When Husqvarna debuted the at the start of this year, it was tipped that the Husqvarna Baja Concept, which was modern take on the Husqvarna Cross 400, could make it into production. We rejoiced. Eleven months later, Husqvarna has returned with the Husqvarna Baja 650 Concept at the EICMA show, and the design has gone a great deal forward from its avant garde angles, to something that is a bit more rounded.
Looking like a bike that is ready for production, it wouldn’t surprise us to hear that the German-owned brand will bring the Baja to market in 2013. Based around the same 652cc BMW engine that is found in the Husqvarna Strada, the Husqvarna Baja 650 Concept uses a steel tube frame for the chassis.
Front wheel suspension is taken care of by a USD forks, while the rear wheel is controlled by a dual-sided swingarm in conjunction with a “central spring strut hinged on a lever system”…mmk? The front wire-spoked wheel is 19 inches, while the rear wheel is 17 inches, which should make the off-roaders happy. Brembo is handling the brakes.
While we were very partial to the original concept, we have to say the new revisions change the Husqvarna Baja Concept a bit in our minds. That being said, the bike has an all-new appeal to us, and would be a real success if BMW management decides to pull the trigger on producing it. How will it fit in with the angular Husqvarna Nuda, Husqvarna Terra, and Husqvara Strada motorcycles? That we couldn’t say, but Husqvarna should pursue this aesthetic full-force.
Source: BMW Group