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Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Review 2022

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Review 2022

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Husqvarna is originally a Swedish brand that is now owned by KTM. Its products will sit above the Austrian manufacturer’s, and the styling, feature sets and pricing will reflect that.

One of the two new roadgoing products for the brand is the Vitpilen 701. The name means “White Arrow”, and is based on the mental KTM 690 Duke. With 72bhp and at just 148.5kg dry, it will have a power-to-weight ratio that most supercars would envy. It is styled as a café racer, with a sporty riding position, clip-on handlebars, and rearset footpegs. The brakes are sourced from Brembo.

The Vitpilen 701 will make a most interesting alternative to products like the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer and the Triumph Street Triple. However, the odds of it launching in the Indian market are extremely slim.

Highlights of Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

The Vitpilen 401 isn’t just a scaled-down carbon copy of the 701. Its liquid-cooled, 375cc single, which makes a claimed 43 horsepower and 27 lb-ft of torque, is also carried in a chrome-moly steel trellis frame, and it has WP suspension, Brembo-subsidiary ByBre brakes, Bosch ABS, a slipper clutch, a round headlight and a stubby tail section.

But instead of cast hoops, the 401 rolls on 17-inch spoked aluminum rims—copper anodized to match covers on the engine—shod with Metzeler M5 tires. And its styling is unique, with bodywork that extends down the sides of the gas tank and below the one-piece seat.

• Brand Name — Husqvarna
• Model Name — Vitpilen 401
• Vehicle Type — Sports Naked Bikes
• Body Type — Naked Bikes
• Colours Option — White
• Engine Type — 373 cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 373 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Starting — Electric
• Maximum Power — 44 HP @ 9,000 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 37 Nm @ 7,000 rpm
• Number of Cylinders — 1
• Number of Gears — 6
• Clutch — Multi Disc Slipper Clutch
• Emission Norms — BS6-Compliant
• Top Speed — 167 kmph (approximate)
• Mileage — 25 km/l (approximate)
• Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) — 5.38 Sec
• Wheel Size — 17 inches
• Wheel Type — Spoked Alloy
• Tyres Type — Tubeless
• Front Suspension — 43mm WP APEX USDRear Suspension — WP APEX Monoshock
• Braking System — BOSCH Dual -Channel ABS
• Dry Weight — 152 kg
• Seat Height — 835 mm
• Ground Clearance — 145 mm
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 9.5 Litters
• Price — ₹ 2.60 Lakhs (Expected)
• Warranty — 2 Years / Unlimited Miles
• Official Tagline — Light-Footed

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Review 2022 – My Attitude My Bike

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Review 2022

The 2022 Husqvarna VITPILEN 401 is a fresh and straightforward European approach to the motorcycling world. It’s subtle, focused on styling, and free of everything expendable. Its simple progressive design opens a new gateway to the motorbike culture making it more accessible and engaging than ever.

Its design concept removes all unnecessary accessories and creates a simple and futuristic blend of modern thinking and classic design. This way of thinking stems from Husqvarna’s Swedish heritage and is visible on the VITPILEN 401. The light and slim bodywork is part of the bike’s futuristic and sleek concept, allowing complete freedom of movement on the move.

This bike from Husqvarna’s 2022 models is compatible with the naked type A2 license. Its lines exude a clear neo-retro aesthetic orientation, taking inspiration from the cafe-racer world of the sixties, reinterpreted spectacularly by the design house KISKA.

Vitpilen 401 comes with the company’s well-known 44 horsepower 373 ccs single-cylinder engine, which makes it agile in the city and highly capable on the highway.

Among its components, we must highlight the WP APEX suspensions, the ByBre brakes, and the Bosch ABS. In addition, the rider can enjoy the Easy Shift quick change for clutchless gear changes as standard.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Review 2022 : Specification

The Vitpilen 401 (“white arrow”) is a modern take on the café racer. Built on the same platform as the Svartpilen 401, it is powered by a 373cc Single carried in a chromoly steel trellis frame, and it’s equipped with Easy Shift, WP Apex suspension, ByBre brakes, Bosch ABS, and LED headlight and taillight.

The Vitpilen 401 is an unassuming hero of the sub-500 cc world. Its surefootedness, light weight and immersive riding position guarantee helmet-hidden smiles. You don’t ride it as much as guide it with feather-light inputs. It reacts to the smallest response, moves at the lightest touch and feeds back every road texture through low-slung bars. It’s an all-encompassing and sensory ride which resonates with new and experienced riders alike.

The new 2022 colours and graphics enhance the stunning appearance, and reflect the progressive mix of modern thinking and classic design following the brand’s Swedish heritage.

Key Features of Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

• Chrome-Moly Tubular Space Frame,
• Powder-Coated,
• Forged Aluminium Triple Clamps,
• Electronic Fuel Injection (Ride-by-Wire) System,
• WP APEX Suspension,
• Metzeler M5 Tyres,
• All Digital Console.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Review 2022 : Engine & Gearboxe Features

• Engine Details — 373 cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC
• Fuel System — Fuel Injection Bosch
• Cooling — Liquid Cooled
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 373 cc
• Maximum Power — 44 HP @ 9,000 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 37 Nm @ 7,000 rpm
• Number of Cylinders — 1
• Emission Norms — BS6-Compliant
• Lubrication — Wet Sump with 2 Oil Pumps
• Compression Ratio — 12.6:1
• Bore — 89 mm
• Stroke — 60 mm
• Valve System — 4V/DOHC with Cam Levers
• Throttle Bore — 46 mm
• Engine Management — Bosch EMS
• Primary drive — 30:80
• Number of Gears — 6
• Clutch — Multi Disc Slipper Clutch
• Final Drive — 15:45
• Top Speed — 167 kmph (approximate)
• Mileage — 25 km/l (approximate)
• Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) — 5.38 Sec
• Warranty — 2 Years / Unlimited Miles

Chassis & Suspension Features of Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

• Frame (Chassis) — Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
• Exhaust/Muffler — Stainless Steel/Aluminium Silencer with Regulated Catalytic Converter
• Handle Bar — Aluminium Forged Handle Bar
• Front Suspension — 43mm WP APEX USD
• Rear Suspension — WP APEX Monoshock
• Front Wheel Travel — 142 mm
• Rear Wheel Travel — 142 mm

Wheels, Tyres & Break Features of Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

• Wheel Type — Spoked Alloy Wheel
• Wheel Size — 17 inches
• Front Wheel Size — 3.00 x 17″
• Rear Wheel Size — 4.00 x 17″
• Tyres Type — Tubeless
• Front Tyre — 110/70-R17 Metzeler M5
• Rear Tyre — 150/60-R17 Metzeler M5
• Breaking System — Dual Channel Bosch ABS
• ABS Type — Bosch 9.1MB ABS
• Front Brake — 320mm Disc, ByBre, Opposed Four Piston Caliper
• Rear Brake — 230mm Disc, ByBre, Single Piston, Floating Caliper

Physical Measurement Features of Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

• Ground Clearance — 145 mm
• Seat Height — 835 mm
• Wheelbase — 1357 mm
• Dry Weight — 152 kg
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 9.5 litres
• Reserve Fuel Capacity — 1.5 litres
• Emission (Co2) — 77 g/km
• Chain — X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
• Steering Angle — 65 °

Comfort & Safety Features of Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

• Engine Kill Switch
• Electric Start
• Pillion Footrest
• Pillion seat
• Step-up Seat/Split Seat
• Pillion Grabrail

Electrical Features of Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

• Electric System — 12 V DC
• Battery Type — Maintenance Free
• Battery Capacity — 8 Ah
• Voltage — 12 V
• Head Light — LED
• Tail Light — LED
• Turn Signal
• Automatic Headlamp On (AHO)
• Pass Light

Instrumental features of Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

• Speedometer — Analog
• Tachometer — Analog
• Trip Meter — Digital
• No of Tripmeter — 2
• Odometer — Digital
• Clock — Digital
• ABS Light
• Fuel Gauge — Digital
• Loe Fuel Indicator
• Low Oil Indicator
• Low Battery Indicator
• Service Remainder
• RPM/Gear Display
• Rev-limiter Indicator

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Review 2022 : Impressive Looks

When we look at the Vitpilen 401, we see the classic standard shape with a scrambler bent and just a touch of cafè racer, all with a modern, progressive vibe that’s meant to appeal to the newest generation of riders, and it probably will. The design takes a turn toward the old homegrown custom-performance practices with a drastically whacked front fender that is right at the minimum of functionality. A neo-retro motorcycle for the urban jungle with a timeless appeal if you will.

Beefy 43 mm usd WP forks support the front end with beefy blackout stanchions that tie in visually with the blackout frame, swingarm, muffler, and more, including the cyclops headlight can that houses a bright LED projector. In fact, LEDs handle all the lighting needs including the taillight and turn signals. Additionally, a ring-type DRL gives you a defensive-visibility boost during the day without having to run the headlight all the time.

Short-rise bars put the hands right in line with the steering stem for direct and accurate inputs and feedback with a single gauge that bundles all the important metrics into one round LCD display; all very neat, clean, and classy. Rather than trying to keep the tank just as clean looking, and possibly offset the meager storage opportunities afforded by the minimal pillion area, the factory mounted a cargo rack on the tank that comes complete with handy places to hang your bungees or a net so you can stash some stuff.

Hanging off each side of the tank is an almost fin-like protrusion that serves the same purpose as the flange atop a sportbike’s tank. The fly line dips down to a rather squarish bench seat that has just about an inch of rising at the break of the pillion pad. This results in a gentle segregation between pilot and pillion and will likely offer only minimal containment for your butt under hard acceleration.

The subframe, much like the front fender, is just large enough to get the job done and that’s it, and we gotta’ say we like the effect it has on the overall look, especially with the hugger that eliminates the subframe-mount mudguard. An upswept exhaust keeps the muffler out of harm’s way well clear of the ground, scrambler style, for a nice finish to the look.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Review 2022 : Powertrain & Range

Husky powers the Vitpilen 401 with a liquid-cooled, 373 cc four-cycle one-lunger that uses a counter-balance shaft to combat the often vicious vibrations normally associated with thumpers. Good thing, cause the tingly hands and butt set in pretty quickly on the older, less compassionately designed one-cylinder mills.

The Vitpilen 401 is powered by a modern 373cc single-cylinder engine that is remarkably compact. With 37Nm of torque from low down in the RPM range and a 6-speed gearbox, it is perfect for urban riding. The electronic fuel injection is operated by a ride-by-wire system and delivers a controlled and refined power. With a peak horsepower of 32 kW (44 hp), the VITPILEN 401 is accessible to a wide variety of riders, while its lightweight construction means the power-to-weight ratio will also excite more experienced riders.

For added convenience, the gearbox is linked to an Easy Shift sensor which allows the rider to make seamless up and down shifts without the use of the clutch. The sensor works by relaying the moment the rider actuates the gear lever to the ECU which in turn matches engine parameters to allow a simple gear change at any RPM or engine load.

A slipper clutch provides the anti-hop protection and lightens the clutch-lever pull while the six-speed transmixxer crunches the gear ratios and a chain-type final drive carry the final product to the pavement.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Review 2022 : Performance

Considering its powered by a sub-500cc single, the Vitpilen is a brilliant performer but then, being based on the KTM 390 Duke you probably knew that already. The liquid-cooled, 375cc, DOHC single is impressively slick and high tech, thrives on revs and is far smoother than you might expect. Thrash it as KTM/Husky intended and you’ll see around 100mph and have an absolute ball – as long as the road’s not too straight. But it’s also impressively responsive and grunty lower down, too.

A similar slim lightness to the 390 Duke (and identical brakes, comprising a big, single front disc grasped by a meaty, Bybre, radial-mounted four piston caliper) means it’s got impressive stopping power, too. Up to the limit of the fashion victim semi-knobbly scrambler-style tyres, the Svartpilen thrives on hard braking and having its nose buried in the tarmac. As we said, it’s a brilliant B-road blaster.

With the same lightweight tubular steel trellis frame, aggressive steering geometry and decent quality, WP suspension (comprising beefy 43mm inverted forks and a preload adjustable single rear shock) as the 390 Duke, you’d expect the Svartpilen 401 to be a fine handler – nimble, sharp steering, instinctive and yet with a quality ride, too – and you’d be right. It’s involving and fun on twisty roads like only a quality lightweight single can be.

But it’s also reasonable when cruising on faster roads with a smooth, controlled ride. The only reason we’re not giving it five out of five here is due to the compromised grip of the semi-knobbly tyres. Although they’re actually better than they look they certainly limit the handling experience a tad.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Review 2022 : Riding & Comfort

Just like any other naked motorcycle in the market, the Vitpilen 401 comes with a rider triangle that’s built to be upright and comfortable. The upward sweeping handlebar with a crossbar complements the mid-to-rear set footpegs for an upright seating position. Seat height comes in at a relatively tall 838 mm or 33 inches, however since the motorcycle comes in at a featherweight 152kg and comes with a narrow seat, managing the heft of the motorcycle with one foot down will often be an easy task to manage. The narrow and slender seat might look a little bit uncomfortable at first, but is actually very pleasant to ride with for 1 to 2 hour stints on the saddle.

Overall, the Vitpilen 401 makes for a very comfortable ride for the task it was built to do—conquer the urban jungle without tiring the rider out. If anything, the only drawbacks to comfort would be the seat, which might be a bit difficult to use for a whole day’s worth of riding or any longer tour. Travelling at three-digit speeds on the highway can also feel tiresome after a few hours of riding. The lack of wind protection at the front means riders will be getting the full blast of wind from the front, and the light weight of the motorcycle also means that riders will feel crosswinds a little bit more than on other motorcycles.

That being said, the 401 makes for a great machine for most if not all urban rides and half-day stints out of town. If you’re thinking of using the 401 as a bonafide adventurer or long-distance tourer, you might be better off with a KTM 390 Adventure or Honda CB500X instead.

Our Opinion

The relationship between Husqvarna and its parent KTM is well known by now, as is the fact that the ‘Pilen 401s are based on the Duke 390 platform. In fact, the Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 (as well as the 125) are all now manufactured by Bajaj Auto in India, at the same factory that produces KTM’s entire 390 range.

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