When Pierer Industrie AG purchased Husqvarna from BMW in January, it was obvious some major changes were on their way. Pierer Industries AG is owned by Stefan Pierer, who happens to be chief executive officer of KTM, which also happens to be the parent company of Husaberg. That’s three European motorcycle manufacturers with strong off-road […]
EICMA 2013: Husqvarna 701 Prototype
In what direction Husqvarna’s going with this prototype we don’t really know. Husky hasn’t released any factual information about the company’s 701 prototype except for some existential blather on the company’s Facebook page.
“It is a glimpse of the future Husqvarna design direction, the philosophy that future Husqvarna’s will follow, where the surfaces of the bodywork are understated, focusing on simplicity.”
That’s more bodywork than we’ve seen on any modern Husky. How is this bike understated? Facebook comments haven’t been kind:
“Please tell me a toddler designed this and it’s a joke?”
“SO INSANELY UGLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thumbs down.”
“Looks like an ’80′s project of a 2010 bike.”
“Please put the sheet back over it.”
The Husqvarna 701 is powered by a 690cc single cylinder 4-stroke engine, that Husky claims produces 75hp. The bike uses a lightweight Chromoly steel trellis frame and is suspended by the latest WP fork and shock. There’s a high performance exhaust and Brembo radial brakes.