While it was expected that Husqvarna will enter India with the Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401s, the brand pulled a fast one by bringing in the 250s. These 250 twins will have the same credentials as the KTM 250 Duke
Husqvarna has managed to pull a fast one on us. Since the time Bajaj Auto announced the brand’s entry into India in July 2018, we have been expecting them to launch of the Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401. Looks like we are going to have to wait for them a bit longer. The good news, however, is that Husqvarna has debuted with more affordable models – Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250. The Swedish bikemaker is following the same strategy as its parent company, KTM’s entry into India. KTM stepped into India with the 200 Duke in 2012 and then followed it up with the more powerful 390 Duke.
Coming back to the Husqvarna, the 250 twins will be based on the 250 Duke. They will sit on the same trellis frame and will also be powered by the Duke’s 248.8cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor. This motor will continue to make 29.6bhp and 24Nm. It comes paired with a 6-speed transmission which is aided by a slip-and-assist clutch. Suspension components have also been borrowed from the 250 Duke – upside down forks up front and a monoshock at the rear. Stopping power comes from a 300mm disc at the front and a 230mm disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS comes as standard. Unlike the 400s, the 250s will come fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels.
In terms of design, the Svartpilen 250 and the Vitpilen 250 looks identical to their respective 401 iterations. The former gets a neutral riding posture but the latter, being a café racer, has a more crouched down stance. Husqvarna has only unveiled these motorcycles at the ongoing India Bike Week 2019. When launched early next year, expect the prices to be around the Rs 2.3 lakh mark which puts them directly against the Honda CB300R.