RIDERS WRITE RIDERS WRITE
LOVE THOSE REDHEADS
I’m 52 years old and have been a
loyal Husqvarna owner since my first
1978 CR390 through the years to
my current 2013 TXC 310R, which is
about one of the best “Italian” made
Huskies to date. Everything on this
stock bike is top-notch—from the
fuel-injected “Redhead” four-stroke
motor to the KYB suspension, Leo
Vince titanium exhaust, Excel rims and
Pirelli tires. I would be lying if I said I
wasn’t excited about the new white
however, all the reports on the white
bikes have done nothing but praise
the new bikes and run down the previous red Huskies. The loyal Husky
owners are still hanging on to their
fine-tuned red bikes because, let’s
face it, they could have just bought a
Husaburg/KTM up to this point anyway. I’ll wait until Husqvarna comes
out with its first true “Husqvarna”
for me to continue my loyalty. In the
meantime, please stop running down
the red Huskies like they didn’t exist
or should have never been built,
because they’ve been out there pleasing a lot of loyal Husky customers for
the last 10-plus years!
You never heard us put down the
Redheads, and there’s rumor that it
might live again—under another name.
Several of us were lucky
to get some of the first
Groms. After too much fun
on the pavement, we too
are thinking “dual sport!”
Question: Will you please
tell us where we can get
the skid plate you show
mounted on the Grom you
tested? The only ones I’ve
been able to find offer no
protection for the exhaust
pipe from gravel attacks and
light bumps to the pipe itself. Great
article; we’re waiting for your contin-
ued updates for the Grom revolution!
David Van Riper
Our dirt Grom project is temporarily on hold, as we’ve heard rumors of
a dual-sport model from Honda for
2015. The skid plate pictured was a
prototype from DG Performance. Give
them a call. If they think there’s some
demand, they might just become a
part of the revolution.
Thank you for printing “Desert
Legend” on the history of the KX500.
What a powerful steed!
I have a restored 2003 with an FMF
gnarly pipe and Power Now intake.
I’m waiting for the snow to melt in the
high country this July here in western Wyoming to ride it in the Dridger
Teton National forest. Can’t wait.
I’m originally from West Virginia and
have many memories of third-gear
starts to the top of muddy hill-climbs
with my old ’ 87 KX500 and a ’ 91
CR500 with stock gearing.
I think there are a few things that
can defy the laws of physics, and the
KX500 is one of them, such as outclimbing a trials bike on a slimy hill
with a Metzeler moto tire (of course).
Anyway, you make me want to go
out and throw a 40-foot roost. I’m 56
years old this August and invite you to
come and ride the trails opening July
15th. Many thanks.
Big Piney WY
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Dear Dirt Bike,
I noticed that Sherco has come
out swinging with a new e-start-
only 250/300 two-stroke. I was
wondering what you guys think
about it, and if you’re trying to
get your hands on one. Loving all
the two-stroke stuff you guys are
doing, and the off-road pro tips too.
Take care and ride on.
Vancouver Island, British
We can’t wait to ride them ourselves. The Sherco two-strokes
that have made their way to the
U.S. have been very limited so
far, but the importer has big
plans for the year to come. ❏