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Old 01-29-2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Eh? KTM buys Husky?????????

I can't see why they'd want it but it might be announced soon.

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...arna-for-sale/
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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Interesting especially as many of the current Husky now used BMW derived motors so even if BMW sell the company they will still be supplying motors and other parts to it for several years until models are replaced.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:38 PM   #3
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Bloody hell.

What will it take for the Swedes to buy it back?
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:43 PM   #4
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Bloody hell.

What will it take for the Swedes to buy it back?
Either they'll have to discover oil in the Baltic, or they figure out how to make motorcycles out of particleboard so IKEA can sell 'em.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:05 PM   #5
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What a bizarre turn of events. BMW killed off everything with any roots to the original Swedish designs, and now the Husaberg guys might be working on German designed, Taiwanese built bikes with their original branding? WTF?
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #6
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Husqvarna being sold to KTM???

edit,, duplicate post

Could it be true???

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne..._/R-EPI-139228










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Old 01-29-2013, 02:20 PM   #7
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wow, really strange turn of events.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:41 PM   #8
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What a bizarre turn of events. BMW killed off everything with any roots to the original Swedish designs, and now the Husaberg guys might be working on German designed, Taiwanese built bikes with their original branding? WTF?
It twists even further.

We have a company with a Swedish name (Husqvarna) that will be owned by an Austrian company (KTM) which is in turn owned by an Indian company (Bajaj) but is based in northern Italy and builds bikes in Italy with components sourced in China which are manufactured on behalf of another Austrian company (Rotax) and a German company (BMW).
I'm confused.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:48 PM   #9
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I can't take it anymore.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:49 PM   #10
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What a bizarre turn of events. BMW killed off everything with any roots to the original Swedish designs, and now the Husaberg guys might be working on German designed, Taiwanese built bikes with their original branding? WTF?
+10 - What Navin said.

BMW ruined Husky from my point of view. TE450/510/610/630 were much better in their niche than the BMW replacements. The Nuda would have been great if it had a little more development - what BMW should have done with the Rotax-designed 800cc motor in the first place. But to me, that's not enough Italian and too much Bavarian, not the other way around. I don't know about all of the R&D, People and money that the article says went from Munich to Italy - it doesn't show to me in the BMW motors dropped into Husky frames. Maybe it's all in the QA/QC and production processes?

BMW may have had bad timing regarding the world economy, but they don't seem to have made headway in my eyes. Now, to sell Husky to KTM takes a lot of the competition for Euro dirt bike design and puts most of it under one umbrella. (Beta, Gas Gas, and Sherco are the only others that come to mind, but I'm not very Euro-literate.) Great for Bajaj, I guess, but similar mergers that reduce competition have had the result of reducing choices for the consumer. I'll wait and see - what choice to I have? - but I'm not encouraged.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:18 PM   #11
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Weird......so, since an Indian company already ownes KTM,they will now own Husky?.Hmmmm,wonder what THEY will name the bikes.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:36 PM   #12
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Bloody hell.

What will it take for the Swedes to buy it back?
This - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c2NEFPqTwY

Here's hoping they do come to the rescue.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:45 PM   #13
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Weird......so, since an Indian company already ownes KTM,they will now own Husky?.Hmmmm,wonder what THEY will name the bikes.

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Old 01-29-2013, 06:28 PM   #14
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Strange. Not much tech, dealer network, or even brand cachet left in Husky.

The one positioning option I see would be Husky as a mid-tier brand to compete with Japanese playbikes, Suzuki DRs and cheaper touring bikes, leaving KTM solely in the high-end and Husaberg as the... I forget... what's the point of Husaberg now?
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Weird......so, since an Indian company already ownes KTM,they will now own Husky?.Hmmmm,wonder what THEY will name the bikes.
Indians own KTM, please explain.
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