Husqvarna is a swedish brand now owned by KTM, It was famous for building fast and light motorcycles and win the vintage races. Now Bajaj India owns its stake in Indian market and has introduced two motorcycles of the lot, the Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250. The Svartpilen is a scrambler motorcycle, whereas vitpilen is a cafe-racer. Both these features same engine and almost same cycle parts so lets discuss them both. Basically, we could say that these are factory custom motorcycles based on the KTM Duke 250. We could see Husqvarna as a customization company which has its showrooms and SVCs and works on a bigger scale. Till the end of the blog, you will get to know why am I saying this. So lets get started.

  Engine & Transmission

Powering the Husky twins is a KTM 248.8 cc BS-VI compliant, liquid-cooled, DOHC petrol engine. The power outputs are also same at 30 bhp of max. power and 25 Nm of max torque. The gearbox is coupled with a wet slipper clutch, it hasn't been touched and is the same Duke 250 unit. The only change in this department is that now the clutch and magnet cover are finished in dark gold colour and it features a Husqvarna logo instead of KTM.

  Chassis, Suspension & Brakes

The chassis has also been borrowed by the KTM, but now the Trellis Frame is not finished in orange but in black. Some tweaks to the rear sub-frame has been done to incorporate new side panels. Rest everything is untouched here. The Suspension department has not been reworked. The steering geometry is same, the wheelbase is same at 1357 mm, similar seat height of 830 mm. Front suspension are handled by WP 43 mm Upside down forks. For rear the swing-arm has been carried over with the same WP apex mono-shock too. The wheel size also remains same at 17 in each.
Braking duties are handled by the same Bybre units. Front is 320 mm disc with a 4-pot radially mounted calipers and on rear,there is a 230 mm disc plated with floating caliper. It is aided by dual-channel ABS module provided by Bosch.


Above mentioned points are all similar to Husqvarna 250 twins and KTM 250. Now what make them different is their styling. Starting with Svartpilen 250, it is a scrambler motorcycle. On the front we get a round retro styling headlamp which is a LED unit. The LED DRL on the perimeter of headlamp just adds to the beauty and simplicity of round headlamps. Those highly mounted sleek turn signal indicator just adds to it. Even the minimalist front mudguard looks sleek. Above headlamp is a digital instrument console which is in round shape. It shows us all the basic needs like a tacho, speed, clock, 2 tripmeter,etc. This motorcycle features a single piece handlebar for an upright riding posture. The handle bar comes with a stabilizer rod which adds to rigidity. Now comes the beautifully crafted fiber tank, I personally love the way they have extended the tank till the side panels. It just looks so clean. Tank also have falt bump which is finished in aluminium and says Svartpilen over it. In the Svartpilen we even get a tank rack to put some luggage over there. The seat is perfectly designed like a scrambler so we can even ride while in standing position.
The ankle guards have been redesigned and extend for pillion footrest mounting and exhaust mounting. The exhaust kind of feels the same but gets new housing and matches with the motorcycle. The rear end with a sleek LED tail lamp and a grab-rail giving a clean tail. The licence plate is mounted on rear wheel huger. Front tire is 110/70 mm and rear is 150/60 mm for both motorcycles, On svartpilen we get dual sport tires. The wheels are cast aluminium 17 inchers alloy wheels with eight spokes. 
The Vitpilen is almost similar to its sibling, it belongs to a different category, the cafe racer. The difference between the two is very less. Except the Vitpilen badging, vitpilen gets a set of clip-on handlebar for committed riding position. The tank rack has been removed and seat is a single piece unit. There is silver finish on radiator reservoir, whereas it is green on the Svartpilen. Here we get Michelin road tires of same dimensions. Except these everything is similar on both these motorcycles.
These are the only cosmetic changes or rather the changes in KTM 250 Duke.

  Pricing & Colours

Husqvarna Svartpilen is available in White and the Vitpilen is available in Grey. The colour is also only limited as like KTM models. 
The pricing of both the bikes is identical at Rs.1,80,176/-
*ex-showroom New-Delhi 
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