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EICMA: Husqvarna 401 concepts

Nov 04, 2014

Look out Ducati and Triumph, Husqvarna is looking to claim a place at the head of the Steve McQueen bandwagon.

Two Husqvarna concepts made quite a splash when unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show this morning in Milan, Italy.

Both bikes are based on the KTM Duke 390, borrowing both the engine and chassis, which means they will likely make about the same 43 horsepower and weigh somewhere in neighborhood of 425 pounds.

Husqvarna SVARTPILEN Concept
Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN Concept

The SVARTPILEN (or black arrow) is the scrambler version. It gets higher tracker bars, a higher pipe, and knobby tires.

Husqvarna VITPILEN Concept
Husqvarna 401 VITPILEN Concept

The VITPILEN (or white arrow) is the cafe version, with clip-ons, street tires, and a more low-slung exhaust.

Both bikes are beautiful and look like a hoot to ride, but the lack of turn signals or license plate brackets is a clue about how far into the development process these bikes are. To make matters worse, sources at the show today say Husqvarna is claiming we won't see production models for 24 months! Take a minute and enjoy the gallery and then forget about these bikes, or they will drive you crazy for the next two years.