Husqvarna is all set to showcase the production version of the 401 Vitpilen at the upcoming 2016 EICMA show. Shares the engine and frame with the KTM Duke 390.
Roughly two years ago, Swedish motorcycle firm Husqvarna revealed the 401 Vitpilen concept at the 2014 EICMA motorcycle convention. It may have taken the firm a while but it seems the production version of the concept café racer is all set to make its debut at the 2016 EICMA motorcycle show. In the build up to the event, the company has released a teaser of the motorcycle, and from what we can tell, it looks sweet…
Husqvarna has not confirmed if the new model is going to be the 401 Vitpilen – it could also be the bigger 701 Vitpilen, you never know. However, going by the looks of the things, it’s more likely the 401 – engine size, single front disc brake, frame, etc. And if that turns out to be the case, it will be powered by the same 373.2cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine as the KTM Duke 390, developing around 43bhp and 35Nm. Yes, if you don’t already know, KTM owns Husqvarna. Hence, the component sharing.
Unlike the KTM though, the Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen will have more of a retro charm about it. And that’s quite evident in its old classic café racer lines. Having said that, it comes with a number of modern touches like clip-on handlebars, LED headlight, WP front forks, etc. What’s most impressive bit about the design is that the production version, which’s been teased, looks remarkably similar to the concept from 2014.
Husqvarna has confirmed the unveil of two new motorcycles – including the 401 Vitpilen- along with a concept model at the upcoming EICMA show. Hopefully, the new production motorcycles will go on sale sometime in 2017.
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