Production Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 spotted testing in Europe
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The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 has been spied on European streets. The pictures from MCN suggest the motorcycle is almost production ready.
The concept version of the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 was showcased at the 2015 EICMA show. Its scrambler cousin, the Svartpilen 701, was spied in May, this year. Coming back to the café racer, it shares its powerplant with the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto and the Husqvarna 701 Enduro. The powerplant is a 66.6 PS, 690cc single cylinder unit with liquid cooling and fuel injection. The transmission is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch.
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The Vitpilen’s engine nestles inside a trellis frame. While its production cousins get a subframe-integrated fuel tank, the Vitpilen has a conventional fuel tank and its subframe houses the air box. The front end features a WP inverted fork and the rear is a monoshock unit. A single disc at both front and rear with twin-channel ABS handle the braking responsibility. The alloy wheels seem lifted from the concept motorcycle.
The rear tyre hugger also holds the registration plate and the clear-lens LED indicators. The LED tail light sits on the subframe. The circular headlight is LED as well, and the motorcycles comes with a single pod instrument cluster and clip-on handlebars.
The motorcycle features a Husqvarna logo on the slash-cut upswept exhaust, apart from the copper finished engine casing and radiator cover. Husqvarna will likely showcase the production-ready motorcycle at this year’s EICMA show in November. Bajaj has already confirmed that it would manufacture Husqvarna motorcycles in India from late next year.
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