Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Husqvarna SMQ concept shown at EICMA


The Husqvarna SMQ. A bit ugly, a bit funky and proof of the fact that Husqvarna designers and engineers go down to the local pub for a pint or ten every once in a while...

Husqvarna are now showing the all-new SMQ concept bike at the EICMA show in Milan. The SMQ is supposed to be a new kind of streetbike that handles very well and is light, narrow and easy to ride. Hmmm… we can already think of a dozen motorcycles that are all of those things. Still, the SMQ actually looks appealing in a weird, quirky, eccentric kind of way…

From what little details are available, the bike is fitted with 17-inch wire-spoke wheels, a single-cylinder 450cc engine, tubular steel chassis, USD fork, monoshock rear suspension and petal-type single brake disc at front, with radial-mount four-piston calipers.

The Husqvarna SMQ is a wee bit ugly… but strangely enough, we also think it’s quite cool! Wonder if it’ll actually go into production.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this is beautiful! Something fresh in the bike design world... I love the cleanness of the seat and exhaust area too. Top marks :)

Mungo Man said...

I'm not one of those arty-farty types who'll look for 'deeper meaning' and 'true beauty' in a bike's styling. So I'll say it the way it is - the Husqvarna and the Mana X look like shit, so there.

Anonymous said...

for u guys i suppose if it ain't a gsx-r it's all shit, eh?

rocketboy_011 said...

the husqvarna looks all right. i'd have one for riding it in the city. shud b faster in traffic than any r6 or zx-6r.. ;-)

Scott said...

Very interesting use of the radiator as a windscreen on that Husky. Perfect for backroad Autumn riding: maybe less so for city riding in Summer. The pictures on motoblog.it show it better.

Is it ugly? No. I think it has an exotic beauty to it.

Anonymous said...

I love huskys but this looks like a turd...

Anonymous said...

The Husky SMQ is perfect! The Aprilia Mana X is very attractive, but i don't know about the riding position it looks really low almost like a chopper.

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