Husqvarna has been gearing up for its India debut from a while. The bikes even have been spied testing in India but the launch did not happen. Maybe there were some issues or room for improvement and Husqvarna wanted to release a complete niggle free product to start from.
So here comes the 2020 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401. Husqvarna showcased their whole range of 2020 street bikes in the EICMA, including Vitpilen 701, Svartpilen 701 and Norden 901 concept. But let’s focus on the Vitpilen 401 because that is one bike that will surely make it to our country.
The Vitpilen 401 is based on the very popular and familiar 373cc single-cylinder motor from the KTM 390. But that’s where the similarities end from the KTM. Different trellis frame, smaller size and different styling are what makes the Vitpilen 401 look more interesting. Few small improvements for the 2020 model have made the Vitpilen and Svartpilen, better bikes (more suited for our country). The changes include a newer longer subframe by 400mm which provides better pillion seat, and new graphics and paint scheme to make the bike stand out more.
The bike gets 320mm front disc brake and 230mm rear discs mated to Bosch ABS system. The engine makes the same 44bhp as the KTM 390. It gets 145 mm ground clearance and weighs only 151kg. It also gets 17″ anodized spoked wheels. Clip-on handlebars along with LED front and rear lights.
Along with this Husqvarna also showcased Norden 901 concept which seems based on KTM 790 Adventure. It will get an 899cc parallel-twin motor and 21″ wheel at the front along with 18″ at the rear. No further details as the bike is still a concept.
The Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 should make it to India in the upcoming months. The pricing will be upwards of 3 lacs and a bit more than the KTM products.
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