First Look: 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

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.

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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 typeSingle cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement693 cc
Bore x Stroke105 mm x 80 mm
Power73.8 hp at 8500 rpm
Torque53.1 lb-ft. at 6750 rpm
Compression Ratio12.8:1
Starter/BatteryElectric starter/12V 8.6Ah
Transmission6 gears
Fuel systemKeihin EFI (throttle body 50 mm)
Control4 V/OHC with intake cam levers and exhaust rocker arm
LubricationPressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Engine oilBel Ray, SAE 10W-50
Primary Drive36:79
Final Drive16/40
CoolingLiquid cooling
ClutchAPTCTM slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Engine Management/IgnitionKeihin EMS, double ignition
FrameChromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
HandlebarAluminum clip-on
Front SuspensionWP-USD Ø 43 mm
Rear SuspensionWP-Monoshock with linkage
Suspension Travel5.3 inches, front and rear
Front BrakeBrembo four piston, radial mounted , brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear BrakeBrembo single piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm
ABSBosch 9M+ Two Channel
Wheels Front/RearCast aluminium wheels 3.50 x 17”; 5.00 x 17”
Tires Front/RearBridgestone Battlax 120/70 R 17; 160/60 R 17
ChainX-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
SilencerStainless steel primary and secondary silencer
Steering Head angle65°
Triple Clamp Offset1.1 inches
Trail4.3 inches
Wheelbase56.5 in. +/- 0.6 in.
Ground Clearance5.5 in.
Seat Height32.7 in.
Tank Capacity (approx.)3.2 gallons
Weight (without Fuel, approx.)346 pounds (claimed)
Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Jens Vik Jens Vik on Nov 08, 2017

    Boom! I am going to the dealer when he gets back from EICMA!
    Just hope they manage to get it out early next year. The 400 is still not in the showroom.

  • William William on Nov 21, 2017

    Shut up and take my money!