Husqvarna Brings Rekluse Auto-Clutch to Its 401 Lineup

Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr

Here is an interesting move from a motorcycle manufacturer, as Husqvarna is adding a Rekluse auto-clutch to the list of options that can be put on its Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 models.

The unit is very similar to the “Smart Clutch System” that MV Agusta debuted on its Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS model, which effectively eliminates the bike’s ability to stall the engine.

On the MV Agusta model, the Rekluse clutch basically means that the clutch lever is only used for starting the machine, as the Italian bike has an up/down quickshifter installed as well.

That won’t be the case for the Husqvarna models, but the addition of the Rekluse could be a very powerful move from the Swedish brand.

Considering that the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 motorcycles are geared towards less-experienced riders, the safety net that Rekluse’s Radius X auto-clutch provides could make learning to ride a motorcycle a whole lot easier.

There is no word yet on pricing, though we would expect figures that are in line with the rest of Rekluse’s lineup.

This announcement is mum about fitment for KTM’s related models (the KTM 390 Duke and KTM RC390), though presumably the Husqvarna fitment would work on those bikes as well.

We would imagine that KTM isn’t touting this fact though, in order to give Husqvarna some diversity from the KTM, and to position the 401 models as more premium learner-bike offerings.

Source: Husqvarna