Husqvarna 701 Vitpilen finally goes into production

Husqvarna 701 Vitpilen finally goes into production

A couple of years ago back in the year 2014, the Swedish motorcycle giants; Husqvarna decided to make quite a stunning revelation. They were going to release a motorcycle which will be more street focused. This release was going to be done at the annual Milan motorcycle shows; EICMA. The motorcycles in question will be the Svartpilen and the Vitpilen and if one were to struggle to get the English equivalent of these words, the would be the Black Arrow and the White arrow. Taking a close look at these bikes, we realise that they were equipped with engines that were also found on the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto and the KTM 390 Duke. These engines are the companies 701 and 401 engines.

The Vitpilen will definitely be on the road come the year 2018!

After the 401, we then went ahead to discover with great joy in Milan the sublime Vitpilen 701, which had quite an astonishing weight and power ratio.

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For a couple of years now, the Vitpilen and Svartpilen concepts have been exhibited at trade fairs, branded with a lot of comfort, and have won many awards, including the first place in the 2017 motorcycle station news survey! But at the end of the year, the impatience of the motorcycle fanatics was finally rewarded as the motorcycles were set to be released!

Meanwhile we have the 401 versions which are said to be ready to be delivered according to the manufacturer, the others are currently being exposed in Milan at the EICMA 2017 show: the 701 Vitpilen is in its final production phase, and the 701 Svartpilen is rather still at the level of prototyping. So, if one were to stick to just the pictures that were earlier released of the Swedish motorcycle and given the prototype which has been shown, one can say with conviction that there is almost nothing that is not known about this prestigious bike.

That notwithstanding, these mechanical aliens are still turning heads of fanatics topsy-turvy and even getting them more and more excited. For an official statement as of what concerns the bikes, this press release tells the whole story: “Advanced engineering meets an authentic, pure design to deliver a modern and uncompromising street riding experience. In fact, to make things short, it is a mixture of technology, design and sensations, and it would definitely be difficult to say the contrary about this Swedish motorcycle!

With all the expertise they have, it was but normal to expect a bike with all its splendour. As earlier stated, finally the official technical sheet of the Vitpilen bike was unveiled in Milan, here are its specifications.

Actually, there is no much difference between the Swedish Motorcycle Vitpilen 701 and what was their original concept. In this bike, we find a Single Cylinder engine; the bananas fun which is identical to that present in the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto which on its own could generate about 75 horsepower. It is also equipped with a 3.3 gallon tank for fuel. This should provide the motorcycle riders quite a long range to enjoy their ride.

Also Read: Price revealed for Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

As of what concerns the engine, it will be kept well protected within the walls of a chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame. Some other very astonishing features of this bike are the throttle-by-wire, switchable anti-lock Braking system. It also has a slipper clutch which has as role to stop thee wheel from locking up during very aggressive downshifts. it also has quite a decent stopping power and this is thanks to the 230mm disc it has at the rear and the 320 disc it has in front.

The table below summarizes all the specifications.

Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement 693 cc
Bore/stroke 105/80 mm
Power 55 kW (75 hp) @ 8,500 rpm
Torque 72 Nm @ 6,750 rpm
Compression ratio 12,8:1
Starter/battery Electric starter/12V 8.6Ah
Transmission 6 gears
Fuel system Keihin EFI (throttle body 50 mm)
Control 4 V/OHC with intake cam levers and exhaust rocker arm
Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Engine oil Bel Ray, SAE 10W-50
Primary drive 36:79
Final drive 16/40
Cooling Liquid cooling
Clutch APTCTM slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Engine management/ignition Keihin EMS, double ignition
Chassis Chromium-Molybdenum-
Frame Steel trellis frame, powder coated
Sub frame Aluminum
Handlebar  Aluminum clip-on
Front suspension WP-USD Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension WP-Monoshock with linkage
Suspension travel front/rear 135 mm
Front brake Brembo four piston, radial mounted , brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear brake Brembo single piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm
ABS Bosch 9M+ Two Channel
Wheels front/rear Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17”; 5.00 x 17”
Tyres front/rear Bridgestone Battlax 120/70 R 17; 160/60 R 17
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
Silencer Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer
Steering head angle 65°
Triple clamp offset 28 mm
Trail 109 mm
Wheel base 1434 +/- 15 mm
Ground clearance 140 mm
Seat height 830 mm
Tank capacity (approx.) 12.0 litres/2.5 litres reserve
Weight (without fuel, approx)  157 kg

Another sure fact is that when we take a look at the details on papers, the Vitpilen is a great hit and to be able to achieve this, the Engineers had to make the utmost best of the homemade recipes of bikes they had long before.

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