anyone else see this?
anyone else see this?
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Nice to see these features. Maybe the first OEM bike with an Li-Ion battery from the factory?Wow -
Brand new 63 hp SOHC engine, 1.8 kg lighter and now 23 mm shorter, 23 mm narrower and 9 mm lower than the previous generation
Lightweight Li-Ion battery
APTC clutch for maximum control under hard braking
Premium quality Alpina Tubeless spoked wheels
'16 KTM's also come with one. the starting procedure does take up more time if temps drop below a certain point. then you need to let the motor crank over to make the battery heat up, and repeat that process until the battery is warm enough to make the motor turn over fast enough for it to start. bit of a pain in the rear, but a Li-ion battery is easy weight savings.Nice to see these features. Maybe the first OEM bike with an Li-Ion battery from the factory?
Bingo!!! - Reminds me of when I first saw the Duc 999 that followed arguably the greatest style in Superbike History (916) and then the 999 grew on me so much I bought one and then the 916 style looked so dated - Still awesome, but datedI wasn't a fan of the new look on the huskies but it has grown on me, so much so that now I just want go to my dealer friend and tell him to order up a '16...
It is most likely a Carbon Fibre filled nylon rather than normal carbon fibre which is in a matrix of epoxy and at a much higher ratio and can be made to be a lot lighter for the same structure. The carbon filled nylon would most likely be a lot cheaper to make than a welded al. subframe or a carbon fibre one. But the weight difference is most likely the wheels, rubber and brakes of the SM being heavier.Im finding the carbon subframe thing a bit odd. Sounds like a marketing gimmick to me. The 2016 KTM 450 sxf is listed as 0.5KG lighter than the 2016 Husky FC450
Husky website: Weight without fuel approx. 102.4 kg
KTM website: Weight READY TO RACE (without fuel) 101.9 kg
I'm not digging the Husky side number plate plastics extending all the way to the front of the bike either. I don't particularly love the '16 KTM plastics either, but it's not too bad in the flesh. I think the design teams are starting to lose their way.