Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen concept is a scrambler styled
machine that uses the same 373cc single-cylinder engine as the Vitpilen concept.
Swedish for “Black Arrow”, the Svartpilen continues the idea that less is more,
and applies the concept to a more off-road motif.
Not all the dissimilar to the Moab and Baja concepts the Husqvarna showed before
its acquisition by KTM, clearly the Swedish brand is keen to tap into its lost
history of Steve McQueen and the scrambler motif. Perhaps Ducati’s foray into
this space is added motivation, but the Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen concept is a
bike unique to itself.
That might be because the concept machine is based off the KTM 390 Duke, which
is an unlikely though budget-friendly donor machine. With plenty of spots for
luggage (and hand grips for tip-overs) we could see the Svartpilen being a more
practical and “authentic” competitor to the Ducati Scrambler.