The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 has been confirmed for production, and should be in our market by next riding season.
The Vitpilen 701 is supposed to be a street-legal flat-tracker, although that description seems to be a bit of a stretch. It is, however, typical of the modern neo-retro look that Husqvarna itself pioneered. It has a chrome-moly steel trellis frame, and much of the same powertrain as the 701 Enduro. That means it has that smooth, powerful single-cylinder motor (good for 75 hp, 53 lb-ft of torque), ride-by-wire throttle and slipper clutch—however, there’s no mention of engine modes.
Suspension is from WP, with 43 mm USD shocks. There’s a WP monoshock in back as well; suspension travel is 135 mm. The Vitpilen 701 has 17-inch wheels front and rear, a 12-litre fuel tank, 830 mm seat height, and dry weight is 157 kg. It comes equipped with Bridgestone Battleax rubber.
Just like the 701 Enduro, the Vitpilen comes with high-spec braking components. The front disc is a 320 mm single disc, with radial-mount Brembo four-piston caliper. The rear brake has a single 240 mm disc, with one-piston caliper. Brembo also provides the two-channel ABS system.
Husqvarna says we will see the new 701 Vitpilen in North America for 2018, but there’s been no talk of pricing yet.
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