Husqvarna roadgoing models are set to become part of the portfolio of the Husqvarna brand under BMW management. The company hopes to be able to continue its dirt bike tradition while exploring the new area of road bikes, producing five new Husqvarna road bikes. The bikes should be announced as part of Husqvarna’s five-year company plan, and the first bikes off the rank will be equipped with a twin-cylinder Rotax 800cc engine from the BMW GS range.
It seems that the new range has been planned off the development of the sexy and successful Husqvarna Mille3 Concept that was revealed at the 2010 EICMA show. The idea behind the new Husqvarna range is to have models that distinguish themselves from the BMW line-up, with a different style, lightweight principles and a younger target market. More after the jump plus a post coming up on just Husqvarna is developing its new range.
MCN says the new models will be the following:
How cool is this Husqvarna Mille 3 Concept? Below you can see live pics from EICMA of the cross between a cruiser and a motard and as a pure design exercise, we love it. The retro style is not all this is about, though, as Husqvarna has decided to use three cylinders from its usual range making a V-triple, 930cc set-up. The chassis is a sleek, low affair with a central tube and then a twin-beam structure with aluminium support at the rear.
The cruiser look and big wheels might lull you into thinking this is a roughly put together concept but the guys at Husqvarna have bothered to include some supersports aspects like top-end brakes, adjustable suspension and twin exhaust. And it looks very smooth and sexy despite its evident dirt bike inspiration. The Mille 3 Concept deservingly drew quite a crowd - check it out in the pics below.