Husqvarna has taken the covers off the production VITPILEN 701 machine, while also introducing the all-new SVARTPILEN 701 concept motorcycle at EICMA – the annual bike show in Milan.
Forming new additions to Husqvarna’s range of so-called “Real Street” motorcycles, both machines are powered by single-cylinder motors that are housed within a minimalistic layout.
While the VITPILEN 701 was first previewed as a prototype back in 2015, the new concept bike is said to have been inspired by the resurgence of the flat track scene.
The design study gets a stripped down look, complete with the same 4-stroke single-cylinder engine that powers the VITPILEN 701, and which generates 53 lb-ft of torque at 6750 rpm.
Design details include a chromoly steel trellis frame as well as a flat light mask that sits in front high-rise handlebars. Glossy, jet black cast alloy wheels, wrapped in an 18 inch tyre at the front and a 17 inch one at the rear, complete the styling.
“The paradox is in its personality – simple, stylish commuter by day, but open to more serious thrills when the opportunity arises,” says Maxime Thouvenin, creative lead on Husqvarna’s street project. “With its reduced design, laid back offroad-inspired handlebars and upright seating position, the motorcycle is extremely approachable and just begs to be ridden.”
Key details for VITPILEN 701 production bike, meanwhile, include a chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame; a 75 bhp engine that is claimed to be the most advanced single cylinder available on the market; ride-by-wire throttle and traction control; switchable ABS complete with Brembo brakes; and an APTC slipper clutch.
“A mighty single-cylinder motor with a tank, a tail and a little seat – that’s it,” is how Thouvenin describes the bike’s aesthetic.
On display at this year’s EICMA are also the VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401. Husqvarna says both these models will be available from February 2018, while the VITPILEN 701 production model will follow by March 2018.