Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 to arrive Late March

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Launched in Australia alongside the Vitpilen 701 at the Sydney Motorcycle Show, Husqvarna are calling the smaller capacity Svartpilen 401 a ‘rugged street explorer’, with knobby tyres helping to set it apart from the Vitpilen.

We can now let you know that this interesting new learner legal machine, complete with its KTM RC390 derived engine, is expected to land in Australia around late March, and Husqvarna are aiming to keep the pricetag under 11k ride away.

The Svartpilen is a compact, minimalist, rugged and modern single-cylinder 4-stroke package. The bike has a focus on functionality, with knobbly tyres, a tank rack and more robust protection than its Vitpilen sibling. The riding position on the Svartpilen is also more upright because of its higher and straighter bars.

Robust protective parts were incorporated into the design – such as an exhaust protector, skid plate and tank rack, which form the basis for a modern day scrambler, and the bike is also equipped with a split seat.

The lightweight steel-trellis frame is a proven design, contributing to the easy and agile handling, with mass grouped close to the centre of gravity to maximise manoeuvrability and precision.

Made from high strength chromium molybdenum steel using hydro formed tubes and robot welding, designed with specific flex characteristics, the frame works in conjunction with the WP suspension to offer a comfortable and confident feel and a tight turning circle for ease of use in urban environments.

The 401 range has a 375cc, 44hp (32kW), single-cylinder twin overhead camshaft engine that only weighs 36kg, thanks to its compact modern design. The latest materials and production technologies deliver ample torque and acceleration at all engine speeds, but also give it good manners in everyday use, with outstanding fuel economy.

The engine delivers 37Nm of torque from low in the rpm range, perfect for urban riding. Additionally, by implementing a counter balancer shaft, vibration is kept to a minimum delivering a smooth and comfortable ride. By using electronic fuel injection and a 46mm throttle body operated by a ride-by-wire system, the engine delivers a sharp but refined and very controllable power delivery.

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