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Old 01-20-2012, 09:41 PM   #31
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I do like it more than the Moab concept... Still not a "Husky".



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Old 01-20-2012, 10:33 PM   #32
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Kinda cool looking. Would look better with chrome fenders and a round headlight. I bet it would appeal to those who want the retro scramber look. It's gotta be lighter that a Triumph or Enfield scrambler. 5spd really, WTF? At least put in a 6spd. Didn't Malcolm's bikes have 8 speeds?
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:26 AM   #33
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I like it. Looks like a camping bike to me. Not sure what kind of subframe, but if it would carry a load, throw on some bags and head to the forest for a weekend of camping and riding forest service roads.
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:26 PM   #34
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after all that work, frame and all they're gonna build something with it and the 650 rotax. bmw is testing the waters and seeing which variation resonates the most.

i like the baja concept and think it's a winner and some of the moto magazines are way behind the concept.
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:13 PM   #35
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o for the good old days

sweedish/itialian heratage,german made with a chinese motor.great
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:22 PM   #36
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I always like the scrambler type style not every bike needs cutting edge suspension and engine.
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:36 PM   #37
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It IS a dirtbike. I don't see mirrors or turn signals.
A dirtbike with 19" wheels? I don't think so.

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I like it. Looks like a camping bike to me. Not sure what kind of subframe, but if it would carry a load, throw on some bags and head to the forest for a weekend of camping and riding forest service roads.
The forest better be close. Not many liters in that pretty tank.

I can't see anything other than a low performing nostalgia ride. The small tank means it's a town bike. The low power rehashed Rotax and tweener wheels says it's not any kind of adrenaline maker on street or trail.

Husky, under the leadership of BMW, is joining other manufacturers like Triumph, Harley, Moto Guzzi, and Ducati. Take advantage of a reputation built by producing the highest performing racing motorcycles in some by-gone era by coming out with something that looks like those old bikes but performs in a manner that won't scare old people. This is simply another bike for overweight old guys afraid to go fast anymore wishing for the good ol' days, not that there's anything wrong with that. What cracks me up is BMW said they planned for Husky to be the brand to attract the youth market.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:40 PM   #38
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It seems to me that attracting the youth market is exactly what they are trying to do here. These two concepts built around the X bike single seem very Scion like to me. BMW couldn't sell their X bike singles. They were seriously not pretty and weren't high performance either. Nobody seemed to "get" them. So what to do?

Obviously they need a cooler (more cool?) bike to push those singles. Well nobody is more cool than the King of Cool. So let's buy the hip old marquee that he rode, slap those left over singles in them and dress them up to look like Steve's scrambler. So what if they still aren't exactly high performance. They are cool looking.

So now maybe the cool kids will buy a few. And, who knows, maybe they will. Given what BMW apparently provided Husky to work with in that motor and parts bin, they could have done worse. A lot worse in fact. Because it is a cool looking bike.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:50 PM   #39
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Who really cares in the BMW corporation if the small number of folks who ride Husky dirt race bikes think there is DNA or no DNA in this (potential) model range. Life today is about milking brands. Everywhere from Lady GAGA to Rolls Royce. Corporates buy the name to make money. Husky started out in Sweden went to italy and now germany. For the money.
Now, I am too old to bounce well and still nurse injuries from dirtbikes 30 years ago. But I do like the dirtbikes. I like their feel and I like their look. In my garage I have a Husaberg Fe501 and a 990 ADV plus 950SM KTM's. What I'd really like is an economical, light weight, COMFY bike to take me to the shops or the office, or on a tour, can load up camping gear and access the wilderness, even ride gently around the south americas without killing my body or being impractical from a maintenance or running cost POV.
This Baja bike with an optional set of SM wheels could be just that. It looks easy to live with and will certainly be economical. The fact that it has Husky DNA of some sort and is a BMW overviewed project probably means it will do the rough stuff reasonably reliably, a rotax engine hopefully means reliability and low energy maintenance. (KTM: why make oil changes so complex on an adventure bike which is going to be a looong way from equipped workshops if its being used for its obvious purpose).
That of course and its a stylish tool which has 'walk-up' appeal to the owner.
I'd have one I reckon, if it met these crtiteria. I'd probably replace all 3 of my bikes with it. Fit some extra petrol tank somewhere hopefully, some crash bars and get out into the world of adventure touring.
I was thinking of a flat tracker DEUS as a toy to add to the garage, but this thing is just as good looking and a whole lot more practical :)
Come on BMW make a few and let me ride one!
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:14 AM   #40
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Husky unveiled the Baja today at EICMA
http://www.facebook.com/Husqvarna.Mo....International
sure is looking like it might be production bound as they've already done a concept showing.
this time they are unveiling like it's a new bike.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:14 AM   #41
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:19 AM   #42
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Looks like they went with a more retro headlight. Wonder if it was due to legalities.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:23 PM   #43
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Lets see some technical specs.

It has tremendous visual appeal to this old fart.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:03 PM   #44
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Frame and motor etc look much like the new Terra and Strada 650's.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:51 PM   #45
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If I ever go over to the dark side and buy a more street oriented bike that would be exactly what I want. That bike is sure easy on the eyes. I actually like the old school round light better than the led numberplate thing. Pretty bike.
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