KTM owned brand Husqvarna is looking forward to unveiling two new bikes at the EICMA show in Italy this year. One of these bikes happens to be the eagerly anticipated Husqvarna Vitpilen 401, a neo-retro cafe racer which draws its inspiration from the KTM Duke 390.
Husqvarna is a premium motorcycle brand famous for making street and dirt bikes and its pedigree is evident in the futuristic touches found on the Vitpilen 401. A minimalist body design that gives it the looks of a cafe racer from the next decade coupled with the Tron-like LED headlamp brings out a perfect fusion of retro style with contemporary technology. The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 has also achieved the commendable success of keeping the production bike almost similar to the concept which was unveiled at the 2014 EICMA.
In a short video released ahead of its official unveiling, the company shows exactly what the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 represents: Simple and progressive change.
Ever since its acquisition by the Austrian marque, Husqvarna’s R&D technocrats have made full use of the readily available KTM powerplants and chassis to upgrade their product line-up. The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 borrows a lot from its sibling, the KTM Duke 390. Both bikes make use of the same steel trellis chassis and are powered by the bonkers 373 cc engine made famous by the orange entry-level speedster.
The Vitpilen series will also spawn more derivatives with varying engine displacements. Each one will share its engine with the respective KTM Duke counterparts which will certainly boost the depth of the KTM line-up around the world.
That’s not all though. Taking full advantage of its alliance with KTM, Husqvarna will also be manufacturing the Vitpilen motorcycles in Bajaj’s Chakan plant alongside the Duke and RC range of bikes. This is brilliant news for motorcycle enthusiasts in India who want to ride a more exclusive and eye-catching bike but don’t have the sort of money demanded by the likes of Ducati and Triumph.
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