Husqvarna Dual Sport ConceptAmid an East Coast crowd Friday, the team at Husqvarna unveiled its latest on-road innovation – the Concept Baja.
This 70s-styled machine, arriving after Husqvarna’s other latest creations such as its first street bike, the Nuda 900, and the Concept MOAB and Concept Strada, was shown publicly Friday for the first time at the New York City International Motorcycle Show.Two things immediately stick out on the dual-purpose Concept Baja – the bold headlight design which appears like a plain number plate, and the LED instrument display that is contained inside the Concept Baja’s crossbar.And although designed around a vintage vibe, the Concept Baja features the latest in Husqvarna technology, including a 650cc single-cylinder and five-speed transmission that’s likely the same motor used in parent company BMW’s G 650 GS. The single is liquid cooled and has fuel injection.The bike features a perimeter frame with progressive-linkage swingarm, 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels with intermediate-knobby tires, and Brembo disc brakes.And yes, there’s a brake light contained behind that rear seat, which Husky says has an “approachable” height and a layout that suits a “wide spectrum” of riders.Speaking of the Concept Baja, Husqvarna says “Vintage allure isn’t all this trek-touring design has to offer; performance is what makes the Concept Baja truly exceptional. Ideal for the casual rider as well as the committed enthusiast, The Baja will continue the trek well after the pavement ends.”Stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com for additional details as they become available.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!