Husqvarna Mille3 Concept
One of the most unusual concept bikes to be shown recently must be the Husqvarna Mille3. Husqvarna aren’t defining what style of bike it is – you decide.
Husqvarna Mille3 Concept Bike
Husqvarna have shown off their concept Mille3 at the EICMA show in Milan. The radical concept features a triple cylinder engine apparently made up of three dirt singles. The closest Husky get to defining what it is – “custom built and cruiser bikes” – is in the press release included below. Whilst it would be easy for us here to “define” what we think of this concept, we leave that bit up to you.
Here is Husqvarna’s interesting press release on the Mille3:
CONCEPT STUDIO HUSQVARNA “MILLE3”
Emotion is irrational, curiosity is a gift, and anti-conformism is innate. With the concept study “Mille3”, Husqvarna has given form to its vision of biking, diverse and – it goes without saying – innovative.
It is a combination of emotion, curiosity and anti-conformism, moulded in an original form. A bike that is complete, but stripped down; elegant, but slightly threatening. An explosive mixture that appeals to all the senses and sets a new benchmark for future Husqvarna bikes.
The concept study “Mille3” demonstrates Husqvarna’s ability to design with highly diverse technical solutions, creating a dynamic and seductive contrast. The lines are flowing, the breaks decisive, the shape is streamlined. The vaguely retro rear blends effortlessly into the sculpted side panels. The overall look reinterprets and evolves the stylistic features and architecture typical of Husqvarna design.
The engine, the technological heart of the project, is set in the bodywork, like a jewel in a ring. The exuberant 3-cylinder V engine is 933cc with fuel injection; the cylinder and head are taken from the latest Husqvarna off-road models. Thanks to the unusual layout of separate cooling systems, the engine gives the impression of being a single cylinder.
The steel chassis brings back the classic Husqvarna central “tubone” design, a single-piece tubular form. The double rear beam with aluminium stays is fitted to the outside of the chassis uprights.
Like most custom built and cruiser bikes, the “Mille3” flaunts its size: its wheelbase is long and the seat extremely low. However, the high performance brakes, adjustable suspension and powerful twin exhaust make it a top class sports bike. The rearward position of the footrests and the off-road handlebars make the driving posture energetic and aggressive. All in all, it is a winning combination of style and technology that amply expresses the project philosophy: whatever is not functional is superfluous and discarded.
This is Husqvarna: seeing, thinking and designing outside the box, creatively and with courage.