We had a hunch and were hotly anticipating the debut of this one. It was just a concept last year, but today, Husqvarna took the wraps off the latest addition to its family of neo-retro bikes—the Svartpilen 701. It’s the flat-track sibling to the café-inspired Vitpilen 701.
Maxime Thouvenin, creative lead on the Husqvarna Motorcycles street project, states the projects aim: “Our inspiration for this design was motivated by the resurgence of the iconic flat-track scene, but we interpreted it in true Husqvarna Motorcycles style—premium, modern and sleek.”
And it appears to be very much that. In the transition from café racer to flat-tracker, the Svartpilen 701 gained a unique front headlight mask with an LED headlight, fork shrouds, seat, tailsection, and handlebars to give it a more upright and rowdy appearance.
The colors and finishes have also been given the “none more black” treatment compared to its Vitpilen 701 stablemate. Rounding out its transformation to street tracker, the Svartpilen 701 is equipped with Pirelli MT 60 RS tires, providing the look of flat-track rubber but with streetability in mind.
From there, what we’ve come to appreciate from the 690/701 family of motorcycles is a carryover from the latest Duke 690 and Vitpilen 701. The chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame is identical. The engine is the same double-balancer 692cc liquid-cooled single found throughout the lineup, and still outputs a claimed 75 hp and 53 pound-feet of torque.
The six-speed transmission appears to have the same ratios and final drive as the other 701s, and the Svartpilen 701 is equipped with an up/down quickshifter and APTC (Adler Power Torque Clutch) slipper clutch.
The brakes are also carryovers—Brembo four-piston calliper with 320mm floating disc at the front, and a single piston calliper and 240mm disc at the rear. Switchable Bosch ABS is also standard. And suspension is a WP 43mm USD fork with split adjustability for rebound and compression, and a fully adjustable WP monoshock.
Price and availability have not been announced, but with upright bars and a tracker-esque appearance, this may be the perfect blend of the hooligan Duke 690 and the supermodel-pretty Vitpilen 701. We’re looking to sliding while going left on this one.