2019 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

A dramatically styled single-cylinder neo-sportbike

2019 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401
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When Husqvarna unveiled the prototypes for what are now known as the Vitpilen 401 and Vitpilen 701, you would have thought the KTM-owned marque had reinvented the motorcycle, so dramatic was the reaction to the overall look and feel of these single-cylinder, steel-trellis-framed machines. Indeed, the smaller of the two Vitpilens is a bespoke piece of lightweight hardware designed for riders who want to make a strong statement. The 401 features racy ergonomics with clip-on-style handlebars, a short wheelbase, and a torquey engine to make short work of even the heaviest urban traffic.

The 401 shares its powerplant with the KTM 390 Duke naked bike and the fully faired RC390. Output, as you would expect, is virtually identical, but the Vitpilen—and its high-handlebar, knobby-tired sibling, the Svartpilen—stickers for $800 more than the Duke. In fact, Husky’s smallest streetbike is the most expensive bike in the category, despite the fact that it is slightly rough around the edges. There remains, however, a lot to like and for 2019 the Vitpilen returns with no significant mechanical or styling updates.

Likes: Sleek, low-slung, and ready to play in the street or on the track

Dislikes: Touchy throttle response and springy suspension

Verdict: As entertaining to ride as it is to look at with a price to match

2019 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Reviews And Comparisons

We tested the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 alongside the KTM 390 Duke—which is powered by the same single-cylinder engine and likewise has a steel-tube frame—and the new Honda CB300R. “With its long white torso, shapely stepped seat, and elegant wire-spoked wheels, the Vitpilen 401 is a motorcycle that commands attention.”

2019 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Competition

The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 has some stout competition, namely the KTM 390 Duke and Honda CB300R. The BMW G310R is another similarly equipped single-cylinder model, even if it is styled more to resemble the R1250GS adventure bike rather than a vintage roadracer or a refugee from a supermoto camp.

2019 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Specifications And Pricing

The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 is currently available in one color: semi-gloss white with eye-catching fluorescent-yellow striping on the gas tank and tailsection, radiator, and the edges of the wheel rims. Husqvarna offers a variety of accessories with which to make this motorcycle your own, including a Rekluse automatic clutch.

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $6,299
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, single cylinder
Displacement 373cc
Bore x Stroke 89.0mm x 60.0mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 32.9 in.
Rake 25º
Trail 3.7 in.
Front Suspension 43mm; fully adjustable, 5.6-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 5.9-in. travel
Front Tire 110/70-17
Rear Tire 150/60-17
Fuel Capacity 53.4 in.
Wheelbase 2.5 gal.
Claimed Dry Weight 326 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 32.9 in.
Wet Weight 340 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 41.2 hp @ 8,640 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 26.9 lb.-ft. @ 6,860 rpm
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A