Husky fans are going to have something to talk about for the next 8 months as BMW Motorrad VP Hermann Bohrer has confirmed that the Husqvarna brand would be dipping its toe into the street bike waters with a new bike launching at EICMA later this year. Said to have German technology with Italian design, the new Husky will be a middleweight adventure bike that features a BMW F800GS parallel-twin motor that’s been increased to 900cc in displacement, which makes it not too dissimilar from the Husqvarna Mille 3 concept (shown above) we saw last year at the Italian trade show.
Expected to come in a variety of flavors for different uses, much like the 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 & 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC, there could be as many as three variants of the street-going Husky for adventuring riders. With a 21″ front-wheeled version for off-roaders, and a 17″ wheel for street-oriented riders. There’s even talk of 19″ variant being tested, as the size is popular with European riders.
Husqvarna is apparently not content to just show prototypes of these bikes at EICMA in November, but instead plans on having production-made models on display that will be available as 2012 model year machines. This news is certainly surprising as we’ve only recently begun to hear chatter about this bikes, sans any “spy photo” nonsense.
If you’ve always wanted a Swedish street bike that’s been built by Germans, and designed by Italians, it looks like 2012 will be your year. BMW also plans on releasing two Maxi-scooters at EICMA, likely based off the Concept C scooter the German company debuted last year at the show.
Husqvarna Mille 3 Concept from the 2010 EICMA Show: