Husqvarna has taken the covers off its production VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401 machines at the 2016 EICMA show in Milan.
Underpinned by the same framework used on parent-company KTM’s 390 Duke, both bikes are powered by a 375 cc single cylinder engine that generates 44 hp and which is mated to a six-speed transmission.
Chassis details include a 43 mm WP fork upfront together with a WP monoshock at the rear, while stopping power comes via ByBre brakes complete with Bosch’s 9.11MB two-channel ABS system.
A more upright riding position, which the designers say is a result of its wider motocross-styled bars, helps differentiate the SVARTPILEN 401 from its VITPILEN 401 sibling. For added practicality the former also gets rugged knobbly tyres and a tank rack.
Forming part of the Swedish manufacturer’s new range of so-called ‘Real Street’ motorcycles, both production bikes are expected to hit showrooms by late autumn 2017.
In addition to the VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401, Husqvarna has also revealed the cafe racer-inspired VITPILEN 401 AERO concept at this year’s EICMA exhibition.
Another single-cylinder machine, the design study reinterprets a traditional faired motorcycle for the 21st century.
In contrast to the VITPILEN 401, it features an aerodynamically-styled fairing that creates a much fuller appearance while at the same time allowing the front and the rear ends to visually compliment each other.
With the design of the windshield encouraging a more locked-in position, the rider’s helmet also becomes part of the airflow.