Bajaj brings Husqvarna Motorcycles Svartpilen & Vitpilen to India
BAJAJ Auto recently launched the much-awaited Husqvarna Svartpilen and Vitpilen 250 in India. The company had unveiled these bikes at the recently concluded India Bike Week 2019 (IBW). The twin sports bikes will compete with the KTM 250 Duke & newly launched Bajaj Dominar 250.
Furthermore, Husqvarna Motorcycle was founded in 1903 and owned by BWM. However, KTM currently owns the brand and makes it under license from BMW since 2013. Fans fondly call Husqvarnas the "Huskies" in short. KTM took over the Husqvarna brand and has been selling these as off-road bikes in the advanced countries. Now it plans to make regular bikes globally.
The design of both these bikes is very similar to their elder sibling with a 373cc engine. Besides, just like KTM, Bajaj will also make Husqvarna bikes in its Chakan plant near Pune. That’s one of the reasons why Bajaj is able to keep the pricing of these new bikes for under Rs 2 lakh.
Furthermore, with an upright stance, the Svartpilen 250 has a more rugged design. It also comes with dual-purpose tires. Thus, it is capable of riding both on and off-road terrains. In contrast, Vitpilen 250 has a sportier design. It features clip-on handlebars and a front-lean riding position.
Husqvarna Svartpilen and Vitpilen Engine & Power:
Both the Husqvarna bikes are based on and borrow their engines from the KTM 250. The motorcycles use a 248cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine. This engine delivers 30bhp of power at 9,000 rpm and 24Nm of peak torque at 7,500 rpm. It comes mated with a 6-speed transmission. The motorcycles also get centrifugal-force automatic clutch and Akrapovic slip-on exhaust as standard.
Chassis & Brakes
Husqvarna bikes get trellis chassis frame with specific flex characteristics for a comfortable and confident feel. They also get 320mm and 230mm front and rear discs respectively alongwith dual-channel ABS as standard. Both the motorcycles offer a ground clearance of 145mm, which is not the best for off-road conditions. Moreover, they have a fuel tank capacity of 9.5 liters which may not be sufficient for long-distance riding.