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Husqvarna 701 Vitpilen & Svartpilen concept

Published: 07 November 2017

Updated: 06 November 2017

Husqvarna’s first dedicated road bikes are aiming straight for the heart

Ever since we saw Husqvarna’s first Vitpilen concept in 2014, we’ve been besides ourselves waiting for the production bike - now it’s here and we couldn’t be happier. The 701 Vitpilen has stayed true to the initial concept, with only small changes to allow for boring things to make it road legal. One of the biggest highlights is the angular bodywork and radical LED lighting, both of which hang beautifully from the stark, steel trellis frame.

The Vitpilen is powered by the 693cc thumper from their 701 Enduro and Husky have extracted 73.75bhp and 53 ftlbs of torque from it. In such a lightweight package it should absolute fly out of the corners and the twin balancers should make it smooth enough to ride for hours on end. Like the enduro bikes, the Vitpilen also has a ride-by-wire throttle, slipper clutch and switchable ABS, so you can put it into buffoon mode with a press of a button. Did we mention we were excited about this one?

  • 701 Vitpilen
  • 693cc single
  • 73.75bhp @ 8500rpm
  • 830mm seat height
  • 166kg (wet)


Flat track fandango - the Svartpilen is for riders with a darker side

Husky’s street bike have always come in pairs and the Svartpilen concept is the yin to the Vitpilen’s yang. Designed by Husqvarna to have a rougher edge than the Vitpilen, but sharing the same key running gear, it’s built to be a ‘dark street explorer’. The theme is the revived flat track scene and that’s no clearer than the radical front light, which pays homage to the numberboards fitted to race bikes.

The Svartpilen also has an 18” front wheel with a 17” back, to better tame the urban wilderness. It’s not clear whether this theme will carry over into the production bike, or if the standard scrambler will prevail, but we’re keen to see what waits in the wings.

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