2011 EICMA: Husqvarna Concept MOAB

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 9, 2011

The Husqvarna Concept MOAB is the contemporary version of the scrambler, the unique bike that is significant to the history of Husqvarna. Performance, tradition and style are the features that shaped the history and captured the identity of the brand, which turned to be the model for all off-road bikes in the 60s and 70s.

The origins of the Husqvarna MOAB can be traced from that period. These are renowned rides that have made milestones in the history of off-road biking -- most especially in the United States. The name MOAB comes from the reminiscent desert in Utah -- where large groups of off-road bikers come together every year.

It is also a place that serves as creepy background for many cult movies. Among the fundamental nature of the new reinterpretation of the Husqvarna are the yellow side panel number holders, the spacious seat, the red tank and the simple stripped-down frame.

The Husqvarna Concept MOAB is fitted with a 650cc engine on a perimeter frame and progressive linkage on the swingarm. It also has 17-inch wheels and semi-knobbly tires, making it ideal for off-road use. The general design effect splits the ride into distinct sections -- seat, the tank, the exhaust and the side panel number holders. Although the lines are fluid, they combine to make a decisive form.

The tank's shape merges with the rear and seat section, producing a fluidity and immediately distinctive style. The design feature follows the lead of the newest generation of Husqvarna models like the concave shape of the back and front mudguards as well as the front number holder.

High-tech innovation and tradition are successfully blended in the details of the new Concept MOAB including the digital instrument panel found in the upper crossbar, and the LEDs on the tail-light and the front number holder. The intricate color scheme in bodywork and mechanics takes inspiration from Steve McQueen's immortal H400. The unique colors and form give the MOAB an invigorating vintage look.

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