Husqvarna’s Vitpilen 701 Could Be In Production Next Year

As Husqvarna’s Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 road bikes get closer to being a production reality, it appears that the bigger Vitpilen 701 is now also likely to make it into production possibly as early as next year.

The Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 were first shown at the EICMA show in 2014.

At that stage they were concepts, but early last year KTM’s CEO Stefan Pierer declared the two machines would go into production for 2017.

Husqvarna is owned by Stefan Pierer’s company, and has been using KTM’s as the basis of it’s models since the purchase in 2013.

Although they mark a move into road-going motorcycles for Husqvarna, the new machines are still most likely to be based around the running gear from the KTM Duke 390.

The Vitpilen 701 was shown at EICMA last year, and at the time Pierer hinted that Husqvarna is going to invest heavily in a “New Classic” image.

The Vitpilen 701 certainly fulfils that image, having been designed as a modern interpretation of a classic cafe racer.

This machine would be based on the  KTM 690cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine that produces 67 hp (50 kW).

Initial speculation was that it would make it into production in 2018, but reports from Europe in recent days are referring to the bike as a 2017 model and interest in the model has picked up once again.

All these new models are a drastic change in direction for Husqvarna that has built its business around off-road machines up until now.

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Steve McDowall

Steve is the team’s motorcycle writer and contributes to the podcast each week. He started his “on air” career as a guest on 4BC where he met Joel, and has been with Behind the Wheel now for over 6 years. Steve’s fascination for anything with wheels and an engine started as a child and even though he still loves his cars, he found his true passion was with motorcycles. He is also an accredited rider trainer, consultant and coach. Check out Steve’s website – motorcyclelife.com.au

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