Mostly known for off-road machines, Husqvarna ginned up more interest in its burgeoning street line by displaying its Svartpilen 701 scrambler concept at the Milan EICMA show on November 7th, 2017. It’s still just a concept, but it’s eye-catching and exciting for fans of edgy, simple, fun-to-ride street-biased  thumpers.

Is it a motocrosser? A scrambler? A cafe racer? Yes. No. Wait…um…just ride the thing.

Is it a scrambler? Or a flat-tracker? I’m not sure. Husqvarna calls the Svartpilen (‘Black Arrow’ in Swedish) a “dark street explorer.” “It doesn’t need to be pigeon-holed or categorized – it just needs to be ridden,” sayeth the press release. Okay! It looks like fun, basically the same bike as the Vitpilen 701 (‘White Arrow’), but with cast wheels in front, an 18-incher in the bow and a 17-incher at the stern. Other details include Brembo brakes with ABS, minimal instrumentation (there’s a knob on the triple clamp that reads “pull to start,” but no clocks) and flat-track style seat, bars and tail.

“Both wheels are covered by tires,” explains the press release, which gives you an idea of how light it is on the deets. Check out the photos, though, and you can see some cool touches that may or may not make it to the proddy model, like the LED headlamp, alcantara seat and Gatling-gun style exhaust.

I’m a little confused as to why this bike isn’t production ready like the Vitpilen 701, or its little brothers, the Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401‘s. All the bikes use KTM components, just put together in that cool, edgy, Swedish long-winter-in-a-shed kind of way. We love the big thumpers here at MO, so we’re looking forward to our first ride.

Husqvarna, a KTM brand, is ramping up production, with 30,700 units sold in 2016 – a 46% increase over the previous year. The hope is the Svartpilens and Vitpilens will make inroads into the global street-motorcycle market.

Cool Gatling-gun muffler evokes flat-track.

The rider will have a minimalist experience, with little motorcycle blocking her view of the road.

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  • Old MOron

    Good onya for being on the pronoun vanguard, Gabe.
    And I think I like the black version better than the white.
    I hope I get to see both in Long Beach!

  • spiff

    If this bike us well received there will be a 1290 version.

  • Shlomi

    What a horrible name for motorcycle.

    • Jens Vik

      Like any number-combination is any better? Just because we are used to it.

      You must have a hard time at IKEA!

      • Shlomi


    • Gruf Rude

      It probably helps sales in Scandinavia, but ‘fart pile’ for us English speakers has unfortunate connotations . . .

    • Luke

      It’s no harder to pronounce than the name of the manufacturer… I don’t think that’s a good thing either. But I do dig the bike.

    • TheMarvelous1310

      Just say Black Arrow.

    • Fabian

      You can always rename it Darling.

  • Buzz

    I’m seriously liking this.

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    • Fabian

      Me too.

  • mog

    Looks much better than the new Yamaha MT07 but I am still a bit puzzled with using a rural roadside mailbox for a rear end treatment.

    • G M

      Mailbox-hairdryer hybrid, maybe?

  • Gruf Rude

    Roads must always be perfectly paved and dry in Scandinavia: “Fenders? We don’t need no stinking fenders!”