Husqvarna isn’t a very familiar brand in India, but those who are aware of them should know they are Swedish, and that they are best-known for building world-class motocross and enduro motorcycles. Having changed hands recently, from the BMW Group to that of Pierer Industrie AG, Husqvarna is currently in the process of reinventing their line-up. The concept motorcycles that you see here are a product of that effort. They look intriguing, don’t they? Let’s get up close with the new 401 Svartpilen and 401 Vitpilen concepts that were unveiled at the 2014 EICMA motorcycle expo in Milan, Italy.
The 401 Svartpilen, which is Swedish for ‘Black Arrow’, is a scrambler-style motorcycle. Although it looks minimalistic, it has small-but-practical details that are seamlessly integrated into the design, like the fore and aft luggage racks, and the high-mounted exhaust. The soft-glow LED headlight gives the Svartpilen a futuristic expression, while the off-road tires and heavy-duty spoke wheels make it look ready to take on any terrain that comes its way.
The 401 Vitpilen on the other hand, is more of an urban supermoto. While it is similar to the Svartpilen in terms of design, it gets lower handlebars, street tires, and a longer seat minus the luggage racks. It looks unflappably cool, the Vitpilen, which translates to ‘White Arrow’. It seems like it’ll be a hoot to ride, even when standing stoically still. Dreary urban commutes will be all the more exciting on one of these!
By now, eagle-eyed readers should have recognised the familiar-looking running gear. Yes, the 401 Svartpilen and the 401 Vitpilen concepts are both based on KTM’s 390 platform. Thanks to Husqvarna sharing the same ownership as KTM, both bikes get to utilize this powerful and light-weight engine and chassis setup.
Save for the wheels, the handlebars and the foot pegs, it is nigh on identical to the KTM Duke 390. This is a great for two reasons – one, we all know the brilliant performance the Duke 390 is capable of, and two, this set-up is very cost-effective, so it can be put into serial production with very little investment, which Husqvarna has promised if the 401 concepts garner a positive reaction from the public. Keep your fingers crossed for these exciting beauties to enter production, and eventually into India!