The Husqvarna motorcycles have been confirmed for their Indian launch. Even though the launch will happen sometime next year, the motorcycles have been started testing already. This is the first time that the motorcycles have been caught testing on video. Earlier this year, a picture surfaced of both the upcoming Vitpilen and Svartpilen testing on the Indian roads.
What does the video show?
The video shows both the upcoming bikes – Vitpilen and Svartpilen testing on crowded street roads. Interestingly, the KTM 390 Duke can also be seen testing alongside the Husqvarna. The bikes being tested must be doing benchmarking to see the street capability of the upcoming bikes. Husqvarna motorcycles will be manufactured at the Chakan, Pune plant of Bajaj. The spied models have been caught in the Pune city too.
Both the upcoming motorcycles share the same chassis, engine and the electricals. They just look different from each other. The Vitpilen 401 is a cafe racer styled motorcycle and will be available only in white colour while the Svartpilen 401 is a scrambler inspired bike that will be available only in black colour.
Vitpilen 401 is a scaled down version of the Vitpilen 701. It gets a sleek body, clip-on handlebars and regular road tyres. The bike has an aggressive seating position where the rider leans forward like any other cafe racer. The Svartpilen 401, on the other hand, gets a raised handlebar and an upright seating posture. It looks much more rugged than the Vitpilen. The scrambler also gets touring essentials like luggage mount on the fuel tank and block tread dual-purpose tyres. Both the bikes have different characters altogether.
Both the motorcycles will get similar instrument clusters. There will be a single-pod, fully digital instrument cluster that gets Bluetooth connectivity options. The console is expected to be similar in terms of feature to the Duke 390. Both of them will also get ride-by-wire, slipper clutch and dual-channel ABS as standard features. There will be LED headlamps, tail lamps and indicators similar to the Duke 390.
Other equipment include a WP upside down suspension of 43mm while the rear gets a WP monoshock. The braking duties are handled by a big 320mm disc brake at the front and 230mm disc brake at the rear. Svartpilen and Vitpilen will be powered by the same 373.3cc engine that powers the 390 Duke. The engine produces a maximum of 42.9 Bhp and peak torque of 37 Nm. The liquid-cooled engine gets a six-speed transmission.
The KTM 390 Duke is priced at Rs. 2.38 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The new bikes will get a more premium price tag and are expected to be priced at around Rs. 2.5 lakhs when launched.
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