Husqvarna will launch road bikes in 2012

Bored out 900cc twin from popular BMW to be the basis of Husky's new road bike

Posted: 7 January 2011
by Visordown News
We're confident this concept won't appear in the Husky line-up

HUSQVARNA IS planning to launch the first of a whole range of new road-oriented bikes in late 2011 as part of a corporate plan to expand away from its traditional off-road market.

The first of these machines will use a 900cc parallel twin based on bored-out version the Rotax-made 800cc twin that powers BMW's F800 models. Now owned by BMW, the firm is leaning on its parent company's experience and resources to develop the new machines.

Although details of the new road bikes are still secret, it's likely the first will be a supermoto, giving clear links to Husqvarna's existing off-road range in terms of styling. Intriguingly, it's not the first time the firm has looked at making just such a model, as the STR concept, designed by Massimo Tamburini and shown back in 2006, long before the BMW takeover of the firm, was originally intended to use the F800 engine until problems striking a deal with Rotax for supply of the units led to the prototype being shown with Husvarna's own single-cylinder motor.

The new machine, while using the F800 engine as its base, is unlikely to carry over any of the STR's styling, since Husqvarna's previous owners, MV Agusta, retained the rights to the design when it sold the brand to BMW. Instead, the odd-looking Mille3 concept revealed late last year could point to the styling direction the firm's future road bike range will take.

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They are horrid. How about a nice line of quick super motos instead?

Posted: 07/01/2011 at 14:19

it looks like a lowered supermoto

Posted: 07/01/2011 at 15:39

Wowzers, that's a zorst and a half on the second one!  Bike in the 3rd pic looks peachy, I reckon.

Posted: 08/01/2011 at 14:15

First ones from the latest Milan Show, and used a V3 yup you read that right, motor. The second one is the horrible concept from two years ago that had the radiator above the headlights, and the third one is a 610/630 with a body kit. I could make the third one out of my current bike for about £500 but I'd rather the SMS630 instead. Quality bike and a lot better than most riders think.

Posted: 10/01/2011 at 16:17

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