Husqvarna’s TE449 has a really weird history. It was conceived as a BMW dual-sport bike, then consigned to Husqvarna as a race bike,
and is now destined to be abandoned by new parent company KTM. In
the confusing period that saw BMW buy then sell Husqvarna as a company, the ownership of the 449 has been hard to follow. But, lost in all
that is the fact that there are a lot of 449s out there on the trails and
roads of America, and there are more coming. What’s more, their owners
tend to like them. The TE449 eventually found a niche as a powerful,
somewhat-overbuilt dual-sport bike.
This particular TE449 represents one more chapter in the bike’s ulti-
mate logbook. Andy Jefferson and Ty Davis saw what the bike had done
in the Dakar Rally in the hands of the Speedbrain team and were inspired
to build a Husky Adventure bike. At the Dakar Rally, a TE449 prepared by
Speedbrain won several stages and was a threat in the overall standings.
That bike eventually found its way into production under the Speedbrain
name, carrying a $26,000 price tag. The bike that Ty and Andy built is
more accessible than that. It’s not a rally racer, but it is a machine that
you can spend hours and days riding off-road in style and comfort.