When BMW purchased Husqvarna a few years ago, it was hard to see the direction it might take with the development of the small, race oriented, off-road manufacturer. Now, it is clear that BMW has Husqvarna in mind for several new street models, and has even unveiled a prototype 900 cc engine based on the 800 cc parallel twin currently found in BMW’s lineup.
The 800 cc parallel twin is already extremely light for its displacement. Compact and light, in fact, and certainly will be an efficient design at 900 cc … producing an awful lot of power from a compact engine that could be packaged inside of a small, nimble frame.
BMW appears to be developing enthusiast-oriented street models for Husqvarna, somewhat like the bikes found at KTM. Minimalist, and not quite the most comfortable machines to ride, they pack plenty of power and offer impressively low weight. Expect some very fun bikes to come out of Husqvarna for street riders, just don’t expect them to tread on BMW’s core turf, touring and sport touring.