||06-28-2012 06:43 PM
Nice Husky put the emissions garbage in such an exposed place, as if to tell the owner "please, take this sh%t off". Absent that, the trail will take it off for you! Way cool that Husky has developed "off road only" (softly snickering over here) maps for the owners too.
Here in perpetually on fire Colorado, putting plates on "real" dirt bikes is easy. A buddy of mine has a WR250F (the off road model) with a plate. What a sweet mill the WR has. No engine vibes, grunts well off idle for a small bore and it revs to the moon and it is known to be bombproof durable. Price? 3K used for an '07 in very clean shape, replete with an FMF full powerbomb exhaust and JD jet kit.
This sweet little Husky really does have no direct competition, except in states like Colorado, where this type of bike is effectively (and thankfully) meaningless. The CR250 and the Husaberg FE450 in my garage both have plates on them :)
This Husky and the street legal KTMs are perfect for those unfortunates who live in Kaliforniastan and other tough on street legal dirt bike states though. Dunno why Yamaha does not play this game with their excellent new WR450. With FI, there has to be a way to make it pass emissions while allowing owners to put a real map in it once it is in their grubby hands. The big WR is sold as street legal in other countries. Why let KTM have almost all the fun in America?
Kudos to Husky for offering street legal real dirt bikes and for continuing to develop and improve their bikes, as shown by the firmed up suspension, KYB components and forthcoming engine updates. The 310 is an interesting bike. Would love to ride one of those.