Husq­varna’s state­ment of in­tent HONDA PLANS TO WING IT

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Husq­varna par­ent com­pany KTM have of­fi­cially con­firmed two ver­sions of the Vit­pilen road bike. Based on con­cepts first seen at the Mi­lan show in 2014, the pro­duc­tion mod­els will be in deal­ers for 2017. The con­fir­ma­tion came not from a glitzy press con­fer­ence, but from a state­ment in the com­pany’s an­nual re­port.

KTM group’s an­nual re­port states: “For 2017 the next step will be re­alised with the ar­rival of the first two Vit­pilen pro­duc­tion mod­els. The up­com­ing seg­ment-re­defin­ing Vit­pilen and Svart­pilen pro­duc­tion mod­els will set Husq­varna Mo­tor­cy­cles on a blaz­ing tra­jec­tory to be­come Europe’s third-largest mo­tor­cy­cle pro­ducer – with the aim of do­ing so by 2020.”

While the an­nual in­vestor’s re­port doesn’t stip­u­late which ca­pac­ity ver­sions are ex­pected to ar­rive first, MCN’S sources have sug­gested that they will be the Vit­pilen 125 and 401 mod­els, which will use the sin­gle­cylin­der en­gines from the KTM Duke/ RC125 and Duke/rc390 mod­els.

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