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Husqvarna revs up product line - Mille Tre Concept bike and a brace of 2011 Supermotos


by Marc Cantin ,

After announcing a new line of MX models at the Cologne Show last month, Husqvarna has just unveiled more new models at the Milan Show: four new Supermotard machines and a very unusual-for-Husky street-oriented design exercise, the Mille Tre.

Built around a unique 1000cc V-Three engine, the Mille Tre reminds one of the newly announced Diavel from Ducati, except that the Tre is not bound by real-life issues like a comfortable seat and ergos, livable ground clearance or even room for a passenger. This concept design steps away from the usual dirt and race orientation of Husqvarna products, as the Mille Tre is clearly a street only bike.

Photo: Husqvarna

Jungle drums at the Milan show talked about upcoming street-only bikes on the way for 2011 launch from the Italian manufacturer. Hey – wait a minute: Triumph just announced the Tiger 800 in street and off-road dress (The XC), with an 800cc parallel twin giving out a reputed 100hp to kick things along. BMW, who own Husqvarna, sell the very successful and much loved F800GS with its 85hp parallel twin engine. Then comes KTM with various 690cc singles in street, Supermotard and off-road trim.

Would Husky come along with another under 1 litre twin, available in street and off-road livery?

So much for speculation – here is the real thing from Husky in Supermotard, starting with the entry point, the two-stroke SM 125. Light and responsive as any two-stroke should be, this puppy features electronic fuel-oil injection and ignition, puts out more power and torque than previous models and still meets EURO III emission standards. Bespoke Paoli fork and rear shock, and a new digital display panel featuring speed, time, mileage and the usual warning light completes this neat and effective package.

The heavy artillery comes in the form of new SMR 449, 511 and 630 models that all use the company’s new four-stroke single. Power and torque figures for the engines in the 449 and 511 are hard to come by. These two bikes use the same chassis and Marzocchi fork set at a shallow 25 degrees of rake and a short 86.4mm of trail on a 1,460mm wheelbase – a recipe for agility and responsiveness, as well as watch-yourself instability under braking. Just what you want in a Supermotard!

The all-new SMR 630 uses a 600cc engine with 80 hp and 42.8 ft.-lb of torque, a 20% increase over in last year’s 630 figures from the old 576cc engine. And it weighs a claimed 117kg! We are talking rocket here for sure!

Husky is alive and growing in America and Canada, so expect to find these bike over here in early 2011. Prices and dates will follow.