A fleet of KTM and Husqvarna prototypes were caught testing on public roads in Europe earlier this year. One of them was the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401. The cafe racer which was showcased as a concept in 2014, is now showcased in production ready form today.
Along with Vitpilen 401, the company has also showcased Svartpilen 401 – both are basically the same bikes, but with different names. This because they are of different colour. Vitpilen means White Arrow, while Svartpilen means Black Arrow.
Both Vitplien 401 and Svartpilen 401 are 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.
The new Huskies’ bodywork remains true to the concept (which was showcased at 2014 EICMA) 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/Svartpilen family of motorcycles will help KTM enhance the economies of scale as well as cover wider audience base with its compact motorcycle platform.
Svartpilen 401 Photos
Vitpilen 401 Photos