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First ride of Husqvarna’s Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 incoming

Published: 27 March 2018

MCN will be riding Husqvarna’s two new 401 models tomorrow – the café racer-styled Vitpilen and the more rugged-looking Svartpilen.

Priced at £5599, both Husqvarna models are powered by KTM’s 390 Duke single-cylinder four-stroke motor and make a claimed 42.4bhp with 27.3ft.lb of torque. The bikes also come with WP suspension, a slipper clutch and ABS as standard, however what sets them aside from KTM’s 390 Duke is the styling. And the price…

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The Svartpilen (which is Swedish for Black Arrow) comes in, err, black and has spoke wheels with chunky Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres and high bars to give it a rugged off-road style. The Vitpilen (White Arrow) is more café racer in its theme with lower bars and Metzeler M5 tyres. It comes in, yep, white…

With the 390 Duke retailing at £4699, the Husqvarna models are relying on their unique looks and the fact they are built in Austria and not India like the Duke to sway riders into investing nearly £1000 more in them. Are they worth it? Keep an eye on MCN’s social media feeds tomorrow to see what we reckon…

 

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 highlights

  • Engine: 375cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, single
  • Power: 42.4bhp @ 9000rpm
  • Torque: 27.3ftlb @7000rpm
  • Seat height: 835mm
  • Weight: 148kg (wet)
  • Colours: Svartpilen – black. Vitpilen – white. But you could have guessed that…

 

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