2017 Super Duke Facelift & ‘Smart’ Husqvarna 1301 Sports Cruiser Spotted in Open

KTM owned Husqvarna brand is preparing its own sports cruiser! And if you thought that the Ducati Diavel looks great, wait till you set your eyes on Husqvarna 1301. Based on the KTM Super Duke R, this top of the line Husqvarna will be targeting the growing segment of sports cruisers which aims to provide the comfort of a cruiser with the performance of a sports bike.

Carrying similar mechanical parts as the KTM, the 1301 gets a slightly modified chassis. Images shared by Visor Down reveal that the bike gets a similar radiator, alloy wheels and front brakes (M50 monoblock callipers by Brembo!) as that of the Super Duke. Sharing parts between Husqvarna and KTM models has a great benefit in saving money on research and development.

Husqvarna 1301

Powering the bike is expected to be the same 1,301 cc V-twin mill which churns out 173 hp of maximum power in its present state and tune. A Euro 4 compliant version of this engine has already been on sale in the Super Duke GT which has the same output but has the torque peaking out lower in the rev range.

KTM Super Duke R

The 1290 Super Duke R too is expected to get a mild facelift thanks to the stricter emission norms in Europe.The bike shows off slightly modified tank shrouds and head lamps. We also expect the bike to gain cornering ABS. A higher spec electronic package is also possible to make its way onto the bike.

Both the Husqvarna 1301 and Super Duke R facelift are expected to hit the streets next year. An unveil though is probable for sometime later this year, possibly at EICMA.

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