Husqvarna have announced production versions of its Vitpilen 701 and 401 motorcycles for 2018. Both are uniquely styled, liquid-cooled single-cylinder machines with chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frames. Both will be available for purchase in early 2018, though no pricing is included in press material at this time. There’s also no indication whether the US will be among the markets to receive the machines at launch, so stay tuned.
Husqvarna describes the 701 as a “progressive street roadster” And it’s styling is certainly unlike most any other production motorcycle currently available. Stripped down and futuristic, elements like the 3.1-gallon fuel tank, MOKKA leather fabric-wrapped seat and tail section are forward-thinking interpretations of the café aesthetic. Lines are clean and fluid, even down to the yellow “split” between the tank and seat which runs seamlessly down the exhaust hanger.
And below that is a neatly-packaged powerplant. The black powder coated tubes of the frame wrap around a 692.7cc, Single that produces 75 horsepower at 8500 rpm and 53 lb-ft torque at 6750 rpm. Fuel is fed by way of a Keihin fuel injection system with 50mm throttle body and ride-by-wire system.
The six-speed transmission is united with a hydraulically-actuated Adler Power Torque Control slipper clutch. A radial-mount, Brembo four-piston caliper grips a 320mm disc at the front and a Brembo single-piston caliper and 240mm disc provide stopping power at the rear. Two-channel Bosch 9M+ ABS is included and can be disengaged if desired.
WP suspension soaks up bumps, with a 43mm USD fork at the front and linkage-type monoshock at the back. Suspension travel is 5.3 inches on both units.
The 17-inch cast aluminum wheels come with Bridgestone Battlax rubber. Overall dry weight, the only provided by Husqvarna at this time, is a slim 346-pounds.
The smaller sibling comes with a 375cc Single that’s rated to pump out 43 horsepower at 9000 rpm and 27 lb-ft torque at 7000 rpm. It has a Bosch EFI system with 46mm throttle body, a mechanically operated PASC slipper clutch and six-speed transmission.
Braking is handled by ByBre equipment, a four-piston caliper and 320mm disc on the front and single-piston floating caliper, 230mm disc out back. Bosch 9.1MB Two Channel ABS is standard as well.
WP suspension comes on the 401 too, a 43mm USD fork and monoshock, with 5.6 inches travel at the front and 5.9 inches travel at the rear.
Other unique touches include 17-inch bronze anodized spoke wheels and a NABUK leather fabric seat.
Both units feature LED lighting front and rear.
Husqvarna is definitely pushing the boundaries of design with these machines, aesthetically speaking. With many manufacturers looking to the past for styling inspiration on new production models, it will be interesting to see how this pair of modern-looking motorcycles do once they make it to dealerships.