2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen & Svartpilen 401 First Ride Review

Fresh Swedish styling on proven Austrian performance

Husqvarna, a company better known for its off-road bikes – or chainsaws, depending on who you ask – made big waves in the motorcycle world three years ago when the Austrian-owned Swedish brand announced it would enter the street bike market with concepts of its Vitpilen and Svartpilen models. Fast forward to EICMA last November, and there they were, in the flesh and on the floor – real motorcycles.


Admittedly, at first I was less than impressed, and after elbowing my way through the crowd to see what all the fuss was about, I was still left scratching my head, somewhat disappointed – like a kid who got Irish Spring soap and a pack of fresh tighty-whiteys for Christmas. What are you trying to say, Mom? True story. Anyway, perhaps it was more the result of my tired eyes having seen a thousand other equally cool or cooler bikes that day – I don’t know.

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