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Husqvarna Takes on the Ducati XDiavel with a Super Duke Based Power Cruiser of Its Own

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The Ducati XDiavel is making impressions everywhere, most notably with the competition. First, we got word that BMW Motorrad was looking to build its own power cruiser, likely based off the company’s six-cylinder platform.

Now, it seems that Husqvarna wants in on the game, with the Swedish brand build its own tarmac monster off of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R platform. At least, that’s what these spy photos suggest to us.

The working title on this new machines for now seems to be the Husqvarna Vitpilen 1301, as it will likely fit into the on-road segment that Husqvarna has been carving out with bikes like the Vitpilen 401 and Vitpilen 701.







We have been waiting to see what KTM’s “other” brand could do with the 1290 Super Duke R streetfighter model, and now it seems we have our answer.

As you can see from the photos, the engine and chassis seem mainly the same, with only the subframe and bodywork differing. This should mean that the Husqvarna 1301 could be capable of up to 170hp, based off the Super Duke R’s power figures, which should easily trump the XDiavel.

As always, it will be interesting to see what the final product looks like from Husqvarna. So far, some of the Super Duke R lines remain, while the rest of the bike seems to play the part, as we have seen from the Diavel and XDiavel from Ducati.







Like the updated KTM 1290 Super Duke R that we brought to you yesterday, we expect to see the Husqvarna Vitpilen 1301 at this year’s upcoming trade shows in Cologne and Milan.

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Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.

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