Factory Husqvarna | The Machines
Every year when the new season of racing begins, one of the best parts about Anaheim One is the debut of each manufacturer's race weapons. Each machine is hand built to rider preference, and the detail and assets invested are unparalleled. We cruised the pits the Friday before race day and shot photos of each of the six major manufacturer's factory 450 and 250 class efforts. We’ll be posting galleries throughout the week of the big six with some bike details included. Sit back and enjoy the factory freshness.
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Jason Anderson took the season opener win aboard his factory Rockstar Husqvarna on Saturday night in Anaheim.
For our first gallery of “The Machines” we’re starting with team Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, as they took their first ever premier class Supercross win on Saturday night with Jason Anderson behind the controls. This was a huge moment for the team, and also for the sophomore year 450 class competitor being that it’s also his first win in the premier class. The team obviously has their bikes dialed in and performing properly, so lets start “The Machines” with a closer look at these 250cc and 450cc machines from Husqvarna.
Photos by Mike Emery | @emeryphoto
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At the heart of the machine, the Husqvarna Factory Services engine is tuned and mapped to Anderson’s preference. They never like to divulge much information on the internal mods, and keep everything looking pretty similar to a production machine. Non-production pieces to look closely at here are: Custom aluminum engine mounts (preferred by Anderson over the stiffer carbon fiber option), anodized blue details, and all titanium fasteners.
There are a lot of cool carbon fiber bits, and Akrapovic provides this skid plate fitted to all of their bikes.
One piece unique to Anderson’s bike (and many others in the paddock) is this steering stabilizer, which doesn’t come fitted on the production model. Most riders prefer the additional stability, and in this case they retrofit this Honda unit to the bike to achieve just that.
Check the detail on this front Brembo caliper, fitted with an anodized blue hanger that matches the other small but accents along the bike. Also note the axle bolt will fit a 3/8″ ratchet perfectly to speed up wrenching when needed.
More blue anodized accents as seen on Osbourne’s bike, along with this custom carbon fiber wiring harness protector that looks super trick.
Holes are drilled into the left side plate of the bike to allow more flow into the airbox. More air = more power.
All of team Husqvarna run the WP Cone Valve fork system, which is a spring fork comparable to Showa’s “A-Kit” suspension. Riders choose the optional 52mm diameter fork, which is the largest size offered and also best fit for their setup.
More carbon fiber can be found in the form of this chain guard made by Akrapovic.
FMF Racing works directly with a handful of teams, and supplies Husqvarna with their full titanium system which is also available to the public.