KTM owned Husqvarna Motorcycles will be providing an automatic clutch kit as an option on its upcoming motorcycles - the Vitpilen and the Svartpilen 401. Spy shots of the test mules are already doing rounds on the internet and the Vitpilen has been prowling the Indian roads for quite a time now. The automatic clutch option on both the bikes will be a segment first feature for the Indian market.
The brand will be using a Rekluse clutch kit that converts the manual gearbox into a twist and go set-up. With this equipment, it will be impossible to stall the bike as it makes the clutch disused when it comes to a halt. This will help the city commuters in a great way who takes on the bumper to bumper traffic conditions on a daily basis. The Rekluse kit is already used for a number of motorcycles in the international markets.
The Rekluse Radius X centrifugal force clutch kit is priced at USD 599 (Rs. 41,111), not to mention that both the bikes are based on KTM 390 Duke (Rs. 2.44 lakh) and will be placed with a higher price tag when introduced in India. The Husqvarna brand will hit the Indian shores via Bajaj Auto route sometime in late 2019. The brand is also supposed to launch a few EVs as well in the Indian market along with the above-mentioned motorcycles.
The Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 are modern cafe racers that have minimalistic bodywork, clip-on handlebars, circular headlamps (LED) and rear-set footpegs. In the initial phase, the Huskies will be imported as CBUs and KTM outlets will be responsible for its retail and after-sales service. These motorcycles will be up against the Honda CB300R (Rs. 2.41 lakh) and Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 (Rs. 2.58 lakh).