2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Review

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

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2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Review on Totalmotorcycle.com:
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.

VITPILEN 701 Tech features overview for the production bike:
Highlight features:
• Progressive design

 

 

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

HUSQVARNA’S STREET VISION

In November 2014, a year after the re-launch of the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand and subsequent move to Austria, Husqvarna further emphasised its return to the street motorcycle segment presenting two concept bikes at EICMA: the VITPILEN 401 and the SVARTPILEN 401. Husqvarna Motorcycles is now delivering production versions of the VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401 to the general public. Later, also at EICMA, Husqvarna Motorcycles presented two different versions of the bigger 701 concept, VITPILEN 701 in 2015 and the yet to be seen SVARTPILEN 701 at this year’s press conference.

The first VITPILEN and SVARTPILEN concepts, shown at EICMA in 2014, gave a small glimpse into the future vision that Husqvarna Motorcycles has for street riding. The concept is typically Husqvarna; high quality, inspired by the brand’s heritage, yet created using modern technology and a progressive design approach. Advanced engineering meets an authentic, pure design to deliver a modern and uncompromised street riding experience. The brand has presented two higher performance machines recently, including the VITPILEN 701 production bike, which will be unveiled this year. The VITPILEN 701 along with the VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401 will be available in the first quarter of 2018. The all-new SVARTPILEN 701 concept will be presented at this year’s show, representing a family that is set to keep on growing.

The Husqvarna VITPILEN (Swedish for “White Arrow”), much like the iconic Silverpilen in 1955, opened up a new segment for Husqvarna Motorcycles along with the SVARTPILEN (Swedish for “Black Arrow”), which shares the same design approach, but with distinctive colour differences and slightly more rugged styling. The overall design concept has been interpreted in the form of VITPILEN 401, VITPILEN 701 and SVARTPILEN 401 product models and is now joined by the recently presented SVARTPILEN 701 concept. The approach is a tributeto the clean and cool Swedish simplicity of the classic Silverpilen concept.

SIMPLE. PROGRESSIVE:
These bikes are an apparent paradox. They are incredibly simple in their design, reduced of any unnecessary excess. However, they are also progressive, offering something new to the world of motorcycling. They use the latest technology, designed in a forward-thinking way, but still embrace the purity and simplicity of how motorcycles used to be.

The New Gateway to Motorcycle Culture:

The approach was not to make a bike for a certain type of person but rather to make one for any kind of person. Thus, opening up an entirely new gateway into the world of motorcycle culture. A culture that is accepting, non-specific and purely just for the love of being on two wheels, seated on a tiny seat and behind a set of handlebars.

Where you decide to go, how you decide to ride and who you are is irrelevant, it’s equal. You can truly be whoever you want to be, but with the freedom to explore your city in an entirely new way

 

 

 

 

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
 EXTERIOR
The design idea is to strip away all unnecessary gimmicks and create a simple, progressive mix of classic thinking and modern design. This way of thinking is synonymous with the Swedish heritage of Husqvarna Motorcycles and can be clearly seen on the VITPILEN 701. The lightweight and narrow bodywork is shaped into the VITPILEN 701´s progressive design and intelligently allows for seamless movement while riding.
WHEELS
Lightweight 17″ cast alloy wheels are a design highlight of the VITPI LEN 701. The wheels offer a unique sense of style and ensure high levels of strength and durability with minimal unsprung weight. The Husqvarna logo is embedded into the wheel, discreetly highlighting the attention to detail on the VITPILEN 701.
SPLIT
Integrated within the bodywork is a progressive design feature known as “the split”. This yellow division runs diagonally from top to bottom and starts from the rear of the fuel tank, down to the exhaust hanger. This element is unique to Husqvarna and further showcases the brand’s pioneering design direction.
SEAT
The seat of the VITPILEN 701 uses high-quality foam and MOKKA leather fabric, which, despite its reduced appearance, remains comfortable for the rider. Extending from the main bodywork and seamlessly floating above the rear wheel, the seat forms part of the minimalistic rear subframe, which adds to the unique riding experience the VITPILEN 701 provides.
TANK & FILLER CAP
The aluminium filler cap proudly displays the Husqvarna Motorcycles logo, like a stamp of premium quality, standing humble but bold on the fuel tank. The tank is seamlessly integrated into the design, and is a central focal point of the VITPILEN 701 style. The intelligent design also allows the rider to move seamlessly between riding positions, while painted finishes and subtle accents highlight its progressive and unique design.
CONTROL ZONE & TRIPLE CLAMP
Clip-on handlebars attach to forged aluminium triple clamps, central to the VITPILEN 701 style. In keeping with the minimalistic look of the SIMPLE.PROGRESSIVE. design, the control zone is not obstructed by any fairings and simply features a digital display unit with the necessary information.
LIGHTS

The premium LED headlight on the VITPILEN 701 conveys an unmistakable look. Around the circumference is a daytime running light, making the VITPILEN 701 clearly visible in all conditions.The LED tail light is integrated within the sleek bodywork and gives the rear end a clean, uninterrupted appearance.

 

SIMPLE. PROGRESSIVE.

The VITPILEN range marks a return to the simple spirit that originally made street motorcycling attractive. The simple yet progressive design of these bikes are a thought-provoking paradox that challenges perceptions through a series of contrasts – surreal yet realist, cold yet enticing, bold yet humble.

The design is pure and with no industry influence and is true to the brand values of Husqvarna Motorcycles. A motorcycle designed for people as an outward expression of their spirit, providing a new gateway to motorcycle culture. Presented in a visionary, modern and advanced form, they are the next step in Husqvarna Motorcycles’ vision of ‘Real Street’ motorcycling.

• Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame
The VITPILEN 701 features a lightweight trellis frame that ensures precise handling, inspiring confidence in all conditions.
The high grade chromium molybdenum tubular steel is laser cut, robot welded and hydro-formed, ensuring flawless precision and consistent quality. The precisely engineered torsional rigidity and longitudinal flex provides detailed feedback for the rider, combined with perfect weight distribution and a tight turning circle, which is highly useful in urban environments.
• 75 hp single cylinder engine
The VITPILEN 701 is powered by a modern 692.7 cc liquid cooled, single cylinder engine that features the latest design and electronics technology. With a peak horsepower of 56kW (75hp) and 72Nm of torque at 6750 rpm, there is no doubting this bike’s performance potential.

• Premium standard components
Husqvarna Motorcycles has not only focused on the design of the VITPILEN 701, but has also equipped it with the most modern and state-of-the-art technology available. From the chromoly steel trellis frame to the powerful single cylinder motor, to the proven WP suspension and the supreme BREMBO brakes, the VITPILEN 701 is packed with premium components.

• Ride-by-wire throttle
The electronic fuel injection is operated by a ride-by-wire system and delivers immediate, sharp and refined power. The Keihin fuel injection throttle body features a throttle valve that is electronically controlled by the Engine Management System (EMS). Sensors continuously send feedback to the Engine Management System (EMS), which adjusts the throttle valve accordingly, resulting in perfect power delivery and throttle response.

• Cutting edge switchable ABS
The VITPILEN 701 is fitted with hydraulic BREMBO disk brake calipers, which are manufactured to the highest standards. Together with a state-of-the-art BOSCH ABS system, they ensure the highest level of safety in varying braking conditions. This function can also be fully disengaged for more advanced riders.

• Slipper clutch
The APTC (Adler Power Torque Control) slipper clutch allows for greater speeds when entering and exiting corners. The system maximises rear wheel grip under hard acceleration and also prevents rear wheel instability or hopping when braking hard into a turn, resulting in more control and perfect downshifting.

• Extensive range of Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Original Parts, Gear and Accessories

 

 

 

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in USD

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

 

 

 

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in  CDN

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

 

 

 

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £8799 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

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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