Husqvarna adventure tourer, BMW maxi scooters coming this year

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Speaking at the launch of the BMW K1600GT/L in South Africa last week, BMW Motorrad VP Hermann Bohrer revealed the existence of a forthcoming adventure tourer from the company’s Italian dirt bike brand, plus two maxi scooters believed to draw inspiration from the BMW Concept C. That Husqvarna adventure bike won’t go head-to-head with BMW’s existing range, rather it’s believed to be skewing lightweight and very dirt-capable.

Hermann stated, “In Milan [we will] debut a maxi enduro Husqvarna combining German engineering with Italian design. It will have a two-cylinder engine and a bike light and agile.”

Additionally, Hermann stated that two maxi scooters — large-capacity, highway-capable bikes that remain step-through in configuration — would also be unveiled at the November show.

At last year’s EICMA show, the crazy Husqvarna Mille3 concept was shown, likely providing styling inspiration for this new bike.

That’s the end of the firm details related to the three machines, but speculation runs to the Husky adopting a version of the BMW F800GS’s parallel-twin and at least one of those scooters looking more or less like the Concept C.

It’s worth noting that both adventure bikes and maxis are mature segments. Following on from the success of the S1000RR, it appears as if BMW’s new strategy is to enter existing niches in a strikingly similar manner to competitors, relying on the company’s engineering talent to deliver a product which is slightly better than competitors. That slight advantage then the buzz of BMW competing in sectors traditionally dominated by other companies appears to be a low-risk way of attaining short-term sales success. Relying on rivals to do your market research for you, then learning from their successes and failures is smart, if not exactly inspiring, but it’s a role BMW can comfortably move into as a niche manufacturer.

via Moto.it and SoloScooter

  • ike6116

    I had a friend that desperately wanted a Husky dirt bike because he said his chainsaw was one of the greatest tools he ever owned.

    I talked my mom into buying an 01 Accord (in 03) because I had a Honda XR that was as old as I was but always started for me. Her Accord still runs like a champ and that friend of mine now rides a VTX1100.

    I guess this comment was fairly irrelevant.

    • Nick

      lol, not completely irrelevant! My dad has a Husky chainsaw that he bought so long ago I have no idea how old it is. Damn thing still looks like it’s brand new. My mom is a sewing master, and she uses nothing but Husky sewing machines, same with my sister. I sure do love my Yamaha (it’s as old as me) but I’d consider a Husky dirtbike if there was a dealer around me.

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    Wait, Husqvarna is Italian? Isn’t it Swedish?

    • Kirill

      Husqvarna’s bike operation was moved to Italy after it was sold to Cagiva

  • Michael

    Cool Scooter (the BMW). But maybe too much Tron?

    • Ben

      This scooter concept came out way before the new Tron movie. So you can’t really blame it on the recent Tron fad. To me it seems like BMW applying their techy I-Drive feeling to everything.

  • http://theprojectbeta.com/ andehans

    I wish they would be braver with Husqvarna. At least use the V3.

    • dux

      Bravo!

  • Devin

    I 100% understand scooters in the city, but what is the appeal of giant scooters like this one over a motorcycle?

    • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk UrbanRider

      Zero maintenance except for tyre pressure and petrol!

      Try an Xmax, you will be blown away how good it is on motorways/highways.

      The appeal is nothing romantic thats for sure.

  • David

    Husqvarna motorcycle manufacturing has been separated from the chainsaw and sewing manufacturing for over 20 years now.

    That said, here’s a little Husky trivia. What does the “H” logo symbolize?

    Answer: Gunsights. Husqvarna manufactured guns way back in the day.