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2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Coolness Factor = 60.0%

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:25 pm
by totalmotorcycle
2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

For MORE information and Photos click here: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... oncept.htm

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Stripped to the Essencse...

Now in 2014, the new Husqvarna 401 concept bike draws on the rebellious spirit that was born in that golden age. The freedom, simplicity and honesty of man and machine united. Compact and agile – expertly crafted to deliver minimalist styling with exceptional performance – reduced to the bare essence of what a motorcycle should be.

The Husqvarna 401 VITPILEN (Swedish for ‘White Arrow’) draws on the DNA of the pioneering 1953 Silverpilen street bike. That was an iconic Husqvarna model, which was the brainchild of famous Swedish industrial designer Sixten Sason and started a motorcycling revolution. The new 401 VITPILEN is a groundbreaking design in its own right – interpreting the functional simplicity of the classic Silverpilen (‘Silver Arrow’), combining it with modern technology, cutting-edge design and premium quality hardware to deliver an uncompromised, genuine riding experience for the street.

Husqvarna’s lightweight single-cylinder models proved wildly popular in post war Europe, and motorcycle sales climbed steadily right through to the golden age of 60’s and 70’s, when Husqvarna’s legend was truly forged. The eager post-war generation was hungry for something new and crazy to capture their imaginations. Momentum from the fast growing offroad movement in Europe spread to America and struck a chord with a new breed that was fascinated by the thrill of riding wild motorcycles and exploring far off the beaten track. It was new, creative, rebellious, raw and full of excitement.


2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - http://www.Totalmotorcycle.com International Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP Price: Concept only.

ENGINE
Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke, double-Cam
Displacement 46 hp
Transmission 6-speed
Electronic fuel injection
Clutch Multi-plate in oil bath

CHASSIS
Chassis Trellis frame in steel
Rear frame steel
Front suspension WP-USD Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension WP-Monoshock
Front brake caliper 4-piston, radially mounted, single disc Ø 300 mm
Rear brake single piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 230 mm
Seat height 800 mm
Weight (dry) 135 kg

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:25 pm
by totalmotorcycle
Exciting new Motorcycle Concept for 2015 from Husqvarna...

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Mike

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:40 pm
by faded sun
Like my old drawing teacher used to say, "Some things survive better as an idea". I get what they are trying to do but don't think they have arrived yet. I can see it could be cool but there's some cringe factor here still. I'm sure it's a killer engine but the styling is too spare for me.

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:09 pm
by ceemes
I gave it a cool as a concept, but as a road worthy machine it probably wont cut it. Styling is a little off putting, HP is low and once you start hanging things like mirrors and turn signals on it, it wont get any better looking.....still, as a conceptual piece, a solid cool.

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:32 pm
by ibanrfknm
A purposeless design.

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:48 am
by ceemes
ibanrfknm wrote:A purposeless design.
Not really. Granted it will probably never see production in its current form, but from these wild concepts come some proper machines. You should look at some of the Ford Mustang pre-production concepts. Wild, unbelievable and down right bizarre, and yet from those concepts came a winner. Same with this machine, no doubt some of the design cue and tech will find their way down into some near future designs.

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:28 am
by Hanson
When I look at the picks, I also cringe, but I also keep cumming back for another look.

Designers do need to explore the outer edges of the envelope.

Safe Travels,
Richard

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:44 am
by HYPERR
Looks like a concept bike from the early 1970s and fugly to boot. :?

Fail

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:26 pm
by SamEdward
that is an awesome model of the motorcycle

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:23 pm
by totalmotorcycle
I voted: Cool

What a weird and odd looking minimalistic motorcycle. But I can see this as a base for future Husqvarna street bikes. Don't forget Husqvarna had the "Nuda 900" not too long ago so I'm guessing they are trying something new again on us here. As ceemes said, it's horsepower is a little low, but don't let that number fool you too much as the bike weights in at under 300lbs!

Over all a neat design with it's white/black/copper/yellow look. The rims are pretty unique as well.

Sorta a bike that will challenge a Ducati Scramber I would guess.


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Mike

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:36 pm
by jstark47
Looks as uncomfortable as heck. Probably would be fun -- 10 minutes at a time. I'm not really digging it.

Gave it an Uncool.

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:26 pm
by SamEdward
And forgot to say that I voted on Awesome coz this motorcycle is awesome

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:23 pm
by totalmotorcycle
2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Coolness Factor = 60.0%
Featured: January 2nd, 2015 - January 9th, 2015
Most popular vote category: Cool

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Motorcycle Cool Wall discussion: viewtopic.php?f=61&t=50587
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Your Coolness Factor of the 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept is:

Awesome (3 points) 27% [ 7 ]
Cool (2 points) 38% [ 10 ]
Uncool (1 point) 19% [ 5 ]
Fail (0 point) 15% [ 4 ]

Total votes: 26

= a Coolwall Factor of 60.0%

NOTES: Husqvarna explores the street bike market once again with 3 new concepts (The 401 Vitpilen is one of those). Futuristic, angled, minimalistic, like modern art on two wheels. Not everyone's cup of tea, but one would be hard pressed to say they didn't like at least 1 design element of the bike. Like any concept, you have to start somewhere. Good to see Husqvarna trying something new and going that far out on a limb, hopefully we will see a radical street bike from Husqvarna in the future.

Get excited as the next TMW Cool Wall bike is now up for voting and discussion, have fun!

Re: This Week: 2015 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept - Vote Now

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:27 pm
by totalmotorcycle
Thus the starts of our New 2015 Cool Wall at the #1 spot!

At 60% Cool I don't expect it to last there, but for now, Husqvarna can say they have the COOLEST BIKE OF 2015!

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/coolwall ... ll2015.htm

Mike