Husqvarna’s statement of intent

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Husqvarna parent company KTM have officially confirmed two versions of the Vitpilen road bike. Based on concepts first seen at the Milan show in 2014, the production models will be in dealers for 2017. The confirmation came not from a glitzy press conference, but from a statement in the company’s annual report.

KTM group’s annual report states: “For 2017 the next step will be realised with the arrival of the first two Vitpilen production models. The upcoming segment-redefining Vitpilen and Svartpilen production models will set Husqvarna Motorcycles on a blazing trajectory to become Europe’s third-largest motorcycle producer – with the aim of doing so by 2020.”

While the annual investor’s report doesn’t stipulate which capacity versions are expected to arrive first, MCN’s sources have suggested that they will be the Vitpilen 125 and 401 models, which will use the single-cylinder engines from the KTM Duke/RC125 and Duke/RC390 models.

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Ben Purvis

By Ben Purvis