The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and the Svartpilen 401 have been spotted in production-ready guise on the Indian roads, but they are yet to arrive in the showrooms. Meanwhile, the enthusiasts in Argentina would soon swing a leg over the two models mentioned above, along with the bigger Vitpilen 701.
Apart from the aforementioned the three models, Husqvarna offers motocross and enduro models in Argentina. The new motorcycles are aimed to attract urban riders towards the brand.
The 401 duo use the same underpinning as the KTM 390 Duke (previous gen) but feature completely different styling. The Vitipilen 401 is a cafe racer and thus features clip-on handlebars and retro styling. Wire-spoked wheels enhance the retro styling. The Vitipilen 401 gets Metzeler M5 tyres that are seen on the KTM 390 Duke as well.
The Svartpilen 401, on the other hand, is developed as a scrambler. It packs upright ergonomics with its tall handlebar. The tall handlebar also provides comfortable ergonomics while standing on the footpegs. Like the Vitipilen, Svartpilen gets wire-spoked wheels. However, the wheels on the Scrambler are wrapped in dual-purpose tyres with a knobby design.
Rest of the hardware is shared between both the motorcycles. WP sourced Ø 43 mm upside-down telescopic front forks and monoshock at the rear perform the shock absorbing duties. The bikes feature full LED headlights, full-digital instrument console and tyre hugger mounted rear indicators.
Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 use the same engine that has been sourced from 390 Duke. The 373.3 cc single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine delivers 44.1 PS of maximum power and 37 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a six-speed transmission. The Bosch 9M+ two-channel ABS comes as standard while the stopping power is provided by 320 mm single disc with a four-piston calliper at the front and 230 mm single disc with a single-piston calliper at the rear.
The bigger Vitpilen 701 has also landed in the country. The higher displacement version of the cafe racer borrows its underpinning and engine from the 690 Duke. Its 692.7 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine delivers a maximum power of 74 bhp at 8,500 rpm and generates a peak torque of 72 Nm at 6,750 rpm. The engine is paired with a six-speed gearbox. Assist and slipper clutch comes as standard.
Shock absorbing duties are performed by Ø 43 mm WP inverted front forks and an adjustable linkage-type rear mono-shock from WP. Stopping power comes from a 320 mm disc at the front and 240 mm unit at the rear. Bosch sourced dual-channel ABS comes as standard.