January 20, 2012 – New York, NY – The distinct retro flair of the golden age of motorcycling is one that only Husqvarna can genuinely embody. The Husky marque is the definitive emblem of an era, and one that continues to symbolize bold innovation, classic design and timeless passion. Husqvarna’s distinctive 1970′s vibe is revisited in the Concept Baja – where vintage meets technology, and legendary style is redefined.


Vintage allure isn’t all this trek-touring design has to offer; performance is what makes the Concept Baja truly exceptional. Ideal for the casual rider as well as the committed enthusiast, The Baja will continue the trek well after the pavement ends.

Corona, CA - With the performance you demand on the trail, and the refinement you expect from Europe, the bold new 2012 line of Husqvarna off-road motorcycles has broken cover. Black frames, silver rims, new graphics and sleek styling define the Husky 2012 line. The first models to be released are the cross-country models, including the race-inspired TXC off-roaders and WR two-stroke motorcycles.

TXC Cross-country Overview
Husqvarna’s line of TXC motorcycles is developed exclusively for the high demands of the American off-road market. The competitive cross-country bikes are based on the TE platform, and carry with them race-proven technology straight from the Husqvarna World Enduro Championship bikes of factory racers such as Juha Salminen and Antoine Meo. The TXC line returns for 2012, with a host of premium upgrades such as Leo Vince exhaust (on 250/310) and revised Kayaba suspension components. In addition, 2012 also brings an entirely new model – the TXC310!

The TXC310 is based on Husqvarna’s existing TE310 dual-sport, but is all new to the TXC line of purebred off-roaders. A bored and stroked version of the 250 motor, the 302cc fuel-injected four-stroke offers more aggressive power characteristics than its quarter-liter sibling, and fills a significant gap in the current range of off-road bikes. For riders looking for robust power delivery that can run with the 450s, and still provide lightweight maneuvering of a 250, the all-new TXC310 is the ideal tool for the job.

Joining the 310 in the 2012 lineup are the TXC250 and TXC511. All three models receive a new all-black chromoly frame, reinforced for higher rigidity and improved tensile strength. New technology and the addition of select new reinforcements give the 250/310 TXCs an entirely new feel – one that is sure to impress even the most demanding off-road riders. The reworked frame not only provides better handling capabilities, but also substantially improves long-term durability.

Further chassis upgrades include the Kayaba shock – which replaces the Sachs shock on the 250. The existing Kayaba shock on the 511 receives a new progressive spring, as well as revised damping, allowing it to provide a plusher ride without sacrificing any mid-stroke capability. Up front, the TXC line features premium Kayaba suspension on all three bikes. The 48mm closed-cartridge fork receives revised damping, making the TXC more capable than ever of tackling tough terrain while providing a supple ride for everyone to the casual trail rider to aggressive cross-country racer.

In the power department, the TXC250 is markedly improved, as well. Husqvarna focused on gaining maximum performance from the 2012 TXC250, and heavily revised the fuel injection system for optimum power output. An all-new Leo Vince exhaust system and revised ignition timing allow the 249.5cc fuel-injected powerplant to run stronger and churn out bigger power. The 6-speed gearbox allows the TXC250 and 310 to stretch their ponies across a wide spectrum, making both bikes willing accomplices in a variety of off-road terrain.

The TXC511 remains the open-class off-road specialist. The California green-sticker-legal four-stroke features a fuel-injected 477.5cc motor, revised and fine-tuned for 2012 to smooth out power delivery. The dual-flap ignition system is re-tuned to improve low-end power, resulting in an overall better-running bike. Like its TE counterpart, the TXC511 receives a new single-piece tail section, simplified to improve aesthetics and function. Ergonomics are significantly improved with the narrower tail piece, which is also 15mm shorter than last year’s.

The Kayaba shock body on the TXC511 remains unchanged, but the use of the new progressive spring creates more initial sag and allows the rear end to ride slightly lower. Altering the geometry helps refine the overall balance, and noticeably improves the handling characteristics of the TXC511. Husqvarna’s patented CTS (Coaxial Traction System) works in ideal harmony with the refined suspension components, continuing to provide incredible climbing ability and unparalleled straight-line stability.

TXC Key Features
* New all-black chromoly frame with higher rigidity and improved strength.
* Kayaba suspension front and rear.
* New 48mm Kayaba closed-cartridge fork re-valved with stiffer settings.
* Silver Excel rims.
* New style IPD (in-mold plastic design) graphics.

TXC250
* All-new Leo Vince exhaust system flows more freely and increases power.
* Reworked ignition timing further improves power output.
* New Kayaba shock (formerly Sachs).
* Adjustable handlebar clamps offer two different offset positions.
* Red sticker designation in California.

TXC310
* All-new model for 2012!
* Race-inspired Leo Vince exhaust system.
* 302cc four-stroke motor bored and stroked from TXC250 motor platform.
* Kayaba suspension tuned specifically for demands of U.S. off-road competition.
* Red sticker designation in California.

TXC511
* Kayaba shock receives progressive shock spring.
* Handling improved with revised shock, designed to harmonize with CTS to also retain its characteristic straight-line stability.
* Re-tuned dual-flap ignition system revised to improve low-end performance.
* Revised one-piece tail section is narrower for streamlined ergonomics.
* New WP radiators improve cooling capability.
* Green sticker designation in California.

WR Cross-country Overview
Husqvarna is proudly still mixing gas with the WR line of two-stroke motorcycles. The lightweight, carbureted WR comes in three different displacements – 125, 250 and 300cc. Husky’s small-bore two-stroke returns to its 125cc legendary roots, and for those looking that ever-critical 19cc advantage – great news! Every WR125 comes with a 144cc top-end kit, complete with cylinder and piston, free of charge.

The WR’s are suspended by a Kayaba fork and Sachs shock combo, and feature the same cutting-edge look of the black frames, silver rims and new graphics shared with the rest of the ’12 Husqvarna line.

Key Features
* WR125 returns to Husqvarna’s two-stroke line.
* 144cc top-end kit comes with WR125 free of charge.
* New chromoly frame now black in color.
* Silver Excel rims.
* Striking red and black color scheme with new IPD graphics.

Watch for more information to come on the complete line of 2012 Husqvarna off-road motorcycles, including the TE dual purpose and the TC/CR motocross models, all of which have some significant changes in store for the new model year.

PASO ROBLES, CA - American Beta is proud to announce the 2012 Beta Off Road RR model line up with a complete range being offered for 2012 including 350, 400, 450, and 498 versions. (498RR formerly known as the 520RR)

Beginning with the 350RR, Beta feels this is the ultimate single-track motorcycle as its ability to change direction is unmatched while still offering enough torque and power for both play riders and racers. The 350 provides a “2-stroke feel” yet still offers the traction and smooth power delivery of a 4 stroke. Returning for 2012 are the proven 400, 450, and 498 RR models that have helped put Beta on the off road map. These models continue to impress the magazines as well as the riders that own them.

PASO ROBLES, CA – American Beta is offerring a limited production of Factory Specials born from the current Beta factory race team. Available in 400, 450, and 520 versions, these new models offer a host of factory Beta components.

Starting with the heart of the machine, the 100% Beta-built twin cam engine has been given a special base gasket to boost compression for even more torque as well as adding a couple ponies on the top end. Add to this Beta’s dual-map ignition system which enables riders to choose two different map settings depending on conditions. Throw in a complete Arrow Titanium exhaust system, some billet bling and you have the beginnings of a podium finish.

On the Chassis side of things, Beta raided their accessory department to build a top-shelf racer. Starting with the front, they added their 50mm Marzocchi factory closed-cartridge fork which includes hard-coated outer tubes as well as polished internal components providing incredibly smooth action. The forks are complimented by a billet clamp which includes two positions of offset adjustment topped off with our PHDS handlebar mounting system which incorporates elastomers to reduce vibration. At the end of the bars are a set of exclusive Beta handguards.

Only one year after the launch of the RR line of Beta enduro bikes equipped with the first four-stroke enduro engine exclusively manufactured by Beta, the range is now enriched with a brand new model: the 350 RR.

The all-new 350cc four-stroke project required a longer period of development as Beta’s research and development ambitions went far beyond the idea of simple range extension. The goal was to create a modern 350cc four-stroke engine which combines the qualities of a 250cc four-stroke with the reliability of a larger displacement motor. Over a year of designing and extensive testing has gone into producing the potent off-road powerplant which brings with it tremendous potential. Light, flickable handling, excellent useable power and plenty of low-end torque on tap present an irresistible all-around package – a combination of features impossible to come by on a traditional 250 four-stroke motor.