Husqvarna turned more than a few heads at the 2010 EICMA show when it unveiled its Husqvarna Mille 3 Concept. Of course the 993cc asymmetrical v-triple motor was primarily responsible for raising the eyebrows of passers-by, but the idea that Husqvarna would come out with a street-based concept was also more than curious (compounded by the fact that we still can’t quite define what street segment the Mille 3 would fit into). Well the Mille 3 Concept is starting to make a bit more sense now if news from Visordown proves to be correct, as the British publication is reporting that Husqvarna is poised to begin offering true street bikes in 2012.
According to the report, Husqvarna will test its toe in the street bike waters with a large displacement supermoto offering. Unfortunately the Swedish company is apparently not getting too crazy with its ideas, and won’t be trying its hand with the V3 motor concept from EICMA. Instead Husqvarna is expected to use a bored-out version of the F800GS’s parallel twin, meaning Husqvarna’s street bike should see a 900cc range displacement when it’s all said and done.
Other details are scarce, but we do know the bike won’t look anything like the Husqvarna STR concept (shown above), which was penned by Massimo Tamburini back in 2006, and originally slotted to use the same F800GS motor configuration. Made while Husqvarna was owned by MV Agusta, that design remains the property of the Varese brand. If the rumor proves to be true, a true street bike offering could be an interesting move for Husqvarna, and we’ll be curious to see how the brand differentiates itself from its parent company BMW.
Husqvarna Mille 3 Concept:
Husqvarna SRT Concept by Massimo Tamburini: