These are the first images of Husqvarna’s new street bike, captured while it’s undergoing pre-production testing in Germany. Why is an Italian street bike testing in Germany with a BMW-badged engine? BMW owns Husky and is donating its 800cc parallel-twin to the new bike, Husqvarna is then increasing its capacity to 900cc and installing it in a streetfighter-style package. These images provide a glimpse at its final production form.
Update: these are fake “spy” shots issued by Husqvarna itself. Looks like 2011′s going to be as lousy with teasers as 2010 was.
So what can we see? Well, a steel trellis frame holds USD forks and a double-sided swingarm. The fuel tank appears to be located under the seat and that slash cut exhaust can is new, meaning it’s likely destined for production.
Actually most of the bodywork on this bike appears to be bespoke, Husqvarna likely didn’t go through the effort of developing all-new bodywork just as a disguise, so items like the fork slider guards-cum-fender will probably carry over to production. That means Husky’s using the parallel-twin to make a supermoto-style naked performance bike equipped with reasonably high-end running gear like those radial brakes. Think KTM Duke, but with a some distance ability thanks to its choice of a parallel-twin over a big single.
When it debuts in production form at EICMA in November, that black BMW motor will be replaced with the red and silver Husky-badge they’ve been showing off all spring.
Husqvarna has stated, “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.”
We hope to see significant gains over the 85bhp, 62lb/ft BMW motor, at least in terms of character and low-down drive if not in outright horsepower.