Video: Husqvarna’s 900cc parallel-twin

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Two weeks ago, we showed you the first pictures of Husqvarna’s new 900cc streetbike motor. Now, here’s video of it. The parallel-twin is heavily based on that of the BMW F800GS and will debut in a performance-oriented adventure tourer at the EICMA motorcycle show in November.

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Officially, Husqvarna states, “Husqvarna has reached a significant milestone in its long history by developing a street bike that will create an innovative new riding concept. This will focus on a unique combination of performance and versatility, with the pleasure and fun of riding the machine. The joint decision taken with BMW’s engine development team in Munich was to go for the highly reliable and technologically advanced BMW F 800 R’s 800cc twin-cylinder engine. The engine capacity has been upgraded to 900cc and many of the main components have been reworked to meet specific needs. This allows a reasonable increase in power and torque, which translates into an outstanding and fun riding experience. This will be the first Husqvarna street bike to combine BMW Motorrad technology with Husqvarna genes in terms of design and riding experience. This is one of the first steps that demonstrates the synergy between BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna for the development of street bikes.”

That 798cc BMW motor its based on develops 85bhp at 7,500rpm and 62lb/ft of torque at 5,750rpm. What it really needs is more low-down grunt, lets hope Husky’s mods can get it there.

  • Ben Rowland

    Really looking forward to this motorcycle. It’s sounding like it might be similar to Ducati’s Multistrada, but more affordable.

    • Glenngineer

      Sounding like it going to be very different, if you’re listening. More like an F800 Adventure in my mind.

    • Wes Siler

      Yeah, my money’s on something very dirt-oriented. Light, torquey, responsive. At least within the parameters of the too-heavy adventure touring class.

  • Jens

    Surely this ROTAX Engine will doing great in a Husky chassis!

  • Anders

    “An innovative new riding concept.” Better be good.

  • nymoto

    Excited about the bike but holy shit that was a dumb video! Please hire a new marketing staff Husky, please.

  • Chris F

    What? No engine sounds?

    • Taco

      My thoughts exactly. Skipped the lame rock music and just give us a few seconds of video of the new engine wailing away on a engine dyno.

  • NitroPye

    Way more interested in seeing the bike built around the engine.

  • DoctorNine

    As long as it’s at or below about 500lbs, it will likely be a standout. We’ll see what BMW intends with the brand, at least. That alone should be informative.

    • Wes Siler

      Well, the F800GS is 450 wet, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

      • Rob

        Straight from the brochure? And how much is that Kool-Ade?
        Motorcycle Consumer News weighed it at 490lbs full of fluids and ABS. This is without bags and brackets. Rider pegged it at 521 lbs with.

  • holdingfast

    the engine looks great, but i m a lil scared of what happens around it when i think of that horrifying concept they released a while back.

  • slash5alive

    Hopefully it won’t be a re-badged version of the r800r or the f800gs. They have a chance to come up with something special here…

  • Bronson

    I have several friends who ride Husqvarna motards and it seems they’re constantly waiting on backordered parts. Maybe they can focus some attention on that too?

  • michael uhlarik

    That is a lot of bluster for a lightly massaged, 6 year old Rotax engine.

    • Rob

      Yeah, and for how much play the counter-balance got that thing vibes like a mo-fo at the place where the power lives.