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The Husqvarna Vitpilen & Svartpilen 401 are stunning looking motorcycles

These have been at the top of a very short list of motorcycles that we’ve longed to see in production for two years. Now, finally, they’re here.

They did not disappoint. Since the reveal of the two, ‘concept’ machines at this very same EICMA show back in 2014, we’ve been keen to see the final production versions. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. And then other times you’re rewarded for your patience. Today’s reveal of the production ready Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 has confirmed that patience is indeed a virtue.

The crowd at the launch was so big that it was hard for us to find a space to witness the event. In the end we left the mass of onlookers to their show and waited just another couple of hours so that we could get a chance to inspect the final bikes in all their glory. After two years, a couple more hours delay was not going to be a problem.

Svartpilen 401

Let’s kick all of this talk off with a little naming lesson. The Svartpilen is the black one. The name – in Swedish – actually translates into Black Arrow and it’s an adequate moniker.

Based around the KTM 390 Duke, the single-cylinder engine will be plenty powerful enough for mos riders but this bike is all about making a statement; in both design and in riding terms.

This version of the machine is a little rougher and rugged in its outlook. With darker components, higher bars and more protective bodywork elements it’s the (only so slightly more) brute to the Vitpilen’s beauty.


Vitpilen 401

The silver one. Taking designer Maxime Thouvenin’s simplicity concept to its absolute maximum (or should that be minimum?), the Vitpilen 401 is Husqvarna’s answer to what they like to call an ‘absolutely essential’ motorcycle.

Super sleek bodywork, an accessible riding position, LED lights and no electronics to ‘get in the way’, it’s intended to be an invitation to its owner to just ‘sit down and ride’.


Specifications – SVARTPILEN 401

Engine

  • Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke
  • Displacement 375 ccm
  • Bore/stroke 89/60 mm
  • Power 32kW @ 9.000/min
  • Torque 37Nm @ 7.000/min
  • Compression ratio 12.6:
  • Starter/battery Electric starter/12V 8Ah
  • Transmission 6 gears
  • Fuel system Bosch EFI (throttle body 46 mm)
  • Control 4 V/DOHC with cam levers
  • Lubrication Wet sump with 2 oil pumps
  • Engine oil BelRay EXP 15W-50
  • Primary drive 30:80
  • Final drive 15:45
  • Cooling Liquid cooling
  • Clutch Multi disc slipper clutch
  • Engine management/ignition Bosch EMS

Chassis

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  • Frame Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
  • Subframe Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
  • Handlebar Forged aluminium
  • Front suspension WP-USD Ø 43 mm
  • Rear suspension WP-Monoshock
  • Suspension travel front/rear Front 142mm / rear 150mm
  • Front brake ByBre, opposed four piston caliper, brake disc Ø 300 mm
  • Rear brake ByBre, single piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 230 mm
  • ABS Bosch 9.1MB two channels
  • Wheels front/rear Spoked wheels with aluminium rims, 3 x 17″; 4 x 17″
  • Tyres front/rear Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 110/70-R17; 150/60-R17
  • Chain 5/8 x 1/4″ / X-Ring
  • Silencer Stainless steel/ Aluminum silencer with regulated catalytic converter
  • Steering head angle 65°
  • Triple clamp offset 33 mm
  • Trail 95 mm
  • Wheel base 1357 +/-15,5mm
  • Ground clearance 170 mm
  • Seat height 835 mm
  • Tank capacity (approx.) 9,5 litres/ 2.5 litres reserve
  • Weight (without fuel, approx) 150 kg

VITPILEN 401

Engine

  • Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke
  • Displacement 375 ccm
  • Bore/stroke 89/60 mm
  • Power 32kW @ 9.000/min
  • Torque 37Nm @ 7.000/min
  • Compression ratio 12.6:1
  • Starter/battery Electric starter/12V 8Ah
  • Transmission 6 gears
  • Fuel system Bosch EFI (throttle body 46 mm)
  • Control 4 V/DOHC with cam levers
  • Lubrication Wet sump with 2 oil pumps
  • Engine oil BelRay EXP 15W-50
  • Primary drive 30:80
  • Final drive 15:45
  • Cooling Liquid cooling
  • Clutch Multi disc slipper clutch
  • Engine management/ignition Bosch EMS

Chassis

  • Frame Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
  • Subframe Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
  • Handlebar Steel
  • Front suspension WP-USD Ø 43 mm
  • Rear suspension WP-Monoshock
  • Suspension travel front/rear Front 142mm / rear 150mm
  • Front brake ByBre, opposed four piston caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
  • Rear brake ByBre, single piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 230 mm
  • ABS Bosch 9.1MB two channels
  • Wheels front/rear Spoked wheels with aluminium rims, 3 x 17″; 4 x 17″
  • Tyres front/rear Metzeler M5 110/70-R17; 150/60-R17
  • Chain 5/8 x 1/4″ / X-Ring
  • Silencer Stainless steel/ Aluminum silencer with regulated catalytic converter
  • Steering head angle 65°
  • Triple clamp offset 33 mm
  • Trail 95 mm
  • Wheel base 1357 +/-15,5mm
  • Ground clearance 170 mm
  • Seat height 835 mm
  • Tank capacity (approx.) 9,5 litres/ 9,5 litres reserve
  • Weight (without fuel, approx) 148 kg

 

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  • Mark Penrice

    Hmm, to continue a theme from the other page I was just on, I hope the internal ratios in the ‘box are relatively long, because my beermat maths put 9000rpm at just under 130km/h for a 1.000 direct drive through it, with that rear wheel, chain sprocket ratio, and primary drive reduction…

    Taking a guess from other typical top gears, I’d say that’s realistically 135 to 147km/h at max power (84~91mph) and maybe 150 to 163k on the limiter if set at 10000rpm… Which is alright but seems maybe a bit limiting for a machine with as much power as a small car that could manage 85-90mph itself with a decent run-up. Should really be able to go ton-up without too much trouble, especially in the newly revealed Aero form…

    (and therefore cruise quite nicely instead of needing 7000rpm (and thanks to all that torque, barely more than 1/3rd throttle, very wasteful) to pull 105~114kmh / 65~71mph)

  • John Ash

    Bah. They pussed out on the 19″ front. I’m not buying a scrambler that can’t scramble. Disappointing.

  • JSoares

    People at Husqvarna: go f*** yourselves with that 835mm seat height. Some people are under 6ft, you morons. You know, something like 90% of the population.

  • Ian Jubb

    Whaaat? You talk like there are no other bikes on the market for you. Pretty sure it’ll have a low seat option.
    Don’t think the reaction was probably slightly over the top???