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Husqvarna's updated LAMS models announced




Husqvarna’s LAMS-approved Svartpilen and Vitpilen models gain a boost for 2024 with a new frame and bigger engine for the new model year, but there’s a catch, as New Zealand will not be receiving either directly at this stage.


That isn't to say that we will not see the brand-new 2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401, however.


When questioned on why NZ was stated in Husqvarna's local announcement as not receiving the new 401s, Marketing Manager Rosie Lalonde gave hope that they will be coming our way eventually.


"We do not officially have stock of these MY24 models arriving directly into New Zealand," she said. "However, we are looking to hopefully be able to bring a selected amount of stock over from Australia once they land across the ditch."


It’s a real shame the new bikes aren't on a fast-track for NZ, as for the 2024 model year Husqvarna has given both bikes a boost for what is one of the most competitive spaces in the market. 


Starting with the frame, the 2024 401s receive an all-new steel trellis frame which Husqvarna says preserves the much-loved agility of the Vitpilen and Svartpilen models. This is matched up with a lightweight aluminium swingarm and the obligatory WP suspension on each machine ensuring predictable handling. 


The 2024 machines also feature a longer wheelbase and a revised seat height, improving their cornering behaviour while keeping their renowned stability. 


The sportier Vitpilen models further benefit from new handlebars that offer reduced weight for highly responsive steering.


In the engine department, both the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 are powered by a larger 399cc, 45 hp, single-cylinder engine that is housed inside that new steel trellis chassis. The updated engine is not only EURO 5+-compliant but also has an improved weight distribution and revised gearbox for easier shifting.


As with the previous generation of the 401 Husqvarnas, tech is shared between both the Vitpilen and Svartpilen including cornering MTC, switchable ride modes, adjustable WP suspension, ByBre brakes and Bosch cornering sensitive ABS. Info is displayed to the rider via a 5” bonded glass TFT display, while a premium paint finish with decals and 17” wheels complete the unmistakable style of the Vitpilen and Svartpilen models.


Over the ditch, the 2024 Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 will only be available in Australia from June 2024 onwards at authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers. Sadly for our LAMS market, we'll have to wait and see if any make their way across the Tasman.

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