After the Svartpilen 401 debuted with its sportier looking Vitpilen 401 and 701 counterparts last year, 2019 will finally see a production version of the Svartpilen. Albeit with a slightly different inspiration...
While the smaller 401 Svartpilen is undeniably a scrambler inspired machine, the new Svartpilen 701 draws its design inspiration from a different part of the dirt sector - that of the flat trackers of America.
Husqvarna states in their release on the new Svartpilen, that although its design is inspired by the resurgence of the iconic flat track scene, this is a progressive motorcycle that doesn’t need to be pigeon-holed or categorised – it just needs to be ridden.
Going further into that flat track inspired design, Husqvarna stripped it down to the essentials for a unique and authentic style. The bodywork is designed to create the perfect fit between rider and motorcycle and is highlighted with quality painted finishes.
Integrated into the bodywork is a key design feature Husqvarna calls “the split”. This is essentially a division running between the main frame and subframe. This unique detail, along with the flat track inspired side panel, further showcases the design direction Husqvarna are taking with their street bikes - unconventional, but functional. Think of the Husqvarna street bikes as the IKEA designs of the motorcycle world.
As is the case with the smaller 401s, the Svartpilen 701 shares its engine with the Vitpilen 701, meaning it is powered by a 692.7cc single cylinder and will produce 55kW (75hp) and 72Nm of torque.
"The paradox is in its personality says Maxime Thouvenin, Husqvarna Motorcycles creative lead on the project. Simple, stylish commuter by day but open to more serious thrills when the opportunity arises.”
The engine itself is a relatively simple unit by modern street bike standards. Single cylinder, single overhead cam, etc. However Husqvarna notes that the unit features the latest technology in terms of design and electronics.
The maximum power output of 55 kW (75 hp) at 8,500 rpm and torque of 72.0 Nm at 6,750 rpm are decent and when linked in with the bikes low weight make for a spirited machine to ride. The engine itself is extremely lightweight, tipping the scales at only 43.4kg without oil but including all components such as electric start, throttle body, clutch and coolant lines.
However, the biggest tick in the pro's box is in reliability, durability and efficiency. With technical solutions such as active crankcase evacuation and forced lubrication, the engine of the Vitpilen has a long service interval thanks to the reduced oil friction and pump losses.
Husqvarna also claims that the Svartpilen 701 benefits from extremely low fuel consumption - which would be great for owners as the fuel tank is a rather small (by road going motorcycle standards) of just 12-litres.
Suspension duties are taken care of by WP suspension, with adjustable 43mm USD front forks delivering advanced performance and comfort in varying urban environments. Using a split damping function, compression and rebound can be adjusted effortlessly using the easy access clickers located on the top of the fork tube.
Connected via a linkage system out back, the WP monoshock is designed to deliver outstanding progression for an agile and comfortable ride. Fully adjustable for rebound and compression, the shock can be tailored to suite a variety of urban conditions.
Note the "urban conditions" there. It's pretty clear by reading Husqvarna's press release that they don't intend for riders to go venturing off-road with the Svartpilen 701 - preferring to leave riders of the 701 Enduro which also shares the same 692.7cc engine.
The wheels further hammer this fact home, with lightweight 18-inch front and 17-inch rear cast alloy wheels ensure high levels of strength and durability with minimal unsprung weight. While you could take them off to do a bit of gravel exploration, the sizing further hints at the Flat Track design theme the 701 follows. A neat touch however, is that Husky embedded the Husqvarna logo is discreetly into the wheels.
Fitted to the wheels are Pirelli MT60 RS tyres – 110/80-18 front and 160/60-17 rear. The tyres offer advanced grip and durability in a wide range of conditions while also giving the big Svartpilen a rugged look.
Bringing the 701 to a stop, like its Vitpilen counterpart, is the industry standard Brembo braking system. This features a four-piston calliper, 320mm floating disc at the front, and a single piston calliper, 240mm combo at the rear.
Additionally, the Bosch ABS system prevents wheel lock up under hard braking and can be fully de-activated for some Flat Track antics.
Nestled into the front headlight mask is an LED headlight unit with an included day time running light, which circles the circumference of the headlight making the Svartpilen 701 clearly visible in all conditions.
The LED tail light is integrated within the bodywork. This, together with the swingarm mounted license plate and turn signals, give the rear end a clean, uninterrupted look.
Husqvarna Motorcycles New Zealand are still confirming availability for the Svartpilen 701, but as we already have both the Svartpilen and Vitpilen in 401 size, it is almost guaranteed that the 701 Svartpilen will be introduced to the New Zealand market next year to ride alongside the Vitpilen 701.
We'll keep you updated when we receive confirmation and pricing.
2019 HUSQVARNA SVARTPILEN 701 SPECS
Engine type: Single cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement: 692.7 cc
Bore x Stroke: 105x80mm
Power: 55 kW (75 hp) @ 8,500 rpm
Torque: 72 Nm @ 6,750 rpm
Compression ratio: 12.8:1
Starter/battery: Electric starter/12V 8.6Ah
Transmission: 6 speed
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: Motorex, 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
Front suspension: WP-USD Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension: WP-Monoshock with linkage
Suspension travel front/rear: 150 mm
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 3.0 x 18-inch; 5.00 x 17-inch
Tyres front/rear: Pirelli MT60 RS 110/80 R18; 160/60 R17
Chain: X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4-inch
Silencer: Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer
Steering head angle: 65°
Triple clamp offset: 28 mm
Trail: 119 mm
Wheel base: 1436 +/- 15 mm
Ground clearance: 164 mm
Seat height: 835 mm
Tank capacity (approx.): 12.0 litres/2.5 litres reserve
Weight (without fuel, approx): 158.5 kg