A continuation of the info dump from Pierer Mobility, where an investor presentation is spilling the Austrian company’s future plans for the KTM, Husqvarna, and GasGas brand, our next news items concerns the bikes from Husky.
Like with the KTM news, the big headline revelation is the coming 490 platform, which for Husqvarna will be called the 501 lineup.
As we saw with the orange bikes, the blue and white bikes of Husqvarna see a wide range of uses for the upcoming twin-cylinder 500cc engine.
It shouldn’t surprise us to see that the Husqvarna 501 bikes include machines in the adventure, naked, and classic segments – those are pretty easy extensions for the Husqvarna street bike program at this point.
However, it is interesting to see what is brewing for Husky in the supermoto and enduro range, with nods that KTM’s 490 and 390 platforms (401 and 501 in Husqvarna parlance) are coming in a dirt bike chassis.
Will these be more street-focused dual-sports from the Swedish brand? Time will tell, but with an already robust dirt bike lineup coming in blue and white, we will be curious to see how these bikes are positioned against them.
It is also interesting that the investor document doesn’t include the Husqvarna Norden 901, which debuted just last month at EICMA. It goes without saying though that the 901 lineup is surely going to expand beyond this ADV machine.
One of the items of note from Husqvarna is the brand’s focus on electric mobility models, including an electric scooter (shown at the top of this story), which is slated to come in 2021.
We can see that KTM/Husqvarna have a whole lineup planned when it comes to electrics, starting with a stand-up urban scooter (just what the world needs more of, smh), and includes e-bikes, mopeds, scooters, and gas-equivalent models.
It is of note too that the Pierer Mobility group has an interest in the Pexco bicycle brand, which has been latching onto the rising e-bike trend in the bicycle space.
Source: Pierer Mobility