Husqvarna keeps breaking it’s own sales record and there is no doubt that it is the fastest growing motorcycle brand. In its first year under KTM’s mantel, 2014,Husky sold 16,337 bikes. In 2015 that number jumped to 21,513. For the 2016 season the number almost topped 30,000 units. And recently released figures for the 2017 sales season reveal that Husqvarna set a new record of 36,883 motorcycles sold—most of them offroad bikes and one-third of them sent to North America. Husqvarna is not a small player in the motorcycle world—and definitely not small potatoes in the offroad world.
In the dirt bike market place Husqvarna makes 50cc, 65cc, 85cc, 125cc, 250cc and 300cc two-strokes; plus 250cc, 350cc, 450cc and 505cc four-stroke dirt bikes. And for it’s first full season of availability they will add an electric Pee-Wee bike in addition to 250cc and 300cc fuel-injected two-stroke enduro bikes. The new Husqvarna is three times bigger than the old-school Husqvarna AB was.
To grow larger Husqvarna knows that it needs to expand into street bikes and they are now offering two, midsize, 375cc, 43 horsepower, water-cooled, entry-level road-going machines. Called the Vitpilen 401(White Arrow) and Svartpilen 401(Black Arrow) these are the most aggressively styled bikes Husvarna has ever built. And while they share engines with each other, the Black and White Arrows are uniquely different. The Vittpilen is racier with clip-on handlebars and a road race stance to make it more a canyon slicer than its brother, this bike demands a leaned forward, head down, feet back, riding position
The Svartpilen comes with raised handlebar, upright seating, spoked wheels, and rally-style looks..
The Vitpilen and Svartpilen are priced competitively at $6299. The bikes will arrive in American showrooms in April. If that’s not enough machine for your, there will be two 75 horsepower Vitpilen and Svarpilen 701 models later this summer for $11,999.