2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 First Look

With KTM announcing updates to its small-displacement Dukes for 2024, we thought it was only a matter of time until we saw similar changes coming to Husqvarna’s Svartpilen and Vitpilen models. We didn’t have too long to wait, as today, Husqvarna confirmed the updates to the 2024 Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401.

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Electric Husqvarna E-Pilen Planned for 2022

Pierer Mobility is developing a new range of electric Husqvarna streetbikes for 2022. The new line will be styled after the Svartpilen and Vitpilen line, with the company giving it the tentative name of “Husqvarna E-Pilen“.

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Future Husqvarna Motorcycles to Include 501 Models, Retro Bikes and Electric Scooters

UPDATE: We’ve discovered a similar presentation from August for the prior fiscal quarter that had an even larger list of future Husqvarna models including 901 and 1301 (!) versions of the Norden adventure bike and for the naked category.

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2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Review – First Ride

Husqvarna’s US media guy, Andy Jefferson, is a little worried about Husqvarna’s name recognition in the States, though worried is probably not the right word. More like “interested in” or “amused by.” Husqvarna’s been selling bikes in the US for decades (Andy raced them in the early ’80s), but it still seems like the few Americans who do recognize the name Husqvarna associate it with chainsaws and sewing machines. Dirtbike people have no excuse since Husky’s won a couple of US championships lately. But you do have to give streetbike people a break. I mean, Husky’s only been back in the streetbike market in the US, since, uh, 2018.

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2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Certified by CARB

We saw it at EICMA in concept form but we can now confirm the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 is heading for production as a 2019 model.

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2018 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 and Vitpilen 701 Spied

When Husqvarna introduced the production models of the Svartpilen 401 street-scrambler and Vitpilen 401 café racer last November, which are based on KTM’s 390 powertrain, we figured it was only a matter of time before we saw larger versions using Husky’s 701 engine. Husqvarna had already presented a Vitpilen 701 in concept form a year earlier, so we were not entirely shocked when we received spy photos of a near-production version (above right) alongside its sibling, a Svartpilen 701.

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2017 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401/ Svartpilen 401 Video Preview

To keep us from getting our Vitpilens mixed up with our Svartpilens, Evans Brassdraggings is semi-live at EICMA, bringing us the videographic scoop on this pair of 373cc KTM Single-powered Husqvarna hotties.

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2017 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 Preview

Husqvarna’s new Vitpilen 401 is focused on “providing a pure riding experience.” Using a 373cc Single borrowed from KTM’s 390 Duke housed in a stripped-down layout with clip-on bars, Husky says it will appeal to “an entirely new generation of riders looking for an honest and highly accessible machine.”

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2017 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Teased Ahead of EICMA

Two years ago, Husqvarna presented two concept at EICMA, the scrambler-styled Svartpilen 401 and the Vitpilen 401 cafe racer, both based off of the KTM 390 Duke platform. Last year in Milan, Husqvarna presented a larger Vitpilen 701 concept based off the 690 Duke. It’s no surprise then that Husqvarna would choose EICMA once again to present the final production model.

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2015 EICMA: Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Concept

At last year’s 2014 EICMA, Husqvarna displayed two concept models, the Vitpilen and Svartpilen. At that time both were referred to as 401s, leaving us to speculate that the models will be powered by KTM’s 390 Single found in the RC390 and 390 Duke. Joining the 401 models this year are a Vitpilen 125 and a Vitpilen 701 Concept. Outside of these minimalist announcements Husky is very hushed about its concept models other than to confirm that the company is committed to fulfilling its promise for an expanded street model range.

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2014 EICMA: Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen and Vitpilen Concepts

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.

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