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For 2024, the Vitpilen 401 is an all-new generation machine. A new, steel-trellis frame and cast aluminium swingarm, together with revised ergonomics, improve agility for a heightened level of rider feedback and a more engaging riding experience. Powered by a lighter engine, which produces optimal torque from down low in the RPM range, it ensures controllable power on demand. Complete with multiple electronic rider aids, adjustable WP suspension, and Bluetooth connectivity, the Vitpilen 401 can be fully customised for optimal on-road performance.
Distinguished by its bold white tank covers, which offer the perfect contrast against its largely dark demeanour, the Vitpilen 401 certainly stands out from the crowd. The bodywork is slim and minimal to ensure a comfortable ride while the bronze engine covers add the finishing touches to this unique yet understated machine.
New front and rear LED lights offer improved illumination, particularly in low-light conditions. By using the latest LED technology for advanced lighting performance and enhanced visibility, riding through urban environments is safer for both the rider and other road users. The LED positioning ring on the front light acts as a daylight running light and gives the Vitpilen a distinctive premium look.
Higher and straighter roadster style handlebars are fitted together with black anodised, forged aluminium triple clamps that feature a revised offset to improve stability. In keeping with the minimalistic look of the authentic design, the handlebar-mounted dashboard only displays essential information - speed, fuel level, and the selected gear.
The aesthetically formed, 13-litre fuel tank is a central feature of the Vitpilen 401. Contributing to the distinctive look of the machine, the tank cover seamlessly blends into the side panels to ensure movements on the machine are completely unrestricted. The tank is complete with an aluminium filler cap featuring the iconic Husqvarna Motorcycles logo.
A new bolt-on trellis subframe lowers the height of the one-piece rider and pillion seat to 820 mm, to ensure the Vitpilen 401 accommodates a wider range of riders. Comfort is assured thanks to the revised curvature of the seat foam and the high-quality materials used to manufacture the cover.
Powering the Vitpilen 401 is a new, single-cylinder engine that is engineered to be larger in displacement and lighter in weight when compared to the previous generation. Remarkably compact, the modern engine contributes to the refined handling characteristics and produces smooth and controllable power.
The Easy Shift ensures all gear changes are as smooth as possible. Once the EMS registers movement on the gear lever, it momentarily limits power, which ensures smooth gear changes. For a simplified riding experience, the clutch is not needed when changing gear on the Vitpilen 401.
The Vitpilen 401 is fitted with hydraulic ByBre brake calipers together with a 320 mm front disc and a 240 mm rear disc. A state-of-the-art Bosch cornering sensitive ABS system ensures the highest levels of safety in varying conditions and includes a Supermoto mode that disengages the ABS at the rear wheel. All components are manufactured to the highest of standards to ensure controllable and confidence-inspiring braking performance in all situations.
The Vitpilen 401 is equipped with multiple electronic rider aids to improve its usability. The ride modes offer two power settings - Street and Rain. Street is engaged as standard while Rain can be activated in adverse weather conditions for a less aggressive throttle response. On top a speed limiter function allows riders to set a cruising speed that will not be exceeded even with the throttle fully opened.
Fully redesigned and carefully assembled, the new exhaust system meets EURO 5+ regulations thanks to its double catalyser system. Made from high-strength steel, the exhaust now offers a considerable weight reduction of two kilograms when compared to the previous generation. The silencer is complete with a premium matt black finish to complement the distinctive style of the Vitpilen 401.
Motorcycle traction control
By quickly processing lean angle data from the integrated 3D sensor, Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) adapts to the selected ride mode Street or Rain. This helps the Vitpilen 401 maintain traction through every corner. Alternatively, MTC can be switched off by advanced riders who wish to drift around corners and enjoy a much livelier riding experience.
The new steel trellis frame is fundamental to the character and agility of the Vitpilen 401. Hydro-formed tubes are neatly robot welded together to create a frame that is not only strong, but low in weight. This assembly process delivers nimble handling and detailed feedback to the rider. Specific flex characteristics are engineered into the frame and together with the WP suspension, the Vitpilen 401 offers a comfortable riding experience.
The WP suspension on the Vitpilen 401 is manufactured with the highest levels of quality and craftsmanship. At the front, adjustable in compression and rebound damping the WP APEX open cartridge forks are 43mm in diameter for dynamic handling and offer 150 mm of travel. At the rear, the shock offers the same travel while its progressive spring design soaks up bumps of all sizes with ease. The shock features adjustable preload and rebound damping settings and it is connected directly to the swingarm for a heightened level of rider feedback.
Revised ergonomics ensure an enhanced riding experience. A more upright, comfortable riding position is achieved with a higher handlebar and increased dimensions. At the same time, reduced standover height helps to have a secure stand when coming to a stop, thanks to the improved rounder seat shape. A slightly longer wheelbase improves stability without sacrificing agility while the 15mm lower seat height places the rider closer to the centre of gravity. Together with a revised triple clamp offset, all riders will benefit from the confidence-inspiring riding position that has been created.
Wheels and tyres
The six-spoke, 17" wheels are a design highlight of the Vitpilen 401. Offering style and stability, the wheels are also robust and reliable. Michelin Power 6 tyres are fitted for their exceptional grip and predictability on the asphalt.
To accommodate the relocated off-centre WP shock is the new, cast aluminium swingarm. Offering carefully calculated rigidity for improved stability and predictable handling, the curvature of the swingarm not only creates a modern appearance, but also provides additional space for the new silencer.
With the Connectivity Unit fitted as standard, the Vitpilen 401 provides riders with various functions to enhance their riding experience. With a smartphone connected via Bluetooth, incoming calls can be answered, music can be played, and by using the Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles app, Turn-by-Turn instructions of the navigation can be followed on the dashboard. RCM, RemoteControl Mode, enables the rider to control the app with the handlebar buttons additionally it is the foundation for upcoming features.
A new and improved 5" TFT dashboard with a bonded glass screen shows vital information to riders. The travelling speed, fuel level, and the selected gear are all clearly displayed and visible at a glance. It is controlled by the new backlight switch cubes on the left end of the handlebar.
The Vitpilen 401 has an immobilizer fitted as standard to provide anti-theft protection.
|Power In KW
|PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated
|Bosch EMS with RBW
|1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
|3.4 l/100 km
|Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps
|Weight (Without Fuel)
|Tank Capacity (Approx.)
|Bosch 9.3 MP (with cornering ABS and SUPERMOTO ABS)
|Front Brake Disc Diameter
|Rear Brake Disc Diameter
|ByBre, opposed four-piston caliper, brake disc
|Single-piston floating calliper
|Steel trellis frame, powder coated
|WP APEX 43
|WP APEX - Monoshock
|Steering Head Angle
|Suspension Travel (Front)
|Suspension Travel (Rear)
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