The Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is the yin, the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401’s yang, with the Swedish “black arrow” providing a unique twist on the typical scrambler motorcycle.
Another model that is based off the KTM 390 Duke platform, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is a bike we have seen for quite some time, and now it has finally been given the nod to become a production bike for the 2017 model year.
Like its “white arrow” compatriot, the Svartpilen 401 takes a modern approach to an old aesthetic, and creates something entirely new in the process.
Though Husqvarna is a name with deep off-road roots, we imagine the Svartpilen 401 is about as dual-sport capable as the next “scrambler” you’d find, though we should mention that the small-displacement machine does have some qualities that would lend to its success on down a fire road or two.
Shod with big-block knobby tires on wire-spoked wheels, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 adds too a skid plate to protect its thumper of an engine. You will also find a handy luggage rack fitted across the 2.5 gallon fuel tank.
With 44hp on tap, there should be plenty of pep in the Svartpilen for newer riders – certainly enough for dirty bike riding. Other niceties include dual-channel ABS brakes, WP suspension, LED lighting, and a slipper clutch.
There is no word yet on US pricing and availability, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the Husqvarna Svartpilen to arrive on this side of the pond. European motorcyclists should see it dealerships, starting in autumn 2017.
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