2017 husqvarna vitpilen svartpilen 401 first look fast facts 4

It's not an easy time to be in the motorcycle industry with registrations declining as they are, but the relatively small Swedish manufacturer, Husqvarna has shed the drought, celebrating a fourth consecutive year of record-breaking sales.

The KTM-owned motorcycle manufacturer sold a record 36,883 motorcycles in 2017, a 20 per cent growth in sales over the previous year, increasing their revenue by a quarter and taking their global turnover to €250 million

Their successes in competition, expansion of their model range and launch of the revolutionary fuel-injected two-stroke bikes – a market first for the KTM Group –  has cemented the Swedish motorcycle marque as a force to be reckoned with.

All this is good news for the company that are moving forward with their new neo-retro line of road bikes. The launch of the hotly-anticipated Vitpilen 701 and smaller Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 ‘Real Street’ models is expected ‘during the first months of business year 2018’. We'll be there to give you our verdict.