THE ’BERG TE300
We’ll turn this into a Q&A about the
Is this just a KTM 300?
Yes and no. It shares the same
frame as the ’ 11 model KTM XC-W,
but with different fork and shock valving. The engine is the same as the ’ 12
So the engine is identical?
Ah, no. It has the same new cylinder porting, TVS powervalve, new V-Force reed assembly, pipe and
silencer. But the KTM has a new air-boot, which enhances flow and
power, and the Husaberg comes
standard with an on-the-fly dual-path
ignition switch that offers a soft and
an aggressive map.
Are the chassis, brakes and
wheels any different?
The ’Berg comes fit with the same
components as its cousin, though the
DID rims are blue. Brembo brakes,
excellent machined hubs, Dunlop
MX51 rubber, 22mm offset and super-adjustable triple clamps highlight the
machine. The Bergie uses a nice X-ring chain that rolls through a very
tough plastic chainguide.
How about off-road-focused
The TE300 comes equipped with
some nice plastic handguards (not
full-wrap aluminum) and a nice plastic
skid plate. Like the KTM, it has a plated expansion chamber and a
straight-through, very sano mounted
and a quiet muffler. And yes, it lacks
a spark arrestor. It does not have
lights, though it is equipped with a
lighting coil. The gas tank is large ( 2. 9
gallons) and very slim. Its cap is the
same irritating click-and-lock unit that
Why did they stick electric start
on the 300?
Really serious racers remove the E-
start system craving the 12-pound
weight loss. But we’re here to tell you
that it’s flat magic. In the past, we’ve
had a few that lacked a positive
engagement and had trouble coax-
ing life when it was stone cold.
The ’ 12 Husaberg TE300 uses most of the technology and
chassis design from the ’ 11 KTM 300 caboosed to a ’ 12 300
powerplant and Husaberg-valved WP suspension.
Same as the KTM; it’s a six-speeder and wide ratio, though fairly tight
ratios. Final gearing is 13/50, and yes,
it has the sweet-pulling hydraulic
What about ergos and the look?
The Husaberg TE300 comes with a
yellow frame, uses the identical cooling system that is integrated for maximum airflow and no exposed hoses.
The tank and plastic are direct copies
of the ’ 11 KTM, not the new slimmer
bodywork of the 2012s.
What’s different about the sus-
It’s WP fore and aft; the front being
a closed-cartridge design, while the
KTM XC-W uses an open-cartridge
design. The spring rates are the
same, and the valving is unique to the
’Berg. Out back, the TE uses last
year’s PDS system that has less rising
rate and an 11mm-shorter shock.
According to Husaberg, the valving
differences are subtle, the rear targets
more linear compression (for
smoother action) and the fork does
the same but through the closed-cartridge system that normally is
used for more moto-biased conditions.