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2015 Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen Concept Review
2015 Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen Concept on Totalmotorcycle.com
The Black Arrow…
The Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN (Swedish for ‘Black Arrow’) concept bike is a golden-age inspired modern street bike that draws its design ethos from past iconic Husqvarnas. Reduced to the bare functional essentials, the 401 SVARTPILEN is the real deal – free of gimmicks, gadgets and extravagant design embellishments. A riding experience that honours the simple idea behind those early pioneering Husqvarnas.
With a compact single-cylinder fourstroke engine in a compact chassis, the Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN provides a more upright, comfortable and natural riding position – designed to reflect the timeless authenticity evident in the growing revival of the motorcycling scene. The new Husqvarna 401s are very much new and progressive motorcycles, where advanced engineering meets authentic design.
Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH was founded in October 2013, and positioned alongside KTM Sportmotorcycle GmbH, under the umbrella of parent company KTM Motorrad AG. In a very short time, Husqvarna Motorcycles has re-established itself as one of the main players in the offroad segment, thanks to a high quality and competitive product portfolio and an ever-increasing distribution network. Husqvarna motorcycles, parts and accessories are distributed worldwide through a dedicated network of 16 subsidiaries,
including North America and Japan, and 46 high profile importers.
The sales success of the new Husqvarna products has exceeded expectations and for 2014, the first full business year after the re-birth of the historical brand, production of over 15,000 units is forecasted. The updated motocross and enduro line-ups have been
fine-tuned and are expected to consolidate Husqvarna as a producer of the highest quality premium offroad motorcycles available today. Now, with the 701 SUPERMOTO and the concept bikes 401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN, Husqvarna Motorcycles takes its first major steps towards street bikes while fulfilling its brand promise and expanding its model range into the street segment.
The state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Austria are located in the area around Mattighofen, the most technologically advanced motorcycle manufacturing site in Europe.
The Research and Development facility is strategically placed alongside the main headquarters and between the main assembly facility and the engine manufacturing facility, with the Motorsport building just a short distance away. WP Performance Systems GmbH, also a KTM Motorrad AG Group company, is situated in nearby Munderfing, where frames, radiators, suspension and exhausts are produced to the highest quality standards.
Highly automated production procedures at WP include hydro-forming and robot welding for maximum precision and consistent quality.
Optimal communication between departments thanks to their close vicinity guarantees efficient and integrated development of the products, with technological knowhow from R&D, Motorsport and WP being transferred directly onto the bikes that roll off the four
production lines in Mattighofen.
With the advent of the 701 SUPERMOTO, Husqvarna’s vast product portfolio expands in late Summer 2015 to include a new street model. As clearly demonstrated by the striking, new concept bikes 401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN at Eicma, dedicated product development will see Husqvarna continue to grow in the coming years, consolidating the premium image of the historic brand, and ensuring a bright future.
Husqvarna unveils exciting new street models
First look at the 701 SUPERMOTO and presentation of the 401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN concept bikes
Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to announce that it has unveiled three new street models at the International motorcycle Expo EICMA. With 111 years of heritage in both street and offroad motorcycling, Husqvarna today makes its return to the street segment delivering machinery featuring the finest characteristics – clean bodywork, state-of-the-art technology and functional Swedish inspired design.
Years of supermoto tradition combined with the finest craftsmanship and unparalleled single cylinder performance are embodied in the all-new 701 SUPERMOTO. Highest quality components and uncompromising engineering provide outstanding levels of agility and handling. The new Husqvarna street model features the latest ride-by-wire throttle control and Engine Management System as well as the most advanced WP suspension dedicated Supermoto ABS and APTC slipper clutch.
145kg and producing 67hp, the 701 SUPERMOTO allows riders to accurately feed power to the rear wheel while enjoying superior levels of stability, safety and enjoyment. The bike will be available on dealer’s floor in Autumn 2015.
With the unveiling of Husqvarna’s new concept bikes, the 401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN, we have a small glimpse of what the future street chapters will look like. Inspired by the rebellious spirit of the golden age of the brand in the 60s and 70s, these concept machines are true Husqvarna – high quality motorcycles with a rich sense of heritage.
The Husqvarna 401 VITPILEN (Swedish for ‘White Arrow’) draws on the DNA of the pioneering 1953 Silverpilen. With a ground-breaking design in its own right – interpreting the functional simplicity of the classic Silverpilen – it combines modern technology, cutting-edge design and high quality hardware to deliver an uncompromised, genuine riding experience for the street.
The Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN (Swedish for ‘Black Arrow’) concept bike is a golden-age inspired modern street bike that draws its design ethos from past iconic Husqvarnas. Reduced to the bare functional essentials, it’s free of gimmicks, gadgets and extravagant design embellishments. It ensures a riding experience that honours the simple idea behind early, pioneering Husqvarnas. With a lightweight and powerful single-cylinder fourstroke engine in a compact chassis, the Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN provides a more upright, comfortable and natural riding position – designed to reflect the timeless authenticity evident in the growing revival of the motorcycling scene.
The new Husqvarna 401s are very much new and progressive motorcycles, where advanced engineering meets authentic design. They bring back the honest and pioneering spirit of pure motorcycle riding from the good old days into our modern times.
2015 Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen Concept Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Less is more. Style and function were crucial elements when designing every aspect of the
new 401s. Simplicity, ease of use and functionality meet outstanding design and attention to detail.
If something does not improve the riding experience, it does not belong on either of the new 401s –
as simple as that.
FRONT LIGHT / HANDLEBAR
An upright handlebar provides ample leverage and control when
the pavement ends. The powerful LED lamp is encased in an
integrated cage, protecting it against anything thrown its way.
EXHAUST / SEAT RACK
True to the minimal styling of the 401 series, the 401 SVARTPILEN’S
exhaust is housed directly under the side surface of the seat, providing
more offroad clearance and better protection from the elements.
A rear rack is integrated into the seat , providing space for additional
luggage, tools or anything you might need along a lonely fire road.
The multi-purpose tank rack not only protects the tank from
light impacts, but also provides a simple mounting for route
maps and tank bags.
On road and off, these subtly styled off road footpegs are
sturdy enough to handle anything you might encounter
on your 401 SVARTPILEN.
Should you choose to take your 401 SVARTPILEN off the beaten
path, it has a lightweight yet robust engine guard to keep the
casings protected from any unexpected rocks or debris.
2015 Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen Concept – www.Totalmotorcycle.com International Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP Price: Concept only.
Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke, double-Cam
Displacement 46 hp
Electronic fuel injection
Clutch Multi-plate in oil bath
Chassis Trellis frame in steel
Rear frame steel
Front suspension WP-USD Ã˜ 43 mm
Rear suspension WP-Monoshock
Front brake caliper 4-piston, radially mounted, single disc Ã˜ 300 mm
Rear brake single piston floating caliper, brake disc Ã˜ 230 mm
Seat height 800 mm
Weight (dry) 135 kg
Specifications and appearance are subject to change without prior notice.