Husqvarna brought MXA to a deep sand track in the Swedish forest. Daryl Ecklund throws up a sandstorm.
spend millions of dollars on research and development
when it already has a tried-and-true product under its
roof? Not only are the KTM platforms exceptionally good
and race-proven, but millions have already been spent on
I FOUND OUT LATER THAT
DOUBLES WERE ILLEGAL IN
SWEDEN, AND PITEA JUST FILLED
IN ALL ITS DOUBLES TO MAKE
It is worth mentioning that the European models,
which are what I rode in Lulea, and American models are
somewhat different. European riders will get the previous
WP bladder forks, while the American market will get the
new 4CS. It should be noted that the 2015 KTM line also
gets the same fork split. To MXA, spec’ing the 4CS fork
to the American market is a smart move. It addresses a
constant and common complaint that American racers
have about KTMs and Husqvarnas—and, for our tastes,
the 4CS forks work better than the WP bladder forks.
Que sera sera; to each continent its own taste. At least
Husqvarna listened to its customers, both German and
American, and gave them what they wanted.
The next morning I was off to the Pitea Motocross
Park, where there were 12 different Husqvarna models
lined up for action. Husqvarna provided two of each
model, including four-strokes, two-strokes, enduro bikes
and motocross models. Pitea was a deep-sand track, and
there were eight miles of tight Swedish forest to blow off
steam in. My goal? To ride all 12 models in one day.
I started my track reconnaissance on one of my personal favorites, the FC350, which hadn’t been offered
This is no ordinary sunset. This photo was shot at 1 a.m.
The sun nevers sets in the summer..