Husqvarna announced three new street bikes at the 2014 EICMA show in Milan, Italy today, November 4, 2014.
Two of them are among the most radical-looking street bikes ever -- you'll either love 'em or hate 'em.
Here's the edited press release:
With the unveiling of Husqvarna’s new concept bikes, the 401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN, we have a small glimpse of what the future street chapters will look like.
Inspired by the rebellious spirit of the golden age of the brand in the 60s and 70s, these concept machines are true Husqvarna; high quality motorcycles with a rich sense of heritage.
The Husqvarna 401 VITPILEN (Swedish for "White Arrow") draws on the DNA of the pioneering 1953 Silverpilen. With a ground-breaking design in its own right -- interpreting the functional simplicity of the classic Silverpilen -- it combines modern technology, cutting-edge design and high quality hardware to deliver an uncompromised, genuine riding experience for the street.
The Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN (Swedish for "Black Arrow") concept bike is a golden-age inspired modern street bike that draws its design ethos from past iconic Husqvarnas.
Reduced to the bare functional essentials, it’s free of gimmicks, gadgets and extravagant design embellishments. It ensures a riding experience that honors the simple idea behind early, pioneering Husqvarnas.
With a lightweight and powerful single-cylinder four-stroke engine in a compact chassis, the Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN provides a more upright, comfortable and natural riding position -- designed to reflect the timeless authenticity evident in the growing revival of the motorcycling scene.
The new Husqvarna 401s are very much new and progressive motorcycles, where advanced engineering meets authentic design. They bring back the honest and pioneering spirit of pure motorcycle riding from the good old days into our modern times.
Pricing and availability TBD.
From "C.C." (November 2014): "I like the new concept bikes but it reminds me of the Honda MB5."