of painstak­ing work has been car­ried out in cal­i­brat­ing the pow­er­ful en­gine re­sponse to ev­ery small turn of the throt­tle, with the net re­sult that all the power avail­able at your fin­ger­tips is sur­pris­ingly man­age­able. There are a num­ber of el­e­ments that have been drawn to­gether to en­sure easy con­trol of this awe­some ma­chine.

The mo­tor is nes­tled low in the frame and canted for­ward to keep the cen­tre of grav­ity lo­cated at the mid-point axis and as low as pos­si­ble.

The bike’s frame is con­structed from oval-shaped steel tub­ing, which is both light and strong while still pro­vid­ing just enough of an el­e­ment of flex­i­bil­ity. Sus­pen­sion has been left to the spe­cial­ists with Kayaba pro­vid­ing the ex­per­tise.

Rather in­ter­est­ingly, the long plank-like seat ex­tends all the way up to the front forks where the fuel tank is usu­ally lo­cated, and the fuel tank is ac­tu­ally lo­cated un­der the seat and is filled through a cap to the rear of the seat.

De­sign el­e­ments that could al­most be specif­i­cally for the NT in­clude a very high air in­take lo­cated at the high­est point on the frame of the bike, which is handy for water cross­ings, and a thermo fan is mounted on the rear of the ra­di­a­tor which en­sures that this ma­chine is never likely to over­heat even in our un­bear­ably hot con­di­tions.

To ride, quite sim­ply it is a beast of a ma­chine; there is so much horse­power read­ily avail­able on tap that the bike very quickly has you rid­ing to your lim­its.

De­spite that, this mo­tor­cy­cle is in­cred­i­bly sta­ble and its han­dling is smooth and bal­anced. It can take on all man­ner of ter­rain — from thick sticky mud to rough jagged rocks— with aplomb.

There is so much horse­power read­ily avail­able on tap

Sur­pris­ingly light and nim­ble, the Husq­varna TE511 was able to tackle tight twisty tracks with con­sum­mate ease, but where it re­ally came to the fore was the wide open tracks where you can ex­ploit all that power to its ab­so­lute max­i­mum— if you dare.

So, if you think you’re man enough, get your­self down to Cy­clone Mo­tor­cy­cles, Hick­man Street, Win­nel­lie and treat your­self to a red hot Husq­varna TE511.

They’re a steal at $11,995.*

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