With styling that is certainly intended to be less polarizing than the models they replace, (see our test of the 2022 Svartpilen 401), Husqvarna has introduced entirely revised Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen models for 2024. Not just the styling, but the entire motorcycles are new from their engines to their frames and suspension. The larger displacement 399cc single is shared with the new 390 Duke.
The bikes should be in dealers this March at prices TBD. Here is press material from Husqvarna describing these two models in detail, followed by a video:
Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to introduce an all-new generation of the Vitpilen and Svartpilen models for 2024, which received the biggest technical and styling changes since their introduction in 2018. The Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 have each received a complete overhaul, combining state-of-the-art technology with classic motorcycle design to create a diverse range of options for the modern rider.
A brand-new steel trellis frame on each machine is paired with a new curved, lightweight aluminum swingarm. Together they offer a lengthened wheelbase and improved ergonomics that elevate the engaging, agile ride of each Vitpilen and Svartpilen model. As standard on every machine, WP suspension affords nimble handling and precise feedback while ByBre brakes and Bosch ABS combine to deliver excellent stopping power.
Newly designed and compact engines are used to power each new model. The Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 share a 399 cc, single-cylinder engine, making them the perfect machines in and out of urban zones.
The precise engineering used to build the 2024 models continues Husqvarna Motorcycles’ tradition of continually developing premium quality machines. As the presence of these exciting models continue to grow within the street motorcycle market, styling updates including new LED headlights, premium paint finishes with decals, and 17” wheels help define the urban appeal of the new generation Vitpilen and Svartpilen street motorcycles.
- New frame and swingarm that accommodate the new engine with off-center rear suspension
- New 5” bonded glass TFT display
- Adjustable open cartridge front fork
- A premium paint finish with overcoated decals
- Low seat height of 32.2” (820 mm)
- Cornering ABS
- Easy Shift and connectivity features as standard
- LED headlight with positioning light ring
- Spoked 17” wheels with premium Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires (Svartpilen 401)
- Cast aluminum 17″ wheels with 6-spoke aero design and premium Michelin Power 6 tires (Vitpilen 401)
The new generation Svartpilen and Vitpilen models have a slightly longer wheelbase.
Because of the new seat height and frame, the ergo-triangle has been slightly adapted on the Svartpilen 401. The Vitpilen 401 experiences an even more significant change to the ergo-triangle thanks to a new street bike handlebar.
These changes improve the models’ neutral cornering behavior and maintain their agile character, ensuring that riders can experience the same level of fun and excitement as with the previous Svartpilen and Vitpilen models. For the Vitpilen, riding comfort has been significantly improved by raising the handlebar position to reduce rider weight on the grips. The high-speed steering character of the motorcycles has been significantly improved, enhancing stability and control at higher speeds.
The improved ergonomics also make the motorcycle easier to move from side to side on curvy roads, and all these changes make the new Svartpilen and Vitpilen agile motorcycles without becoming nervous. Also, the rider position is more active than before and allows the rider to feel more connected to the motorcycle.
Steel trellis frame
The steel trellis frame is central to the Svartpilen’s and Vitpilen’s character and agility. Made from high strength steel using hydro formed tubes and robot welding, the frame is strong and lightweight, ensuring nimble handling and detailed feedback to the rider. The new design features a rear shock absorber that is mounted off-center to allow for a large airbox while reducing seat height and, at the same time, adding to the progressive look of the motorcycle.
The primary objective for the frame’s design was to enhance vehicle dynamics by augmenting torsional rigidity. The resulting increase in torsional rigidity allows for improved agility and enhanced feedback from the chassis. Despite achieving this objective, rider comfort was not compromised as longitudinal rigidity was maintained at a similar level.
Designed with specific flex characteristics, the frame works in harmony with the WP suspension to offer a comfortable and confident feel combined with a tight turning circle for ease of use in urban environments.
The subframe sports a sleek and lightweight design, thanks to its trellis structure that achieves minimal weight. Furthermore, the subframe was specifically crafted to offer a low seat height, resulting in a motorcycle that is stylish and functional.
- Off-center shock mount – reduced seat height at maximized airbox volume
- Bolt-on subframe – advanced pillion comfort
The all-new curved, lightweight swingarm contours around the relocated rear shock absorber and the new muffler complements the progressive new look.
The new curved cast aluminum swingarm provides a stable and durable platform for the rear suspension system and features a direct shock absorber mounting that is offset to the side, adding to the aesthetics of the motorcycle. With carefully calculated rigidity and dimensions, the design, in combination with the WP monoshock, offers predictable handling in a range of settings.
The swingarm’s curvature adds to the sleek and modern appearance and creates additional space for the new muffler. This design feature enhances the motorcycle’s sophisticated and refined look.
- Curved aluminum swingarm – optimized packaging of the under-engine exhaust
WP front suspension
The front suspension on both the Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 is a WP APEX 43 mm diameter fork with 150 mm travel. The WP APEX 43 mm open cartridge forks are made to exacting standards ensuring the highest level of quality and craftsmanship. The open cartridge design contributes to the low overall weight of the Svartpilen by using fewer components than most closed cartridge systems while also allowing for easy maintenance. The front suspension offers dynamic handling while keeping the rider comfortable and confident when navigating busy city streets.
Using a split damping function, compression and rebound can be adjusted effortlessly in 5 steps using the easy access clickers located on the top of the fork tube. This allows the rider to personalize the ride characteristics for preference and varying conditions.
Fitted directly to the swingarm, the WP APEX monoshock (150 mm travel and 60 mm of stroke) features a progressive spring design, meaning the rear shock is softer at the start of the stroke, soaking up small bumps effortlessly and ensuring maximum comfort. As the stroke progresses, the shock becomes progressively stiffer, absorbing larger bumps and hits. Preload can be adjusted when carrying a passenger or additional luggage. Rebound is adjustable with 5 steps (1 step = 5 clicks).
Triple clamp and handlebar
The new triple clamps feature a revised offset that assists in the improved handling of the motorcycle, providing riders with greater control and stability.
The triple clamps are made from forged aluminum and uses specifically calculated flex characteristics to deliver advanced suspension functionality, resulting in agile and comfortable handling while providing a premium feeling.
Fitted with an offroad style handlebar and risers, the Svartpilen hints a sense of scrambler with an upright and remarkably comfortable riding position. The Vitpilen models come fitted with straight and flat roadster style handlebar and risers to offer a feel for hunting corners with an engaging yet remarkably comfortable riding position.
The Svartpilen and Vitpilen are fitted with an all-new hydraulically operated and radially mounted four-piston caliper at the front and a new twin-piston floating caliper at the rear. In combination with the 320 mm front and 240 mm rear perforated steel discs, this delivers controllable and confident braking performance.
The calipers are manufactured to the highest standards by ByBre and provide improvements in corrosion resistance thanks to its wider use of anodized components. The new design includes a larger rear brake disc that reduces the operating temperature with improvements in the resistance to fading and longer pad lifespan.
A new brake lever and master cylinder system are fitted with the main goal of improving tolerances and ergonomics. Furthermore, the front brake disc has been moved to the right hand side, the objective is to improve the looks of the motorcycle when parked on the side stand. Both models feature adjustable brake and clutch levers.
Additionally, a state-of-the-art Bosch ABS system ensures the highest level of control under braking in varying conditions. The system can be set to Supermoto mode, which disengages the ABS functionality on the rear wheel. More advanced rider’s then have control to lock up the rear wheel if needed. With this latest iteration, the Supermoto ABS mode stays on after ignition on/off.
- Hydraulically operated disc brakes → advanced braking performance
- 9.3 MP two-channel Bosch cornering ABS → highest levels of control and brake performance
- ABS can be set to Supermoto mode
Wheels and tires
A design highlight of the Svartpilen 401 are the 17” spoked wheels. The wheels offer a rugged character to the Svartpilen and are also very robust offering premium reliability on challenging urban terrain.
Fitted to the wheels are Pirelli Scorpion STR tires which not only have a unique visual appeal but offer exceptional grip on a wide variety of terrain.
- 17” spoked wheels → stylish and robust
- Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR → exceptional grip on a wide variety of terrain
The Vitpilen 401 features 17” cast aluminum 6-spoke aero wheels. The wheels offer a progressive and unique character to the Vitpilen and are also very robust, offering premium durability.
Fitted to the wheels are new Michelin Power 6 tires which not only have a unique visual appeal but offer exceptional grip on a wide variety of terrain.
- 17” cast aluminum 5-spoke aero wheels → stylish and robust
- Michelin Power 6 → exceptional grip for dynamic riding
Central to the Svartpilen is the progressive yet reduced design. The updated design for the new generation model strips away all unnecessary gimmicks to create a simple, progressive mix of modern thinking and classic design philosophies from previous eras.
This way of thinking is synonymous with the Swedish heritage of the Husqvarna brand and is clearly seen as a design which comprises only what is needed.
The design additionally incorporates premium features and finishes with subtle highlights such as new LED front and rear lights. The new headlight features an LED daytime running light while the rear light is integrated into the rear bodywork. The number plate holder gives the rear end a slim and uninterrupted look.
- Progressive and simple design
- Premium finish and components
- LED reflector headlight with high and low beam. Additionally, the LED positioning light ring provides a unique light signature
The lightweight and narrow bodywork integrates the fuel tank cover into the side panels, making rider movement seamless. The quality painted finish with subtle accents highlights the progressive and unique Svartpilen and Vitpilen design.
On the Svartpilen range, the standard skid plate mounted below the engine casing conveys the motorcycle’s urban design character while also protecting the engine on challenging city roads.
- Striking graphics highlight the unique Svartpilen and Vitpilen heritage
The Svartpilen 401 features a separate rider and pillion seat, while the Vitpilen 401 features a one-piece rider and pillion seat. The rider seats are narrower and designed with a more pronounced curvature for reduced seat height. This provides a more accessible riding position for shorter riders due to an improved ground reach.
The Svartpilen and Vitpilen seats can be interchanged.
The footrests feature a completely new design with lightweight forged aluminum footrest brackets, providing a premium look and feel.
The new generation of Svartpilen and Vitpilen have been equipped with new mirrors with an improved design that is based on a ball joint adjustment and provide a more premium look.
Seamlessly integrated into the design, the 3.4-gallon (13-liter) fuel tank is a focal point of the Svartpilen and Vitpilen design. The fuel tank cover is combined with the side panels in a one-piece construction allowing the rider to move smoothly between riding positions.
Additionally, the Svartpilen features a standard luggage rack fitted to the fuel tank. The rack allows for the magnetic mounting of light luggage for added convenience.
All models come with a new LED headlight and taillight that provide improved illumination for increased visibility in low-light conditions. An LED position light ring is standard on the Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401.
The LED indicators feature a new automatic reset (ATIR) function. The indicator signal turns off automatically after 10 minutes or after riding for 150 meters.
On the Svartpilen models, a tinted fly screen provides the added benefit of protection and wind deflection to the rider.
The Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 come with a completely new 5” dashboard. The new dashboard is a bonded glass TFT display witch clearly displays essential information and navigates new features.
- Street and Rain ride modes
- 3 MTC levels (Street, Rain, Off)
- A new speed limiter function on → option to restrict maximum speed to use it as a cruise control functionality
The Svartpilen and Vitpilen models feature completely redesigned switch cubes with optimized ergonomics and illuminated switches.
The left-side 4-way menu switch allows easy interaction with all vehicle functions and even the phone when connected. It is smaller and more compact than before allowing for improved reach with the hand on the handlebar grip. The new switch cubes have an integrated hazard warning lights switch as standard.
All new generation models are equipped with standard connectivity functions through the integrated Connectivity Unit.
- Music player
- Answer incoming calls
- Turn-by-Turn+ navigation with the Ride Husqvarna app.
- Remote Control Mode (Phone can be controlled with the switch cubes)
USB charging port
USB C port is standard and allows for easy charging of handheld devices.
The standard immobilizer provides anti-theft protection.
Electronic rider aids
The Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 now feature (cornering) MTC that uses the lean angle input from the integrated 3D sensor to adapt in cornering situations. Additionally, more advanced riders have the option of turning the MTC off completely.
The Easy Shift function is standard on both models and provides clutch-less up- and downshifts.
The Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 now feature selectable ride modes: The available modes are “Street” and “Rain”. The street mode is the standard mode, while the rain mode has a less aggressive throttle response.
The new Svartpilen and Vitpilen models are powered by an entirely new generation LC4c (compact) engine.
The powerplants are based on a completely new design and build on the experience gained with the previous generation of small single-cylinder engines.
Additionally, the cylinders are now processed with a plasma coating instead of a Nicasil coating as on the previous generation. This new coating process requires less chemicals and thus provides a cleaner, more sustainable production process.
The engine delivers an impressive torque from low down in the RPM range, perfect for urban riding. Additionally, by implementing a counter balancer shaft, vibration is kept to a minimum delivering a smooth and comfortable ride.
The peak horsepower is accessible while a lightweight construction delivers a power-to-weight ratio that will also excite more experienced riders.
The cylinder head has been completely redesigned.
- A larger valve cover with a smaller cylinder head → reducing the weight at the top of the engine
- A flat sealing surface area for the valve cover split line → simpler gasket that is easier to replace for maintenance
- A new thermostat position results in more stable thermal sensing. Benefitting the engine temperature balance and low temperature efficiency.
- The heat up time of the engine is shorter and at the same time the cooling system reacts faster and prevents the engine from running too hot.
- The new camshafts have more lift to allow a better flow of the fuel-air mixture and exhaust gasses.
The cylinder head is made up of four lightweight valves actuated by the overhead camshafts using cam levers. The cam levers incorporate a DLC (diamond like carbon) coating meaning they transmit minimal friction improving performance while making the design very reliable.
Made from lightweight aluminum, the piston produces very little inertia and as a result transmits very little vibration ensuring a smooth ride. The piston travels inside a Plasma coated cylinder resulting in low friction and highest level of durability and reliability.
All new generation engines have a new injection setup. The new setup provides:
- New injectors with finer atomization and improved spray angle for a more efficient combustion resulting in fewer emissions
- The injection is angled directly onto the inlet valves to reduce build-up in the inlet channel
By using electronic fuel injection and a Dell’Orto throttle body operated by a ride-by-wire system, the engine delivers a sharp but refined and controllable power delivery with low fuel consumption while adhering to emissions regulations.
The new generation models use a completely redesigned airbox with the following changes:
- New air intake channel that draws air from the front of the motorcycle
- The airbox is optimized for the new chassis packaging, which provides increased space for a lower seat height
Designed for urban use, the 6-speed close ratio gearbox provides smooth and easy shifting for the rider by using low friction components. With the ample torque provided by the engine, the correct combination of power and control can be found for all urban riding scenarios.
For added convenience, the gearbox is linked to an Easy Shift sensor which allows the rider to make seamless up and down shifts without the use of the clutch. The sensor works by relaying the moment the rider actuates the gear lever to the ECU which in turn matches engine parameters to allow a simple gear change at any RPM or engine load.
While the gearbox keeps the same ratios as in the previous generation, several updates have been included to provide an even more effortless shifting experience:
- 6 mm guides for the fork pins → improved gear guidance
- Optimized shift drum shape
- The shift lever travel has been reduced → quicker and responsive action
- The Easy Shift and the clutch spring rates have been re-specked → improving the behavior of the complete system and feeling on the shift lever
As an additional feature, all models are fitted with power assisted slipper clutch (PASC). The slipper clutch works by allowing the clutch to slip under heavy braking when torque levels are high from downshifts. This prevents the rear wheel from hopping or sliding for a more controlled deceleration.
The gears on the clutch basket and flywheel have been redesigned and optimized for weight reduction.
Additionally, the Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 have stronger clutch springs to improve the power transfer from the engine to the gearbox.
The Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 are fitted with a modern ride-by-wire throttle. This state-of-the-art system allows the throttle input of the rider to be transferred to the throttle body without the use of traditional throttle cables delivering a smooth and precise power delivery. This is accomplished by providing the engine with the perfect amount of fuel for the current requirements thus increasing performance and efficiency.
The Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 receive a completely redesigned exhaust system.
Made from high-strength steel, the exhaust system ensures the new models meet emissions regulations with a double catalyzers system. Comprising of just one part, the new under-engine silencer is made from high-strength steel while the right-side silencer outlet stylishly compliments the overall design. This results in a total exhaust weight reduction of 4.4 lb (2 kg) when compared to the previous generation.
To achieve reduced emissions, there is active control of the catalyzer. The ECU adjusts the fuel-air mixture for optimal combustion and to ensure an optimal temperature of the catalyzer thereby reducing emissions. The active combustion system together with the misfire detection also logs any misbehavior, which can be logged by the OBD2 interface and helps diagnose the status of the catalytic converter.
The silencer cover is finished off in matt black and features a standard heat coating protecting the rider from exhaust burns.
Service and maintenance
The new generation powerplant has been optimized for better performance and greater reliability with reduced service requirements.
- The balancer shaft can be locked from the outside as on the LC4 platforms. This makes the service easier.
- All filters are located on one side of the engine, making it easier to drain all the oil.
- Increased service intervals for all displacements:
- Only oil change at 1.000 km check
- Every 10.000 km change of oil, oil filter, and air filter
- Every 20.000 km valve check and sparkplug check.
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