Alongside the new 701 Supermoto production model comes a pair of scrambler concepts from Husqvarna. Dubbed the 401 Svartpilen (Swedish for “Black Arrow”) and 401 Vitpilen (“White Arrow”), the two concepts draw upon the company’s past while still offering a futuristic styling.

At a quick glance, the Svartpilen and Vitpilen share many similarities with Ducati‘s recently introduced Scrambler. The concepts harken back to the same era in the ’60s and ’70s and share similar lines as well as a similar circular ring LED headlight as the Duc.

The concepts share the same Single-cylinder engine, trellis frame, WP suspension and braking components.


The Vitpilen harkens back to the 1953 Husqvarna Silverpilen, bringing back the earlier bike’s sense of functional simplicity. Rearset pegs and low clipons give it a cafe feel.

The Svartpilen pays its respects to Husqvarna’s off-road roots with knobbier tires and a higher under-seat exhaust. The seat is a grippier texture but the passenger accommodations were replaced by a small utility rack.


At the moment, the 401 Vitpilen and Svartpilen are only concept models, but then, so was the 701. If the Supermoto is any indication then we could expect to see production versions of the 401 concepts at next year’s EICMA show.

Follow the rest of our 2014 EICMA Show coverage for more information on new 2015 motorcycle announcements.

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  • Old MOron

    I like the Black Arrow better than Ducati’s Scrambler.

    • el jeffe

      Absolutely. If they don’t bring it to US, I will likely have to collaborate with a builder and make my own out of a KTM 450 or similar

      • The CrowdBoy

        check the KTM Duke 390 is exactly the same chassis, same suspension and same rear frame…. some mods here and there and you’ll have it!

        • The CrowdBoy

          probably KTM will have the “afordable” Ktm duke and then have a Huskvarna range with same engine but slightly bigger bore and different fairings and better built quality. Time will tell!
          Or maybe huskbarna just used the 390 to make the claymodel and the concept and then they will develop furthermore, but it’s odd that the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto & 401 Concepts are all based on this chassis….

  • Stuki

    Both these bikes are just bloody awesome… 401 suggests the 390 motor, hence Bajaj production and general ruggedness rather than full on KTM/Husqy raciness…. I’ll take a white one for San Francisco, a black one for a three month tour of the Indian Himalayas……..

  • SixOfOne

    And just like that, every other retro-repro bike design out there – Triumph, Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Royal Enfield, Honda and Yamaha included – suddenly looks very tired and very boring…

    • appliance5000

      Excepting the ducati- I agree.

  • DickRuble

    Husqvarna getting on the bullshitten wagon..

    • Old MOron

      I just had a quick look at your recent posts.
      Intermot, EICMA, you didn’t like any of the bikes, did you?
      Oh well, maybe next year.

      • DickRuble

        I like the H2 and R1, visually, since there is no other information to form an opinion. I am too tall for either of them but I can appreciate design. Husqvarna’s are just cheap, thoughtless, bandwagon type of builds that add nothing to the well executed KTM base. The BMW 1000XR looks good though I am skeptical of the use of an inline-4 for this application. Without knowing the weight, torque, handling characteristics, hard to say anything about the bikes presented. Overall, H2 is the only thing worth mentioning this year. Keep reading my archive, it’s full of precious directives and insights, you’ll come out enlightened.

        • Old MOron

          Well, I can certainly use all the enlightenment I can get.
          As for the BMW XR, I think it looks very promising. And since the model they put on it probably was, in fact, 6’2″, it’s going to fit you just fine. Judging by the wheels and tires they put on it, the I-4 engine should be fine for its intended purpose.
          What are you waiting for?

          • DickRuble

            A comparison against the Multistrada.

        • appliance5000