Such a trick little brace of bikes, and they’re based on the already-awesome KTM Duke 250. So that means that we’re unlikely to see them in Europe for a bit (if at all), which is most annoying – but in the meantime, take a gander at these beauts.

This is the Husqvarna Vitpilen 250. It makes just over 30bhp and comes with cast wheels instead of the bigger version's spoked options. Looks great. Only in India though, for now.
This is the Husqvarna Vitpilen 250. It makes just over 30bhp and comes with cast wheels instead of the bigger version’s spoked options. Looks great. Only in India though, for now.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 and Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 sales in India will start from February 2020 onwards.

The 250s ape the looks of the bigger members of the Pilen family in the bike maker’s range.

The Husqvarna Motorcycles brand was launched at the weekend by Bajaj Auto in India with the unveiling of Vitpilen 250 and Svartpilen 250 at the India Bike Week 2019. Husqvarna is a part of the KTM AG group which includes both KTM and Husqvarna, where Bajaj Auto owns a 48 per cent stake.

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There's a lot of nice styling touches to the quarter-litre Husky when you get up close.
There’s a lot of nice styling touches to the quarter-litre Husky when you get up close.

The Vitpilen 250 and Svartpilen 250 are powered by the same 248.8 cc, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that produces 30.5bhp and 24 Nm of peak torque.

The Husqvarna twins sit on a steel trellis frame. Suspension-wise the bikes get upside-down front forks with 142mm travel and a monoshock at the rear with 150mm travel. The Vitpilen 250 and Svartpilen 250 come with 17-inch cast aluminium wheels instead of the bigger bike’s spoked items and these are gripped by single 320mm front and 230mm discs front and back, with Bosch dual-channel ABS.

The Vitpilen 250 gets a clip-on handlebar attached to cast aluminium triple clamps, while the Svartpilen 250 features an off-road style handlebar attached to forged aluminium triple clamps.

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