2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Review

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

SIMPLE YET DESIRABLE.

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Review on Totalmotorcycle.com:

The range of VITPILEN 401 & SVARTPILEN 401 accessories contains premium, quality parts that are designed to further enhance the performance and looks of these two motorcycles. Meeting the highest standards in terms of quality, these accessories feature innovative development that inspire Husqvarna fans to take their riding to a whole new level.

 The VITPILEN 401 is a fresh and simple new approach within the world of motorcycling. It is subtle, style-focused and stripped of all that is unnecessary. Its simple yet progressive design opens a new gateway to motorcycle culture and makes urban motorcycling more accessible and inviting than ever before. A bike for progressive, freethinking riders who appreciate exceptional design and seek new ways to experience their urban environment. 

 

 

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

EXTERIOR
The design idea is to strip away all unnecessary gimmicks and create a simple, progressive mix of classic thinking and modern design. This way of thinking is synonymous with the Swedish heritage of Husqvarna Motorcycles and can be clearly seen on the VITPILEN 401. The lightweight and narrow bodywork is shaped into the VITPILEN 401´s progressive design and intelligently allows for seamless movement while riding.

WHEELS
17″ bronze anodised spoked wheels with electric yellow VITPILEN detailing are a design highlight of the VITPILEN 401. The wheels offer a unique sense of style and are also very robust, offering premium reliability on unpredictable and challenging urban terrain.

CONTROL ZONE & TRIPLE CLAMP
Clip-on handlebars attach to forged aluminium triple clamps, a central focal point to the VITPILEN 401 style. In keeping with the minimalistic look and SIMPLE.PROGRESSIVE. design, the control zone is not obstructed by any fairings and features a digital display unit with the necessary information.

LIGHTS
The front and rear lights are distinct elements on the VITPILEN 401 and form part of the unique design that defines this motorcycle. Using the latest LED technology, the lights are more than just designer pieces but also contribute significantly to visibility and safety.

SEAT
The seat of the VITPILEN 401 uses high-quality foam and NABUK leather fabric, which, despite its reduced appearance, remains comfortable for the rider. Extending from the main bodywork and seamlessly floating above the rear wheel, the seat adds to the unique riding experience that the VITPILEN 401 provides.

TANK & FILLER CAP
The aluminium filler cap proudly displays the Husqvarna Motorcycles logo, like a stamp of premium quality, standing humble but bold on the fuel tank. The tank is seamlessly integrated into the design, and is a central focal point of the VITPILEN 401 style, while painted finishes and subtle accents highlight its progressive and unique design.

 

HUSQVARNA’S STREET VISION

In November 2014, a year after the re-launch of the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand and subsequent move to Austria, Husqvarna further emphasised its return to the street motorcycle segment presenting two concept bikes at EICMA: the VITPILEN 401 and the SVARTPILEN 401. Husqvarna Motorcycles is now delivering production versions of the VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401 to the general public. Later, also at EICMA, Husqvarna Motorcycles presented two different versions of the bigger 701 concept, VITPILEN 701 in 2015 and the yet to be seen SVARTPILEN 701 at this year’s press conference.

The first VITPILEN and SVARTPILEN concepts, shown at EICMA in 2014, gave a small glimpse into the future vision that Husqvarna Motorcycles has for street riding. The concept is typically Husqvarna; high quality, inspired by the brand’s heritage, yet created using modern technology and a progressive design approach. Advanced engineering meets an authentic, pure design to deliver a modern and uncompromised street riding experience. The brand has presented two higher performance machines recently, including the VITPILEN 701 production bike, which will be unveiled this year. The VITPILEN 701 along with the VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401 will be available in the first quarter of 2018. The all-new SVARTPILEN 701 concept will be presented at this year’s show, representing a family that is set to keep on growing.

The Husqvarna VITPILEN (Swedish for “White Arrow”), much like the iconic Silverpilen in 1955, opened up a new segment for Husqvarna Motorcycles along with the SVARTPILEN (Swedish for “Black Arrow”), which shares the same design approach, but with distinctive colour differences and slightly more rugged styling. The overall design concept has been interpreted in the form of VITPILEN 401, VITPILEN 701 and SVARTPILEN 401 product models and is now joined by the recently presented SVARTPILEN 701 concept. The approach is a tributeto the clean and cool Swedish simplicity of the classic Silverpilen concept.

SIMPLE. PROGRESSIVE:
These bikes are an apparent paradox. They are incredibly simple in their design, reduced of any unnecessary excess. However, they are also progressive, offering something new to the world of motorcycling. They use the latest technology, designed in a forward-thinking way, but still embrace the purity and simplicity of how motorcycles used to be.

The New Gateway to Motorcycle Culture:

The approach was not to make a bike for a certain type of person but rather to make one for any kind of person. Thus, opening up an entirely new gateway into the world of motorcycle culture. A culture that is accepting, non-specific and purely just for the love of being on two wheels, seated on a tiny seat and behind a set of handlebars.

Where you decide to go, how you decide to ride and who you are is irrelevant, it’s equal. You can truly be whoever you want to be, but with the freedom to explore your city in an entirely new way

 

 

 

 

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

REKLUSE RADIUS X-CENTRIFUGAL FORCE CLUTCH KIT
Featuring Rekluse’s latest EXP and TorqDrive® technologies, the automatic clutch will diminish the risk of stalling the engine in situations such as hard braking, starting and stopping. Installed into the standard clutch following a simple process of adjustment, it will improve traction and provide a more relaxed and controlled riding experience while remaining fatigue-free for longer-distance rides.

=>Take off and stop in gear without using clutch lever
=>No stalling of the engine in hard braking, starting, stopping
=>No need to constantly use the clutch lever in stop-and-go traffic
=>Smooth engagement and improved traction
=>More relaxed, fatigue-free and controlled riding, even over longer distances
=>Unrestricted and total concentration on the perfect line
=>Longer clutch life due to lower operating temperatures
=>Manual action of clutch lever is still available

AKRAPOVIC “SLIP-ON LINE”
Manufactured by industry specialist Akrapovič, the SLIP-ON exhaust system will enhance your machine’s style, sound and performance. Light yet robust, it has an easy Plug & Play assembly without the need to install a new engine mapping.

=>Rich and resonant exhaust note
=>Perfect Akrapovič workmanship
=>Durable construction & long service life
=>Plug & Play assembly
=>No new motor mapping required

PLASTIC PARTS KIT
Allowing for customization according to personal preferences, the PLASTIC PARTS KIT will give your motorcycle a completely different look.

=>Completely altering stock appearance
=>Fuel tank fairing left and right
=>Top fuel tank fairing

HEADLIGHT PROTECTION
Inspired by the simple yet progressive lines that run through the VITPILEN 401 / SVARTPILEN 401 designs, the HEADLIGHT PROTECTION will enhance aesthetics while reducing the possibility of damage.

=>Great looks
=>Extra headlight protection

ARTICULATED & ADJUSTABLE LEVER SET
CNC-machined from high-strength aluminium, the LEVER SET is a premium-quality component that will further enhance the looks of your motorcycle while making it almost impossible to prematurely end a ride due to a broken lever.

=>Form follows function
=>A visual highlight with technical & ergonomical added value
=>Tough black anodised finish
=>Lever folding upwards in the event of a crash
=>Adjustable grip width

WHEEL SPROCKET
Combining high-strength steel teeth with aluminium inner parts, the WHEEL SPROCKET enhances the performance of the entire drivetrain system.

=>High-strength steel teeth
=>Aluminium inner ring that reduces unsprung masses
=>Joined with high-strength rivets
=>At least three times longer service life
=>50% lighter than conventional steel sprockets
=>Longer service life for the entire drivetrain

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in USD

ENGINE

DESIGN

1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine

DISPLACEMENT

373.2 cm³

BORE

89 mm

STROKE

60 mm

POWER IN KW

32 kW

STARTER

Electric starter

LUBRICATION

Wet sump

TRANSMISSION

6-speed

PRIMARY DRIVE

30:80

SECONDARY GEAR RATIO

15:45

COOLING

Liquid cooled

CLUTCH

PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated

EMS

Bosch EMS

CHASSIS

FRAME DESIGN

Steel trellis frame, powder coated

FRONT SUSPENSION

WP upside-down Ø 43 mm

REAR SUSPENSION

WP monoshock

SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT)

142 mm

SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR)

150 mm

FRONT BRAKE

Four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake disc

REAR BRAKE

Single-piston floating calliper, brake disc

FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER

320 mm

REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER

230 mm

ABS

Bosch 9M+ two-channel ABS (disengageable)

CHAIN

X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″

STEERING HEAD ANGLE

65 °

WHEELBASE

1357 ± 15.5 mm

GROUND CLEARANCE

170 mm

SEAT HEIGHT

835 mm

TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.)

9.5 l

 

 

 

 

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in  CDN

ENGINE

DESIGN

1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine

DISPLACEMENT

373.2 cm³

BORE

89 mm

STROKE

60 mm

POWER IN KW

32 kW

STARTER

Electric starter

LUBRICATION

Wet sump

TRANSMISSION

6-speed

PRIMARY DRIVE

30:80

SECONDARY GEAR RATIO

15:45

COOLING

Liquid cooled

CLUTCH

PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated

EMS

Bosch EMS

CHASSIS

FRAME DESIGN

Steel trellis frame, powder coated

FRONT SUSPENSION

WP upside-down Ø 43 mm

REAR SUSPENSION

WP monoshock

SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT)

142 mm

SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR)

150 mm

FRONT BRAKE

Four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake disc

REAR BRAKE

Single-piston floating calliper, brake disc

FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER

320 mm

REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER

230 mm

ABS

Bosch 9M+ two-channel ABS (disengageable)

CHAIN

X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″

STEERING HEAD ANGLE

65 °

WHEELBASE

1357 ± 15.5 mm

GROUND CLEARANCE

170 mm

SEAT HEIGHT

835 mm

TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.)

9.5 l

 

 

 

 

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £8799 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

ENGINE

DESIGN

1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine

DISPLACEMENT

373.2 cm³

BORE

89 mm

STROKE

60 mm

POWER IN KW

32 kW

STARTER

Electric starter

LUBRICATION

Wet sump

TRANSMISSION

6-speed

PRIMARY DRIVE

30:80

SECONDARY GEAR RATIO

15:45

COOLING

Liquid cooled

CLUTCH

PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated

EMS

Bosch EMS

CHASSIS

FRAME DESIGN

Steel trellis frame, powder coated

FRONT SUSPENSION

WP upside-down Ø 43 mm

REAR SUSPENSION

WP monoshock

SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT)

142 mm

SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR)

150 mm

FRONT BRAKE

Four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake disc

REAR BRAKE

Single-piston floating calliper, brake disc

FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER

320 mm

REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER

230 mm

ABS

Bosch 9M+ two-channel ABS (disengageable)

CHAIN

X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″

STEERING HEAD ANGLE

65 °

WHEELBASE

1357 ± 15.5 mm

GROUND CLEARANCE

170 mm

SEAT HEIGHT

835 mm

TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.)

9.5 l

 

 

 

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