MILAN SHOW: Husqvarna show 701 Vitpilen concept roadster

Published: 17 November 2015

Husqvarna’s rebirth under the ownership of KTM with the cash backing of Indian giant Bajaj continues with this new concept called the 701 Vitpilen.

The new bike is intended as an anti-retro antidote to the wave of nostalgia flooding across the motorcycle market with modern styling and a mechanical basis using the underpinnings of the heavily revised KTM 690 Duke.

Husqvarna 701 Vitpilen concept highlights

  • 73bhp single cylinder roadster
  • Ultra-modern styling
  • Still a concept right now

The 701 follows a year after the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 concepts were revealed, and MCN understands these bikes – or at least one bike based on an amalgamation of the two – is likely to be revealed in full production specification next year. This Vitpilen 701 may follow shortly afterwards as it would appear the bikes share components.

Husqvarna says the 701 is an altogether a more serious motorcycle than the 401, with its 73bhp single cylinder engine from the new KTM 690 Duke installed in such a light and pared-back motorcycle it’s hard to disagree. Both 701 and 401 prototypes have already been spied testing.

British bike designer Craig Dent, who works at Kiska Design – the company that has worked on every KTM bike design for two decades – describes the 701 Vitpilen as “a mighty single-cylinder motor with a tank, a tail and a little seat – that’s it.”