Husqvarna finally releases their Huskies onto the streets
Since the time Husqvarna showcased its ‘Real Street’ Vitpilen 401 and the Swartipilen 401 concepts at the 2014 EICMA, the industry is abuzz to see some bonkers design unlike anything seen before on the streets. The following year saw the Vitpilen 701 concept showcased at EICMA, and it wasn’t until this year that we get to see the production models for 2018.
Finally, after playing the tease game all this while, the Swedish Huskies have dropped the Vitpilen and the Svartipilen machines on the streets and will come to a showroom near you. This Vitplilen 701 will be the first of the Husqvarna’s ‘Real Street’ motorcycle lineup that is headed to bring in the Swedish company’s name into the world stage followed by the Vitpilen 401, Swartipilen 401 and Swartipilen 701.
Husqvarna has a darker nemesis called the Svartipilen 701
Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 finally enters production
Since the time Husqvarna showcased its ‘Real Street’ Vitpilen 401 and the Swartipilen 401 concepts at the 2014 EICMA, the industry is abuzz to see some bonkers design unlike anything seen before on the streets. The following year saw the Vitpilen 701 concept showcased at EICMA and it wasn’t until this year that we get to see the production models for 2018.
This Vitplilen 701 will be the first of the Husqvarna’s ‘Real Street’ motorcycle lineup that is headed to bring in the Swedish company’s name into the world stage followed by the Vitpilen 401, Swartipilen 401 and Swartipilen 701.
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto and the KTM-owned brand hasn’t been shy about touting its supermotobike to the public. Over the past few months, we’ve seen Husqvarna launch a dedicated microsite for the 701 and release a promotional video of the bike running roughshod over a makeshift track on the surface of a frozen lake in Sweden. Now, Husky’s taking it one step further with the release of a new promo video of its new supermoto bike stretching its legs in its natural habitat: a race track.
The video shows the 701 completely at home in this element, taking any semblance of stunt riding out of the equation. The bike looks quick, agile, and totally in control of its surroundings and it’s a little rewarding to see it navigate around the track with aplomb, hitting apexes with ease and executing perfect lean angles on corners. It’s the kind of environment that the 701 was built for. Watching and listening to it run around the track is already giving me goosebumps on what it can do when it lines up against other 450cc bikes in actual competition.
I can’t tell at this point how the 701 Supermoto will do against its rivals, but judging from this new video alone, I’d be very confident in its chances, weight issues notwithstanding.
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Husqvarna is going full steam ahead with its promotion of the 701 Supermoto, the company’s first production motorcycle since being acquired by KTM back in January 2013.
If you recall back in April 2013, the company launched a microsite dedicated to the same bike. Now, Husqvarna’s taking things up a notch by offering a new contest that will take the lucky winner to north Sweden where they’ll take part in an ice riding experience of a lifetime.
Granted, this competition isn’t for everyone, particularly those who have a hereditary disdain for anything associated with frozen tundras. But for those with the spirit of adventure running through their veins, this competition might be right up your alley.
The premise is pretty simple: interested applicants must fill up an application form that includes 10 questions. Answer these 10 questions correctly and you increase your odds of being chosen as the lucky winner. The deadline for applications is on August 31, 2015, at which time Husqvarna will pick a random name in the presence of a notary. Remember, those who scored the highest on the 10-question exam of sorts carries a bigger chance of having their names chosen. Applicants must also be 18 years of age or older and must have a valid motorcycle license, although most of you probably know that already since such things are always requirements for competitions of this nature.
In any case, whoever gets chosen will win a trip for two to Wilhelmina, Sweden where the winner and his/her accompanying partner will also receive free lodging, transport, and, last but not least, the aforementioned ice riding experience, presumably with the Supermoto 701.
It’s an interesting competition that should get its fair share of applicants. Kind of makes me wonder if I’m built for such things, although a trip to central Sweden still sounds like a good prize to me.
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