2018 - 2022 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 - Performance, Price and Photos

Husky gives us a saucy little scrambler

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Husqvarna Motorcycles, long known for its off-road prowess, continues the plunge into the sort-of street bike market with its Svartpilen 410. Set up like an urban scrambler, Husky bills the Svartpilen as an entry-level commuter/explorer with an easy-to-ride and fun nature.

A 375 cc thumper drives the “Black Arrow” with 43 horsepower under the control of a ride-by-wire throttle and slipper clutch that couples engine power to the six-speed gearbox. Suspension and rolling gear reflect a certain amount of off-road capability useful for soft surfaces.

  • 2018 - 2022 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 - Performance, Price and Photos
  • Year:
    2018- 2022
  • Make:
  • Model:
    Svartpilen
  • Engine:
    single cylinder
  • Displacement:
    373 cc
  • Top Speed:
    105 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    5399
  • Price:

2018 - 2022 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 Performance and Capability

2018 - 2022 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 - Performance, Price and Photos
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Not exactly Earth-shattering power and torque numbers, but bear in mind it only weighs 330 pounds before you but the fuel in it, so it's enough to have some fun with.

Husky powers the Svartpilen 401 with a liquid-cooled, 375 cc four-cycle one-lunger that uses a counter-balance shaft to combat the often vicious vibrations normally associated with thumpers. Good thing, cause the tingly hands and butt set in pretty quickly on the older, less compassionately designed one-cylinder mills.

A DOHC times the four-valve head with a 46 mm throttle body and Bosch EFI to manage the mixture with ride-by-wire throttle control and Bosch engine management unit. If you think the fancy throttle is a prelude to some electronic engine wizardry such as TC or rider modes, I got some bad news for ya; there are no such systems on the table at this time, but that’s not exactly surprising considering the pressure to keep prices low for the younger buyers this ride is mainly aimed at grabbing.

2018 - 2022 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 - Performance, Price and Photos
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An 89 mm bore and 60 mm stroke gives us the 375 cc displacement with a smokin’ hot 12.6-to-1 compression ratio, and that’s largely from whence the power springs. At 9,000 rpm, the mill cranks out 44 horsepower with 27 pound-feet of torque that develops by 7 grand; not exactly Earth-shattering numbers, but bear in mind the thing only weighs 330 pounds before you but the fuel in it, so that’s enough power to have some fun with. Not sure I’d brave the interstate on it, though.

A slipper clutch provides the anti-hop protection and lightens the clutch-lever pull while the six-speed transmixxer crunches the gear ratios and a chain-type final drive carry the final product to the pavement.

Engine & Drivetrain
Engine: single cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Displacement: 373.2 cc
Bore x Stroke: 89 mm x 60 mm
Power: 44 hp (32 kW)
Starter: Electric starter
Lubrication: Wet sump
Transmission: Six-speed
Primary drive: 30:80
Secondary gear ratio: 15:45
Cooling: Liquid cooled
Clutch: PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated

Design

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The Svartpilen rocks a classic standard shape with a scrambler bent and just a touch of cafè, all with a modern, progressive vibe that's meant to appeal to the newest generation of riders

When I look at the Svartpilen 401, I see the classic standard shape with a scrambler bent and just a touch of cafè racer, all with a modern, progressive vibe that’s meant to appeal to the newest generation of riders, and it probably will. The design takes a turn toward the old homegrown custom-performance practices with a drastically whacked front fender that is right at the minimum of functionality. A neo-retro motorcycle for the urban jungle with a timeless appeal if you will.

Beefy 43 mm usd WP forks support the front end with beefy blackout stanchions that tie in visually with the blackout frame, swingarm, muffler, and more, including the cyclops headlight can that houses a bright LED projector. In fact, LEDs handle all the lighting needs including the taillight and turn signals. Additionally, a ring-type DRL gives you a defensive-visibility boost during the day without having to run the headlight all the time.

2018 - 2022 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 - Performance, Price and Photos
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Short-rise bars put the hands right in line with the steering stem for direct and accurate inputs and feedback with a single gauge that bundles all the important metrics into one round LCD display; all very neat, clean, and classy. Rather than trying to keep the tank just as clean looking, and possibly offset the meager storage opportunities afforded by the minimal pillion area, the factory mounted a cargo rack on the tank that comes complete with handy places to hang your bungees or a net so you can stash some stuff.

Hanging off each side of the tank is an almost fin-like protrusion that serves the same purpose as the flange atop a sportbike’s tank. The fly line dips down to a rather squarish bench seat that has just about an inch of rising at the break of the pillion pad. This results in a gentle segregation between pilot and pillion and will likely offer only minimal containment for your butt under hard acceleration.

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The subframe, much like the front fender, is just large enough to get the job done and that’s it, and I gotta’ say I like the effect it has on the overall look, especially with the hugger that eliminates the subframe-mount mudguard. An upswept exhaust keeps the muffler out of harm’s way well clear of the ground, scrambler style, for a nice finish to the look.

Dimensions & Capacities
Ground Clearance: 6.7 inches (170 mm)
Seat Height: 32.9 inches (835 mm)
Tank Capacity: 2.5 gallons (9.5 l)
Weight (without fuel): 330.7 pounds (150 kg)
Top Speed: 105 mph (est)

Chassis

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In keeping with its intended use in the urban jungle, steering geometry and wheelbase allow for a tight turning radius; just what you want for tight parking lot maneuvers and U-turns.

Chromium-molybdenum-steel tubing forms the members of the well-visible Trellis frame on the Svartpilen 401 as well as those of the subframe with a bit of flex in all the right places. In keeping with its intended use in the urban jungle, the steering head comes set with 25 degrees of rake for 3.74 inches of trail and a 53.4-inch wheelbase for a tight turning radius; just what you want for tight parking lot maneuvers and U-turns.

The WP usd open-cartridge forks and coil-over mono-shock are plain vanilla as far as adjustments go, but they do come with generous travel numbers: 5.59 inches of wheel travel up front and 5.9 inches out back. A ByBre, four-piston caliper bites the 320 mm front discs with another ByBre anchor out back that grabs the 230 mm disc, and a Bosch 9.1 MB Two-Channel ABS feature to help you use those powerful brakes safely. This makes the Svartpilen even more new-user friendly.

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One thing I’m sure proud to see is the wire wheels. Although this bike could definitely pull off a mag-wheel look, the 17-inch laced rims are a nice finishing touch, and of course, those gnarly tires come with deep notches and generous street flats meant for what the factory calls “challenging urban terrain.”

Chassis & Suspension
Frame: Steel trellis frame, powder coated
Front suspension/Travel: WP upside-down Ø 43 mm/5.6 inches (142 mm)
Rear suspension/Travel: WP monoshock/ 5.9 inches (150 mm)
Front brake: 320 mm disc, four-piston radial fixed caliper
Rear brake: 230 mm disc, single piston floating caliper
ABS: Bosch 9M+ two-channel ABS (disengageable)
Chain: X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4"
Steering head angle: 65 °

2018 - 2022 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 Price

2018 - 2022 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 - Performance, Price and Photos
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As its name suggests, the Svartpilen comes in black, black, or perhaps black if you prefer, all for $5.4k.

As its name suggests, the Svartpilen comes in black, black, or perhaps black if you prefer. MSRP for the U.S. is listed at $5,399, and the factory gives you plenty of opportunities to inflate the final price in the accessories catalog.

Pricing
Color: Black
Price: $5,399

Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 Competitor

2018 - 2022 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 - Performance, Price and Photos
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2016 - 2019 Ducati Scrambler Sixty2
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Fairly well-matched point for point, but the Ducati takes a hit at the checkout counter.

Though the looks of the Svartpilen 401 are rather unusual, if not unique, I think it still fits with the same kind of buyer who’s looking for something more conventional, like a Ducati ScramblerSixty2, for instance.

Ducati Scrambler Sixty2

2016 - 2019 Ducati Scrambler Sixty2
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Like the 401, the Scrambler Sixty2 comes to cut down to the essentials so as to not waste any power hauling around unnecessary weight, and it starts out with the stylish bobbed front fender and minimal cyclops headlight can that also comes with a DRL ring for safety. Blackout touches at the fork sliders, headlight, muffler, and more give the Duc a custom-heritage tribute feels similar to that of the Husky, just in a more traditional setting. The slightly kicked-up subframes look cool on both, but the Scrambler’s mudguard is conspicuous against the tidy rear end on the 401.

Like the 401, the Sixty2 runs with a vanilla suspension setup and gives up plenty of travel with 5.9 inches front and back. Duc leads with a 320 mm disc and two-pot anchor and relies on a 245 mm disc and single-piston caliper to slow the rear with ABS protection, so we’re looking at similar brakes as well.

2016 - 2019 Ducati Scrambler Sixty2
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Ducati powers its ride with an air-cooled, 399 cc L-twin engine that, as you might expect, leaves off the fancy traction control and such like just like Husky did, but even though it enjoys a bit of a displacement advantage, it can’t quite manage to beat the 401’s numbers. The Sixty2’s mill cranks out 40 horsepower and 25 pound-feet of torque versus 44/27 from Husky’s engine. On the plus side, the lope of an L-twin is so much more pleasing than the lawnmower yammer of a thumper, says I.

The Sixty2 takes another hit at the checkout counter with its $7,995 sticker. If the entry-level is the target, it helps to keep that sticker shock on the low side, and so the Svartpilen 401’s $5,399 tag should make it even more attractive in a contest between the two.

He Said

“I thought this thing looked cool when it came out as a teaser, and I really like it now. Unusual? Yeah, maybe even quirky, but I bet it’s a conversation starter, and I really like how utilitarian it looks with the tank rack. Need to look at one of those for my zombie apocalypse bike...”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “This was unveiled at EICMA 2016, and it was quite an eye-catcher, but now I’m not as excited as I was before. If I’m not mistaken, this is the engine out of KTM’s 390 Duke and RC 390, yes? And maybe the same frame, too, so I guess I’m less impressed that Husky has a street bike when it’s just a redressed KTM. Now, that said, it is redressed quite nicely and should perform very well if the bones and powerplant are any indication.”

Source: SVARTPILEN 401 - Simple. Progressive. | Husqvarna Motorcycles

TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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