Husaberg may soon be no more, but that hasn’t stopped the Austria-based Swedish brand from unveiling its 2014 lineup of seven models. News broke last week of plans to reunite Husaberg with Husqvarna, to be known as Husqvarna Sportmotorcycle GmbH as of October 2013, making lineup of of seven off-road bikes including both two- and […]
A Closer Look a the New 900cc Husqvarna Streetbike
Husqvarna will enter the twin-cylinder market in 2012 with a variation of the F800 powertrain from Husky’s parent company BMW, enlarged to around 900cc. This supermoto-styled version will undoubtedly be accompanied by a more dirt-worthy adventure-touring model.
The test mule seen in these photos appears to use several components from the BMW F800R, including its swingarm and wheels. Husqvarna will substitute a tubular steel frame in place of the BMW’s perimeter-aluminum chassis. A beefy inverted fork carries 4-piston radial-mount brakes.
The motor’s upper cylinder and head don’t match the black crankcases, a visual clue to its bigger displacement from the F800, probably with larger dimensions for both bore and stroke. The mule’s right-side case cover still has the “BMW” stamp on it.
With Husqvarna likely producing at least two versions of its new platform, it will be interesting to watch how they’re positioned around BMW’s F800 platform.