f it seems like we’ve all been waiting ages for the Vitpilen to arrive, that’s probably just because it’s so damn droolworthy. The reality is that Husqvarna first showed the 701 concept at EICMA in late 2015, and now here we are, a shade more than two years later, with units due in US dealerships in April. It usually takes four years to move from concept to production (that’s certainly the schedule Yamaha appears to be keeping with the T7 adventure bike, another eagerly awaited model) so 28 months is a quick turnaround. Building the Vit around the frame and engine of the KTM Duke 690 surely helped expedite things, leaving more development time to dial in the details of the design. Sure enough, the 701 I got to rip around Barcelona, Spain, was the spitting image of the lean and futuristic concept first seen in Milan back in fall of ’15.