Simple, progressive 401 to debut at Kyalami Festival
Husqvarna Motorcycles South Africa takes a big, bold move into an all-new world when the company pulls the covers off its daring new 401 Vitpilen urban motorcycle at the South Africa Bike Festival at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit this weekend, 26-28 May. The slick new 401 Vitpilen represents a major departure to a simpler, more progressive urban street market for Husqvarna, which prides itself on being the literal father of the dirt bike.
“We will be taking the covers off the forthcoming Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen at the Kyalami Bike festival this weekend,” Husqvarna Motorcycles Brand Manager Fred Fensham confirmed. “This urban motorcycle will take Husqvarna into a new ‘simple progressive’ motorcycling market niche — it’s an exciting new venture for us and we are looking forward to gauging public interest while at the same time connecting with future Husqvarna urban lifestyle motorcyclists at the Festival.”
Husqvarna will of course also showcase its regular dirt bike range on its state-of-the-art display the Johannesburg expo. The show stand features a coffee shop to lure motorcyclists to Husqvarna’s new urban motorcycling adventure, where they can at the same time take a sneak peek of the edgy new 401 Vitpilen. The new 375cc single cylinder machine will hit local roads early in 2018, but Kyalami will give local motorcyclists their first chance to see it in the flesh.
The Vitpilen’s 33kW power is fed to a chain drive through a six-speed transmission, suspension is courtesy of a 43 mm WP front fork and WP monoshock at the rear. Bosch two-channel ABS brakes feature a four-piston ByBre front calliper clamping a 320mm front disc and single-pot rear calliper with a 230mm disc at the rear.
See the Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen at the Kyalami Bike Festival from 11h00-20h00 Friday 26 May; 09h00-21h00 Saturday 27th May or 09h00-18h30 Sunday 28th May.