Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 will be a flat-tracker based on the Vitpilen 701, likely debut at the EICMA 2018 and will launch in a few months from now
The flat-track-style Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 concept, which is also known as the Black Arrow, made its debut last year. And now, the production bike is fast getting close to its release date. The production-spec Svartpilen 701 will likely debut at the EICMA 2018 and will launch in a few months from now. It will be larger than the India-bound Svartpilen 401.
Globally, Husqvarna’s Pilen range has three models – the Vitpilen 701 (White Arrow), Vitpilen 401, Svartpilen 401. It was always pretty obvious that a fourth model, in the form of the Svartpilen 701 (Black Arrow), will be added to this range. The Svartpilen 701 will be basically a flat-tracker version of the Vitpilen 701. The handlebar will be different and the instrument console will be slightly different.
The motorcycle will also have dual-purpose tires, which should help it venture off the beaten tarmac. The motorcycle will be built around the same steel trellis frame that is used on the Vitpilen 701. The new motorcycle will also get the same WP suspension and Brembo brakes. Even the ride-by-wire technology and the slipper clutch will be shred between both the models.
Exactly like the Vitpilen 701, the Svartpilen 701 will have the same engine as the KTM 690 Duke. For the Huskies, the 693cc single-cylinder engine outputs 73 bhp of maximum power. The motorcycle will offer a full range of features, including ABS, traction control, quick-shifter, and auto-blipper.
Right now, it’s not known if the 701 models from Husqvarna would make it to India. Currently, it’s being said that the 401 range of motorcycles are India-bound and will be here by 2019. However, the Vitpilen 701 has been spotted in the country. In all probability, the 701s will come only after the launch of the 401s next year, which means the new bikes are at least a couple of years away from us.