Husqvarna is here! So why Husqvarna 250 vs KTM Duke 250? Let us explain. We bought you exclusive videos from IBW last year, where both Husqvarna 250 twins, the Svartpilen and Vitpilen were shown. The Svartpilen is going to be a scrambler and the Vitpilen is the bikes cafe-racer avatar. But what we all want to know is that if the bike uses the KTM Duke 250’s heart – the 248cc single-cylinder, liquid cool DOHC engine that produces 30bhp, where do the similarities end or are there any more? Find out more below.
Husqvarna 250 vs KTM Duke 250 Design
This is where both the bikes are poles apart. The KTM Duke 250 is a street bike with a predatory stance. The unmistakable KTM family looks right from the headlights, sporty seating position, fuel tank, wheels, orange painted trellis frame and the bold graphics make it unmissable in a crowd. The way the handlebars and the rear set footpegs are positioned, the bike is set up for the road and to ensure rider comfort too. This quarter-class bike hits the sweet spot in the KTM lineup. On the other hand, we have the Huskys which look absolutely different. The bikes are very neo-retro and understated Swedish in their approach to design. The round LED headlamps, the low-profile seat and a tank that is seamlessly integrated into the design is a central focal point of the bikes.
The difference between the Vitpilen and the Svartpilen are the handlebars that are upright on the Svartpilen which is touted as a scrambler are different from the Vitpilen which is a cafe-racer. This might not be much but it differentiates the seating position and the riding dynamics for the riders of both bikes. It will be interesting to see both the KTM and the Huskys standing next to each other.
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Husqvarna 250 vs KTM Duke 250 Platform Chassis and Engine
Like we mentioned above the Husky gets its 250cc engine from the KTM Duke 250 and is mated to the same six-speed gearbox. Power figures should also be the same unless Husqvarna thought let’s change the tune a bit which is unlikely. Apart from that the both the Husqvarna and KTM use the same suspension, brakes and trellis frame. The weight is a bit different where the KTM Duke 250 weighs 146kgs, the Husqvarna Svartpilen weighs 154kgs and the Vitpilen weighs 153kgs (all weights – dry). So with that, the Duke is the lightest and should have the power to weight advantage.
While we know the price of the KTM Duke 250ABS – Rs 1.97 lakhs (ex-showroom), the Huskys should be a bit more as they are being positioned as the more premium bike with a bit more flair and will be sold through the existing KTM dealerships in the country. The KTM will be the more focused bike in the store while the Husqvarna duo will be aimed at someone who is more concerned with neo-retro looks. We will be reviewing this bike soon and getting you more details as well as a Husqvarna 250 vs KTM Duke 250 comparison. This bike with itsy looks could also compete with the Honda CB300R. Till then check out our walkaround videos below of both the bikes