Husqvarna's new Vitpilen and Svartpilen break cover in Milan

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, Bike Social boss, Potski to his mates. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.
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Two years after Husqvarna showed the Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen concepts at the 2014 EICMA Show in Milan, the firm is now ready to reveal these, the production versions.

Coming from a firm more recently famous for its off-road presence and for its ownership by KTM’s CEO, Stefan Pierer, comes the new Real Street motorcycles as Husqvarna are calling them.

Designed as very cool, entry-level street motorcycles into the Husqvarna family, the Svartpilen 401 (pictured above) and Vitpilen 401 (below) as well as a small capacity street sports bike called the Aero (bottom).

All three bikes both feature a 375cc single-cylinder engine and a stripped-back, simple approach to motorcycling in its purest essence, certainly with the naked Vitpilen 401.

Husqvarna say: “The 401s are designed for a ‘sit down and enjoy the ride’ experience. The Svartpilen 401 is designed as a ‘modern day interpretation of a rugged street explorer. Like its naked brother, the bike uses a 375cc motor but with modern street scrambler styling, more upright bars and knobbly tyres. All three bikes use high-quality WP suspension with 43mm upside down forks.

But, perhaps even more interesting is the faired version with clip-on bars called the Aero, which takes futuristic styling and matches it to an easy to ride motorcycle with a small capacity single-cylinder motor and a slipper clutch. The tank is small too, holding just 9.5 litres.

There’s also a bigger capacity 701cc Vitpilen 701 concept which shows Husqvarna’s vision of the future, and makes it clear their intent to get back into building big road bikes, not just motocross, enduro and supermotos.

Either way, the new 401s are some of the most exciting new motorcycles at the EICMA Show, and not just for new riders. No prices are yet available.

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