Those of you clamoring for a powerful, but lightweight and simple single-cylinder street bike should get ready to rejoice. Quickly on the heels of the Nuda 900 and 900R (which MD has already tested here), BMW has unveiled in Paris this week a single-cylinder “concept” that is almost certainly headed for production next year.
The Strada incorporates a version of the BMW 650cc single-cylinder engine found in the BMW G 650 GS. Similar to the process Husqvarna undertook with the BMW-based engine found in the Nuda 900 and 900R, Husqvarna will increase the power output of the 650 with its own tweaking and tuning of the reliable BMW single. At this stage, Husqvarna will only say that the bike will weigh “less than 170 kg.” That means less than 374 pounds. Husqvarna is also expected to introduce several accessories, which more than likely will include saddlebags and enhanced wind protection in the form of larger screen and hand guards. We expect additional information to trickle out from Husqvarna just as it did with the Nuda prior to announcement of production specifications. We would be surprised if this concept did not evolve into at least one production version featuring lightweight cast wheels and modern tubeless rubber. Stay tuned.