Husqvarna to Get Into The Street Bike Game

mille_3At the 2010 EICMA Motorcycle Show, Husqvarna unveiled its Mille 3 concept motorcycle. The bike, which looks like a cross between a dirt bike and a cruiser, started a lot of speculation about the future of Husqvarna. Would the dirt bike manufacturer venture out onto the open road?

There are numerous reports that Husqvarna will be breaking out from its traditional off-road market with a series of new bikes at the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012. Husqvarna won’t be heading too far off the trail with its new line of motorcycles though, as the new bikes will likely be along the Supermoto lines.

Husqvarna, which is owned by BMW, is said to be using the Rotax-made 800cc engine that powers the F800 as a base for its new line of products. The STR concept, which was showed off in 2006, was believed to be the model for Husqvarna street bikes, but after the BMW buyout, previous Husqvarna owner MV Augusta retained the rights to the design.

This is mostly speculation at this point, but most signs are pointing to a Husqvarna street bike that will be a cross between the odd-looking Mille3 concept, and the F800 from BMW. We’ll have to wait for more details, but it’s sure to be an interesting looking bike.

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