HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES SET TO RAISE THE BAR IN COMPACT ENGINE PERFORMANCE WITH ULTRA LIGHT 250cc FOUR-STROKE ENGINE ON 2009 TC 250

Proving good things do come in small packages, Husqvarna Motorcycles is preparing to introduce its highly anticipated 250cc four-stroke engine in the all-new 2009 TC 250 Motocross race bike this year. The ultra light, compact power plant – tested at various racing venues this summer – has drawn intense interest from the motorcycling community.

Weighing a scant 48.5 lbs., the little dynamo promises to raise the bar in compact engine performance. Produced by the Husqvarna factory in Varese, Italy, the mini powerplant features four titanium radial valves and is 13 percent smaller overall than other single cylinder engines on the market. Although the 2009 TC 250 will be produced in limited quantities in late 2008, Husqvarna may still opt to race it in the 2009 World Motocross Championship.

Former 500cc World Champion and current MX3 class contender in the World Motocross series, Andrea Bartolini has been a key player in the development of Husqvarna’s new TC 250. Acting as chief test rider for the new bike, Bartolini has been working with the Husqvarna Research and Development team to ensure that the new powerplant will be a world leader.

“The new TC 250 is very thin and compact, offering superior handling and responsiveness,” commented Bartolini.

Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903.

Husqvarna Motorcycles, which was purchased by the BMW Group in October 2007, is well-known and highly respected in the off-road motorcycle market. Its heritage is inextricably linked to competition riding (72 prizes in Moto Cross, Enduro and Supermotard contests). Husqvarna motorcycles have been produced at the Varese facilities since 1987.

Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC

Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC is part of BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, which is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC announced a return to off-road racing competition earlier this year, after reaching an agreement with Scott Summers, Inc. to provide a professional race team to compete in the GNCC Racing Series. The riders pilot 2008 Husqvarna TXC 450 off-road models and have earned podium finishes in the GNCC’s XC1 class.