This is Husqvarna’s naked roadster

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That 900cc, F800GS-derived, parallel twin Husqvarna’s been showing off? It’s going in this naked roadster. BMW’s Italian dirt bike brand just released these sketches, teasing a product that will likely be unveiled at EICMA in November. So what do they tell us?

It’s hard not to draw parallels to KTM here. A dirt bike company getting into street bikes? The hard angles on the minimal bodywork? The steel tube chassis? The sharp, high tail? The number plate-like front cowl? If I’d colored these drawings orange on photoshop you’d believe this was the next Duke. It’s impossible to draw a definitive conclusion on specs from sketches, but if Husky follows through with the beefy USD forks, radial brakes and whatnot you see here, then they’ll also be following KTM’s lead in offering a mid-capacity naked with very high-end bits and pieces.

Having drawn the KTM connection, there’s actually another bike that these sketches remind us strongly of. Remember the Husqvarna SMQ concept from a couple year’s back? Minus the controversial front fairing/radiator cover, this new bike appears to be developing that design language. Also having drawn the KTM connection, this bike won’t actually compete directly with any current KTM model, rather sitting between the Duke and Super Duke.

Our only concern here is in that BMW-derived parallel twin. In the BMW F800R and F800GS it’s pretty damn boring, delivering neither low down punch or top end rush. It just sort of thrums underwhelmingly along while you wish you were riding something else. With the 100cc capacity increase and other, unspecified, modifications, Husqvarna has hopefully found a way to build some actual excitement into this powerplant.

The big question here is how this bike will relate to that F800R. Priced from $9,950 to $11,395, the BMW is already significantly more expensive than superior rivals like the Triumph Street Triple. What seems to be happening here is a lighter, more powerful, higher-spec take on the F800R concept. While that seems, on the surface, like a good idea (who doesn’t like a light, powerful naked?), Husqvarna’s challenge will be delivering that bike at a competitive price point. $9,599 Triumph Street Triple R or $12-13,000 parallel-twin Husqvarna with minimal dealer presence?

  • Denzel

    I’m sentimental about the brand, so I’m glad it’s stretching into new territory.

    As for coloring it orange, remember who was orange(ish) first :-)

    • Scott-jay

      I’m sentimental, too: should have red tank with polished knee-pads, gun-metal gray frame, spoke wheels. All spoken in simulated Swedish accent.
      Sketch-guy mounted-up some mighty massive fork tubes.

  • Chris F

    It’s not that the f800 engine is weak, the bike just weighs too much. Dirt bike weight with the Husky? I hope close. Priced competitively, I’ll buy. Even over the Triumph.

  • JonB

    Looks like it would slot in above the SM610/630 Supermoto which is $8,995 retail before all the crap fees.

    The 610 was boring compared to the 450/510, so that logic would make this a higher priced look-at-me model, unless what you say about the motor/weight is true.

  • Denzel

    It’s not often that a single exhaust shows up on the left side of a bike.

  • Myles

    How is this not a direct superduke competitor?

    I guess price? Similar engine size, weight, riding position, and styling.

    • Wes Siler

      Super Duke is a 990 v-twin that makes wayyyyy more power.

  • stickfigure

    Sorry if I missed something… but does this mean the new Husky is definitely not going to be an offroad/adv bike, competing with the F800GS? Or will Husky have two versions of the twin?

    • Wes Siler

      They’ve said this is their first street bike, implying that there will be others.

  • michael uhlarik

    Great. Another over the top, expensive and utterly pointless toy motorcycle with a 12 liter fuel tank. I’m sure the marketing says it fine, since 90% of these will be ridden less than 1000 miles a year, from garages to hip drinking holes in town.

    Will someone please wake me up when the west’s moto-pocalypse is over?

    Thank you

    • Ben Incarnate

      Sorry, Michael. No sleep for you. You have work to do on the great redemption campaign.

      • michael uhlarik

        touchy touchy

  • Marlon

    It’s been a few years now and the angular styling still hasn’t grown on me. (An exception being the RC8.) Am I the only person who looks at bikes styled like this and the Duke and feel nothing in my trousers at all?

  • Taco

    I know it’s hard to find a Husky dealer nearby for everyone but wouldn’t BMW find it in their heart and share some of it’s showroom floor space with Husky.

  • Ben

    If it looks just like that last render and doesn’t get dumbed down I think they have a winner. Heres to hoping the motor can back up that killer look.