Since Husqvarna hitched its wagon to KTM, there have been all sorts of questions about its future – especially about the future of its street lineup. A concept bike they unveiled at EICMA seems to drop some clues for Husky fans.
The Husqvarna 701 supermoto is sort of what you’d expect from the company. For years, their only street-going motorcycles were supermoto versions of their dirt bikes. This bike follows familiar lines – a big single-cylinder motor (690 cc, with 75 hp), trick suspension (from WP), powerful brakes (from Brembo) and sticky tires on street rims. The trellis frame is made from chromoly steel.
Frankly, this bike looks like a lot of fun. If it makes it to production, it’ll certainly be less exciting, but we’re guessing speed limits and anti-wheelie laws would be flouted shortly after purchase. Very, very shortly.
Alas, this bike is missing one piece. Everyone knows Husqvarna was teasing a direct injection two-stroke motor on the show circuit in the past years, and everyone thought that would be the powerplant in this new bike. Nope! That single-cylinder is another four-stroke. Guess you’ll just have to go dust off the RD350 and ride it for another summer …
Check out the gallery below for a few detail shots provided by Asphalt and Rubber, who were lucky enough to actually attend the Milan show.
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