We already knew that the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 had been green-lit by the Austrians, as a production model for the 2017 model year, but the Swedish brand has now confirmed that a 125cc version, a Vitpilen 125, of its stylish new street bikes will be made as well.
That news about a Vitpilen 125 isn’t perhaps too surprising, considering that the Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen is based off the KTM 390 Duke, which has 125cc and 200cc variations throughout its global market reach.
Of course, the addition of the Vitpilen 125 model means that Husqvarna will have ample offerings for the tiered licensing structures around the world.
It also means that there is a clear entryway for new riders into the Husqvarna brand, where they can use the various models as stepping stones, as they progress as riders.
Husqvarna has aggressive plans to become the third-largest motorcycle manufacturer in Europe. Part of the strategy to that plan is for Husqvarna to furnish a full street bike line, the 401 and 701 series being the first of which.
We have long-waited to see how Husqvarna will differentiate itself from KTM. It seems we are seeing the first glimpses of that now.
Photos of the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Concept: