Every now and then you get pleasantly surprised by a product from a manufacturer you didn’t expect them to ever make. In this case from our Swedish friends at Husqvarna Motorcycles introducing the production models of the Vitpilen and Svartpilen.
We’re especially looking forward to trying out the Vitpilen 401, the smaller brother of the Vitpilen 701, which will be available to LAMS riders in the 2nd quarter of 2018. The learner approved category is, in our opinion, underappreciated by manufacturers.
In Australia, regardless of your age, you will always have to learn how to ride on a LAMS bike, no excuses (see our post on Learning to Ride). Why not offer exciting looking bikes to learners and gain a loyal fan base for when these learners will and can upgrade to a full sized bike? Husqvarna got it right with the Vitpilen and Svartpilen.
To be honest, Husqvarna was never part of the consideration process until we recently visited to Sydney Motorcycle Show. Until then the brand was known for its gardening machinery and enduro/motocross/supermoto bikes, not so much every day style motorcycles.
Sure, the main focus will most likely stay on the core of the brand, but we’re silently hoping and wishing that Husqvarna will expand the range with similar bike to the Vitpilen in the future.
Strolling through the show we ventured over to Husqvarna and instantly fell in love with the look of the Vitpilen 401, probably even more than the 701 version.
It’s powered by a 375cc single-cylinder engine that is also found in the KTM 390 Duke and is expected to produce 32kW (44hp). Matched with a 6-speed gearbox and 37Nm of low end torque it will be the perfect city ride.
The thing that struck us the most is the simplicity of the bike, yet still having a very sculpted look, especially the tank area. The matt white finish, bronze wheels and yellow accents just finish the bike. Seating position is slightly forward with a wide grip.
We’re hoping that Husqvarna positions the price of the Vitpilen 401 around the same as the KTM 390 Duke ($6,995) making it accessible to a large audience and lowers the barriers to consideration.
In any case, you can expect us to visit the dealership as soon as it hits the showroom!
Video and images courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles | Photographer: Schedl R.