HUSQVARNA VITPILEN 401 (2018-on) Review

Published: 09 April 2018

Will Husqvarna’s modern take on a café racer appeal to fashion-conscious A2-licence urban riders?

HUSQVARNA VITPILEN 401  (2018-on)

Will Husqvarna’s modern take on a café racer appeal to fashion-conscious A2-licence urban riders?

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Vitpilen has the same pricing issues as the Svartpilen, however its café racer styling adds an extra element of unwanted discomfort on the road. One for those who are prepared to sacrifice practicality in the name of fashion as it doesn’t deliver anything the KTM 390 Duke doesn’t aside from a unique style, cramped bars and a high price tag. Husky’s current lack of dealer network (especially in major cities) will certainly hold them back in the UK.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Vitpilen rides well when you are on the open road and its Metzeler M5 tyres are sportier than the Svartpilen’s chunky Pirellis, giving it better road handling. The WP suspension delivers a nice balance between sports and comfort and the brakes and ABS are good, but the seat seriously lacks padding and the drop bars are uncomfortable in town or when you are cruising.

Engine 4 out of 5

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 it’s nothing that will ruin the experience for newer riders. The 390 Duke is a known quantity and Husky have wisely decided not to alter its motor at all, so there is little to complain about.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The KTM 390 Duke is a solid machine that is now in its second generation, so there is little to suggest the Vitpilen 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

Husky claim potential buyers will be prepared to pay a premium as the Vitpilen is a lifestyle product. The problem with this is that it costs £900 more than the KTM 390 Duke, despite sharing most of its components. Whether buyers will be prepared to stump up this premium purely for a cool-looking Husky product is yet to be seen…

Equipment 3 out of 5

The Vitpilen comes with some neat features such as a slipper clutch, Bosch ABS, WP suspension, radial brakes and Metzeler M5 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.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £5,599
Used price £4,800 to £5,600
Warranty term 2-year
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 148kg
Front suspension 43mm, WP forks non-adjustable
Rear suspension Single WP rear shock, adjustable spring preload
Front brake 1 x 320mm discs 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 Svartpilen 401 is urban enduro styled with Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres and high bars. It comes in black where the Vitpilen is white.

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