Husqvarna Mille3 explained

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On tuesday we showed you the Husqvarna Mille3 and, well, didn’t really understand the point. Don’t worry, Husqvarna has issued a statement explaining what the Mille3 is. Apparently, the V3, cruiser/tracker concept is supposed to demonstrate that the company is “ahead of the game.”

Here’s Husqvarna’s blurb:

Emotion is irrational, curiosity is a gift, and anti-conformism is innate.

With the concept study “Mille3″, Husqvarna has given form to its vision of biking, diverse and – it goes without saying – innovative.

It is a combination of emotion, curiosity and anti-conformism, moulded in an original form. A bike that is complete, but stripped down; elegant, but slightly threatening. An explosive mixture that appeals to all the senses and sets a new benchmark for future Husqvarna bikes.

The concept study “Mille3″ demonstrates Husqvarna’s ability to design with highly diverse technical solutions, creating a dynamic and seductive contrast.

The lines are flowing, the breaks decisive, the shape is streamlined. The vaguely retro rear blends effortlessly into the sculpted side panels. The overall look reinterprets and evolves the stylistic features and architecture typical of Husqvarna design.

The engine, the technological heart of the project, is set in the bodywork, like a jewel in a ring. The exuberant 3-cylinder V engine is 933cc with fuel injection; the cylinder and head are taken from the latest Husqvarna off-road models. Thanks to the unusual layout of separate cooling systems, the engine gives the impression of being a single cylinder.

The steel chassis brings back the classic Husqvarna central “tubone” design, a single-piece tubular form. The double rear beam with aluminium stays is fitted to the outside of the chassis uprights.

Like most custom built and cruiser bikes, the “Mille3″ flaunts its size: its wheelbase is long and the seat extremely low. However, the high performance brakes, adjustable suspension and powerful twin exhaust make it a top class sports bike. The rearward position of the footrests and the off-road handlebars make the driving posture energetic and aggressive.

All in all, it is a winning combination of style and technology that amply expresses the project philosophy: whatever is not functional is superfluous and discarded.

This is Husqvarna: seeing, thinking and designing outside the box, creatively and with courage.

At Husqvarna we’re always ahead of the game!

  • UrbanRider

    Ok… Taxi for the head of copy writing.

  • Brammofan

    If the project philosophy is “whatever is not functional is superfluous and discarded”, why is the press release so overloaded with non-functional bullshit? To their credit, however, at least they discarded the “u” after the “q” in their name.

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  • Beast Incarnate

    This belongs in a future where I don’t.

  • AHA

    Like it. Is it ‘Moto Guzzi does a KTM’ or vice versa?

  • weatherman

    What’s the towing capacity?

    I’m not sure I can say I like it exactly, but I do find it interesting. I certainly appreciate that it’s cohesive and unique. It has a street-tracker vibe, but with a cruiser/dragster twist. The back half is really good, though I don’t care for the cans. The front half is a bit odd, but with a little adjustment I think this would be a very interesting bike.

  • slowestGSXRever

    So what I got from that press release is that it has a 933cc, 3 cyl engine with EFI… And that whoever wrote that crap is trying to waste as much of my time as possible.

    • david folch

      worst, they paid someone to write that shit…

  • sleepy

    Did someone use cheap Chinese drywall in the offices of European motorcycle designers? Or maybe crack in their mechanical pencils?

  • andehans

    “Thanks to the unusual layout of separate cooling systems, the engine gives the impression of being a single cylinder.”
    Hello? You have a unique V-3 engine and you want to make it look like a single… eeh why?

  • Lapicero

    Hi guys, writting from Argentina so please excuse mi english.
    The bike concept, in my humble opinion, is a 50-50 mix between a supermotard and a speedway bike, both not very popular racing categories in the US I believe, but indeed in Europe (Eastern in the second case). Speedway is about sliding all around a track with the bike completely leaned, with another guy doing the same thing 10 inches from you. Those bikes were, years ago, single cilinder, 80hp (now substantially more I´m sure), potato alcohol fueled, 140 pounds firecrackers, and I believe they race them in northern europe also, in ice tracks, with nailed tires.
    So, there’s not chinese design here I believe, Husqvarna (same as KTM) has long ago take the path of rupturistic design that doesn´t end in the mere styling.
    This particular engine is a V2-1, two paralell cilinders and the third alone, in a 90 degrees angle.
    I like it a lot, exception made of the “tale” solution, and regarding to the issue of what this rare beast does in an open road, I dont really know, but it sure makes me wonder about.

  • John

    Love everything but the plastic!!!!! That is hideous.

  • madisonsuicide

    I keep saying I think motorcycles and motorcyclists are too hung up in general on design tradition. So I am always happy to see something break the mold a bit….problem is, I rarely like the outcome…
    and here that disappointment is once again.

  • MikeD

    Keep the engine and make it a Husqvarna staple!!! SHRED the Rest!!!! Back to regular programing now.

  • Phaedrus

    It looks to me like an interesting exploration on design. Probably few would ever consider owning something like it, yet that is the case for many “concept bikes”. At least they has the balls to do it, particularly when Husky is owned by conservative BMW.
    Interesting how anybody can place a Harley
    V-Twin into any kind of bike and it is cool. Yet this one receive 100% negative remarks as shown above. Is there some hypocrisy going around? or maybe it is such a bad exercise. Harley followers are not the only ones that should dare…

  • Cajun58

    At first I thought it was the Diavel then I realized that BMW maybe well on its way to ruining Husqvarna Motorcycles.