Features 23 May 2013

Rewind: Husaberg's history

MotoOnline.com.au looks at the steps toward Husaberg's merger with Husqvarna.

Husaberg has been in the headlines a lot over the past few years (especially the past number of weeks), the popular Swedish enduro brand producing some of the best and most revolutionary bikes of their era.

A specialist brand, formed 25 years ago in 1988 when Husqvarna initially moved to Italy and a number of engineers remained in Sweden, Husaberg (acquired by KTM in 1995) enjoyed great modern success in 2009 when it released its four-stroke range with a 70-degree engine configuration.

In 2010 a 390 was released alongside the existing FE 450 and 570s (click here for details), then in that same year the brand released a two-stroke range consisting of a TE 250 and 300 – heavily based off of the KTMs of its parent company.

The 70-degree Husaberg engine models were revolutionary and hugely popular at the time.

The 70-degree Husaberg engine models were revolutionary and hugely popular at the time.

The 2011 range saw a 125cc two-stroke introduced (click here for more), which gave the manufacturer a very versatile range of bikes across the board.

This year was when the first of the major revisions took place as all of the four-strokes became closer than ever before to their KTM cousins with the introduction of the 2013 models – including the introduction of a 250cc four-stroke for the first time (click here).

The manufacturer’s 2013 line-up is closely based on KTM’s off-road range, however there were a number of key revisions including Husaberg’s customary blue bodywork and unique styling, a plastic subframe, D.I.D wheels and the all-new WP closed-cartridge fork with patented four-chamber technology .

They were marketed as up-spec KTMs in some ways and sold at a slightly premium price, but little did we know that even bigger changes were just around the corner!

In February it was announced that the BMW Group had officially sold Husqvarna Motorcycles to Pierer Industrie AG, the Austrian company owned by KTM Sportmotorcycle CEO Stefan Pierer (click here).

Husaberg's 2014 range will be the last from the Swedish brand.

Husaberg’s 2014 range will be the last from the Swedish brand.

Then, in a shock announcement earlier this month, it was revealed that Husqvarna and Husaberg would officially be reunited for the first time in a quarter of a century (click here).

Questions regarding that announcement were still to be answered, answers which we soon received earlier this week when Husaberg officially confirmed that its upcoming and revamped 2014 range would the the last of their kind as an independent brand (click here for that update).

It’s been a wild ride for Husaberg enthusiasts over the past few years with some very high highs and some major surprises. The next steps will be very interesting to see under the guise of Husqvarna, benefiting from the technical lessons already learned by KTM and Husaberg collectively.

We can’t wait to ride all three brands upon release later this year!