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Husqvarna Svartpilen & Vitpilen 401 testing on Indian streets

Written by Parichay Malvankar

Bajaj Auto had already officially revealed that the Husqvarna range of small motorcycles based on the KTM 390 Duke will be hitting the Indian streets soon. While the global roll out of these motorcycles is happening this year, we can expect them to be available on sale in the Indian market in 2018-19. Bajaj will be splitting the production lines with KTM & Husqvarna at their facility in Chakan.

Husqvarna is the worlds second oldest motorcycle brand, founded in 1903.

Currently, the Svartpilen 401 & Vitpilen 401 & 701 models are being built in Austria. However, for global exports, these bikes will be built by Bajaj here in India, and eventually be made available in our markets as well.

Recently, both the bikes, the Svartpilen 401 & Vitpilen 401 were spotted testing on Indian soil. The Svartpilen 401 is more of a scrambler-styled, upright riding position motorcycle. The Vitpilen 401 on the other hand is a more focused street-naked.

 Both, the Scartpilen 401 & Vitpilen 401 are based on the KTM 390 Duke. They sport the same underpinnings, same engine; but, the body work is completely different. They look nothing like a KTM currently on sale. Husqvarna says that they are targeting the more lifestyle oriented buyer with these bikes.
Powering the Svartpilen 401 & Vitpilen 401 is a 373cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor producing 44 HP of power and matched to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper assist clutch. Both bikes will get ride-by-wire, ABS, digital speedo console, USD front fork, rear monoshock, LED headlamp & tail lamp and a separately mounted number plate housing.
When launched, these Husqvarna motorcycles are expected to be priced higher than the KTM siblings.