Just a few days back we told you that Husqvarna will be launching its two most popular middle weight bikes in India by the end of this year. This was confirmed by Rajiv Bajaj himself. He further added that the Swedish brand will have more bikes in its lineup than KTM in India. Talking about the bikes, the Vitpilen and Svartpilen will be the first bikes to be launched by the company in India. They have been caught testing in India for a few times. However, down below is a video by K9IGHT RIDER INDIA which shows the bike on the move for probably the first time ever.
The bike in the video is the Husqvarna Vitpilen, covered in full camo decals. Going by the footage, we can say that the international version and the Indian version of the bike will be a bit different. This will be done to make the bike better suited for conditions here as well as to cut productions costs by sharing parts with KTM. The orange alloys on the test mule are from KTM, unlike the spoked wheels which the international variant gets. Furthermore, the test mule is also equipped with a rear grab rail.
To let you know, the Husqvarna brand is owned by KTM. Also, Bajaj now owns 47% stake in KTM which means that the Husky is also under Bajaj’s control to quite an extent.Talking about the bike, the Vitpilen is a retro, cafe racer styled bike with sporty riding position. However, it is a far cry from conventional cafe racers and features a radical design which fuses the DNA of a cafe racer with a lightweight naked performance bike.
The Husqvarna Vitpilen is powered by a 373 cc, four stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled motor with fuel injection which is the same unit which does the duty on KTM 390 series bikes. The engine produces 44 Bhp of peak power along with 37 Nm of torque and gets. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard on the bike and so is a slipper clutch. Husqvarna bikes are known to be quite light weight motorcycles and therefore expect the performance to be an absolute blast.
In terms of pricing, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 are likely to be priced around Rs. 3 lakh price mark. They will take on the recently launched BMW 310 series bike along with providing an alternate to the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650. Others like the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha R3 will also be seen the Husky as a competition. However, the biggest competition the Huskies will face is actually by their sister bike, that is, the KTM 390 Duke. It is powered by the same engine and is also priced cheaper. Husqvarna will pitch the bike in a way too woo the young target customers by its body styling and unique characteristics along with blistering performance.