India’s Bajaj Auto has acquired an additional 6.3% stake in KTM, raising its share of the Austrian manufacturer to 47%. According to Economic Times, Bajaj purchased the latest 6.3% through a Netherlands-based subsidiary. Bajaj first acquired a portion KTM in 2007, purchasing a 14.5% stake. India’s second-largest motorcycle manufacturer has since been steadily increasing its […]
Long Live Two-Strokes! Husqvarna Unveil TC300 To Compete In New Two-Stroke Series
Husqvarna, which was recently acquired by, and will act as a sister company to, KTM has not given up on two-stroke technology, despite the four-stroke revolution practically overcoming the rest of motorcycling. In fact, Husqvarna is committed to advancing two-stroke technology with the introduction of its latest motorcycle, the TC300.
Designed to compete in the newly formed European Motocross 300cc two-stroke championship, the TC300 is a TC250 two-stroke, upgraded to 300cc with accessories soon to be available from the Husky Power range of special parts. Decorated with official Husqvarna Factory Racing graphics it will feature numerous technical upgrades, among which will be a carbon fiber rear subframe, a full Akrapovic exhaust system, CNC machined hubs and triple clamps, and WP suspension.
Husqvarna will actively support the European Motocross 300cc two-stroke championship, and the wider use of two-stroke engine technology. Offering great acceleration characteristics, easily achievable power and capacity increases, ease of maintenance, and compact design, Husqvarna is fully committed to two-stroke power.
Six months after the acquisition of Husqvarna Motorcycles by Pierer Industrie AG, Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH is now fully operational and will soon begin distributing the 2014 Husqvarna model range soon. Now Husqvarna will benefit from direct association with KTM group – Europe’s largest motorcycle manufacturer operating from one of the world’s newest, state-of-the-art production facilities.
Enduro and motocross models will be unveiled to the world’s press from October 5-11, where journalists will be able to ride the new machines at the famous Uddevalla circuit in Sweden. Bikes are then slated to arrive in European dealers staring in November. Time tables for North American distribution are yet to be determined.