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KTM Duke 390 based Cafe racer, Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 spied

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 cafe racer spyshot

The engine, chassis, and suspension comes from the KTM Duke 390.

A fleet of KTM and Husqvarna prototypes were recently caught testing on public roads in Europe including the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401. The cafe racer which was showcased as a concept in 2014.

The Vitplien 401 is based on the Duke 390 and uses the same steel trellis frame, complete with the alloy swing arm and WP inverted telescopic front forks. The ergonomics is typical of a cafe racer with a low-mounted flat handlebar and rear set footpegs.


Production ready model’s styling remains faithful to that of the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 concept pictured here.

The Vitpilen’s bodywork remains true to the concept with a circular LED integrated headlamps (prototype wears a decoy), fully digital dashboard, a slender fuel tank, and a minimalist tailpiece. The Vitpilen series will spawn more derivatives with varying engine displacements. Each one will share its engine with the respective KTM Duke counterparts.

Considering that the compact KTM Duke series is being manufactured in India for global consumption, the closely related Husqvarna models are also expected to call India as their home. The Vitpilen family of motorcycles will help KTM enhance the economies of scale as well as cover wider audience base with its compact motorcycle platform.


The Cafe Racer is most likely to be made in India alongside the compact KTM Dukes and RC’s.

Also read – KTM Duke 125, 200, 390 spied testing

The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 is expected to make its world premiere either at INTERMOT 2016 in Cologne this October or at EICMA 2016 in Milan this November.


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