INNOVATIVE. AERODYNAMIC. FUTURISTIC.
2019 Husqvarna VITPILEN 401 Aero Concept:
With its innovative design approach, the VITPILEN 401 AERO appears to have been moulded by the wind itself. A break down of the fairing shows that the design elements of every aspect of this bike have been thoroughly thought out and well executed, even the unseen structure holding the fairing in place has an air of elegance to it. Ultimately the VITPILEN 401 AERO is a modern take on what a forward-thinking, faired motorcycle should look like.
Every part of the windshield is purely technical; all the parts speak the same design language, while functionally more air is channelled over the engine, keeping it well cooled. The paint job for this bike is something special; a brilliant silver with a touch of black completes the bike’s aesthetics.
Drawing inspiration from the brand’s iconic past the VITPILEN 401 AERO is a compact single-cylinder ‘Real Street’ concept motorcycle that ideally depicts Husqvarna’s interpretation of how a faired bike should look like.
Offering an innovative design approach, the VITPILEN 401 AERO concept features an aerodynamic fairing that seems to have been moulded by the wind itself. With every part of its windshield being purely technical, increased amounts of air are now channelled through to the engine to regulate cooling.
Compared to its VITPILEN 401 sibling, the all-new windshield gives the AERO a fuller appearance while allowing the front and the rear ends of the bike to perfectly match each other. With the design of the windshield now encouraging a more locked-in position, the rider’s helmet becomes part of the airflow in what is a fully immersive riding position.
2019 Husqvarna VITPILEN 401 Aero Concept Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
STYLE & DESIGN:
The style and design feels very familiar, yet it is clearly recognisable and has a distinct personality. It’s a modern take on a faired motorcycle, inspired by aerodynamics.
The addition of three parts completely changes the whole set up of the bike. An all-new windshield gives the VITPILEN 401 AERO’s surface a fuller appearance compared to the VITPILEN 401, while allowing the front and rear of the bike to perfectly match each other. This manages to create an entirely new balance and very different proportions versus those of the VITPILEN 401.
The VITPILEN 401 AERO encourages a lower, more locked-in position thanks to the new windshield design which completely changes the position and perception of the cockpit for the rider.
INNOVATION / EQUIPMENT:
With the VITPILEN 401 AERO – three simple yet innovative new parts form an entirely different bike on an already progressive technical base.
THE RIDING EXPERIENCE:
This bike is so well aligned that when you’re seated in position you become one with it, the windscreen lines up with your helmet and you become a part of the flow of the bike, providing a fully immersive riding experience.
2019 Husqvarna VITPILEN 401 Aero Concept Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Headlight and taillight
The ‘Real Street’ range features a modern full LED headlight with a distinctive circular running light and two reflectors for high/low beam. Besides the added safety of the bright LEDs and saving energy, the headlight is a design feature that contributes to the unique style represented by the VITPILEN and SVARTPILEN 401 models. The taillight is also full red LED and through the design, seems to hover above the rear wheel. The SVARTPILEN 401 gets a protective cage structure on the front headlight.
The lightweight steel-trellis frame is a proven design, contributing to the easy and agile ride of the ‘Real Street’ range. Mass is grouped close to the centre of gravity to maximise manoeuvrability and precision. Made from high strength chromium molybdenum steel using hydro formed tubes and robot welding, designed with specific flex characteristics, the frame works in conjunction with the WP suspension to offer a comfortable and confident feel and combined with a tight turning circle for ease of use in urban environments.
The exhaust on the ‘Real Street’ range has been specifically designed to work well with the 375 cc engine and remain an aesthetically pleasing element that compliments the characters of the VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401. Made from a combination of steel and aluminium, the exhaust system is integral for ensuring EURO IV regulations are met. Comprising of two parts, the pre-silencer is made from steel while the final silencer is made from aluminium. The final silencer is finished off with a raw aluminium look and the iconic Husqvarna logo.
The ‘Real Street’ range features a simple and progressive, multifunctional display unit with all the relevant riding information – set in a round, character-defining design.
The bodywork is the same throughout the range, but differs in colour and in the perception of the proportions. The VITPILEN 401 bodywork is white; the SVARTPILEN 401 bodywork is black and the AERO 401 concept bike is predominantly reflective silver.
The seats are different on the VITPILEN 401 and the SVARTPILEN 401. High quality foam forms the base of both seats, but a long single piece, two-seater features on the VITPILEN 401, whereas the SVARTPILEN 401 features two single seats with different fabric from the VITPILEN 401. There will be options to remove the rear seat and fit a technical accessory on the SVARTPILEN 401.
The ‘Real Street’ range has a 375 cc, 44 hp (32kW), single-cylinder twin overhead camshaft engine that only weighs 36 kg, thanks to its compact modern design. The latest materials and production technologies deliver the bike’s ample torque and useful acceleration at all engine speeds, but also give it good manners in everyday use, with outstanding fuel economy. The engine delivers 37Nm of torque from low down in the RPM range, perfect for urban riding. Additionally, by implementing a counter balancer shaft, vibration is kept to a minimum delivering a smooth and comfortable ride. By using electronic fuel injection and a 46mm throttle body operated by a ride-by-wire system, the engine delivers a sharp but refined and very controllable power delivery.
The ‘Real Street’ range is equipped with quality hydraulic brakes. The 320 mm front disc provides ample surface area for the opposed, four-piston callipers, while the 230 mm rear disc, provides the surface area for a single piston, floating calliper to clamp on to. Additionally, a state-of-the-art Bosch 2-channel ABS system is fitted.
WP suspension has built a strong reputation for quality engineering and ongoing development and innovation. The WP units on the 401s provides smooth handling, consistency and predictability. The 43 mm upside down forks guarantee the highest levels of stability and precision.
The VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401 are fitted with a slipper clutch. The slipper clutch works by allowing the clutch to slip under heavy braking when torque levels get too high from downshifts. This prevents the rear wheel from hopping or sliding and a more controlled deceleration.
The VITPILEN 401 and AERO both have clip-on handlebars while the SVARTPILEN 401 has raised offroad style centrally mounted handlebars. Additionally, the handlebars comprise of separate left and right side units mounted directly to the upper triple clamp in a clip-on fashion giving the VITPILEN a sporty and stylish feel.
The tank on the ‘Real Street’ range 401s holds 9.5 litres. The SVARTPILEN 401 also features a tank rack that can be used to strap additional items onto if needed.
The unique knobbly tyres on the SVARTPILEN are strong and durable “Pirelli Scorpion Rally STRs”. While the VITPILEN wheels are fitted with Metzeler M5 tyres, which excel in all conditions the urban commuter could expect while also offering long durability.
2019 Husqvarna VITPILEN 401 Aero Concept – Totalmotorcycle.com Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Australia MSRP Price: See Dealer for Pricing in AU
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