2017 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401
A few months back Bajaj had confirmed that it will launch the Swedish motorcycle manufacturer Husqvarna, owned by KTM - a company that has Bajaj Auto as a shareholder. Husqvarna had teased the upcoming models in their concept designs and fortunately for us, the production ready models showcased in the ongoing EICMA looks much like its concept edition. This means we get to see some bonkers design unlike anything seen before on the streets; straight from the blokes who seemed to have styled it from 2050!
The model we are talking here is the Vitpilen 401 which are based on the KTM Duke 390. Let’s decipher this out of the world tongue-twisted name first - It took me literally half a dozen reads before I got it right. Vitpilen (wit-pi-len) means White Arrow.
This motorcycle will be the first of the Husqvarna’s ‘Real Street’ motorcycle lineup that is headed to bring in the Swedish company’s name into the world stage. Other models include the Svartipilen 401, Vitpilen 401 Aero and Vitpilen 701 which were also showcased as a concept version at the EICMA in Milan, Italy.
The Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori, better known as EICMA, is nothing short of heaven for motorcycle enthusiasts. Every year this motorcycling mega event is glamorized with the presence of all new motorcycles or new avatars of the existing motorcycles, making it the most awaited event for two wheeler purists. In the past recent years, the event has been of a major importance for all the major motorcycle manufacturers, as they use the potential of EICMA for the global unveiling of their glitzy new machines and technologies.
Like every year, the year 2015 also witnessed quite a number of launches at EICMA – some of them were just cosmetic upgrades, while some of them were almost revolutionary for their parent manufacturers and fans, in a whole. In this list, we bring to you ten such motorcycles, which in the upcoming years, will certainly redefine the benchmarks in their respective segments in terms of design, performance and technology. These motorcycles are of a concern for the Indian market as well, considering the fact that some of them are already lined up for launch here in India as well. Here’s our pick of the ten most important motorcycles showcased at the EICMA 2015.