Husqvarna has revealed the VITPILEN 701 AERO concept at EICMA 2018, with the aerodynamic-looking design study hinting at a more performance-oriented future for the Swedish brand’s street range.
Envisioned as a faired sport bike with a low and locked-in ride position, the 1970s-inspired model “pays tribute to an iconic era of motorcycling” and is built around the same single-cylinder engine that powers much of the manufacturer’s current road-going lineup.
As well as the concept bike, Husqvarna has also taken the opportunity at this year’s EICMA event to unveil the production SVARTPILEN 701 – which itself was previewed as a concept bike at last year’s show.
Said to have been inspired by the resurgence of the flat track scene, the all-new naked bike marks the next step in Husqvarna’s return to the street, and is powered by a 4-stroke single-cylinder engine that delivers 74 bp and 53 lb-ft of torque.
Mated to a 6-speed gearbox, the engine is housed within a steel trellis frame that forms part of a stripped-down chassis and bodywork layout. Sitting on 17-inch wheels, the bike also gets fully-adjustable WP suspension while stopping power comes via Brembo brakes allied to Bosch’s latest ABS system.
“With its reduced design, laid back offroad-inspired handlebars and upright seating position, the motorcycle is extremely approachable and just begs to be ridden,” says Maxime Thouvenin, creative lead on the Husqvarna’s street project.
The SVARTPILEN 701 is set to go on sale in the first quarter of 2019.