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Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 spied

Production version of 690 Duke-based concept caught on test

HERE’S another new spy shot, this one showing the near-ready production version of the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701.

First revealed as a concept in 2015, it’s based on KTM 690 Duke, with the same steel frame, engine, alloy swing-arm and what look like the same wheels, brakes and upside-down WP fork. Expect no major change to the 73hp 690cc single-cylinder motor either.

However, the styling has been completely re-imagined, creating a future-retro look in line with the rest of the Vitpilen family. The slim-line tank, seat and tail unit are new, as is the headlight, while the bars appear to be lower, making more of a café racer riding position than the upright 690 Duke.

It was spotted being tested alongside a new Duke 800 and updated Duke 125, as well as the Vitpilen 125 and 401.

Expect to see the finished product at shows this autumn and launched next year, with a price not too much higher than the 690 Duke’s £7,699.

We should also expect to see the Svartpilen 701 – a scrambler-fied version with knobbly tyres – in the not-too-distant future.

Comments

BubbaDaytona's picture

I really liked this concept bike, and at 700cc at 75NM torque, it will have enough grunt. I hope that's not the final headlight, the prototype had a very cool round LED light with integrated DRLs.
Hopefully, they will address quality issues from the 690 Duke.

Yeah, the original headlight on the concept was way way better. In fact it was a defining feature of its style.

I can vouch for the engine. It's no slouch!

duck51's picture

Ah, Yet another fashion-victim motorbike. It may well have advanced modes and ABS etc but a couple of trips in the rain and it'll start to corrode with rusty fastenings and bunged up radiator. That's if it doesn't get a stone through it, with ineffective mudguards and no rear hugger.. It seems only Royal Infied and Rough superior are providing these things.

Note to KTM/Husqvarna and all the other manufacturers as well. I hereby declare that the purposely weird headlight design era is over. How about putting a round normal headlight on there to begin with and then you sell "distinctive" headlights as a catalog option? Or not ...

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