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INSIDE THE HUSQVARNA MERGER: WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ICONIC BRAND AND IT’S NEW OWNERS

KTM North America President Jon-Erik Burleson with Roger DeCoster. KTM’s Jon-Erik Burleson and Werner Kastenauer recently talked about KTM’s plans for the immediate future of Husqvarna in the in-house ?Husqvarna Motorcycle Journal? newsletter. Here is the what they said . It’s the question that has been on everyone’s lips after the sale of Husqvarna to Pierer Industry AG. We?re getting close to having answers to all the burning questions, but the first order of business ? and one Husqvarna and KTM are s…

HUSQVARNA & HUSABERG TO MERGE…OR IS THAT REUNITE?

KTM will merge Husqvarna and Husaberg into one brand…and Husaberg will go away as a marque. The new combined brand will be called Husqvarna Sportmotorcycles GmbH. Husaberg was a spinoff from Husqvarna 25 years ago when the Italians bought Husky and moved it to Italy. After Husqvarna left some former Husky employees started Husaberg. KTM bought Husaberg in 1995. Now that KTM’s CEO Stefan Pierer has bought Husky from BMW Motorrad the two formerly Swedish brands will be brought back under one umbrella. H…

MOTOCROSS MONEY WATCH! WHY BIKES COST SO MUCH!

IF YOU HAVE SPENT YOUR ENTIRE LIFE BUYING THINGS WITH THE U.S. DOLLAR, IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO WRAP YOUR BRAIN AROUND FOREIGN-CURRENCY VALUES.   If you have spent your entire life buying things with the U.S. dollar, it can be difficult to wrap your brain around foreign-currency values. For one dollar, you can buy about 78 Japanese yen or 0.80 euro (give or take the currency fluctuations of the day). Back in 2008, just four years ago, you could buy 125 yen for one dollar. So what, you say? So that me…

UPDATED! OFFICIAL HONDA PRESS RELEASE: EARTHQUAKE IMPACT ON HONDA OPERATIONS

Honda would like to express its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims of the earthquake in Japan, and our sincere hopes for the earliest possible relief and recovery of the affected areas. Japan Damage was widespread in the Tochigi area, where Honda has a number of operations. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has confirmed the fatality of a Honda R&D associate at the Tochigi R&D Center, when a wall collapsed in a cafeteria. The associate was male, 43 years old. In addition, 17 Honda associates we…

KTM ANNOUNCES 2011 AMATEUR MOTOCROSS SUPPORT PROGRAM

With the launch of a new revolutionary KTM SX model line-up including the new 50 SXS race machine and the MX2 and MX1 World Championship winning KTM 350 and 250 SXF motorcycles, KTM is excited to announce the next step toward increasing its motocross presence? the 2011 amateur motocross support program. KTM will launch a new support program for amateur motocross riders through its dealership network. All interested applicants must submit a resume to their local KTM dealer to be considered for support. T…