The Husqvarna Muscle Cruiser caught testing is a single-seater, or at least one version will be in such way, and more likely be powered by the massive and well acclaimed 1,301 cc Twin engine found in the current KTM Super Duke R. The new Husky appears to have a slightly longer wheelbase than the SDR despite based on the same platform with an increased front-end rake.
The front and rear wheels have had similar tyre sizes but they could be changed in the final production version. The bodywork denotes that the bike is in the initial stages of development with no styling character applied to the body panels and fairing design while the rear section is similarly left plain.
It is reportedly to feature an evolved overall design and could mimic the 401 Svartpilen and Vitpilen scrambler concepts unveiled at 2014 EICMA with long and flat surfaces in addition to sticking in line with the street motorcycles from the revived Swedish marque. The riding position is more driver focussed as the arms of the test rider were freed-up with the body angled forwards towards the clip-ons.
The taller foot pegs and the fatter tank emphasise rider’s posture onto the chassis and could make the motorcycle sporty and handful. The components like suspension, brakes and single-sided swingarm will surely be taken straight from the 1290 Super Duke R for reduced production costs. The exhaust system was covered in the bottom portion of the chin fairing and could be specifically sourced from the outside instead of SDR’s.
Don’t be surprised if the instrument cluster has the same design as the previous generation KTM high-performance bikes with the vital information displayed on the left and a big tacho on the right hand side. It should be pointed out that the motorcycle is in its earlier levels of development and might feature the updated cluster from the 2017 SDR when launched. The wide reports emerged have suggested that the new Husky could be revealed in 2019 following a concept version sometime next year.