Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 is spotted testing again in India. It is expected to be launched sometime this year. However, this time the motorcycle is sporting KTM sourced rims and MRF tires. It also has some other minor changes. Even with a lot of similarities to the KTM 390 Duke, the Vitpilen will be a more premium offering.
Bajaj is manufacturing the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and also the Swartpilen 401 at their Chakan plant. The Vitpilen 401 is based on the KTM 390 Duke. They also share the same chassis, suspension, brakes and engine as the KTM. So its no surprise, if the motorcycle is offered with KTM, sourced rims too. The international model, however, will get spoked rims. The motorcycle also gets MRF block pattern tires in place of the Metzeler Sportec M5 on the international model.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 401
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 runs on a 373cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine. It produces a maximum power of 43.5bhp and a maximum torque of 37Nm. The transmission will include a 6-speed gearbox. Disc brakes on both front and rear, slipper clutch and ABS are standard. It also gets the ride by wire throttle from KTM Duke 390.
However, the similarities with the 390 Duke ends there. The Vitpilen 401 is a modern cafe racer. It differs from its KTM counterpart completely when it comes to the design. It will also come with clip-on handlebars. The Savrtpilen has a scrambler design theme. Both the bikes will have circular LED headlamps and a circular digital console.
Vitpilen means white arrow. This Swedish manufacturer is well established in European countries. Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH is now owned by KTM AG. Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH was earlier a part of Husqvarna armament firm. They started out by manufacturing muskets in the early years.
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