What you should
know about the
1. It’s weird, but Husqvarna does
not offer an off-road 450 for 2012.
Between the TE449 dual-sport bike
and the non-EPA-compliant TC449
motocrosser, there was enough overlap to cover the missing model.
2. We tested the TC449 last May.
It was clear that the motocrosser was
actually a very good off-road bike.
We took it along on all our testing,
although it wasn’t an official entry.
3. The Husky has an unfair
advantage in the motor department. It has a full-race muffler and is
very fast. The power delivery is actually much better off-road than it is for
motocross. On a track, it feels like it
needs more hit and more revs. On
the trail, it has deep, rich power and
smooth delivery. The EFI has an
4. It hooks up. Despite having
more power than the others, it always
finds traction and is perfectly controllable.
5. The Husky has an unfair disadvantage in the suspension
department. The motocross settings
are too stiff off-road.
6. The handling is great for medi-um-fast trails and broad-sweeping
turns. The bike loves high-speed fire
7. Tight trails are not the Husky’s
friend. It’s too long and big.
8. Despite not having lights or a
kickstand, the Husky is still heavy.
9. The five-speed gearbox has
good off-road ratios. The hydraulic,
crank-mounted clutch doesn’t fade.
The tank, on the other hand, is too
small and there are no alternatives.
10. On certain fast trails and
roads, the Husky was the best in
the group. On super-tight trails it
was the worst. With a price of $7999,
it would finish in the middle of this
group—if it were in this group.
OFF-ROAD 450 SHOOTOUT
Husqvarna’s TC450 is actually a motocross bike that’s
better suited for off-road.
60THINGS HUSQVARNA TC449