Bajaj Auto has confirmed that the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and the Svartpilen 401 will be launched in India at the India Bike Week 2019 in the first week of December.
The India Bike Week is coming up in just a couple of weeks and there are quite many interesting motorcycles coming up at this event. KTM will bring the 250 Adventure and the 390 Adventure and Triumph will also be unveiling the mighty Rocket 3. Now, we have come to learn that Husqvarna will be rolling in the with the Svartpilen 401 and the Vitpilen 401 at the India Bike Week in Goa.
Bajaj Auto’s Rakesh Sharma has confirmed the arrival of the two bikes in the first week of December, which is when India’s largest biking festival takes place. KTM is one of the biggest sponsors of the 2019 edition of IBW, making it logical for Bajaj Auto to showcase the stylish Swedes at the event.
The Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen are based on the KTM 390’s platform and both of them have already been spotted testing in India on a couple of occasions. The interesting fact is that both these tester motorcycles have gone back to the company with certain issues. How do we know that? Well, that is because both the motorcycles have been updated with cosmetic and mechanical changes, as was previewed at the EICMA 2019.
So what did Husqvarna decipher of their testings of these two motorcycles. From the looks of it, the pillion seat wasn’t enough accommodating earlier. That is why, Husqvarna had to rework on the bolt-on subframe for the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401. To allow for the extra room on the pillion seat, the rear of the motorcycles got longer by 40mm. And since they were at updating the motorcycle, they also thought it could do with a refreshing look for the year 2020. That is why they have also introduced new paint schemes on the motorcycle.
Both the Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 share the same 373cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine seen on the KTM 390 Duke and RC 390. It puts out 43.5PS of peak power and a maximum torque output of 37Nm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. The Husky Twins, as they are popularly known, are underpinned by a steel trellis frame. As for cycle parts, the motorcycle gets upside down fork and a monoshock sourced from WP. The motorcycles also come with disc brakes at both ends with dual-channel ABS.
Now if you were wondering what is it that differentiates these twins, they are essentially the tires. The Vitpilen features road-baised tyres wrapped around 17-inch rims while the Svartpilen gets dual-purpose tyres in the same wheel sizes. However for India, the Husky twins will likely run on alloy wheels sourced from the KTM Duke 790 as opposed to the wire-spoke wheels on the international model. This has been done because the advantages of alloys outweigh the classy looks of wire spoke wheel on Indian roads at least.
The bikes will have a premium positioning in India. The Vitpilen 401 is expected to be priced around Rs 3.20 lakh while the Svartpilen 401 may set you back by around Rs 3.30 lakh (ex-showroom). Some dealerships have already unofficially started taking bookings for the Husky twins for a token amount of Rs. 5,000.