Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 & Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 spied in India
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 have been spied testing in Pune, Maharashtra.
The two Husqvarna motorcycles borrow the mechanical underpinnings from the KTM 390 Duke. However, they will be priced at a premium over the Duke, and the brand’s partner Bajaj Auto is confident that the bikes will attract a larger population than KTM. The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 has a café-racer inspired design, whereas the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is more of a Scrambler type of motorcycle. It was reported in November last year that Husqvarna will enter the Indian market by 2020.
Both the bikes come with an all-LED lighting system and a circular multifunctional digital instrument cluster. The Vitpilen has a relatively sporty riding position thanks to the clip-on handlebars. The Svartpilen’s riding posture is more upright because of its braced handlebars. While the Vitpilen has road-biased tyres, the wheels in the Svartpilen are shod with knobbies for better off-road performance. Suspension bits for the two motorcycles include 43 mm WP open cartridge front forks and a rear WP monoshock.
The bikes employ the Duke’s 373.2 cc single cylinder mill with fuel injection and liquid cooling. It is good for 43.5 PS of power and 37 Nm of torque. The engine works in conjunction with a 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch. Expect the same engine tune for the India-spec bikes as well. The motorcycles come to a halt using 320 mm front disc and a 240 mm rear disc with dual-channel Bosch ABS.
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