Bajaj is bringing the Swedish brand Husqvarna to India with its two new motorcycles. The Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 will be unveiled at the IBW 2019.
Bajaj-KTM have finally confirmed the launch timeline of the Husqvarna 401 Twins. The Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 retro-styled motorcycles will be launched in India by the end of this year and will be unveiled next week.
From the photos, we can say that it is in its near production form. The Husqvarna Svartpilen was spotted testing with KTM tyres and its engine. The engine had KTM inscribed on it. That’s because KTM originally owns the Swedish brand. So the 401 Twins will actually be based on the Duke 390 itself.
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 sports a naked neo-scrambler type body with a minimalistic fairing. The latter bike sports little shades of a cafe-racer. Here we list the 5 facts that you must know about the Svartpilen 401.
A similar type of design is seen on the Ducati Scrambler. The Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 gets a neo-scrambler design with the minimum body covering. Basically, it somewhat looks like a cafe racer but is more advanced than that. In the front, are the round headlamps and its speedometer infused on the handlebar. The India-spec model gets the alloy wheels instead of spoke wheels on the global-spec. Most part of the bike remains naked with a cradle frame running from the handlebar to the suspension. At the rear, it gets no side holding rails and just gets an integrated brake light system. The recently updated model gets the 401 badging on the fuel tank.
For the engine purposes, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 gets KTM’s 373cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine. This engine produces around 40 BHP of power and 37 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch and a QuickShifter. The estimated mileage of the bike is around 25 KMPL. Most likely, it will be BS-6 compliant from the time of its launch itself.
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 India launch is going to be unveiled at the IBW 2019, between 6-7 December. Following which, the price announcement is expected to happen by January 2020. Reports confirm that the deliveries of the Husqies will commence by end of January, from the KTM dealerships itself.
This bike will the top one from Bajaj. It will be placed above the KTM series and also above the upcoming KTM 390 Adventure. At this given details, we expect it to be priced around Rs 3 Lakhs (ex-showroom). The main idea of an Indian partner for foreign brands is of the cost reduction by localization of parts. If the bike is priced around Rs 3 Lakhs, then it is a good buy.
This bike would launch as an entry-level premium bike. At the expected price range, it will compete with BMW G 310 R, Royal Enfield 650 Twins, Honda CB300R, KTM Duke 390, Bajaj Dominar 400 and for a little more, Yamaha R3. This particular segment is slowly gaining popularity.
Suspension part will be handled by 43mm USD forks at the front and an adjustable monoshock at the back. Both the motorcycles will get the same suspension travel. For braking, the Svartpilen 401 will get disc brakes at both the ends with dual-channel ABS as standard fitment. The Svartpilen 401 is speculated to come with switchable ABS as standard.