Actual news on the KTM purchase of Husqvarna

Discussion in 'Newsroom' started by Howard V, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Dangermouse449 Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Sunshine Coast QLD Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2011 TE449
    Other Motorcycles:
    2009 CRF450R 2000 YZ125
    Maye, always up for a laugh :)

    I have never trusted myself with a road bike for the very reason you described above. Glad you all survived!!

    We still try to get out a couple of times every month & my teenagers take me to the mx track as well, not my cup of tea, but it's a ride.
  2. rasputin Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Bavaria
  3. rancher1 Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    WA
    Not surprising at all seems to be how KTM does business.
  4. ray_ray Mini-Sponsor

    Location:
    The Philippines
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    08\013 WR250, 010 TC250, 012 TC250
  5. guscycle Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Florida
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    '99 Husky CR250, '07 Husky WR125,
    Other Motorcycles:
    '10 Husky SMR450, '98 Husky Scooter
    ..that blows
  6. Mike-AK Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Alaska
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2012 TE 310
    He bought it...why wouldn't or shouldn't he keep it, or do anything else he wants to do with it?
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  7. ray_ray Mini-Sponsor

    Location:
    The Philippines
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    08\013 WR250, 010 TC250, 012 TC250
    You'll have to read the story ...
  8. Radar Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Southern Nevada
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2012 TE449
    If it were your company how would you deal with Italian labor unions?
  9. pat ohara Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    montana big sky
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    yes , 2 WR's
    Other Motorcycles:
    Old Style Husaberg,
    Fairly that's how, never disrespect another man's work.:popcorn:
  10. Mike-AK Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Alaska
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2012 TE 310

    I read it. It said "Pierer Industrie had agreed to keep the warehouse and, therefore, the jobs, open until a productive solution could be found." They found a productive solution in consolidating everything in Austria. They kept their word.
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  11. reveille Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Northern Illinois
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2014 FE501
    Other Motorcycles:
    2015 300 XC W
    I have mixed feelings regarding this move. I also wonder what was in this particular warehouse. Is this were the slow flowing parts are coming from?
  12. rancher1 Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    WA
    Slow flowing parts are a feature of the KTM takeover. Parts ordered in the US that are in stock in the US now take about twice as long to get to the dealer. This has nothing to do with an Italian building but rather KTMs system that is in place. Of course one of the problems with the US parts supply is that the inventory from BMW was ran down and not re-supplied while KTM was deciding what to do. KTM has owned husky for over a year now and they have been using the we are moving the warehouse excuse for over 6 months now. They really just should say this is how we do it.
  13. Connor Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Maryland
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    '12 TXC310
    @Mike-AK I agree with you.
  14. Sparrowhawk Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Eastern WA, USA
    The New Classic. The latest Cycle News has an interview with SP and he talks about a direction for the Husky brand that is news to me. http://cyclenews.uberflip.com/i/460339

    KTM is Ready to Race. Husqvarna is The New Classic. It's not retro, a new definition, a new market sector taking into consideration that not everybody wants to go racing, or to ride like they are doing that every day. Easy riding, cool riding, but with state of the art technology. That's Husqvarna, The New Classic.
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  15. reveille Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Northern Illinois
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2014 FE501
    Other Motorcycles:
    2015 300 XC W
    Wow. I read most of it and the comment regarding a serious bike and the ability to get spare parts really rubbed me the wrong way. I had no problems getting spare parts for my Italian husky until he took over Husqvarna. Am I missing something? It sure seems the slow down in parts was intentional after seeing things unfold.
  16. Kartwheel68 Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Newnan, Georgia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    82 125XC, 250XC, 430XC, 430WR, 250CR
    Other Motorcycles:
    83 175WR , 76 250WR, 74 250 Mag
    Maybe it was just in the South East, but I never met anyone who could consistently get parts for their Italian Husky until BMW bought them, especially in the 90s. That was the main reason I never bought one. That is not a unique problem for Cagiva, I worked at a dealership that over the years had Ducati and Aprilia and getting parts for them was a continual nightmare. The Italians have a very different idea of what customer service is supposed to mean from what we think it means.
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  17. Norman Foley Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Trumansburg, NY... The Beautiful, Finger Lakes
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    82 250WR 86 250WR 93 WXE350 03 TE610
    Other Motorcycles:
    '85 Fantic 300 '12 HUSABERG TE250
    Cagiva NA in the '90's was the worst. Cagiva USA and the Ferraccis did the best. No minimums or certain order days for dealers and they got parts moving fast. There would be hiccups, when Italy had problems, but overall... excellent! BMW started the downward trend. First they went to Ventures, an outside company, then they moved to BMW Warehouse. They started with certain day of the week to order and minimum parts orders. It sure slowed down things for my small dealer. He ended up closing, because he couldn't meet Husky/BMW's corporate demands. My two Italian Huskys, are 12 and 22 years old and parts started to get scarce in the BMW years. Last year when I needed parts for my '09 WR165, even parts Halls had to order came fast. It must be getting worse...
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  18. Kartwheel68 Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Newnan, Georgia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    82 125XC, 250XC, 430XC, 430WR, 250CR
    Other Motorcycles:
    83 175WR , 76 250WR, 74 250 Mag
    Aprilia was the worst. If they did not have the part you needed in their US warehouse, and they had very few parts there, you had to order it from Italy and they would not ship any parts from Italy until they had enough to fill a sea shipping container. You can imagine how a customer who just bought a $17,000 Aprilia RSV1000 Mille R would react when you had to tell them that, yes, you could order them a right side middle fairing but it would be 90 days at the earliest before they could get it. We had Aprilia from 2000-2004 and it never got better, they were fantastic bikes but the parts support from Italy was basically nonexistent. As a dealer we could not even get service manuals, when we needed to get some info the service manager had to call the US headquarters and they would fax him the ONE page he needed. It was an absolute nightmare. The second two years we had them we couldnt even get any bikes, much less parts, but when we told them we did not want to be a dealer they refused to drop us.
  19. Johnrg Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Santa Barbara
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2013 TE 310 R
    Other Motorcycles:
    Ducati Sport Classic / Ducati Multi.
    "You will see modern classics..." So SP will define classic for us. Total BS. He rakes others over the coals but discounts the beauty of what I have to assume is Ducati, Triumph and soon to be SWM. I concur that the latter has to deal with an older platform as I assume one could not produce the latest motor for some reasons pertaining to their buyout agreement. To call a car or anything a classic as a new machine is a faulty logic. A classic is never a classic until it receives accolades for being a benchmark years after it's release and sales. That's just puffing or smoking and inhaling. 10 years from now we will see and decide what's a "classic". When one speaks of design you better wear a flak jacket as it's in the eye of the beholder, not in the eye of the salesman, ceo, etc... Classics are not always trendy and maybe he's confused the two. Heady times for sure for KTM.

    As the owner of a Ducati Sport Classic I am pleased to know it is constantly sold for more than it sold new and while some components came cheap such as the forks, they have been updated along with wheels. When folks look for a chassis to build their real customs it's one of the more desirable... It's a classic in name and after 9 years a classic regarding it's price/value in the marketplace. So we will see what is or is not a classic, but I'd take a Commando, Bonnie, Trident, 750 Super Sport, and many others that were individualistic and not a parts of a single platform gone wild under re badging. The only shared platform right now that will soon take classic status IMO is the 2000 first generation Audi TT from Freeman Thomas. It shared platform with the new Beetle which will never be a classic and goes to show design is where it's at.
  20. Kartwheel68 Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Newnan, Georgia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    82 125XC, 250XC, 430XC, 430WR, 250CR
    Other Motorcycles:
    83 175WR , 76 250WR, 74 250 Mag
    I think when he says "Modern Classics" I think he means a "retro" bike with modern technology much like the Honda CB1100, Yamaha FZs, Ducati Monster and KTM Duke, not the he is claiming they are classic bikes per se. They are not necessarily retro in their styling, but retro in the sense that they are do it all road bikes like the early 70s bikes, they are not a very single function bike like a Gold Wing or a supersport bike.
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