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#352: 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 - Coolness Factor = 71.4%

#1 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:35 am

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The VITPILEN 701 is an immaculately designed street bike that offers a new perspective on urban motorcycling. Driven by a powerful single-cylinder engine, this compact and agile motorcycle is expertly crafted to deliver minimalist styling with exceptional performance and reduced to the bare essence of what a motorcycle should be. Created to suit the unique, progressive lifestyle of modern motorcycling, it delivers a more thrilling, honest and real bike experience.
The Husqvarna SVARTPILEN 701, a dark street explorer that is free of excess and reduced to its simplest form. This bike aims to appeal to an entirely new generation of motorcycle users. It’s for those less interested in the hype and hyperbole of modern day motorcycling and who prefer a simpler, timeless design approach. Its technologically advanced 4-stroke single-cylinder 692.7 cc engine is housed in an incredibly stripped down but progressive layout that offers excellent performance. It doesn’t need to be pigeon-holed or categorised – it just needs to be ridden. It is so simple and obvious that just by looking at it, any free-thinking rider should know exactly what it is intended to do. Ultimately, it’s as approachable as a motorcycle can be, it’s honest, and is there to be ridden by anyone wanting a raw and exhilarating riding experience.

A progressive street roadster that was designed to reflect the attitude and styling of a more modern and freethinking breed of rider. The design solution was to create a naked street bike to mark Husqvarna Motorcycles’ logical return to street motorcycling. This design driven, yet high-performing, motorcycle reveals the potential of the brand’s future vision. Its uniqueness is not limited to the aesthetics, although this will be instantly notable from the raw, natural and intuitive experience of riding it. Something fresh in the world of motorcycling was long overdue and using this as motivation, the brand set out to create a motorcycle that captures the timeless thrill of the ride by creating something functional, practical and simple.

Forget everything you know about contemporary street motorcycles, the VITPILEN range is innovative and progressive. Developed with a fresh perspective, reduced, pure and without industry influence, these motorcycles challenge all current design trends and use a clean, smart and less complicated way of creating a motorcycle. The simple yet progressive design approach is a thought provoking paradox where simplicity, ease-of-use and functionality meet innovative design and attention to detail.

A PURE AND AUTHENTIC RIDING EXPERIENCE
The VITPILEN range is a definitive and bold statement, which exhibits Husqvarna Motorcycles´ never-ending quest to pioneer new territory. Simply put, the VITPILEN aims at stripping away all unnecessary gimmicks and presents a motorcycle in its purest form. Their uniqueness is however not limited to aesthetics, as the designers set out to create a motorcycle that captures the thrill of the ride which is instantly felt in the raw, natural and intuitive riding experience.


2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
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ENGINE

DESIGN

1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine

DISPLACEMENT

692.7 cm³

BORE

105 mm

STROKE

80 mm

POWER IN KW

55 kW

STARTER

Electric starter

LUBRICATION

Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps

TRANSMISSION

6-speed

PRIMARY DRIVE

36:79

COOLING

Liquid cooled

CLUTCH

APTC(TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated

EMS

Keihin EMS with RBW, twin ignition

CHASSIS

FRAME DESIGN

Chromium-Molybdenum steel trellis frame, powder coated

FRONT SUSPENSION

WP upside-down Ø 43 mm

REAR SUSPENSION

WP shock absorber with linkage

SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT)

135 mm

SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR)

135 mm

FRONT BRAKE

2 x Brembo four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake discs, floating

REAR BRAKE

Single-piston floating calliper

FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER

320 mm

REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER

240 mm

ABS

Bosch 9M+ two-channel ABS (disengageable)

STEERING HEAD ANGLE

65 °

GROUND CLEARANCE

140 mm

SEAT HEIGHT

830 mm

TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.)

12 l


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Re: #352: 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 - VOTE TODAY

#2 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:37 am

Brand new from Husqvarna! 3 New Street bikes.

The 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 is the "big boy" of the 3. What do you think?

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#3 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:45 pm

Note: Last week's cool wall was a little light on replies and it was partly my fault, On Wednesday evening I enabled an advanced feature across TMW and didn't notice it was causing login/logout issues in our forums till Friday morning. (oops!).

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#4 Unread post by NorthernPete » Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:35 am

This thing intrigues me. Not sure about the mud guard but damn it's a pretty damn cool looking ride. I want one. If only to drive something I thought only made chain saws. Lol
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#5 Unread post by markdcoco » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:40 am

Quite unique looking. Seat seems to be rather tall requiring a little too much forward lean and weight on the hands making it fairly uncomfortable for long rides... but that's just from the pictures. Hopefully there's an automatic chain oiler so you don't have to keep hitting that squishy little button. Where's the hand guards and the rope pull start? Color scheme is nice.

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#6 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:41 pm

I find it interesting that Husqvarna has built not just 1, but 3 different street bikes. Wasn't it just 10 years ago the 2 they tried were discontinued? No matter, try #2 and they have even better engines now.

Kudos to Husqvarna for making it.

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#7 Unread post by montanalifter » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:15 pm

I voted cool. Good looking bike the black and bronze and the unique tank. Seat looks comfortable for about 15 minutes worth of riding.

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#8 Unread post by Gummiente » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:36 pm

Hell to the no. Fail.

So many styling miscues that I don't know where to begin. The radiator looks like an oversized afterthought from the parts bin, the gas tank protrusions resemble Ron Perlman's hacked off horns from the Hellboy movie, the exhaust header looks like intestines spilling out from an abdominal laceration and what the HELL is with that trailer hitch across the rear wheel?!
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#9 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:42 pm

Maybe it's Rubia's background as a dirt rider, but I associate the Husky marquee with overbuilt dirt bikes, not chainsaws.
That alone does a pretty good job of translating a lot of the styling on this bike. The tank protrusion is just a number plate, the exhaust header could be straight off my old KDX and the mudguard/plate mount seems more practical. There's definitely no room under that tail for a plate without risking catching it on that tire.
Interesting that the pictures are different -- top one shows the mirrors mounted to the bar ends, where the bottom shows a more traditional bracket. The bar ends would be a little ridiculous, I'm hoping that's an aftermarket addition.
Not a fan of the café look, and a single disc brake on a 75hp machine is concerning. Promo copy says front brake x2, so, where's that other rotor? Between that and the mirrors I'm sensing maybe Husky's PR packaging needs refinement.
So there's all that. Everything said and done, good looking bike and I'd take it for a spin any day of the week. Solid Cool.

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#10 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:15 pm

JackoftheGreen wrote:
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Interesting that the pictures are different -- top one shows the mirrors mounted to the bar ends, where the bottom shows a more traditional bracket. The bar ends would be a little ridiculous, I'm hoping that's an aftermarket addition.
Not a fan of the café look, and a single disc brake on a 75hp machine is concerning. Promo copy says front brake x2, so, where's that other rotor? Between that and the mirrors I'm sensing maybe Husky's PR packaging needs refinement.
That is some really interesting differences there. I didn't notice that myself. We will have to see what it looks like at the motorcycle shows and get a photo of it.

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#11 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:48 am

In fact, the more I look at it the more differences I see. The top picture also shows a normal fender/plate bracket mounted under the tail instead of the mudguard bracket, and no reflectors on the fork tubes in the top picture. The top picture would seem to be a custom aftermarket job with the bar-end mirrors and reflector delete, but then why the fender? That's the first thing sport bike riders do is an eliminator kit right? Curiouser and curiouser. You're right Mike, someone needs to get some pics of this creature in it's natural habitat.

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#12 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:34 am

JackoftheGreen wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:48 am
In fact, the more I look at it the more differences I see. The top picture also shows a normal fender/plate bracket mounted under the tail instead of the mudguard bracket, and no reflectors on the fork tubes in the top picture. The top picture would seem to be a custom aftermarket job with the bar-end mirrors and reflector delete, but then why the fender? That's the first thing sport bike riders do is an eliminator kit right? Curiouser and curiouser. You're right Mike, someone needs to get some pics of this creature in it's natural habitat.
High_side will be attending the Calgary Motorcycle Show this year as Press and I've asked him to take a photo of the bike if it is there and also ask Husqvarna about the differences. I believe you might be going to a show as well?

On a side note: If any readers get a photo of the new 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 in the flesh before we do, post it here. "Inquiring minds want to know!"

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#13 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:15 am

I voted: Awesome

Maybe not 100% for its looks but for the fact Husqvarna is again leaving its comfort zone and trying to produce a street bike. The 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 design cues are very interesting and as JackoftheGreen points out, there are differences in the press photos are to be seen. For me, the 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 looks a lot like a Buell with some Ducati influences, but leaning towards more "industrial" look rather than "fashiony". You would think they could get more than 12l of gas in that oddly designed tank...

A 700cc, 1 cylinder engine and 12l of gas will sure make an interesting combination. The "Big Single" is back!

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#14 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:30 am

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 - Coolness Factor = 71.4%
Featured: November 24th, 2017 - December 8th, 2017
Most popular vote category: Awesome


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Total Motorcycle's Take-a-Way: Unique, different, but will owners find it lovingly flawed? 1 cylinder engine, tiny odd 12l tank, weird seat, (maybe) a single disc upfront doesn't make mass market appeal, but maybe Husqvarna doesn't care, they want to be unique and different. The first street bike by Husqvarna in 10 years and definitely one of the new "must see" bikes at any Motorcycle Show.


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