Svartpilen 250, Vitpilen 250: the epitome of simplistic Scandinavian design


The engine in the Husqvarnas is highly effective sufficient for metropolis driving and weekend freeway blasts

Elegant type with nice consideration to element units Swedish vehicles aside. Launched at India Bike Week 2019, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 garnered loads of consideration. While the design is arresting, are these Huskies all present and no go?

Simplicity is the cornerstone of the Svartpilen and Vitpilen designs. There is not any over-the-top, smorgasbord of cuts, creases and graphics. What you see is silky-smooth surfaces with elegant traces and considerate addition of stickers to spotlight and improve the look of stated traces. Viewed from the aspect, it provides the impression the bodywork is made of two items — the plastic panel that covers the gas tank extends to type the aspect panel whereas the tail part is the different half that meets it nearly at the centre, like an interlocking jigsaw.

Specifications

  • Price ₹1.84 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
  • Engine 248.8cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled
  • Power 30hp at 9,000rpm
  • Torque 24Nm at 7,500rpm
  • Ground Clearance (mm) 145mm
  • Front Brake Type Disc
  • Front Brake Size (mm) 320mm
  • Rear Brake Type Disc
  • Rear Brake Size (mm) 230mm
  • Front Suspension USD fork
  • Front Suspension Travel (mm) 142mm
  • Rear Suspension Monoshock
  • Rear Suspension Travel (mm) 142mm

The Vitpilen, modelled as a café racer, is certainly the cooler-looking of the two. The Svartpilen has a comparatively upright driving place, a one-piece handlebar with a crudely welded brace, a plastic-tank bag rack, and break up seats. Both bikes look equally gorgeous, and particulars — like a single-pod LCD cluster and basic spherical headlamps — improve their attraction. The solely unfavorable half about their look are wires that look ugly, snaking behind the steel-trellis body.

Imagine the 250 Duke’s 249cc, liquid-cooled single and the similar gearing gels with the enjoyable and playful nature of the Huskies. This engine is raring to rev and solely begins to return alive post-4,000rpm, with a notable surge after 7,500rpm and all the technique to the limiter. On the flip aspect, the weak bottom-end would require extra gearshifts whereas driving at low metropolis speeds; however that’s hardly a difficulty, as the 6-speed gearbox is {smooth} to function.

The mixture of the 30hp/24Nm engine and the mild weight ends in respectable efficiency for a 250, with each bikes taking about 9.25sec in our 0-100kph acceleration assessments. The engine in the Husqvarnas is highly effective sufficient for metropolis driving and weekend freeway blasts; nevertheless, the Svartpilen’s comparatively relaxed ergonomics is healthier for lengthy hours in the saddle.

One factor you would need to cope with is the engine’s inherent buzzy nature, one thing that may be felt in the seats, bars and pegs. The Vitpilen’s agency setup of the WP Apex suspension ends in a terrific time round bends. The Svartpilen shouldn’t be too far behind and is equally participating on twisty roads, aided by the higher leverage provided by the wider handlebar. The experience high quality is comfy sufficient at excessive speeds, although one does really feel a minor jolt over ruts at medium to low speeds.

Like the dealing with and experience, the braking efficiency is respectable too. However, the entrance brakes lack the similar chew and you’ll clear up this by putting in the dearer sintered pads that include the 390s.

Verdict

It is evident that Bajaj’s intent behind launching the 250s was to introduce the Husqvarna model to a wider viewers. At ₹1.84 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Svartpilen and Vitpilen 250 will pique the curiosity of motorcyclists and set the ball rolling for Husqvarna in India.

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