We have known for quite some time that the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 would debut at the 2016 EICMA show, with the Swedish brand teasing us with the pre-production model at last year’s gathering in Milan.
Since that time, we have seen numerous confirmations that the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 would debut as a production model in 2017, and today we can finally tick off the box on that launch.
Based on the KTM 390 Duke platform, the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 (Swedish for white arrow) takes a drastically different tack from its orange-clad sibling, as you can readily see.
Ever since KTM took over control of Husqvarna, we have been curious to see how the rival company would be distinguished itself from its new owner, and in the street bike space the result has been a unique take on the current vintage trend.
Decisively Scandinavian in its modern approach to a vintage calling, one can still feel the classic underpinnings that drive the design of bikes like the Vitpilen 401.
As a bike focused on new riders, especially younger riders, the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 should make for a unique offering, which isn’t something you would usually say about a motorcycle that shares a platform with another model.
While the KTM 390 Duke gets a pretty edgy makeover for the 2017 model year, the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 feels sophisticated and cool. That makes for a good two-pronged attack by KTM AG towards newer riders.
Key specs on the 2017 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 are that its 373cc single-cylinder engine will make 44hp. Other features include WP suspension, an LED headlight, dual-channel Bosch ABS, and a 2.5 gallons tank.
Look for the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 in European dealerships starting in Fall 2017.
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