It looks impressive but improving on the old was never going to be difficult and BMW has struggled with quality, so don't expect Japanese levels of dependability just yet.

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Husqvarna was once what KTM is now, the dominant off-road bike manufacturer.

That was in the Seventies, but by the mid-Eighties it was all going wrong financially and in 1986 a small Italian company called Cagiva bought the Swedish brand (two years after acquiring Ducati from the Italian government).

Husqvarna kept going as a much smaller, less ambitious concern, with its bikes produced in Cagiva's Varese factory, but with no sign of a return to those glory days.

Finally, in 2007, when Cagiva - now renamed MV Agusta after reviving that brand - was itself struggling, BMW made an offer the Italians couldn't refuse and took control of Husqvarna.

The result was Germans controlling a once-Swedish brand with its home in Italy.

It certainly made sense for BMW, which had just started to have a crack at the more serious off-road market with its own single-cylinder G-series bikes, where it was discovering how little it really knew.

Husqvarna represented off-the-shelf knowledge and experience with a respected name, shortcutting years of development and marketing for BMW.

Since then, outward change has been slow, with models being developed gradually rather than replaced wholesale.