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Inside Motorcycles Commuter Series - Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

Welcome back to Inside Motorcycles’ online Commuter Bike series and a look at the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401.

Friday, 30 August 2019 18:46 Published in Multimedia


HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES LAUNCHES NEW GENERATION MY20 OFF-ROAD AND DUAL-SPORT RANGE

Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to launch the complete range of MY20 TE, FE, and FEs models – a revamped line-up of competition, off-road and dual-sport machines that introduce key chassis, suspension and engine developments to allow riders to further extend their limits of off-road potential.

All-new for 2020 are the off-road only FE 501 and FE 350. These models shed the road-going components of their dual-sport counterparts, the FE 501s and FE 350s, and feature more aggressive mapping and a less restrictive power pack, resulting in a lighter overall package and more power to put to the ground. Controlling this power is made easy with industry-leading Traction Control and a handlebar-mounted Map Select switch that allows the rider to select between two EFI maps, easily changing the engine character to suit the terrain or rider preference.

Delivering high levels of dynamic performance, class-leading power across all engine sizes and equipped with updated WP suspension, all 2020 models benefit from comfortable ergonomics and a progressive design. Thanks to a new frame, subframe, shock linkage and bodywork, updated fork and shock settings, and premium components as standard, the entire Husqvarna Motorcycles off-road and dual-sport range will allow riders of all skill levels to easily find seamless flow and confidence while riding off-road or on.

Primed for the unpredictability of off-road riding, the new generation MY20 range combines unparalleled performance with advances in engine and chassis technology. Continuing the progression of off-road motorcycling, the new models offer improved handling, comfort and usability for both professional and amateur riders alike.

MAJOR CHASSIS UPGRADES

Continuing the brand’s leading approach to innovation, the entirely new generation of MY20 machines features new frames, subframes and bodywork and updated suspension and engines. All frames feature increased longitudinal and torsional rigidity, which when added to the new, lighter composite carbon fiber subframe, ensures exceptional handling, stability and rider feedback. New aluminum cylinder head mountings provide reduced vibration and optimized flex to further improve handling.

Updated 48 mm WP XPLOR front forks and WP XACT shocks offer simple adjustment, more consistent damping and better resistance to bottoming. Superior performance, comfort and traction is further enhanced thanks to the linkage system that reduces seat height, ensuring that riding over technical terrain is easier than ever.

ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD

Husqvarna Motorcycles MY20 off-road and dual-sport models are primed for the unpredictability of tackling challenging terrain thanks to new engines across the range, as well as revised exhaust systems and wiring harnesses.

An all-new TE 150i now stands beside the pioneering TE 250i and TE 300i, sharing the same proven 2-stroke fuel injection technology. Giving all the convenience of a modern 4-stroke at a fraction of the weight, the machine mixes a nimble and lightweight chassis with a compact and powerful engine. Benefitting from an electric starter as standard, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ continuous 2-stroke development ensures the TE 150i delivers maximum performance.

The entire 4-stroke range features extensive engine upgrades for increased performance and rideability, with the FE 501 and FE 501s receiving a new cylinder head, as well as extensive revisions to the FE 350 and FE 350s engine.

Showcasing Husqvarna Motorcycles pioneering design direction, the MY20 off-road and dual-sport range features distinctive, new bodywork and graphics. Allowing riders to perform at the highest level for extended periods, the slimmed down bodywork and 10 mm reduction in seat height deliver ergonomics that ensure easier movement on the bike and confidence inspiring riding positions.

WHAT´S NEW IN MY20

• New frame on all models offering increased longitudinal & torsional rigidity
• TE 150i featuring electronic fuel injection
• New 250 g lighter 2-piece subframe across the model range
• Updated WP XPLOR fork with new mid-valve piston & setting
• Updated WP XACT shock with new main piston & setting
• New shock linkage dimension providing reduced seat height & added control
• All-new exhaust systems for optimal performance & durability
• New seat places the rider 10 mm closer to the ground
• Improved cooling circuit with radiators mounted 12 mm lower
• Progressive new bodywork design offering new and improved ergonomics
• Updated 4-stroke engines offering improved performance & rideability
• Off-road only 4-strokes with Map Select switch and Traction Control
• 1° lower mounting on TE 250i/300i engines for improved front end traction
• Updated TE 250i/300i cylinder for superior 2-stroke performance

Complimenting the launch of the MY20 off-road and dual-sport range is Husqvarna Motorcycles´ GOTLAND CLOTHING – a complete range of apparel and protective equipment that takes into account the unique challenges of off-road riding. In addition, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ ACCESSORIES provide an extensive line-up of performance engine and suspension components, protective parts and tools.

The new Husqvarna 2020 TE models will be available at authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers starting in July of 2019, while the 2020 FE and FEs models arrive in September of 2019.

Monday, 10 June 2019 15:09 Published in Industry News


HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES LAUNCH MY20 MOTOCROSS AND CROSS-COUNTRY RANGE

Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce the launch of the MY20 motocross and cross-country range – nine premium minicycle and full-size motocross machines and three cross-country models that feature carefully considered developments targeted at further improving the pioneering European manufacturer’s cutting-edge off-road line-up.

Following on from the introduction of the revolutionary MY19 motocross models, Husqvarna Motorcycles engineers have continued to refine the handling, aesthetics and overall performance of the FC and TC models. Delivering functional improvements, the entire motocross range yet again offers state-of-the-art technologies with premium, high-end componentry.

Continuing to develop motorcycles that are more agile, more powerful and more ergonomically advanced, the MY20 range sees upgrades to the FC 250, FC 350, FC 450 4-strokes and TC 125 and TC 250 2-stroke machines, as well as to the TC 50. Notably, the entire motocross range features striking new graphics that offer a modern-day salute to the brand’s rich racing history.

The cross-country range, based on the advanced 2-stroke and 4-stroke motocross motorcycles, has been equally equipped for 2020 and sees the continued development of 2-stroke technology by proudly introducing the 2020 TX 300i, now with electronic fuel injection, ensuring unmatched performance and ease of use. This exciting new machine rounds out the line-up, which includes the 4-stroke FX 350 and FX 450.

The list of MY20 technical highlights includes a new additional interchangeable airbox cover for optimized airflow on all FC models. Focused on delivering optimum efficiency, all models enjoy progressive bodywork for optimized ergonomics together with chromoly steel frames that ensure precisely engineered flex characteristics and Husqvarna Motorcycles’ innovative 2-piece composite subframe.

WP XACT suspension ensures accurate and responsive handling in all conditions thanks to progressive settings and the AER front fork technology. High-end components guarantee all models deliver class leading performance with CNC machined triple clamps on all full-size models, Magura hydraulic clutch system, ProTaper handlebars, Brembo brake calipers and high-performance discs as standard. All 4-stroke models are equipped with electric start as well as traction and launch control.

TECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS MY20:

• NEW TX 300i with electronic fuel injection
• Additional interchangeable airbox cover on FC models for optimized airflow
• Striking new graphics as a modern-day salute to Husqvarna’s racing heritage
• Progressive bodywork for optimal ergonomics
• Chromoly steel frame featuring precisely engineered flex characteristics
• Innovative 2-piece composite subframe design
• Progressive setting on the WP XACT forks with AER technology
• WP XACT shock featuring progressive setting
• CNC machined triple clamps on full-size models
• Magura hydraulic clutch system offering perfect action in every condition
• Brembo calipers & high-performance discs combining superior stopping power with great control
• Traction & launch control with advanced settings [4-strokes]
• Electric starter for easy starting when time is critical
• Lightweight Li-ion 2.0 Ah battery
• ProTaper handlebar
• Progressive throttle mechanism & ODI grips offering easy grip mounting
• Laser engraved D.I.D. wheels
• Gearboxes produced by PANKL

Featuring the same level of quality and much of the same technology found in the successful full-size motocross models, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ minicycle range continues to offer up-and-coming youngsters of all skill levels a comprehensive line-up of premium quality bikes. Giving all new minicycles striking new graphics, for MY20 Husqvarna Motorcycles engineers also focused their attentions on the TC 50, fitting it with a new lightweight, cast aluminum swingarm.

The MY20 motocross line-up is complimented by Husqvarna Motorcycles’ FUNCTIONAL APPAREL OFF-ROAD COLLECTION and ACCESSORIES. Ensuring that riders of all abilities and ages are fully prepared for their next ride, the OFF-ROAD CLOTHING COLLECTION is a complete range of protective equipment that takes into account the unique challenges of offroad riding. All products deliver comfort, durability and style while featuring many innovative technical features.

Husqvarna Motorcycles’ ACCESSORIES allow motocross riders to customize, protect and further improve the performance of all TC and FC models. As well as an extensive range of engine upgrade options for both 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines, the ACCESSORIES range covers graphics, wheels, suspension, brakes and much more.

The new MY20 motocross range is available worldwide at all authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers.

For all details on pricing and availability, please visit your local Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealer.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 12:40 Published in Industry News


Husqvarna Officially Unveils 2018 Enduro Range

(June 27, 2017)- Husqvarna Motorcycles today launch their complete line-up of 2018 enduro models – a sophisticated new series of 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines that take the historic brand’s enduro model line-up to a whole new level in terms of technology and performance. 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 17:12 Published in Products


Husqvarna Motorcycles Introduces New FS 450 SuperMoto

(June 13, 2017)- Husqvarna Motorcycles are proud to unveil the new 2018 Husqvarna FS 450 – an updated supermoto machine that successfully carries Husqvarna’s World Championship winning pedigree into a new era.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:49 Published in Industry News


Trevitt's Blog: Can Two-Strokes Make a Comeback?

KTM and Husqvarna recently announced that they will be producing two fuel-injected two-stroke models for 2018, as part of their respective enduro lineups. (The Husqvarnas will be essentially rebadged KTMs, as are most of the company's models.) While most manufacturers, including KTM and Husqvarna, offer a range of two-stroke dirt bikes, there have been few two-stroke street bikes of any note since the demise of the Yamaha RZ350 in the mid-nineties. The KTM and Husqvarna announcements, even though covering enduro models, could be the beginning of a trend that sees two-strokes making a comeback in the on/off-road market, and perhaps eventually street bikes.

Two-strokes offer less weight, fewer moving parts, less friction and - of course - twice the number of power strokes than four-strokes, for substantially more performance in a given displacement. On the downside, however, emissions and fuel economy are significantly worse. There are two issues here: One is that in the two-stroke cycle, the transfer ports (that "transfer" the fuel/air mixture from the crankcase into the cylinder) are open at the same time as the exhaust port, and for a significant portion of the cycle. During this time, unburnt fuel can go directly out the exhaust, affecting emissions considerably. The second issue is that, because the fuel/air mixture in a conventional two-stroke passes through the crankcase, the lubricating oil for the big-end and main bearings ends up being burnt along with the fuel, also affecting emissions. The writing was on the wall for two-stroke street bikes in the early eighties, with increasingly strict emissions laws being more and more difficult for the manufacturers to comply with.

In the mid-nineties, Bimota manufactured the V-Due, a 500 cc two-stroke V-twin street bike. The V-Due worked around the emissions issues by using fuel injection and forced lubrication for the bottom end. Ideally, a two-stroke would use direct fuel injection, where fuel is injected into the combustion chamber (rather than the throttle body) after the exhaust port is closed, to minimize emissions. This technology has issues of its own, however, and the V-Due used transfer port injection. While not an optimum solution, in this setup only air goes through the throttle body, into the crankcase and up the transfer ports; the fuel is finally injected in the transfer ports, where it can't pick up the lubricating oil. As well, the exhaust port can be almost closed when the fuel is introduced, minimizing how much goes directly out the exhaust unburnt.

With a separate lubrication system for the V-Due's bottom end, and only air going through the crankcase, the amount of oil that made it to the combustion chamber was also minimized. While the bike did pass US emissions standards at the time, it had significant issues with rideability attributed to the fuel injection, and eventually the system was scrapped altogether in favour of carburetors. Even then the model had continuing issues, and was largely blamed for the company's bankruptcy.

While little was revealed in the KTM and Husqvarna press releases, the KTM version did indicate that the new bikes use transfer port injection, like the V-Due. Certainly the technology has progressed significantly since the V-Due's time, and KTM promises "a completely new experience in terms of power delivery and rideability." KTM, and other manufacturers, have surely been working on two-stroke fuel injection for some time, and the technology is very common in the marine and snowmobile market. If the new KTMs deliver on those promises of rideability and power delivery, it may open the floodgates for the other manufacturers to follow suit.

What will the holdup be for street bikes? The RZ350 and V-Due had a difficult time meeting the relatively relaxed emissions standards of their time, and the current Euro 4 standard is extremely difficult even for clean-burning four-strokes to meet. Load up a two-stroke with direct injection, an elaborate lubrication system, exhaust valves and other extras to meet today's standards, and cost, weight and complexity quickly approach the four-stroke realm. (Note on the image above all the extra equipment tacked onto the cylinder of the KTM engine.) Additionally, in the last 20 years since the V-Due, four-stroke technology has improved considerably and closed the gap to two-stroke performance.

The media launches of the new KTM and Husqvarna models are mid-May, at which time we'll know more about the technology used and if it could potentially be applied to street bikes. It may be wishful thinking on my part, but I don't think I'm alone in wondering how something like an up-to-date RZ500 would compare to a current four-stroke litrebike.

Friday, 07 April 2017 12:16 Published in Andrew Trevitt


Husqvarna Motorcycles Introduce Fuel-Injected 2-Stroke Enduro Models

(April 4, 2017)- Husqvarna Motorcycles proudly announce the introduction of their next generation fuel-injected 2-stroke enduro motorcycles.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 18:57 Published in News


American Flat Track Names Husqvarna Motorcycles As Official Motorcycle Of AFT Singles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2017) – American Flat Track is proud to announce a new partnership naming Husqvarna Motorcycles as the Official Motorcycle of AFT Singles for the 2017 season.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:34 Published in News


The Husqvarna Motorcycles 701 SuperMoto Ride Out Moves Up A Gear In 2017

@Husqvarna1903 •#701SuperMotoRideOut •(February 8, 2017)- Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to present the second edition of the 701 SUPERMOTO RIDE OUT, four days of exciting riding aboard the 701 SUPERMOTO.

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:16 Published in News


Husqvarna introduces production Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 models

Husqvarna Motorcycles took the covers off its production VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401 machines, while also introducing the all-new concept VITPILEN 401 AERO at the 2016 EICMA show held in Milan, Italy. These three new models form part of Husqvarna’s exciting new range of ‘Real Street’ motorcycles.

With the introduction of these three pure state-of-the-art models, Husqvarna Motorcycles takes an important step towards fulfilling its progressive vision of street motorcycling.

The first two models of the ‘Real Street’ range will be the VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401, with Husqvarna Motorcycles fully focused on rolling them out at authorized dealers by late autumn 2017. True to the brand’s high quality, performance and design standards, these two models pave the way for an astounding future in the on-road segment.

Also launched at EICMA 2016 is the VITPILEN 401 AERO concept, a single-cylinder machine that is the perfect interpretation of what a 21st century faired motorcycle should look like, according to Husqvarna.

VITPILEN 401
Launching Husqvarna’s new ‘Real Street’ range, the VITPILEN 401 is a refreshingly simple and progressive urban street motorcycle that provides a new gateway into the motorcycling culture for a wider range of riders. Recognized and globally awarded for its unique design, the VITPILEN 401 presented at EICMA 2016 is set to hit the showrooms by late autumn 2017.

Devoid of any excess and focused on providing a pure riding experience, the VITPILEN 401 features a technologically advanced single-cylinder 375 cc engine that is housed in a stripped-down but progressive layout. Offering excellent performance, the bike appeals to an entirely new generation of riders looking for an honest and highly accessible machine.

VITPILEN 401 HIGHLIGHTS:
=>Pure & progressive design
=>Sleek bodywork forming clean lines
=>Accessible riding position
=>Modern fuel-injected 44 hp engine
=>Lightweight steel-trellis frame
=>Unique steel-aluminium exhaust
=>9.5 litre fuel tank
=>Long single seat
=>Premium LED lights
=>WP suspension
=>Slipper clutch
=>Bosch 9.11MB two channel ABS system
=>Sporty clip-on handlebars
=>Street-focused Metzeler M5 tyres

SVARTPILEN 401
Forming part of Husqvarna’s ‘Real Street’ bike range, the SVARTPILEN 401 is a modern day interpretation of a street explorer. Featuring a bold and rugged appearance it offers a progressive new way for potential riders to experience motorcycling.

Beyond its unique styling the SVARTPILEN 401 has a high focus on everyday functionality thus featuring rugged knobbly tyres, a practical tank rack and more robust protection all-over.

Built around a similar chassis and engine philosophy to its VITPILEN 401 sibling, the SVARTPILEN 401 offers a more upright riding position thanks to its wider motocross-styled bars. The finished version of the SVARTPILEN 401 presented at EICMA 2016 is also expected to hit the showrooms by late autumn 2017.

SVARTPILEN 401 HIGHLIGHTS:
=>Rugged street explorer
=>High focus on functionality
=>Standard skid plate & tank rack
=>Two single seats with high-quality fabric
=>Modern fuel-injected 44 hp engine
=>Lightweight steel-trellis frame
=>Unique exhaust with robust protector
=>9.5 litre fuel tank
=>Premium LED lights
=>WP suspension
=>Slipper clutch
=>Bosch 9.11MB two channels ABS system
=>Wide offroad style handlebars
=>Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres

VITPILEN 401 AERO
Drawing inspiration from the brand’s iconic past the VITPILEN 401 AERO is a compact single-cylinder ‘Real Street’ concept motorcycle that ideally depicts Husqvarna’s interpretation of how a faired bike should look like.

Offering an innovative design approach, the VITPILEN 401 AERO concept features an aerodynamic fairing that seems to have been moulded by the wind itself. With every part of its windshield being purely technical, increased amounts of air are now channelled through to the engine to regulate cooling.

Compared to its VITPILEN 401 sibling, the all-new windshield gives the AERO a fuller appearance while allowing the front and the rear ends of the bike to perfectly match each other. With the design of the windshield now encouraging a more locked-in position, the rider’s helmet becomes part of the airflow in what is a fully immersive riding position.

The VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401 production models, as well as the new VITPILEN 401 AERO concept motorcycle will be on show for the duration of the 74th EICMA in Milan on the Husqvarna Motorcycles booth, Hall 18 booth M60.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:22 Published in Industry News


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