Up-Close with the Husqvarna E-Go Concept

11/22/2011 @ 2:36 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

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While KTM made waves with the debut of the KTM Freeride E electric dirt bike, the Austrian brand wasn’t the only OEM hocking an electric offering at the 2011 EICMA show. Unveiling a very rough electric concept, Husqvarna continued to redefine itself for the future with the Husqvarna E-Go Concept. The physical size of a 125cc dirt bike, the Husqvarna E-Go is the exploration of entry-level electric street motard.

Like the KTM Freeride E, the battery pack looks a bit small for serious street duty, and we’re not so sure about the air-cooled brushed motor, but honestly the E-Go is more about the Swedish brand exploring electric motorcycles in anticipation of that market developing further. With OEMs hoping that electrics will bring in a new generation of rider, the Husqvarna E-Go seems to hit all the right bullet points for that concept, but as always, time will tell.

Details are light on the Husqvarna E-Go concept, and by that we mean the E-Go weighs a paltry 80kg (176 lbs). Overall there are some obvious design elements from the rest of the Husqvarna line which are present, more specifically cues from the Husqvarna Nuda 900. The highlight of the  Husqvarna E-Go concept is its single-sided dual-fork front suspension.

It’ll be interesting to see if that design/function choice remains on the bike as the idea gets closer to fruition (judging from how the motorcycle industry is latching onto electric motorcycles, we have every reason to believe an electric Husky is coming down the pipe). Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Photos: Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

Comment:

  1. Westward says:

    Electrifyingly simple, I like…

  2. Dr. Gellar says:

    Considering that the “new” Husqvarna appears to be taking on KTM head-to-head, it seems appropriate they follow KTM into the e-bike market. I’m curious to see what their first production e-bike will be like when the time comes.

  3. AndrewF says:

    Husqvarna designers seem hell-bent on making the front of their bikes as ugly as possible… what’s with those awful white blank plates appearing on their concepts where the front light is supposed to be? It was the same on that MOAB scrambler concept and it completely ruined what was otherwise perfectly fine bike as far as I was concerned.

  4. CZ says:

    “what’s with those awful white blank plates appearing on their concepts where the front light is supposed to be? It was the same on that MOAB scrambler concept and it completely ruined what was otherwise perfectly fine bike as far as I was concerned.”

    They are called “Number Plates”

  5. irksome says:

    And the thing on the front fender is… a hood ornament?

  6. Westward says:

    Gotta luv a motard-style bike with race slicks, like it’s ready for the track… Can’t wait for the first privateer Hyper-motard entry in WSBK…

    Bring it…

  7. AndrewF says:

    ‘They are called “Number Plates”” – yes, I am aware of the concept. But on that scrambler at least, it appeared to be a housing for the headlight shaped like a plate and variations on this theme appeared on their other models so I assume this is a part of their current ‘design language’, to use that buzzword since we’re oh so trendy here… I even understand that they are doing this in order to tie their style to their racing and off-road roots. There’s just one problem – as far as I’m concerned it simply looks awful, period.