Vanessa’s Svartpilen

Viewing 8 posts - 16 through 23 (of 23 total)
  • Author
  • #25821

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments 🙂

    @doublure_bite, yes the cast rims are expensive, but as Husqvarna had dropped the price of the bike by £1600, I was able to afford the £600 cost of the rims.

    I have the Yamaha accessory heated grips on my MT-07 and they are OK, but don’t get as hot as the KTM heated grips on my 401. Also, my husband had a Honda CB650F with Honda’s own heated grips which did not get as hot as the KTM ones, but did feel similar in performance to the Yamaha ones. He also owned a Honda CB125F with Oxford aftermarket heated grips and these got insanely hot, actually too hot, but did have a larger diameter than any of the other grips I’ve mentioned.

    , thanks 😀     I hope they work for you too. They are also quite good value when compared to some of the more expensive bar-end mirrors I’ve seen recently.

    I too ended up using a backpack for my commute to work. I have the small Oxford products one, and find it very well made, fully waterproof and sealed well, comfortable and easy to use, and very cheap when compared to any Husqvarna bags. No wonder it won a magazine review of bike backpacks which I discovered while looking for a better luggage solution than the Husqvarna tail bag.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by VanessaVanessa.

    Great steer on the 390 mirrors, Vanessa! I’m just waiting for my Svartpilen bars to arrive for my Vitpilen hybrid, but even on the Vitpilen setup the 390 mirrors make a huge difference to what I can see. No more close-up views of my elbows!


    Nice work personalizing the bike for yourself.

    Alx BlancoAlx Blanco

    Simply Amaizing!!  thanx for the tips, specially the mirrors the OEM ones are…. well you know

    Now I got a lot things to think about..


    Thanks Vanessa for Rekluse recomendation!! My 401 it’s super comfortable now 😉

    Greetings from Chile!


    Hey Wolf! No problem, glad it worked out well for you. Rekluse clutch = FUN!


    Haha the duke mirrors look great.



    I’ve just fitted the longer 2020 front mudguard/fender and it wasn’t quite as easy as I thought it would be. Had to swap out the two side support pieces and some of the screws/fixings too. As pointed out elsewhere on this forum, the parts and screws and fittings for the 2020 401’s are nowhere near as high quality as the earlier ones. Husqvarna have gone through a cost-cutting exercise with the 2020 bikes, they may have fancy suspension and quickshifter, but they aren’t as nicely made as they were before. Just comparing the two complete front mudguard assemblies with all their associated fixings and fittings it was pretty obvious.

    But I much prefer the 2020 front mudguard, and the Fender extender from Pyramid Plastics that they sell for the 2018/19 401’s fits the 2020 too. In fact the 2020 mudguard/fender has 3 holes already drilled in it at the rear edge (which are for the Indian market only extension piece) and these are ideal to use to screw the Pyramid Fender extender in place. No need to use the sticky pads, I used 3 stainless blackened M6 flanged button-head screws, together with 3 M6 stainless blackened nyloc nuts underneath. There was plenty of space between the nuts and the tyre too.
    <p style=”text-align: left;”>No more mud and road grime all over the front of my bike while I ride the desolate post-apocalyptic Covid-ravaged roads, on my way to work as a lowly essential worker. I think the style of my bike matches the dystopian futurescape of this grim world well.</p>

Viewing 8 posts - 16 through 23 (of 23 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.