First came the Vitpilen, a snappy little single-cyclinder naked street bike with contemporary looks.
On Tuesday at EICMA, Husqvarna took the wraps off its next urban machine, the Svartpilen 701.
The design is dramatically different. The Svartpilen draws on the appeal of flat-track racers and sports a minimalist, retro look. At the same time, it features top quality components and design.
It’s not hard to figure out who the market is for the Svartpilen. It sometimes feels like every manufacturer is trying to lure millennials into buying these cool-looking, naked city-machines as their first motorcycle.
The Svartpilen is a powered by a 74 hp, 4-stroke single cylinder engine with 52 ft-lbs (72.0 Nm) of torque. Husqvarna emphasize that this is a new generation single with the latest electronics and design. They claim it’s the most advanced single-cylinder engine on the market.
It’s lightweight, too, part of a package intended to appeal to new riders by dishing up easy maneuverability in city traffic while having a little pop on tap.
The high tech, basic-look concept includes a slipper clutch, throttle-by-wire, switchable ABS, up/down quickshifter, and a chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame. In keeping with the theme, the display looks like an old-fashioned dial but it’s actually a digital screen.
Same for the headlight, which keeps a classic round shape but houses LED lights.
The fully adjustable suspension is WP and the brakes are Brembo, married to a Bosch ABS.
It’s an appealing package, assuming that the (as yet unannounced) price is right. Husqvarna say that the Svartpilen 701 will be in their dealerships in the spring of 2019.