Husky power and poise
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.*