The prototype of the new 2017 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen (Vit = white, pilen = arrow) that is slated for a release soon has been spotted once again. The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 is a café racer that was first presented as a concept way back in 2014 that Husqvarna will now put into production.
It must be remembered that the 401 Vitpilen is based on the KTM Duke 390 and will share a few parts with the Duke 390 like the steel trellis frame and punchy 373cc single-cylinder engine that is liquid cooled and makes about 44 HP. Also visible on the test mule is the swing-arm of the 390 Duke and the inverted WP forks. The front brake has changed when compared to the previous iterations of the test prototype of the Vitpilen 401. Now a floating disc that looks a little bigger than earlier is observable. The radial-mounted calipers and Bosh ABS that is standard is expected to be carried over from the current Duke 390. Steel braided brake lines are also visible on the bike which should help improve and maintain braking performance.
Despite the upright seating position, the bars are lower than the Duke 390 and the rider sits a little forward. The seat is fairly flat, almost like a bench. The fuel tank looks well sculpted and you can clearly see where the Husqvarna logo would come. The tires have a rounded profile and should help the rider have a lot of fun carving corners both on the track and a lonely mountain road somewhere. The design of the bike is oriented for all-round usability combined with performance as and when needed. An all-digital console is expected to be seen on the 401 Vitpilen besides a LED tail light and some sort of LED front lighting.
The finished 2017 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen will probably be showcased at automotive shows this autumn and will be launched next year internationally. It will most likely be priced at a slight premium above the existing KTM Duke 390.
The stable mate to the 401 Vitpilen, the Svartpilen is a more scrambler oriented motorcycle which should also be launched soon in the near future alongside the 401 Vitpilen. A 125cc version of both the bikes is also in the works, and could launch soon to cater to the entry level rider market.