Around a month ago we reported about Husqvarna testing its upcoming ADV bike. And the process continues. The brand is working hard to make its ‘801’ (most probably that’s what it’s going to be called) as good as possible. The test mule and the rider continue to do the job of testing the prototype.
In the picture, it is noticeable that the test mule is still in its initial stages of development. Most of the parts fitted are temporary and are most likely to be replaced several times until the final product is ready.
The spy shot reveals the riding position which is quite upright, just like what you’d expect from an adventure motorcycle. However, this is not the final position. The footpegs are mounted on adapter plates that can be bolted into several different positions, and the single-piece handlebar sits on prototype risers which, again, can be replaced for different heights. The box-shaped seats and angular fuel tank also appear to be testing units and should be getting replaced for the real bike.
Other details that we get from the spy shot include a circular headlamp with an LED DRL which is similar to what we’ve seen in other Husqvarna bikes, USD front forks, dual disc brake setup at the front, perhaps a 19-inch wheel up front and a 17-inch at the rear, and a heavy side-mounted exhaust.
We see many similarities between KTM and Husqvarna products. The new Husqvarna 701 models are based on the Duke 690 and the Husqvarna 401 range on Duke 390. So, on which KTM would the new Husqvarna adventure motorcycle be based on? It is quite evident that it is going to be the KTM 790 Duke. Husqvarna is going to use KTM’s 799cc parallel-twin engine, perhaps with some minor tweaks in the output figures.
As of now, we can’t be sure of an exact date, but it would definitely take time for Husqvarna to finally launch the bike. It might showcase a proper concept in one of the auto shows in 2019. Stay tuned for more updates.