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EICMA 2015: Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Concept Is Another Great-Looking Street Bike

The 2015 edition of the EICMA show wasn’t without its share of concepts. Of all the prototypes shown, the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 street bike has got to be the most interesting.
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That’s mainly because of the way it looks, but it’s only half the story, really. The real good news is that Husqvarna has recently made a very strong commitment regarding the street bike segment, so the Vitpilen 701 has all the chances of making it into production one way or another.

Another Vitpilen (meaning White Arrow in Swedish) model with similar looks, the 401, is expected to become publicly available sometime during 2017. The whole Vitpilen range is a tribute to the classic Husqvarna Silverpilen model, a street bike that earned its renown during the early part of the 1950s. The new models, however, are going to be packed with technology and premium quality.

The Husqvarna brand is best known for its off-road motorcycles, having been involved with various such competitions that have helped raise the brand-awareness well outside the borders of native Sweden. You might have also heard the name in relation to outdoor power products such as chainsaws and the like. Or maybe you’re a gun fanatic, in which case it’s the Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag Swedish firearms manufacturer that introduced the brand to you.

Back to the Vitpilen 701, it does that menacing look of an assault rifle about it. Should it make it into production, the 701 will come as a range-topper for the Vitpilen lineup, which by that time will be made up of two models. The 401 we’ve already talked about will be joined at launch by the 125 model, a more minimalistic take on the same theme that also uses a single-cylinder engine, only smaller.

In true Vitpilen style and in a very clear accordance with the concept’s looks and Husqvarna’s ethos, the 701 model comes with a large-capacity single-cylinder engine capable of offering a raw, exhilarating riding experience.

 
 
 
 
 

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