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Old 01-20-2012, 10:27 AM   #16
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Here's another new Husky:


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Old 01-20-2012, 10:41 AM   #17
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Here's another new Husky:
They are like fraternal twins... err... umm... singles?

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Old 01-20-2012, 10:42 AM   #18
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BTW where are the mirrrors on that Husky? build into the handlegrips?
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:01 AM   #19
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Another recycled BMW.


Put the 630 engine in it and they might have something.
yeahbutt at least it isn't all looks like the Xcountry above.

I've ridden the 630 and found the motor kinda rough/industrial... the BMWs motor might not have equivalent power but it will most likely be enough. there are decent performance upgrades available, too.

there will be a brisk business in effective skid plates and radiator protection products. since this is a concept bike, no doubt there will be refinements.

if they made a version of this bike with a Dakar-styled fairing I bet it'd do well.

What I'm looking for is a thumper that can take a significant amount of street miles without blowing itself up, or beating the rider to death.

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Old 01-20-2012, 11:16 AM   #20
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IMO some of the prettiest motorcycles ever made were the early 70's Husqvarna's with the aluminum tanks. I had one and to this day I remember it's beautifully fabricated silver frame, shiny black motor, red alu tank with polished knee patches, and those pretty Akront wheels. This new bike tugs at me. All it needs is a round airfilter cover on the right side.
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:30 AM   #21
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BTW where are the mirrrors on that Husky? build into the handlegrips?
Same place as the smog cannister, turn signals, license plate bracket, functional tail/brake light and real headlight.

These recycled X-bikes as Husky concepts are kind of lame IMO. Sure they are pretty. But Huskies used to be pretty AND the best race bikes you could buy. So how about investing some of that concept bike energy into designing a new big bore dual sport that is really, really good instead of putting fresh plastic on failed BMW platforms?
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:33 AM   #22
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So now you can buy a new "Husky" with all the looks of the legendendary Huskys but the bike that actually has genes from the Husky racing legend is discontinued? F-BMW!

A great bike for BMW lovers, another sad development for fans of Husky. No DNA will be left from their actual past. The 570 was the start of a new era in 4t off road racing. The 630 has a 6 speed WR box, and with a few more refinements it was/is a better base bike. I'm betting they couldn't outsource the engine build as cheaply as the Rotax and thats that. Shame. I've owned a bunch of Huskys, never again. Never wanted a BMW bike. Thats all I see here anymore, no amount of false nostalgia and lipstick will bring me back.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:49 PM   #23
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IMO some of the prettiest motorcycles ever made were the early 70's Husqvarna's with the aluminum tanks.
Completely agree. The one thing that's bugged me ever since Husqvarna went Italian is losing that classic Swedish utilitarian style... and substance.

The chrome tank panels are a nice touch, I hope to see more from Husqvarna that harkens to their Nordic roots in the way of motor, frame and suspension.

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I feel your pain, but give BMW a chance... I think they get things like this.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:25 PM   #24
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I did. They replaced everything with warmed over, outdated BMWs. The only DNA is BMWs except the 2t and 250/310f. Who knows how long the 2t will survive and the next 250f will probably be another 650 Rotax badged as a 250 WR!

Its as if Honda bought out Porsche and slipped a whaletailed Fit in the new line up to replace the 911.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:39 PM   #25
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GAK! I can only hope Husky is developing something else while this abortion sits on showroom floors. I'll keep my carbed TE610, Thank You very much.. Still thinking about a TE310 for a woods bike however, orange is starting to look better as time goes on.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:52 PM   #26
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I like it . Would send the motor off to Ron Wood Racing and the suspension to Durelle Racing . I would have myself a nice little street > dirt road bike. Lot's of fun and for me that would be the point of a bike like this.
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:50 PM   #27
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Wow, it took four posts before the BMW haters showed up. You guys are slacking.

And why do some of you keep calling this a re-badged X bike? Other than the front axle clamp resembling those on the G650Xchallenge, and of course the engine covers (Since it's the Rotax 650 design) I see nothing else. X bikes do not have round tube frames, the swingarm is different and no X bike had a crossover handlebar.

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GAK! I can only hope Husky is developing something else while this abortion sits on showroom floors. I'll keep my carbed TE610, Thank You very much.. Still thinking about a TE310 for a woods bike however, orange is starting to look better as time goes on.
Showroom floors?? What part of CONCEPT do you not understand.

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Old 01-20-2012, 04:12 PM   #28
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:25 PM   #29
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LOL...yup.


Interesting. Neat idea/motif, but I see a lot of things that would make it very un-baja-able. That radiator is about as un-crashworthy as the muffler arrangement, as does the waterpump on the LH side. It looks so much like a dirtbike, that I would be afraid to ride it on the street without getting pulled over, etc.

I do like the LED array behind the number plate, though...and the brake light at the base of the back of the seat.

It reaks of BMW-tech overkill, but lacks a lot of practicality IMO - as is the theme with said overkill, usually.

It's probably gonna be ~$14k if they produce anything like it.
It IS a dirtbike. I don't see mirrors or turn signals.
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:13 PM   #30
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I do like it more than the Moab concept... Still not a "Husky".




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