July 28th, 2004, 12:03 AM
Joined: Jul 2004
From: South Africa
I contacted Husaberg and they said that they only sold about 40 units worldwide. Apparently a Mr Laurent Ferrari in France did all the manufacture and Husaberg just supplied the motors. They did not tell me how many 400's, 501's and 600's were manufactured or how many were electric or kick start. I know that 4 came to South Africa. 3 I know of and I am trying to trace the fourth. They seemed to get a very bad rap here and were deemed very unreliable and did not seem to finish many races. Apparently weak ball joints seemed to be one complaint. I am still rebuilding mine which has had some new A-Arms fitted(different from stock). I have ridden it a bit and it seems to handle like a dream, but once it is complete I will take it out into rocky terrain and check out how strong it is before competing in cross country/endurance races with it.
KTM has never built a genuine Quad of there own, they also outsourced the frame design and manufacture to Roll Design in the States and just supplied the motor. VOR apparently went the same route.