Husaberg quality control and manufacturing ability began to improve when the company was purchased by KTM. KTM-spec parts began to appear on the ’Bergs with greater regularity. Last year Husaberg engineers went all out to teach the world a lesson in mass centralization. By flipping around a whole bunch of KTM-sourced engine parts, then wrapping their creation in a new-age frame, Husaberg managed to create a big-bore thumper that behaved like a little one.
The Husaberg is powered by what is essentially a KTM engine that has been folded, turned around and contorted to meet the engineers’ goals of mass centralization. The heaviest parts of the Husaberg engine, like the crankshaft, are located where they should have the least effect on handling. The oddities don’t stop with the pretzel shaped engine either. The Husaberg line features plastic subframes, a front mounted airbox and a unique steel frame. KTM provides the WP suspension components, and in the case of the FX450 they are off the KTM XC line. The rear shock doesn’t use a linkage but has different valving and reservoir placement than a KTM shock.