2018 Motorcycle Previews 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 First Look | 8 Fast Facts

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 First Look | 8 Fast Facts

When Husqvarna announced its return to the street segment in 2015, it announced the Vitpilen 701 Concept, a naked sport motorcycle that was powered by the 693cc single transplanted from the KTM 690 Duke.

Two years later, the Vitpilen 701 has journeyed from concept to production bike. Husqvarna unveiled the production version of the Vitpilen 701 at EICMA, alongside the Svartpilen 701 Concept. Following are the essential Fast Facts of Husky’s latest street bike.

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 1. Vitpilen, which translates from Swedish into “White Arrow,” joins two other production Husqvarna 701s – the 701 Enduro and 701 Supermoto.

2. The Vitpilen is powered by KTM 690 Duke’s 693cc single-cylinder engine. The motor produces a claimed 75 horsepower at 8500 rpm and 53 ft/lbs of torque at 6750 rpm.

3. The Keihin fuel-injection throttle body is operated by a ride-by-wire system. Engine Management System (EMS) continuously adjusts the throttle valves for optimal power delivery and throttle response.

4. The six-speed transmission is matched to an APTC (Adler Power Torque Control) slipper clutch. This setup helps maximize rear grip under hard acceleration, and stability when hard on the binders and downshifting.

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 colors5. The Vitpilen 701’s chromoly tubular steel trellis frame is paired with a WP 43mm  fork and WP shock. The Vitpilen 701 rolls on 17-inch wheels with 120/70 and 160/60 tires.

6. Stopping the Vitpilen 701 is one disc per wheel. There’s a 320mm disc up front squeezed by a four-piston Brembo caliper, and a single 240mm disc out back slowed by a single-piston Brembo caliper.

7. ABS is standard. The Vitpilen uses a Bosch 9m+ Two-Channel ABS system, which can be turned off.

8. The price has yet to be determined, but the 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 will be available in summer 2018.

2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Specs


  • Type: Single cylinder
  • Displacement: 693cc
  • Bore x stroke: 105 x 80mm
  • Max power: 75 horsepower at 8500 rpm
  • Max torque: 53 ft/lbs at 6750 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 12.8:1
  • Fuel system: Keihin EFI (throttle body 50 mm)
  • Valve train: OHC w/ intake cam levers and exhaust rocker arm; 4 valves
  • Transmission: 6-speed with hydraulically actuated slipper clutch
  • Final drive: Chain
  • Frame: Chromoly trellis frame, powder coated
  • Subframe: Aluminum
  • Handlebar: Aluminum clip-on
  • Front suspension; travel: 43mm inverted WP fork; 5.3 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Linkage-assist WP shock; 5.3 inches
  • Wheels: Cast aluminum wheels
  • Front wheel: 3.50 x 17”
  • Rear whee: 5.00 x 17”
  • Tire front: 120/70 R 17; Bridgestone Battlax 7
  • Rear tire: 160/70 R 17; Bridgestone Battlax
  • Front brake: 320mm disc w/ radially mounted Brembo four-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: 240mm disc w/ Brembo single-piston floating caliper
  • ABS: Bosch 9M+ Two Channel
  • Wheel base: 56.5 +/- 0.6 in
  • Rake: 25°
  • Triple clamp offset: 28 mm
  • Trail: 4.3 inches
  • Seat height: 32.7 inches
  • Tank capacity: 3.2 gallons
  • Weight (without fuel, approx): 346 pounds

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Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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