When the Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen retro bike concepts were unveiled at EICMA in 2014, we had absolutely no doubt that both the bikes were based on the Duke chassis. KTM boss Stefan Pierer also confirmed that these bikes would be built in India as the country is the global sourcing base for KTM’s street bikes under 400cc. Since the 401 Vitpilen and Svartpilen will use the 373cc single cylinder engine that is also found on the KTM Duke 390 and RC390, it makes sense for these bikes to be produced in India. KTM has already established a firm supply base here.
Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen Concept
Bajaj Auto, the company that owns 47% stake in KTM and that also manufactures the Duke and RC range of small capacity bikes for the Austrian company may execute the production work for the Husqvarna range also. The Huskies may be sold as premium motorcycles as they are more minimal looking than the Duke and RC and have interesting styling. The 401 Vitpilen is a street focused machine while the 401 Svartpilen looks like a scrambler that can do mild off roading. Down the line, these bikes may also be launched in India, as expensive alternates to the Duke 390.
Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen Concept
Since the Duke 390s are now very common on Indian roads, selling the Husqvarna Vitpilen and 401 Svartpilen bikes at a higher price in India will help KTM attract buyers who seek exclusivity and a retro touch to their motorcycles. The retro touch on the Huskies may also be a big attraction to buyers in Europe and other developed markets. We feel that some of the buyers that Royal Enfield targets may move towards the small capacity Husqvarnas. For now, Bajaj will build Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen and Svartpilen kits and export it to Austria, where they will be assembled to full bikes. These bikes will be launched internationally in late 2016.
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