Husqvarna is a brand on the move right now, and they’re moving solidly into the road bike market with another two offerings – the TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra.
The new TR 650 Strada (above) version is aimed at road riding, while the Terra is far more dual-purpose in intent.
Both take their roots from the BMW G 650 GS, however, the liquid-cooled single-cylinder power unit with two overhead camshafts and 652 cc has been ‘extensively modified’ and its performance ‘significantly enhanced’ for use in the two new Husqvarna models. Significant changes include a modified electronic fuel-injection system, altered camshafts and an increased compression ratio due to modified piston and cylinder head geometry. It delivers a claimed 58bhp at 7,250 rpm, developing its maximum torque of 60Nm at 5,750 rpm. For those countries with graduated licencing, there is also a reduced power version on offer.
Both models share a split-backbone tubular steel frame with removeable rear frame and front beam bolted to the engine, with a fat 46mm inverted fork. The Strada roles on cast aluminium wheels, while the Terra reflects its off-road suitability with a centrally-mounted rear shock with progressive linkage, more generous suspension travel, a 21″ front wheels and spoked rims. The Strada fitted is with ABS as standard, while it’s optional on the Terra.
An overview of the key features of the new Husqvarna TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra:
• Powerful, high-revving single-cylinder engine with a 652 cc capacity.
• Output 58bhp at 7,250rpm and maximum torque of 60Nm at 5,750rpm.
• Restricted version: 48bhp at 7,250rpm and maximum torque of 54Nm at 5,750rpm.
• TR 650 Strada, unladen weight: 168kg / weight fully fuelled: 186kg.
• TR 650 Terra, unladen weight: 166kg / weight fully fuelled: 184kg.
• Handling-oriented, robust chassis concept with split-backbone frame and swing arm made of steel as well as telescopic fork and rear shock with linkage (suspension travel at front and rear 190 mm / 7.5”).
• Light alloy cast wheels in finely wrought 10-spoke design for the TR 650 Strada and characteristic off-road spoke wheels with light-alloy rims and hubs for the TR650 Terra.
• Highly stable brake system with single disc brake front and rear and ABS (as standard in the TR 650 Strada, optional extra for the TR 650 Terra).
• Fuel tank placed to optimise centre of gravity for enhanced handling.
• Options and special accessories: ABS (TR 650 Terra only), power reduction to 35 kW (48 hp), windshield, hand protectors, low seat, engine guard, heated grips, alarm system, rear softbag, topcase, side pannier.
They’re expected to arrive in showrooms in September – and we’re awaiting news on prices.