Husqvarna will broaden its street range in 2017 by two, with the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401. These bikes were revealed as concepts at the 2014 EICMA show in Milan and it was at the same event this year that Husky confirmed its production plans. Expect to see both models in dealerships by late fall 2017, though we can’t say for certain yet whether the North American market will be included.
These two bikes comprise the first models of Husqvarna’s “Real Street” line and both make use of a 375cc Single that’s based on the engine used in KTM’s popular 390 Duke. Since KTM’s purchase of Husqvarna in 2013, we’ve seen a number of models follow this pattern, most recently the 701 Supermoto which comes with an engine derived from KTM’s 690 Duke. We expect to see more examples in coming years as the “Real Street” range expands.
As for the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401, both have a steel trellis frame, WP suspension components, Bosch 9.11 MB two-channel ABS, slipper clutch, LED lighting and 2.5-gallon fuel capacity.
The Vitpilen 401 appears to be Husqvarna’s interpretation of the café-racer, but it’s certainly not striving for the retro look found elsewhere in the market. It’s stripped-down, to be sure, but has a futuristic minimalism that’s unique. It’s sport-style clip-ons demand a more forward-leaning ride position and the Metzeler M5 tires it comes with standard are built to provide ample grip for riders that like to push the machine through corners on the asphalt.
If the Vitpilen 401 is a reimagined café, then the Svartpilen 401 represents Husqvarna’s take on the scrambler style. Husqvarna calls it a “street explorer,” but its skid plate, Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires and wide, off-road style handlebars beg the machine to be taken down some dirt roads. The Svartpilen 401 also features a tank rack so you can pack supplies and a protector over the exhaust pipe not present on the Vitpilen.
Husqvarna wasn’t quite finished however, unveiling a new concept machine. The Vitpilen 401 AERO is a single-cylinder motorcycle with a racier stance than the standard Vitpilen. It’s “Husqvarna’s interpretation of how a faired bike should look.” We’ll leave you with a few photos below to decide on that last part for yourself.