Is Husqvarna getting back in the street bike game? These three new Husky prototypes give us hope.
Husqvarna often flies under the radar here in the U.S.; the Swedish-built offroad bikes have what can probably be called a cult following here in the States. But the brand may be looking to make inroads in the road bike world, thanks to some new street-focused Husky models revealed at EICMA.
HUSQVARNA 701 SUPERMOTO
The 701 Supermoto is the one we’re most excited about, as it appears to be a done deal, ready for mass production. This isn’t some dual-sport with street tires slapped on; the engineers at Husky have made an honest-to-God street bike, with features that even set it above its competitors. The 701 Supermoto’s engine will produce a city-friendly 67hp.
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HUSQVARNA 401 VITPILEN
The 401 Vitpilen – please hold your “it sounds like an Ikea product” remarks – is one of two concept bikes Husqvarna presented. “Vitpilen” is Swedish for “White Arrow," in case you didn't know. It’s both a tribute to and an updated version of Husky’s 1953 Silverpilen and is clearly aimed at the Café crowd. We dig the Steampunk Tron look.
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HUSQVARNA 401 SVARTPILEN
The 401 Svartpilen (“Black Arrow”) has more of an upright riding position; less of a racer and more of an urban Scrambler, the model shown at EICMA sported knobby tires and wide handlebars as opposed to the clip-ons found on the Vitpilen.
We can’t speak for you, of course, but we’d love to see these Huskies on the street. What do you think?