Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 Review – The café RacerOctober 8, 2020
Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 Review – a 250 cc motorcycle that simply translates to “White Arrow”. Everything about the bike is minimal! Ask the motorcycle and it might just respond, “Yeah, I get that a lot!” It is so simple yet sophisticated and striking; I can’t wrap my head around it! Shakespeare said what’s in a name? Luckily for him Google and Wikipedia wasn’t invented.
To sum it up the motorcycle is based on the original Silverpilen. Designed by Sixten Sason, at 75kg the motorcycle was a hit with the young generation of 50s and 60s . Peeling off everything insignificant, the motorcycle consisted of just the essentials. Taking inspiration from this, the Vilpen & Svartpilen came to be.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 – Highlights
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 draws inspiration from its predecessor the Silverpilen. The word on the street talks about the 710, 410 and 250 respectively. Certainly we will not delve into what already on the table. However let’s highlight some distinct features:
- A bare bone “open frame” design like its predecessor
- Higher power to weight ratio just as the Silverpilen, More so like the Guldpilen
- Minimalistic yet tech loaded heads up console
- A 250cc motor borrowed from the KTM 250 with a few teaks
- Low profile Radial Tyres for superior comfort
Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 Review – The café Racer
It’s been like never since I’ve personally taken a ride on a café racer. Personally, for a mile muncher who prefers the upright seating position this is certainly different. However let’s not get ergonomics and preferences here. It is aggressive yet also a classic that has the Husqvarna legacy flowing through its veins. The clip on and the rear set foot pegs complement each other for that perfect poise. No, you do not get to “head ups”.
For the extra bits the rear view mirrors, console and modern switchgear keep you from saying “I wish”.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 Review – Power Delivery
The motorcycle draws its power from the KTM 250CC motor. Irrespective of the form or body, once you are in love with the spirit, you are soul mates for life! The gear box is clunky yet smooth. For first timers, a 15-20 kilometers worth of city riding should help adapt.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 Review – Handling
This part is like your favorite section in the exam. Your breeze through it even before you spell “Vitpilen“. Barring the stance, the motorcycle handles quite well. Even at 145mm, solo riding is easy on bumps and through ditches. A tad bit of offroading and Vitty is unfazed. I’d like to say it is the MRF REVZ radial at work. No wonder it used across the family (for the most part). A brief ride with its cousin comes to mind every time id slam the brakes – spot on!
Basis its history, the Vitpilen takes over from where the Silverpilen left off. Additionally, it also builds on the Guldpilen in terms of brakes vs power.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 Review – Comfort and convenience
Swedish design, what can we say?? Naah, you heard this enough to internalize it. However, yes there is this legend that exists lets just tell you why. All the tech onboard needs interpretation, hence a fully loaded HUD that will tell you everything you need to know. From fuel levels to engine revs. As a standard it offers to talk about the fuel range too. Adding additional utility is the option to switch ABS between Road and Supermoto.
Can I steal the mirrors? After all, the best view offered in the dynasty. the handle bar grips are hard no doubt. The advertisements show a bike sans the grab rail but it is here indeed. The round headlight is adequate, however we will speak about it in detail on the Svartpilen 250 Review. Finishing it off is the barely there, yet sweet sounding muffler.
What verdict? need I say that the devil is in the details. Indeed it is café racer reincarnated – built originally for the ride legal teens of an era gone by. Needless to say just about design, the Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 is simplicity in a Tuxedo.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 Review – Vehicle Tech Specs
|Engine Type||Single Cylinder, 4-stroke, 4 V DOHC Engine|
|Max Power||22.1kw (30 PS)@9000 rpm|
|Max Torque||24 Nm@7500 rpm|
|Clutch Type||Multi disc slipper clutch|
|Number of Gears||6|
|Fuel System||Bosch EFI|
|Frame||Steel Trellis Frame , Powder Coated|
|Handlebar||Clip on Steel Tube|
|Front suspension||WP APEX – USD 43 mm|
|Rear suspension||WP APEX – Monoshock|
|ABS||Dual Channel ABS|
|Braking||Front – 320 mm , Rear – 230 mm|
|Ground Clearance||145 mm|
|Tank Capacity||9.5 litres|
|Seat Height||835 mm|
|Ground Clearance||145 mm|
|Wheel Size||17 inch rims|
|Tyre Size||Front -110/70-R17,54H
Husqvarna Motorcycles – Swedish Since 1903.
One look at the quaint Swedish town of Huskvarna, and you would see a journey that began with motorcycles. As it did, in 1903. But along the way, it became a journey of building a legacy. A constant pursuit of creating timeless motorcycles that make the town of Huskvarna proud, each time they hit the streets anywhere in the world.T he best way to ride into the future is to take a good hard look at the past. And Husqvarna Motorcycles are the perfect amalgam of two radical schools of thought: Modern. Classic. No wonder, these are purebred modern classics. Blending classic design lines with state-of-the-art technology seamlessly. And whilst doing so, one thing that hasn’t been compromised at all, is the dynamic riding experience. Fashioned in the footsteps of their pioneering predecessor – the classic ‘Silverpilen’, follow the two new and versatile siblings, the Svartpilen and Vitpilen.
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