By Dennis Chung
A presentation for investors produced by KTM’s parent company reveals a roadmap of future Husqvarna models including electric scooters, retro-inspired models and a new 501 Twin-cylinder platform. The presentation was released in late November by Pierer Mobility, the parent company of KTM, Husqvarna and the recently-acquired GasGas.
The 501 platform will include naked models, an adventure bike and a supermoto/enduro model. Husqvarna already offers a FE 501 enduro model powered by a 510.4cc Single, but we believe the new 501 models will be based on the new 490 parallel-Twin platform that KTM is expected to introduce in the near future.
Husqvarna’s Product Portfolio slide suggests it will continue to offer the 401 naked models (currently consisting of the Svartpilen and Vitpilen) alongside 250 and 125 versions. The placeholder images for all of these are blurred, suggesting the existing models may be getting updates.
The presentation also confirmed four new models under the “classic” label including one model sporting scrambler-style high pipes. The other three are blurred, but the top one appears to have some sort of luggage. Husqvarna may be taking a page out of the Triumph Modern Classics playbook, so these four models might include a scrambler, a tourer, a cafe racer and a bobber.
The Husqvarna Norden 901 is conspicuously absent from the presentation despite being confirmed for production.
The product plans also include adventure-touring models in 501, 401 and 250 sizes, though the plans notably omit the Norden 901 which Husqvarna has announced will enter production. The management presentation was published a week before Norden production was confirmed, but its absence in a presentation intended for investors is puzzling. Still, the Product Portfolio graphic suggests the Norden will also be produced in 501, 250 and 401 versions.
Also odd was the omission of the current 701 Vitpilen and Svartpilen. …read more