Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
First seen two years ago at the EICMA show in Milan as a concept model, this year Husqvarna have shown off a production ready Svartpilen machine that is set to hit Australian streets around this time late next year, 2017.
The Svartpilen, along with its Vitpilen siblings, are powered by the same grunty single-cylinder donk that has already proven itself well in KTM’s 390 Duke and RC390.
These models will be the first toe in the water for Husqvarna’s move into the streetbike market.
Offering a pretty funky design which seems to marry retro styling cues with plenty of modern cafe-racer style touches, Svartpilen brings something a little different to the market, particularly in the small capacity learner segment.
The rack on the tank is an interesting departure from the norm but does mean that the machine retains a semblance of luggage practicality despite having one of the most minimalist rear ends in motorcycling. The tank capacity iself is a modest 9.5 litres.
The Svartpilen offers a more upright riding position than the Vitpilen, thanks to wider motocross-styled bars.
Suspension is provided by WP while Bosch supplies the high-end two-channel ABS system.
Husqvanra Svartpilen is expected to arrive in Australian Husqvarna showrooms in late 2017.
Vitpilen is Swedish for ‘Black Arrow’.
Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 Highlights
- Rugged street explorer
- High focus on functionality
- Standard skid plate & tank rack
- Two single seats with high-quality fabric
- Modern fuel-injected 44 hp engine
- Lightweight steel-trellis frame
- Unique exhaust with robust protector
- 9.5 litre fuel tank
- Premium LED lights
- WP suspension
- Slipper clutch
- Bosch 9.11MB two channels ABS system
- Wide offroad style handlebars
- Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres