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HUSQVARNA SVARTPILEN 401 (2018-on) Review

Published: 04 April 2018

Husqvarna's small capacity fashion-conscious urban-enduro

HUSQVARNA SVARTPILEN 401  (2018-on)

Husqvarna's small capacity fashion-conscious urban-enduro

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Svartpilen is a lifestyle product as much as a motorcycle and that means Husqvarna expects buyers to pay a premium for its styling. But will they? The Svartpilen works well, but it doesn’t deliver anything the KTM 390 Duke doesn’t aside from a unique style while Husky’s current lack of dealer network (especially in major cities) will certainly hold them back.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

Despite its off-road look, the Svartpilen rides well and its 17-inch wheels with only marginally chunky-style rubber ensures it handles naturally and doesn’t forsake agility in the name of fashion. The WP suspension delivers a nice balance between sports and comfort, the brakes and ABS are good and if it wasn’t for a hideous seat that seriously lacks padding, there would be little to complain about.

Engine 4 out of 5

Using the 390 Duke as a base has ensured that the Husqvarna rides and drives excellently. The Duke’s 375cc single has enough grunt for urban use and its ride-by-wire throttle is spot on in terms of feel and connection. The gearbox is a little on the clunky side, but this is a bike at the budget end of the spectrum and it is nothing that will ruin the experience for newer riders.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The 390 Duke is a solid machine that is now in its second generation, so there is little to suggest the Svartpilen will be unreliable. Although many of its components are manufactured in India, the actual bike is assembled in Austria, which is reassuring.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

The Svartpilen costs nearly £1000 more than the KTM 390 Duke, despite sharing most of its components including its frame, engine and suspension. Husky claim potential buyers will be prepared to pay a premium as it is a lifestyle product, whether this proves accurate or not is yet to be seen…

Equipment 3 out of 5

The Svartpilen comes with some neat features such as a slipper clutch, Bosch ABS, WP suspension, radial brakes, spoke wheels and Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres. However, unlike the Duke, its dash isn’t full-colour and lacks connectivity – that said it does have a gear indicator and fuel gauge.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £5,599
Used price £4,300 to £4,500
Warranty term 2-years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £42
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 42.4 bhp
Max torque 27.3 ft-lb
Top speed 100 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 375cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4v, single
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 9.5 litres
Seat height 835mm
Bike weight 150kg
Front suspension 43mm, WP forks non-adjustable
Rear suspension Single WP rear shock, adjustable spring preload
Front brake 1 x 320mm disc with ByBre four-piston radial caliper
Rear brake 230mm single disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2018: Husqvarna launch the Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401 models.

Other versions

The Vitpilen 401 is café racer styled with Metzeler M5 tyres and clip-on bars. It comes in white where the Svartpilen is black.

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