Husqvarna unveils retro-inspired future bike concepts

Husqvarna is looking to the past for its future bikes.

The 401 Svartpilen and Vitpilen are a pair of concepts based on a new scrambler-style bike that are inspired by the company’s mid-century designs.

Both are powered by a four-stroke single of unspecified size, and feature modern monoshock swingarm rear suspensions and rectangular LED headlights surrounded by a ring of light. Their flat-top tanks and saddles riding on a trellis frame.

The Svartpilen is the off-road version, fitted with MX handlebars, knobby tires, engine shield, under seat exhaust pipe, small cargo racks on the tank and behind the single seat, wave brake rotors, plus a rock guard for the headlight. The tiny fenders don’t look like they’ll do you much good in the dirt, but it is a concept and very different than anything in Husky’s current lineup.

That goes double for the Vitpilen, a minimalist café racer-flavored take on the 401 with low, clip-on handlebars, set-back pegs, street tires, traditional brake rotors and a sport exhaust.

While neither of these are confirmed for production, with the current trend in retro-style bikes like the Ducati Scrambler and Yamaha SR400, don’t be surprised to see something like them kicking it old school Swedish-style on the street and trail soon.