Up-Close with the Husqvarna E-Go Concept

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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.

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