Husqvarna Svartipilen 701 snapped testing in production disguise
Borrows a lot from the concept model but not as much as we hopedby Sagar, on
Ever since the time Husqvarna showcased its ‘Real Street’ Vitpilen 401 and the Swartipilen 401 concepts at the 2016 EICMA, the industry is abuzz to see some bonkers design unlike anything seen before on the streets. Finally, the Swedish Huskies dropped the Vitplilen 701 followed by the Vitpilen 401, Swartipilen 401.
The Svartiplen 701 was showcased as a concept version at the EICMA last week along with the production model of the Vitpilen 701. Now, our friends from Motorcyclenews have snapped the production version undergoing testing on a damp and dry day. It carries quite a lot of bits from the concept but not as much as we hoped.
If Vitpilen means "White Arrow’, Svartipilen (shwar-ti-pi-len) means "Black Arrow." Inspired by the resurgence of the iconic flat track scene, the Svartipilen 701 is a stripped down minimalistic version of the Vitpilen 701 naked streetfighter. The differences between the way Vitpilen and Svartipilen look are to do with the paint scheme, handlebars, and wheels.
Many design features on this Svartipilen 701 has been borrowed from the concept showcased a couple of months back including the flat tank design, bulge in the 3.2-gallon fuel tank which holds the logo, retro circular headlamps, small digital instrument console, integrated design with minimal side fairing, single seat and lower placed handlebars.
Although it borrowed a lot of these cues from the concept, the changes from the Vitpilen on this Svartipilen 701 is not as much as we saw in the 401 model.
The Svartpilen’s motocross-style single handlebar provides a more upright riding position with 18" and 17" cast wheels featuring Pirelli Scorpio Rally STR tires. The paint job on this Black Arrow is err... Black with fluorescent accents. A tracker-style tail section gives a rough edge to it and the front gets a unique round headlight design with LEDs’. Rest of the details are scarce for now but expect to see a production version of this scrambleresque Svartipilen 701 soon.
Like the Vitpilen 701, the internal organs and the bone structure of this bike remain similar to the KTM Duke 690 including the engine, trellis frame, complete with the alloy swing arm, WP inverted telescopic front forks, and Brembo braking systems. The 693cc single puts out 74 horses and 53 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the 370 lbs wet bike to the stratosphere. Throttle by wire, switchable two-channel ABS and slipper clutch gets borrowed from the brand’s famous enduro models.
The only question that remains now is, how long will Husqvarna make us wait to get dirty with this Svartipilen 701? The Vitpilen is coming to the US shores in the summer of ’18 and expect the Black Arrow to make it later this year for around $12,000.