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2020 Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen arrive

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 range

Husqvarna Motorcycles have announce the availability of the MY20 Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 range – two Learner Approved street models that feature modern designs and a few new technical features and colours for 2020.

Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

Both models retail for a RRP of $6,195 with a suggested ride away price of $7,095 inclusive of on-road costs. Budget in some bar-end mirrors before you ride it home!

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

With its fresh and simple approach to motorcycling, the Vitpilen 401 is stripped of all that is unnecessary to guarantee an exciting riding experience. The extremely lightweight chassis – 151 kg without fuel – is matched to the strong performance of the 44 hp single cylinder engine.

Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

The Svartpilen 401 is a progressive, rugged motorcycle with timeless appeal and is perfect for urban exploration. Single cylinder engine, streel trellis frame, low weight and high-performance WP APEX suspension.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

Ensuring improved pillion comfort for 2020, both the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 feature extended, bolt-on subframes. A new, quality painted finish with subtle silver and bronze accents highlight the unique Vitpilen and Svartpilen designs.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

2020 Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401

  • Extended sub-frame for increased pillion comfort
  • Striking new graphics, trim and paint finish
  • Powerful yet tractable 373 cc, 44 hp, 37 Nm, single cylinder engine
  • Lightweight and nimble handling
  • Vitpilen 401: 151 kg without fuel
  • Svartpilen 401: 152 kg without fuel
  • LED headlight and tail light
  • Accessible size: 835 mm seat height
  • Extremely low fuel consumption and running costs
  • LAMS approved for new riders
Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

Accompanying the Vitpilen and Svartpilen range is the Functional Clothing Street Collection – a selection of quality items that deliver the highest standards of protection, ideal for modern motorcyclists. Husqvarna Motorcycles also offer an extensive line-up of Accessories – high-quality items that add additional protection, durability and style. View the 2020 Husqvarna Motorcycles Street Gear Guide here.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Husqvarna Svartpilen and Vitilen grounded

Riders of 2018-20 Husqvarna Svartpilen and Vitpilen 701 motorcycles have been grounded over a potential fuel leak issue.

The official notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says owners should “immediately contact an authorised dealer and do not ride the vehicle”.

Since the parts to fix the problem are not yet available, riders are effectively grounded.


Husqvarna Motorcycles has unveiled the production Svartpilen 701 flat tracker as well as the Vitpilen 701 Aero retro sports bike and the EE 5Svartpilen 701

“During operation or while parked, it is possible that fuel can leak out of the fuel level sensor mounting area and/or the fuel pump mounting area of the fuel tank,” the ACCC notice says.

“If a fuel leak occurs, leaking fuel could cause damage or may result in fire, which could increase the risk of injury to the rider, bystanders and risk of damage to property.

“Consumers are recommended to stop riding the motorcycle until it has been repaired. If you previously experienced or are now experiencing a fuel leak, immediately contact an authorised dealer and do not ride the vehicle.”

Husqvarna Australia will send owners a letter advising them of the recall and that parts are not available yet for immediate repairs.

So they are basically grounded until they get a follow-up letter advising them of the arrival of the parts.

Then they can make a booking for the free repair.

Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) of the 175 affected bikes are listed at the end of this article.

Even though manufacturers and importers contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle recalls as a service to all riders.

In Australia, recall notices are issued by the manufacturer and the Department of Infrastructure through a voluntary industry code under the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

While any recall is not good news for the manufacturer, it shows that they are largely diligent in fixing problems.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia


• New Zealand

• Canada

VINs of affects bikes

VBKUBV406KM760060 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV401JM726527 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV409KM739902 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV403KM739989 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV402KM760055 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV404KM760056 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV400KM759874 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV402KM759875 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV409KM759131 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV402KM739904 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV408KM760058 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV406KM739968 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV403KM739913 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV408KM760061 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV400KM739979 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV408KM739924 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV408KM758777 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV400KM759535 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV401KM739893 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV409KM739981 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV409KM739964 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV40XKM739990 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV401KM759530 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV406KM760057 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV403KM739894 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV408KM759525 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV402KM738087 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV408KM760044 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV407KM739980 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV405KM759532 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV401KM760063 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV407KM739963 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV405KM739900 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV405KM760065 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV407KM759533 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV407KM740854 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV400KM756733 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV402KM740647 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV401JM729654 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV402KM740681 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV400KM740677 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV404KM740682 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV402KM759519 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV40XKM740850 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV406KM740649 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV404KM740844 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV407JM728850 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV403KM740687 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV400KM759521 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV401KM759527 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV407KM756728 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV400KM739982 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV405KM759529 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV404KM756170 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV402KM740678 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV406KM740845 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV403KM740849 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV40XKM740685 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV401KM739988 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV405JM728832 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV402KM739983 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV407KM756731 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV401KM756546 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV401KM756384 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV402KM756720 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV401KM758815 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV405KM756730 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV403KM756354 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV404KM756735 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV406KM756736 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV402KM759827 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV401KM755770 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV404KM756184 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV409JM728817 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV409JM728848 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUBV409KM756732 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV403KM757570 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV402JM736161 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUBV409KM757573 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV407JM729626 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV406JM736373 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUBV401KM756353 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV403KM756385 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV403KM757567 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV400KM757574 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV402KM758788 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV409JM729465 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUBV403KM759528 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV408JM728839 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV40XJM729636 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUBV404KM758775 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV405KM757568 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV405JM726370 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV40XJM729622 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV409JM736352 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUBV408KM759122 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV407JM728847 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUBV409KM756164 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV407JM729495 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV403JM729493 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV403JM726366 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV409JM729627 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV402JM729646 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV403JM729638 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUBV405KM757585 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV409JM728851 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV406JM726362 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV409JM726355 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUBV408KM756737 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV408JM728789 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV40XJM728826 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV401JM728472 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV403JM726528 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV404JM728837 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUBV408KM756186 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV401KM739909 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV403KM759531 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV407JM726368 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV403JM726349 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV408KM739891 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV405JM728961 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV404JM728823 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV403JM728392 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV40XJM728843 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV400JM728849 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV404JM726411 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV409JM728820 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUBV404KM759800 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV40XJM728793 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV405JM728846 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV400JM728981 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV402JM728836 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV401JM728844 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV408JM726539 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV405JM726353 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUBV402KM756734 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV400JM728835 VITPILEN 701 2018
VBKUPV40XKM739987 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV401KM740851 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV403KM759870 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV408LM788655 701 Vitpilen 2020
VBKUPV402LM790028 701 Vitpilen 2020
VBKUPV401LM790022 701 Vitpilen 2020
VBKUPV40XLM790035 701 Vitpilen 2020
VBKUPV40XLM789824 701 Vitpilen 2020
VBKUPV40XLM788527 701 Vitpilen 2020
VBKUPV408LM788526 701 Vitpilen 2020
VBKUPV406LM788525 701 Vitpilen 2020
VBKUPV403LM788529 701 Vitpilen 2020
VBKUPV400LM788522 701 Vitpilen 2020
VBKUBV407KM756177 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV409KM760053 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV404KM760042 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV404KM755987 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV403KM759285 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV403KM760064 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV406KM760043 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV402KM759262 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV401KM759821 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV402KM759522 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV406KM756719 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUBV403KM755737 SVARTPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV400KM739917 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV408KM739969 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV404KM739970 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV404KM739967 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV40XKM739911 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV405KM739895 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV401KM739912 VITPILEN 701 2019
VBKUPV403KM738082 VITPILEN 701 2019

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Massive discounts on Husqvarna 701 and 401

Husqvarna Australia is about to offer some massive discounts on the 401 and 701 Svartpilen and Vitpilen motorcycles.

And by “massive” we mean a massive $3000 to $7000, depending on the model!

The official announcement has not yet been made, but we have seen the ride-away prices announced to the dealers recently.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 - controversial upgrade massive
Vitpilen 401

Husqvarna massive discounts

Model Old price (+ORC) New on-road price (New Zealand)
Svartpilen 701 $A15,995 $A10,495 $NZ11,500
Vitpilen 701 $A16,995 $A9995 $NZ10,999
Svartpilen 401 $A10,495 $A7495 $NZ8495
Vitpilen 401 $A10,495 $A7495 $NZ8495


Riders who have recently bought one for the full price may be able to get a rebate.

While companies are not legally bound to rebate the difference as it a a case of “buyer beware”, offering a rebate would show good faith with their customers.

However, the only time we can recall a motoring company issuing a full refund after heavily discounting a big-ticket item was in 2004 when Holden slashed the price of its off-road Adventra wagon by $4000.

We have rarely seen such a massive discount in the motorcycle industry. And by comparison, this is much higher than the Holden discount.

Yet we would expect the distributor to be understanding about rebates and retaining customer loyalty.

They may offer cash, or free accessories or service to make up the difference. It could come down to your negotiating skills.

The motorcycles

We love the four models with their quirky looks and names.

Vitpilen means white arrow and is the road bike while Svartpilen means black arrow and is a scrambler semi-off-roader.

They are all fun and agile motorcycles with quality components.

For example, the 701 comes with a lot of standard “goodies” such as Bi-Directional Quick Shifter, Brembo Brakes with braided lines, LED lighting and WP Suspension.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 massive

However, we always said they would be a hard sell at the prices they were asking, especially for single-cylinder motorcycles.

Click on the following model names to read our full road tests: Vitpilen 701 and Vitpilen 401.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 First Ride Review

Said streetbike lineup is dominated by the Vitpilen (White Arrow) and Svartpilen (Black Arrow), and both machines were initially released as 401 models based on the KTM 390 platform. Husqvarna also utilized the KTM 690 platform to create the Vitpilen 701, a bike we loved for the motor, handling, and style. However, an aggressive riding position meant you sacrificed a bit of comfort for the sake of style. It seems that Husqvarna has heard our notes, because the new Svartpilen retains the dynamic excellence of the White Arrow but provides ergonomics that allow you to enjoy the perks for much longer stints at a time.

The styling aesthetic is goth flat-tracker, with varying shades of black designed to absorb as much light and attention as possible. Bronze accents in the engine and exhaust help break up the potential monotony, but the styling is love-or-hate. I happen to fall in the former camp, but even if you’re in the latter, you can’t claim that it’s bland.

Related: 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Ridden And Reviewed

It’s also not bland to ride. The Svartpilen 701 makes a strong case as the best single-cylinder streetbike currently in production thanks to premium components such as Brembo brakes with Bosch 9M ABS, adjustable WP suspension, up and down quickshifter, a slipper clutch, and the KTM 690 Duke-derived motor with dual counterbalancers that produces a claimed 75 hp and 53 pound-feet of torque.

Because the whole package weighs just 369 pounds wet and the new bars are tall and wide, the Black Arrow requires minimal input and is supremely easy to maneuver. Pick a line and the Svartpilen will follow gracefully, accepting any midcorner corrections with ease. The Black Arrow gets a bigger front wheel (18 inches versus 17 inches) and more suspension travel on both ends (5.3 inches to 5.9 inches), but the handling remains precise and the extra comfort is worth it. Suspension duties are handled by WP and both the front and rear are fully adjustable. My 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame was happiest after two extra clicks of preload on both ends, but the rebound and compression were excellent from the factory. The same can be said about the Brembo brakes. One could wish for dual discs in the front, but I found the four-piston caliper clamping on a 320mm disc up front to have excellent feel and more than adequate stopping power.

One concern of mine before the ride was the tire choice of Pirelli’s MT 60 RS. The flat-track design of the tread fits the Svartpilen’s aesthetic, but the block pattern suggests reduced grip at the limit. My concern was unfounded, as the Pirellis offer more grip than I anticipated and are very predictable when being too aggressive. Keeping it all in check is a nearly flawless traction control system and ABS which you cannot shut off.

While you can turn off the TC (which allows for some of the easiest wheelies you’ll ever do), the on/off button might be the worst control I’ve encountered on a motorcycle. It’s difficult to push and frustrating to use. Unfortunately, that just about summarizes the rest of the gauge cluster, which tries to pack too much information into too small of an area. The gauge is a disappointment, and Husky should be replacing it with a TFT screen to match the other top-spec components found on the Svartpilen.

As a bike to ride, the Svartpilen is tremendous. Husqvarna considers this to be a premium single-cylinder motorcycle and that generally shows with the brakes, suspension, engine, and the build quality. There are lots of touches that make you feel special when you ride the Black Arrow.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Husqvarna adds Svartpilen 701 flat tracker

Husqvarna Motorcycles has unveiled the production Svartpilen 701 flat tracker as well as the Vitpilen 701 Aero retro sports bike concept and the EE 5 electric minicycle at EICMA in Milan.

Husqvarna Motorcycles has unveiled the production Svartpilen 701 flat tracker as well as the Vitpilen 701 Aero retro sports bike and the EE 5
Vitpilen 701 Aero retro concept

Svartpilen 701

Husky calls the Svartpilen 701 a “street explorer”, but it is inspired by flat-trackers which are all the rage, especially since Indian Motorcycle unveiled its FTR 1200 recently.

Svartpilen means “black arrow” in Swedish and, like the Vitpilen (white arrow), it is powered by a lightweight 692.7cc, liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with 56kW (75hp) of power  and 72Nm of torque.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 svarptilen
Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

There is no word yet on when it will arrive in Australia but the Vitpilen 701 sells for $17,500 (+ORC) which is a tall order for a single-cylinder bike in this market.

The lightweight trellis frame is made with high-grade chromium molybdenum steel, the suspension is fully-adjustable WP and brakes are Brembo brakes with Bosch’s latest switchable ABS.

It has ride-by-wire throttle, slipper clutch and Up/down quickshifter and a big range of dedicated Husqvarna accessories.

Husqvarna Motorcycles has unveiled the production Svartpilen 701 flat tracker as well as the Vitpilen 701 Aero retro sports bike and the EE 5
Svartpilen 701

Vitpilen 701 Aero ConceptHusqvarna Motorcycles has unveiled the production Svartpilen 701 flat tracker as well as the Vitpilen 701 Aero retro sports bike and the EE 5

Husky describes this as “a modern faired sport bike with an innovative design approach that pays its respect to the past”.

Again it is powered by the 692.7cc single.

EE 5Husqvarna Motorcycles has unveiled the production Svartpilen 701 flat tracker as well as the Vitpilen 701 Aero retro sports bike and the EE 5

Europe is literally buzzing with small electric motorcycles, so Husky has jumped on the bandwagon with the EE 5 mini trail bike.

They say it has the latest in high-quality componentry, a 5kW motor, six ride modes, 907Wh lithium-ion battery, quick charging, and WP suspension.

It will be available at Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers in mid-2019, but we doubt we will see it here.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com