Three years back, Husqvarna unveiled two of their concept bikes namely the Svartpilen and Vitpilen which when translated meant black arrow and white arrow respectively. The concepts have grown in character and maturity and now has two different engine displacements on offer. The spy shots on the Husqvarna Vitpilen shows that the vehicle is almost production ready and might hit the markets very soon.
When the Vitpilen 701 was initially shown, it was quite the surprise as the bike was a cafe racer concept. In the latest spy shots also, it carries the cafe racer genes and is likely to enter that segment.
The bike is powered by a 65hp 690cc engine that comes from the Husqvarna’s 701 Enduro and 701 Supermoto models. There is a main frame and a sub frame on this bike whereas the main frame is a steel trellis unit.
The Vitpilen should come with a kerb weight of about 185kg. The suspension is from WP and will also help to cut some weight on the bike. The bike will mostly be a fun to ride with crisp power and good suspension dampening. The newer spy shots offer a more finished bodywork design hinting that it is closer to production.
You do not find stickers and tapes stuck on the bike or brackets bolted on the bike informally. The sub frame does look mismatched and the number plate support seems raw but overall the bike is almost to production levels of finish.
There is a new matte-black exhaust, logo on the radiator, finished LED ring headlights etc which promises a quicker launch. By the looks of the pillion pads, it seems like an uncomfortable place for a pillion rider and more for solo riding. There are some wires visible to the eye and hopefully, gets fixed and comes stunningly on the production version.
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