Monday, May 16, 2011

Husqvarna 900 Streetbike to be launched by end-2011

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We hope Husqvarna will put that new 900cc streetbike engine to good use!

Husqvarna, the BMW-owned company of Swedish origin that now makes off-road and supermoto bikes in Varese, Italy, recently unveiled an all-new 900cc parallel-twin engine that will power a range of streetbikes that the company will launch in the near future. We must say we’re a bit intrigued. We loved the Mille3 concept that Husqvarna unveiled at the EICMA last year. And while we admit the Mille3 is probably a bit too outlandish to make it to production, who knows what kind of a streetbike a company like Husqvarna will produce?!
The new Husqvarna engine is based on the BMW F800 engine, though the Husqvarna mill is likely to be much more performance-oriented. ‘In developing this 900cc streetbike engine, we’ve managed to combine some of the best elements of the BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna brands. This engine will power a machine with soul. Yes, you get great performance but it is also fun to ride. We know riders will be as excited as we are,’ says Martino Bianchi, who handles PR and racing activities at Husqvarna.

‘Any Husqvarna machine powered by this 900cc engine will be an easy and versatile bike to ride. It provides new or inexperienced riders with immediate confidence, but still delivers an exciting riding experience for even the most accomplished and experienced motorcyclist,’ claim Husqvarna in a press release.

So, what will it be? A modern-day successor to the original 900cc Honda Fireblade CBR900RR? A German/Swedish take on the Ducati Multistrada? Or something completely different from anything we’ve seen before? Whatever it turns out to be, we’re inclined to believe it’ll be new and exciting and fun. Husky, bring it on already...!


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