A new prototype under development
The neo-retro variant of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R
Sister brand of KTM, Husqvarna has made a comeback in the road motorcycle segment since its integration into the Pierer group with motorcycles on the same engine base but revisiting certain Austrian models with a very different style.
After the Duke single-cylinders derived from the Svartpilen and Vitpilen in 401, 701 then 125, the manufacturer moved to the next category with the LC8c twin on its Norden 901 trail. And so there’s definitely been another, bigger-capacity bike in the works for a long time.
In the spring of 2016, it was indeed discovered that Husqvarna was working on the development of a variant of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R. Sporting the typical tank of the motorcycles of the Swedish brand, this potential Vitpilen 1301 has since completely disappeared from the screens. radars as the Super Duke moved around repeatedly.
But the project has not been abandoned by the manufacturer as shown by the photos of a new development machine published on the web. We discover a motorcycle that inherits the latest technical developments from the Duke, starting with its frame, but with a style very different from that of the previous prototype.
Indeed, the Vitpilen 1301 here sports a trim quite similar to that of the KTM, but with a round headlight typical of Husqvarna productions, new rims and a double silencer different from that of the Austrian. In all likelihood, this dressing is mainly used to camouflage the true design of the motorcycle.
Six years after the first rumors, will we finally see a big sports roadster tumble under the colors of Husqvarna? To be continued in the next episode.