Apart from the buzzing entry level offerings, Husqvarna is also readying the middle-weight siblings, Vitpilen and Svartpilen 701.
Having a strong presence in motorsports, Husqvarna is yet to completely arrive in the consumer market of motorcycles. Revealing the concept models of entry-level mini duos, the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401, at various Auto shows, the company clearly indicated that these bikes will be the opening stroke for markets of various countries. However, the matter of discussion today is the high-capacity combo, the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 701, test mules of which have been spotted in Spain by MCN.
Husqvarna didn’t hide their efforts on the Vitpilen 701 which is inclined towards the cafe racer pattern but, the scrambler-based Svartpilen 701, by its pictures, made us ecstatically surprised. The former, as can be judged by the spy shots, seems to be ready to hit the stage with its almost ready components. None of the body parts is shrouded with the camouflage or any covering, neither any test equipment is evident for monitoring technical parameters.
On the other hand, the scrambler centric model shows that it might be late in the competition. It shares the base and muscles from its cafe racer sibling, although some parts are replaced to satisfy its versatile purpose. The clip-ons are replaced by the single unit handlebar and the tyres are all-terrain focused spoked wheels. The instrument binnacle looks narrow and upswept while the rear number plate unit is mounted on the sub-frame, contrary to the Vitpilen’s plate placed on the swingarm. Headlamps are awaiting final fitment.
Husqvarna, being a sister company of KTM, shares its engine and chassis with the partner. The Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 grabbed a lot of attention and admiration when their concept models were unveiled. Launching of these mini siblings might take place by the end of this year, albeit the bigger bikes may be deprived of launching for a few more days.