Stevel McQueen jumps a Husqvarna Cross 400 back in 1971 (top) and four decades on, the Husqvarna Concept Baja (above) pays tribute to the original
Husqvarna usually come with one really cool concept bike for the EICMA each year, and this year they have the Concept Baja, which, according to the BMW-owned Swedish company, represents “Seventies style and passion combined with the technology of today. It reflects the essence of what Husqvarna motorcycles stood for in the sixties and seventies.”
The Husqvarna Concept Baja pays tribute to, and is based on, the Husqvarna Cross 400, which was featured on the cover of the August 1971 issue of Sports Illustrated, with Steve McQueen riding the bike. “The McQueen-Husqvarna combination eventually became the idol of a whole generation of off-road fans, and the Husqvarna Cross 400 has been taken as the historical design role model for the Concept BAJA,” says a note from Husqvarna.
The Concept Baja is powered by a liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. With its steel tube chassis, the bike rides on 19-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wire-spoke wheels and there’s a USD fork at the front and central spring strut hinged on a lever system at the back. The bike is, according to Husqvarna, ideal for light off-road use. We think McQueen would’ve been happy with this machine…