Four new models pave the way for Husqvarna’s future in the street bike segment

Husqvarna Motorcycles introduces production Vitpilen 401, Svartpilen 401 and concept models at EICMA 2016

Black and white Vitpilen 401 motorcycle.

Recognized and globally awarded for its unique design, the Vitpilen 401 presented at EICMA 2016 is set to hit the showrooms by late spring 2018. — Husqvarna Motorcycles photo

Husqvarna Motorcycles took the covers off its production Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 machines, while also introducing the all-new concept Vitpilen 401 Aero at the 2016 EICMA show held in Milan, Italy. These three new models on display at EICMA, along with the Vitpilen 701 concept bike, form part of Husqvarna’s exciting new range of “Real Street” motorcycles.

With the introduction of these four pure state-of-the-art models, Husqvarna Motorcycles takes an important step towards fulfilling its progressive vision of street motorcycling.

The first two models of the Real Street range will be the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401, with Husqvarna Motorcycles fully focused on rolling them out at authorized dealers by late spring 2018 for the North American market. True to the brand’s high quality, performance and design standards, these two models pave the way for an astounding future in the on-road segment.

Also launched at EICMA 2016 is the Vitpilen 401 Aero concept, a single-cylinder machine that is the perfect interpretation of what a 21st century faired motorcycle should look like, according to Husqvarna.

Returning to EICMA 12 months after being unveiled for the first time, the Vitpilen 701 is a progressive big-bore single-cylinder motorcycle concept designed to deliver a thrilling riding experience.

Vitpilen 401

Launching Husqvarna’s new Real Street range, the Vitpilen 401 is a refreshingly simple and progressive urban street motorcycle that provides a new gateway into the motorcycling culture for a wider range of riders.

Black Svartpilen 401 motorcycle.

Beyond its unique styling, the Svartpilen 401 has a high focus on everyday functionality thus featuring rugged knobby tires, a practical tank rack and more robust protection all-over. — Husqvarna Motorcycles photo

Vitpilen 401 highlights

  • Pure and progressive design
  • Sleek bodywork forming clean lines
  • Accessible riding position
  • Modern fuel-injected engine
  • Lightweight steel-trellis frame
  • Unique steel-aluminium exhaust
  • 2.5-gallon fuel tank
  • Long single seat
  • Premium LED lights
  • WP suspension
  • Slipper clutch
  • Bosch 9.11-MB two-channel ABS system
  • Sporty clip-on handlebars
  • Street-focused Metzeler M5 tires

Svartpilen 401

Forming part of Husqvarna’s Real Street bike range, the Svartpilen 401 is a modern day interpretation of a street explorer. Featuring a bold and rugged appearance, it offers a progressive new way for potential riders to experience motorcycling.

Built around a similar chassis and engine philosophy to its Vitpilen 401 sibling, the Svartpilen 401 offers a more upright riding position, thanks to its wider motocross-styled bars. The finished version of the Svartpilen 401 presented at EICMA 2016 is also expected to hit the showrooms by late Spring 2018.

Svartpilen 401 highlights:

  • Rugged street explorer
  • High focus on functionality
  • Standard skid plate and tank rack
  • Two single seats with high-quality fabric
  • Modern fuel-injected engine
  • Lightweight steel-trellis frame
  • Unique exhaust with robust protector
  • 2.5-gallon fuel tank
  • Premium LED lights
  • WP suspension
  • Slipper clutch
  • Bosch 9.11-MB two-channel ABS system
  • Wide off-road-style handlebars
  • Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires

Vitpilen 401 Aero

Offering an innovative design approach, the Vitpilen 401 Aero concept features an aerodynamic fairing that seems to have been moulded by the wind itself. With every part of its windshield being purely technical, increased amounts of air are now channelled through to the engine to regulate cooling.

Black Vitpilen 401 Aero motorcycle.

Drawing inspiration from the brand’s iconic past, the Vitpilen 401 Aero is a compact single-cylinder Real Street concept motorcycle that ideally depicts Husqvarna’s interpretation of how a faired bike should look like. — Husqvarna Motorcycles photo

Vitpilen 701

At EICMA 2015, the introduction of the all-new Vitpilen 701 concept motorcycle represented a bold step into new territory. Forming part of the brand’s Real Street motorcycle range, the mighty big-bore single-cylinder machine is designed to offer raw and authentic riding pleasure.

Inspired by the same unique design approach that runs through the Vitpilen family, the Vitpilen 701 perfectly represents Husqvarna’s progressive vision for high-performance street motorcycles.

The Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 production models as well as the new Vitpilen 401 Aero and Vitpilen 701 concept motorcycles will be on show for the duration of the 74th EICMA in Milan (November 10 to 13, 2016) on the Husqvarna Motorcycles booth (Hall 18 booth M60).

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