The KTM 390 Duke based Husqvarna bikes – Vitpilen and Svartpilen were spied in India recently. Now clearer pictures of the bikes from India have emerged online. The bikes are caught testing in Pune, which is close to the Bajaj factory where the motorcycles will be produced.
The motorcycles were unveiled at the 2017 EICMA show and the KTM CEO confirmed about the Indian launch later this year. Both the motorcycles are based on the 390 Duke and share the same platform and engine. However, they are styled differently and will target a different audience.
While the Vitpilen, which is translated into “White Arrow” is a cafe racer, the Svartpilen, which means “Black Arrow” is a scrambler. The Vitpilen 401 is a scaled down version of the Vitpilen 701. It is mainly for tarmac and inside-city-limit usage. The bike gets aggressive riding position and it regular road-going tyres. The Svarpilen is more of a long-distance motorcycle. It gets relaxed riding position with the raised handlebar, luggage racks on the tank and bigger block dual-purpose tyres.
When it comes to features, both the motorcycles will be similarly equipped. There is a fully-digital single-pod instrument cluster that gets smartphone connectivity option through Bluetooth. The instrument console’s working is similar to the 390 Duke’s, which shows notifications from the phone right on the console and is able to change the music on the phone. The bikes also get ride-by-wire, slipper clutch and dual-channel ABS as standard features. There is also LED headlamps, tail lamps and indicators similar to the 390 Duke.
The front gets WP upside-down 43mm suspension while the rear gets a WP monoshock. stopping power comes from a 320mm front disc and 230mm rear disc brakes. The 373.3cc engine remains same as the 390 Duke. It produces a maximum of 42.9 Bhp and 37 Nm. It is a liquid-cooled engine and gets the six-speed transmission.
Both the bikes will be made at Bajaj’s Chakan plant and will be priced above the 390 Duke. The expected price is around Rs. 2.5 lakh, ex-showroom.