KTM Duke 390-based Husqvarna Svartpilen & Vitpilen motorcycles: What the first reviews are saying

KTM Duke 390-based Husqvarna Svartpilen & Vitpilen motorcycles: What the first reviews are saying

Husqvarna is one of the most awaited brand in the Indian market. The Swedish motorcycle brand is owned by KTM and is headquartered in Austria. KTM, in turn, has Bajaj Auto has a partner. The new affordable Huskies will be made in India and that’s a very exciting news. The brand unveiled two prototypes in 2014 and finally, they have taken the production shape. The motorcycles will be launched in India later this year and have been already caught testing. The Husqvarna Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401 have been launched in the international markets and here is what “The Drive” think about the new bikes. The reviewer says that the Svartpilen and Vitpilen are the most beautiful motorcycles ever.

What does the review say?

Sam Bendal, the reviewer says that the Husqvarna Svartpilen (Black Arrow) is more upright and comfortable to ride. It has scrambler-inspired looks and looks quite compete with the Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres in place. The Vitpilen (White Arrow) has a more aggressive riding position and has a cafe racer inspired looks. The Vitpilen gets Metzeler M5 tyres, which are more road biased. The reviewer adds that both the Husqvarna bikes are a perfect blend of vintage looks with new age motorcycles. Features like LED headlamp with halo DRLs, squared off tail lamp help the cause.

Both exude the same design cues from the flat bench seat to the single-form plastic that encompasses the side panels and fuel tank, recessed LED headlamp with halo, and squared-off swooping taillight. Husqvarna managed to take the classic aesthetics of a motorcycle from the 1960s and marry it to the light cycle from TRON. 

Both the bikes are powered by the same 373cc engine that powers the KTM 390 Duke and produces a similar 43 Bhp. The suspension is set towards a softer ride and the bikes are not geared for performance. This makes the bikes good for city travel. However, the bikes can lean well in the twisties and are quite fun to ride on the winding roads.

I found myself cracking through the six-speed gearbox and never missed a shift. Clutch pull was effortless and smooth and throttling was acceptable. Occasionally I noticed the fueling to come on a bit abruptly from full close. The 27.3 foot-pounds of torque does get the little 401’s moving along and make for a couple fun wheelies in first gear. 

The 9.5-litre tank is quite small is not even enough for 160 km when ridden enthusiastically. The Svartpilen is more likeable due to its comfortable riding position and Scrambler aesthetic while the Vitpilen is more fun to ride around in towns.

What else can I say for a first ride? I only had each bike for a couple of hours and both were a lot of fun. For entry-level riders who want the coolest looking motorcycle on the market and are willing to pay a premium, look no further. Husqvarna has just dropped the mic.


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