The Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen and Svartpilen scrambler concepts have been unveiled at the EICMA 2014 in Milan, Italy. The KTM-owned company says that the twins preview future products.
Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen
The 401 Vitpilen which means ‘White Arrow’ in Swedish pays tribute to the Silverpilen scrambler which was introduced in 1953. The modern White Arrow is described as a concept which blends the vintage bike’s functional simplicity with new age technology and materials.
Husqvarna kept quiet regarding the hardware but the ‘401’ nomenclature indicates that it could be powered by KTM’s 373.2 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which powers the Duke 390 and RC390, or a version of it. The fuel-injected motor in its existing state of tune and displacement churns out an impressive 42.9 bhp and 35 Nm of torque.
From the looks of it, its not only the engine but the Husqvarna concept also borrows the Duke/RC 390’s trellis chassis and WP suspension system (inverted front fork and rear monoshock).
Husqvarna 401 Svartpilan
Svartpilan in Swedish means ‘Black Arrow’ and as the name suggests, the 401 Svartpilan is the black edition of the Vitplien. Where the Vitpilen comes shod with slick tyres, the Svartplian wears knobbies. It also features a different silencer and a luggage rack instead of the pillion seat.
Claimed to have been inspired by several iconic Husqvarnas of the past, the 401 Svartpilan concept offers a pure riding fun which is not spoiled by “gimmicky” equipment or “extravagant embellishments”.
Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen and Svartpilen – Press Release
[Head to Slideshare if you can’t view the press release.]