Husqvarna was designated “outdoor electrical products” before venturing into the world of motorcycles. They have built supermoto and endurance motorcycles alongside a newly discovered distinctive and enthusiastic version of street bikes. Swedish automakers are well known for their distinctive design inspirations and a fine fusion of retro looks. After being acquired by KTM in 2013, they have worked together to provide fun and accessible motorcycles to the world. The latest entry-level duo from this prodigy includes Swartpilen and Vitpilen.
Husqvarna Svartpilen is the stronger of the two and it is evident with its knobby tires and upright seating position. It shares a lot with the KTM Duke 390, including the main frame and engine, but Husqvarna has tuned it in depth to better suit the rugged urban image it portrays. It was noticeably updated with adjustments to the subframe and also with a new paint job. So it’s highly unlikely that it will get any further changes in 2021. Speaking of which, the Huskies have been, from the beginning, a bold set of motifs among entry-level offerings and are distinguished by their neo-retro design language. along with explosive fun. to mount the features. It has a niche of competitors that includes the Honda CB300R and its twin, the KTM 390.
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 2021 will continue to be a neo-retro motorcycle for the urban jungle with timeless appeal and explosive performance for its class.
Engine and performance
Husqvarna wanted their baby Huskies to be accessible, full of life, and compact, so they chose the much-loved 22.76 cubic feet. 373cc single cylinder 4-stroke unit. This is the same unit that is used in the KTM Duke 390 and RC390, albeit in a different condition. The Svartpilen 2021 will continue to use this power plant as it has proven to be a sweet little thing that also provides the most horsepower per cu. on. in your class.
This power-packed engine produces 43 hp and 25.9 lb-ft and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox that is equipped with clutchless upshifts and downshifts. This is not due to a fast shifter, but rather to a blade sensor that detects the driver’s inputs, which in turn allows the ECU to change the characteristics of the engine, at any RPM. There are no moving parts to distinguish it here. It has a top speed of 105 mph, which is pretty fast for a single cylinder engine.
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Driving and handling dynamics
Husqvarna has created the Svartpilen with the appearance of an encoder. Knobby tires, a shorter subframe, and an upright sitting position help it double as such. We say that because the Svartpilen is just as fierce off road as it is on it! The shorter wheelbase is useful and makes it immensely maneuverable, which also instills confidence in newbies as soon as possible.
It shares the main trellis frame with the KTM Duke 390, which has also impressed us previously with its high drag rate. Even at prolonged top speeds on the highway at over 6000 constant RPM, the Husky shows no sign of strain. Its inverted WP front fork and monoshock rear setup work in harmony with the balanced frame design to provide an easy-to-handle design both on and off road. The hydraulic brakes on this bike come from ByBre and provide ample grip to grip in any given situation. Husqvarna will mainly continue with this well balanced design without any adjustments.
Technology and design features
Swedes have always had a great taste for minimalist designs. They get away with a minimalist design language that speaks highly of art. The same has been implemented in the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401, which is also shared with its elder. They have succeeded in fusing timeless, classic motorcycling cues with a modern approach. The bodywork is minimal but attracts attention. Unlike the crisp lines and edges that dominate its twin, the KTM Duke 390, this Husky gets smooth lines that are not interrupted.
Combining this simplicity with 17-inch knotted wheels and spoke alloys takes an even more dramatic approach than most full-faired motorcycles! The technology…