Neo-retro motorcycles are all the rage these days, and have been extremely popular in recent years thanks to their stylish appeal and versatile performance. In fact, these bikes are largely responsible for the influx of new, younger riders, looking to get into the two-wheeled lifestyle aboard something stylish and fun. That being said, the 400cc class is currently dominated by two retro-style machines in the form of the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and Ducati Scrambler Sixty2.
While on the face of it, these two bikes may seem very different, they actually embody a similar ethos, albeit in different executions. Today, let’s take a closer look at these two machines and compare and contrast what they have to offer in terms of performance, features, and of course, value for money.
For starters, the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 offers an excellent introduction into the world of Ducati, or big bikes in general, thanks to proprietary innovations like its legendary L-twin engine configuration. This 9-degree V-twin motor boasts 399cc of displacement, and features Desmodromic Distribution technology. It transfers power to the rear wheel via a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine is factory rated to produce 40 horsepower and a torque output of 34 Nm.
Meanwhile, performance figures on the Husky are rather similar, albeit adopting a different configuration. It is powered by a modern 373cc single-cylinder engine that produces 44 horsepower and 37 Newton-meters of torque. The motor is then combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox for the ideal urban riding experience. As you can see, the Husky has the power advantage over the Italian. However, it sacrifices some finesse and smoothness in the process.
The Scrambler Sixty2 comes standard with the equipment and features that distinguish Ducati from some of the more mainstream motorbike brands available today. This bike is equipped with all of the necessary elements to provide a pure riding experience. A telescopic fork and a linked-type mono-shock system are used in the rear suspension. Meanwhile, dual-channel ABS makes sure you come to a stop safely and confidently.
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is equipped with a number of high-quality components that provide the rider with dynamic handling and confidence. The hydraulic ByBre disk brake calipers, which are made to the highest standards, are paired with 320mm front and 230mm rear perforated steel discs for controllable and confident braking. The front suspension is equipped with 43mm open cartridge forks, while the rear suspension is equipped with a progressive damping system that is connected directly to the swingarm. Suspension hardware is supplied by none other than WP. Meanwhile, the Husky also flexes its premium quality with full LED lighting.
As for pricing, the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is positioned in the region of accessibility for motorbike enthusiasts looking for a serious yet manageable vehicle that can be used for nearly any type of riding. Priced at P499,000, the Scrambler Sixty2 indeed comes at a premium. However, you can't argue with the sophistication and prestige that comes along with owning a machine from one of the most recognizable motorcycle makers in the world.
Meanwhile, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is a naked bike which offers unadulterated levels of fun thanks to its manic and hooliganistic nature. Combined with a distinct and special style, as well as an individualistic and technically advanced package shared with its KTM cousin, the 390 Duke, the Svartpilen 401 is undoubtedly a value-for-money, beginner-friendly big bike. Retailing for just P295,000, it's arguably the best in class when it comes to value.