2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 review: Swedish Beauty
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2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 review: Swedish Beauty

Reviews by Team Drivio | Feb 26, 2024

The Svartpilen boasts of the same 399cc engine as the new 390 Duke 

  • Features include the same TFT dash as the Duke but with different graphics
  • In terms of looks, it looks exotic and very minimalistic 
  • That said, the spoke wheels with tube rims will be a bit of a pain to repair

In the realm of motorcycle aesthetics, the original Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen distinguished themselves with their distinctive style. However, they grappled with a unique challenge: they were too towering for shorter riders and too diminutive for taller ones. This relegated them to a niche within the premium motorcycle market. Fortunately, Husqvarna has addressed this issue in the second generation of these models.

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401: Design & Features

The latest iterations of the Vitpilen and Svartpilen retain their individual identities, yet significant changes mark their evolution. The Vitpilen has transitioned from a café racer to a roadster, while the Svartpilen maintains its scrambler-inspired aura. Notably, the Svartpilen 401 and the Vitpilen 250 cater to distinct segments in the Indian market.

Retaining the hallmark Swedish minimalism, both models exhibit refined design cues. The tank panel, while still extending beneath the rider's seat, now does so with subtlety. Notable revisions include the head- and tail-lamp units, which uphold familiar design motifs. A significant alteration lies in the rear section, where a larger, conventional-looking fender replaces the dramatic tail of previous models. This change not only reduces visual flair but also addresses concerns about mud splatter in wet conditions.

The circular display of yore has been supplanted by a rectangular one borrowed from KTMs. While the larger variant features a TFT display, the Vitpilen 250 opts for a black-and-white LCD unit. The Svartpilen’s TFT display boasts a bespoke interface, offering enhanced customizability compared to its KTM counterpart.

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401: Engine

Specifications2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
Engine399cc engine
Maximum Power46PS
Maximum Torque39Nm
Transmission6-speed

Powered by the same engine as the 390 Duke, the Svartpilen 401 delivers 46hp and 39Nm of torque. Its performance mirrors that of its KTM counterpart, characterized by a robust yet rough sound at idle, transitioning to an exhilarating note at higher revs. Vibrations in the handlebar and footpegs are notable at various engine speeds.

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

Specifications2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
Front suspensionInverted Fork
Rear suspensionMonoshock
Front tyre110/70-17
Rear tyre150/60-17
Front brakeDisc Brake
Rear brakeDisc Brake
ABSDual-channel

The Svartpilen 401 offers exhilarating performance, with a more tractable 399cc motor facilitating smoother low-speed maneuvering. Equipped with the KTM 390 chassis package, including adjustable suspension, it combines agility with off-road capability. However, the inclusion of spoked wheels and blocky tyres introduces an unconventional element to its handling dynamics.

Significant improvements in ergonomics render the Svartpilen 401 more spacious and comfortable, particularly for larger riders. The reduced seat height, now at 820mm, enhances accessibility without compromising on stature. Despite its larger dimensions, it remains slightly taller than new-gen KTMs but is no longer excessively lofty.

Manufactured alongside KTM models by Bajaj, the Husqvarna range shares fundamental components but distinguishes itself through distinctive styling and a tubular steel subframe. In terms of pricing, the Svartpilen 401 offers a middle ground between the Triumph and KTM ranges, providing a balance of performance and aesthetics at a competitive price point.

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401: Dimensions

Dimensions2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
Wheelbase1354mm
Ground clearance183mm
Kerb weight171kg 
Fuel tank capacity13.5-litres
Seat height800mm

Noteworthy adjustments in dimensions include a 20% increase in length and width, accompanied by a 5-inch expansion in fuel tank width. The fuel capacity has also grown from 9.5 to 13.5 litres. Despite these alterations, the weight gain is a mere 5 kilograms compared to the previous Svartpilen 250. At 171 kilograms, it is marginally heavier than the new 390 Duke, primarily attributed to differences in wheels and tyres.

That said, the bike doesn’t feel the weight one bit. Exactly like the Duke, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 changes directions incredibly quickly without being unnervingly quick. What I really loved about it is just the extra comfort on offer when compared to the 390 Duke. When you factor in all of that, it suddenly does not feel as committed or focused as the Duke and feels a lot more friendly while being very fast. 

2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401: Price

Price2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
Ex-showroom DelhiRs 2.92 lakh 

At Rs 2.92 lakh, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is very very well priced. That price means it’s a solid Rs 18,520 less than the 2024 KTM 390 Duke. That means it is not only a sophisticated alternative to the 390 Duke, but it’s also a substantially less expensive one as well. 

Verdict 

In the landscape of premium motorcycles, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 stands as a compelling alternative to both its KTM counterparts and Triumph counterparts. While it offers a riding experience akin to the KTM 390 Duke, its refined aesthetics and approachable ergonomics set it apart. Ultimately, its appeal lies in its understated elegance, making it an attractive option for riders seeking a balance of style and performance.