After first showcasing the Svartpilen and Vitpilen motorcycles at the India Bike Week 2019, Husqvarna has now launched these in our market. The Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 price in India is the same as that of the Vitpilen 250 – Rs 1.80 lakh, ex-showroom. Husqvarna India says that this is an introductory price and that the amount will increase soon. At present, the KTM-Husqvarna co-branded dealerships are where one should be headed to buy these bikes. Bookings have started. The Husqvarna twins will be available at 100 showrooms across 45 cities, initially. Over the next five months, the footprint will expand to almost 400 KTM showrooms across 275 towns.
What’s common between the Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 models?
Almost everything right to the engine as well as gearing. The design is slightly different and Husqvarna says that the motorcycles differ in character. For example, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 is a motorcycle that one can even take on bad roads cos it has knobby tyres and an upright seating stance. At the same time. there is also the Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 that is more suited for the cafe racer types. The features include a forward leaning riding stance, more road-biased tyres and clip-on handlebars.
At the base of these Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 as well as the Vitpilen is a 249cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine that produces 30PS of power and 24Nm. A 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch is also part of the package. There are disc brakes at both ends – 320mm front and 230mm rear – dual channel ABS linked to them. The ABS isn’t switchable though. USD forks at the front and an adjustable monoshock at the rear are also standard. Both the motorcycles boast a 145mm ground clearance and a 9.5 litre fuel tank.
The motorcycles are made at the Chakan plant in Pune. Bajaj-KTM is looking to emulate its success in India with the Husqvarna brand. To recap, Bajaj owns 48 per cent of KTM while the latter is the commander for Husqvarna.