HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES: VITPILEN AND SVARTPILEN KEY FEATURES UNVEILED
Husqvarna’s first motorcycle was unveiled in 1903 - a ‘motorised bicycle’. As the oldest motorcycle manufacturer with uninterrupted production, the brand has thankfully learnt a thing or two over the course of 110-years of development. Recently presented: two high performance machines available in 2018, including the VITPILEN 701 along with the VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401.
The brand's strong focus on innovation and progression leads to more significant milestones. At EICMA 2017, the VITPILEN 701 serial production model is revealed, while the unveiling of the SVARTPILEN 701 prototype, provides a unique look into how the Husqvarna Motorcycles street range could further evolve in the future. I've been exploring the VITPILEN 401, SVARTPILEN 401 and VITPILEN 701!
1.) Husqvarna VITPILEN 401
Sleek, refreshingly simple and progressive, providing a new gateway into motorcycle culture for a wider range of potential riders. It’s for those less interested in the hype and hyperbole of modern day motorcycling and who prefer a simpler, more style-orientated approach. Its technologically advanced 4-stroke single-cylinder 375 cc engine is housed in an incredibly stripped down but progressive layout that offers excellent performance, yet doesn’t boast about how racy it is.
The basic idea and inspiration behind the bike was to create something completely reduced, while turning heads from an aesthetic point of view. The bike is simple, obvious and forward-thinking in terms of the technology used. The way in which the volume was sculpted is extremely sleek and pure, forming clean and soft lines and by contrast, the shape itself is very intentional and well defined.
The surface treatment is distinctive. There is a contrast between the softness of the design and the extremely defined shapes on the tank, forming very precise elements and fitting lines on the surface. Underneath, it is fully-equipped with premium components including LED front and rear lights, WP suspension and a modern fuel-injected motor amongst other features. This bike was designed to be as simple to ride as possible, without all the unnecessary electronics and rider assistance. It is designed for a ‘sit down and enjoy the ride’ experience.
2.) SVARTPILEN 401
The Svartpilen 401 is a modern-day interpretation of a rugged street explorer. Offering a progressive new way for potential riders to access and experience motorcycling, this modern single-cylinder 4-stroke is set in a compact and thoughtfully designed package.
There is a high focus on functionality, so the bike comes with rugged knobbly tyres, a practical tank rack and more robust protection than its VITPILEN 401 sibling, which includes a protective skid-plate and exhaust protector. The riding position on the SVARTPILEN 401 is also more upright because of its higher and straighter bars.
The parts of this bike are designed with an obligation to not just look good but to be fully functional as well. You'll see a nod of respect to the honest and simple way that motorcycles were created in the past, yet with truly modern equipment and styling. Functionality plays an important role and you can see that when you take a look at the bodywork, more robust protective parts were incorporated into the design, such as an exhaust protector, skid plate and tank rack, which form the basis for a modern-day scrambler.
3.) Husqvarna VITPILEN 701
The VITPILEN 701 is a progressive single-cylinder street motorcycle that was designed to deliver a purer, more thrilling and honest riding experience. This bike is Husqvarna Motorcycles’ next visionary step in their return to the street.
Simplicity, functionality and practicality were at the core of the original idea behind this bike. This is a modern and innovative naked bike with a sophisticated single-cylinder 4-stroke motor. Minimalistic in layout and design, it was created to provide a raw, exhilarating and authentic riding experience. A minimalistic yet high-tech layout was created to provide a raw, exhilarating and authentic riding experience.
The VITPILEN 701 bike’s designers believed strongly that something fresh was long overdue in the motorcycling world, so they set out to create a bike that better captures the timeless thrill of the ride. Its uniqueness is not limited to the aesthetics and will be instantly noticeable from the raw, natural and intuitive experience of riding it. The VITPILEN range marks a return to the simple spirit that originally made street motorcycling attractive.
- The lightweight trellis frame 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 provide detailed feedback for the rider, combined with perfect weight distribution and a tight turning circle, which is highly useful in urban environments.
- The bike is powered by a modern 692.7 cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder engine that features the latest design and electronics technology, such as disengageable traction control. With a peak horsepower of 56kW (75hp) and 72Nm of torque at 6750 rpm, there is no doubting this bike’s performance potential.
- 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.
- 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 EMS, which adjusts the throttle valve accordingly, resulting in perfect power delivery and throttle response.
- The VITPILEN 701 is fitted with hydraulic BREMBO disk brake callipers, 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.
- 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 down-shifting.
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