Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 are based on the current generation KTM 390 Duke.
Husqvarna recently unveiled Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 in India’s Bicycle Week, and with it entering our market. There are also rumors that the duo will be followed by Husqvarna 200’s smaller capacity later next year. These bikes are new, and when there was talk of Huskvarna entering India, he was expected to go with the 401 series that was sold internationally for a while. Now we have news that they are actually going to go to India, but there will be a huge wait before they do: There are rumors that the bikes will be launched here only in mid-2021.
Although both bikes rely on the KTM 390 Duke platform, they are positioned differently. Vitpilen 401 has a neoclassical café style, while Svartpilen 401 has encryption style. Both bikes have an LED headlight and DRL, while the unit controller is a fully digital unit with Bluetooth connectivity.
Currently, the Husqvarna duo features the same KTM 390 Duke engine that produces 44 hp and 37 Nm of torque. However, given that this will undergo a refurbishment to comply with the BS6 (Euro5) standards, we will have to wait to see what the new bike numbers will look like.
Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 were recently updated by 2020, to receive simple updates in the form of new color schemes and an additional 40-mm frame, seat, long bench. The prototype also had grab bars, which were mandatory for motorcycles sold in India. Internationally, both bikes are installed on 17-inch wire wheels, with Vitpilen getting rubber on the road, while Svartpilen features off-road guided tires. If this configuration is the same in India, then this is something we will only know as we approach the launch date in 2021.
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