June 17, 2011
Are you getting sick of “teasers” dribbled out by manufacturers in advance of the unveiling of a new model? Too bad, because this marketing tactic is probably here to stay . . . at least, for a little while. The latest example is Husqvarna’s handling of the 900cc twin that should debut in all its glory soon.
These photos, apparently released by Husky, show a prototype entering and leaving BMW offices, and the video below contains a discussion with the lead designer of the new bike.
We already know that Husqvarna, wholly owned by BMW, is receiving generous help from its German parent in the launching of its new street models (this twin being the first). A close look at the photos indicates the wheels, brakes and exhaust design either come directly from BMW, or show great influence. The engine, of course, is derived directly from the 800cc twin found in several BMW models.
The exciting thing about the direction BMW is taking Husky is this. People go on-and-on about the desire for manufacturers to offer the lightest possible package with no performance compromises. Many consumers claim they want this, and Husqvarna is about to deliver it. Take a look at the brakes on the Mule, for instance. If this new bike comes in well under 400 pounds wet (a reasonable guess), those front discs will have “throw you over the bars” power. Think about the best superbike brakes stopping a machine 100 pounds lighter. You get the idea. Even the rear disc looks quite large . . . just in case you like to “back it it”.
Of course, we don’t yet know what the price will be. KTM’s streetbikes/supermotos have always been relatively pricey, but in many instances they have no direct competition. Husqvarna is about to change that.
Here is the video featuring the Husqvarna designer and several drawings of the new machine.