Following unofficial teaser photos of Husqvarna (pronounced "hoosk-vahrna") motorcycles last year, the Swedish motorcycle brand has finally debuted in the country, and its street motorcycles are already on offer in KTM dealerships nationwide.
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It was back in 2013 when Austrian KTM AG acquired the Husqvarna brand from BMW. The acquisition has benefited Husqvarna in terms of research and development as the motorcycles evolved with a distinctive design and styling but sat on tried-and-tested KTM platforms.
Husqvarna has deep roots in the dirt bike segment, having specialized in such bikes for Enduro and Supercross, among others. KTM has enabled the brand to grow and build on its street bike offerings, and to gain experience in road-racing, used badge-engineered KTM machines to join the Moto3 race.
Adventure Cycle Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), the exclusive distributor of KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles in the Philippines, is owned by Ayala-backed AC Industrials. It wasn't a surprise when the company previously announced that they will take over Husqvarna's operations in the country, especially since they built the first local KTM Group-dedicated KTM manufacturing plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna—the KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing Inc. (KAMMI)—back in 2017. Around 17,000 KTM Duke motorcycles have already rolled out of this plant, and this will also serve as the assembly line for Husqvarna motorcycles, also going forward. The official debut of the Husqvarna brand this 2021 is the culmination of the company's plans and strategies in the street bike segment.
President and COO of ACPI and President and CCO of KAMMI Dino Santos, has this to say: "In 2021, we now don't have just one weapon. We have two weapons now—we have KTM, and now Husqvarna Motorcycles. We have a great battle and with these weapons, I am confident that together, we would be able to conquer 2021's races. We also see strong potential in the motorcycle market itself, as we expect the continued presence of the pandemic to drive elevated demand for both personal mobility and social distancing."
The local lineup of Husqvarna has only three models at the moment. These are the Husqvarna Svartpilen 200, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401. These street motorcycles offer more sophisticated aesthetics with vintage styling, which set them off from the edgier and sharper KTM motorcycles.
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 200, Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 all share their chassis and engines with the KTM Duke 200 and the KTM Duke 390. The Vitpilen 401's solid KTM running gear makes for the bike's excellent handling. Another model, the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701, which is not yet available in the country, is based on the platform of the KTM 690.
Enthusiasts looking for a good-looking highway-legal motorcycle with nimble handling and pocket-rocket performance should try out one of these street Huskies.