Swedish motorcycle brand Husqvarna, whose Indian operations are under Bajaj Auto, began manufacturing Husqvarna motorcycles for export at its Chakan plant in 2021. It is one of the most underrated brands in the Indian two-wheeler market. The brand has started the year with a bang by updating their Svartpilen 401 & Vitpilen 250. The price for the Svartpilen 401 starts at Rs 2.92 lakhs, whereas the Vitpilen 250 starts at Rs 2.19 lakhs.
The Svartpilen 401 is marketed as a contemporary scrambler and is preferred by any enthusiast who wants distinctive styling. In its 2024 iteration, the bike receives a new frame and swingarm to accommodate an engine with off-centre rear suspension. Talking about suspension, the bike now gets adjustable 43 mm Up Side Down forks and a WP Apex monoshock with preload adjustability. In terms of braking, the bike now gets 320mm front disc and 240mm rear disc, with Bosch dual-channel ABS. It gets a spoked 17” wheels with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres. The bike gets a 399cc liquid-cooled motor that makes 46hp of peak power at 9000rpm and 39Nm of peak torque at 7000rpm. It now gets 177mm of ground clearance, 820mm of seat height and a 13.5-l of fuel tank.
The Vitpilen 250 is based on the Duke 250 and shares a majority of cycle parts with it. The engine is an updated 249.07cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that makes 30 hp at 9500 rpm and 25Nm at 7500 rpm. The engine comes mated with a six-speed gearbox. There are other significant changes, including the capacity of the fuel tank going up from 9.5 litres to 13.5 litres. The seat height is now reduced to 820mm from 842mm. The ground clearance is increased by 25mm to 177mm. In terms of suspension, it gets a 43mm USD fork by WP and a preload adjustable monoshock. Braking duties are being taken care of by a 320mm disc at the front with sintered pads and a 240mm disc at the rear.
We will ride the bikes soon, so stay tuned to the TG website for more in-depth riding experiences.