Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 teased; it is a neo-retro motorcycle which is inspired by KTM Duke 390 while sharing chassis and several technical bits
Husqvarna has teased its upcoming Vitpilen 401 ahead of its 2016 EICMA debut on 8th November. The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 is a neo-retro street-bike based on popular KTM Duke 390. It shares chassis and several technical bits with the Austrian bike. The Swedish company acquired by KTM wants to become Europe’s third largest motorcycle maker by 2020. All-new Vitpilen 401 plays will play a major role in that aspiration.
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 is based on steel Trellis frame borrowed from KTM Duke 390. The unique looking bike has been inspired by café racer design. Design of this bike is pretty much clean, minimal and delivers a futuristic appearance. It gets a round and unique LED headlamp, LED daytime running light, single-pod round instrument console which probably gets a LCD display.
The T-shaped fuel tank, short rear sub-frame and its very aggressive street-fighter stance make the bike quite appealing and eye-catching. The bike has been designed in such way, which delivers a taller appearance. So far it looks like the production model has kept close similarity with concept model.
KTM is known for using some high-performance machines in its bikes. Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 takes the engine from new KTM Duke 390, which certainly takes the game up for this bike. The 373 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine is capable to kick out 43 bhp of peak power. Expect its power and torque output to remain same like upcoming Duke 390. Fuel economy is also likely to remain similar.
For suspension and brake duty Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 depends on the same equipment with all-new KTM Duke 390. Braking duty in Vitpilen 401 is done is done by disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels combined with ABS. The bike will enter Indian market in 2017 and production will take place in Bajaj’s Chakan plant near Pune alongside KTM bikes.