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First Look: 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

Husqvarna presented the production version of its Vitpilen 701 at EICMA alongside a concept version of its sibling, the Svartpilen 701. We’ll have more on the flat track-inspired Svartpilen 701 in a separate post, but here’s what we know about the “White Arrow” Vitpilen.

The Vitpilen 701 is powered by a 693cc Single derived from the KTM 690 Duke’s powerplant, claiming 73.8 hp at 8500 rpm and 53.1 lb-ft. at 6750 rpm. The engine is matched with a slipper clutch and six speed transmission. The electronic fuel injection is managed by a ride-by-wire throttle control, with traction control as standard.

The engine is mounted to a chromium molybdenum tubular steel frame. WP Suspension supplies the 43mm upside-down fork and linked rear monoshock, both offering 5.3 inches of travel.

The front wheel is equipped with a single 320mm disc and Brembo four-piston radial-mount caliper while the rear wheel has a 240 mm disc with a single-piston caliper also from Brembo. A switchable Bosch 9M+ ABS comes standard.

Other important details include a 32.7-inch seat height, 3.2 gallon fuel tank and a claimed weight (without fuel) of 346 pounds. We’ll have information on U.S. pricing and availability when they became available.

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2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Specifications
Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement 693 cc
Bore x Stroke 105 mm x 80 mm
Power 73.8 hp at 8500 rpm
Torque 53.1 lb-ft. at 6750 rpm
Compression Ratio 12.8:1
Starter/Battery Electric starter/12V 8.6Ah
Transmission 6 gears
Fuel system Keihin EFI (throttle body 50 mm)
Control 4 V/OHC with intake cam levers and exhaust rocker arm
Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Engine oil Bel Ray, SAE 10W-50
Primary Drive 36:79
Final Drive 16/40
Cooling Liquid cooling
Clutch APTCTM slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Engine Management/Ignition Keihin EMS, double ignition
Frame Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
Subframe Aluminum
Handlebar Aluminum clip-on
Front Suspension WP-USD Ø 43 mm
Rear Suspension WP-Monoshock with linkage
Suspension Travel 5.3 inches, front and rear
Front Brake Brembo four piston, radial mounted , brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear Brake Brembo single piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm
ABS Bosch 9M+ Two Channel
Wheels Front/Rear Cast aluminium wheels 3.50 x 17”; 5.00 x 17”
Tires Front/Rear Bridgestone Battlax 120/70 R 17; 160/60 R 17
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
Silencer Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer
Steering Head angle 65°
Triple Clamp Offset 1.1 inches
Trail 4.3 inches
Wheelbase 56.5 in. +/- 0.6 in.
Ground Clearance 5.5 in.
Seat Height 32.7 in.
Tank Capacity (approx.) 3.2 gallons
Weight (without Fuel, approx.) 346 pounds (claimed)
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