Aesthetic Upgrades For Husvarna’s 701 Line

Some minor changes for 2020.

Husqvarna's Vitpilen 701 and Svartpilen 701 share quite a few similarities, and since coming to market in 2018 and 2019, respectively, have lived up to the hype generated by their unique looks. Since both are still relatively new to the market, it comes as no surprise that both get minor updates for the 2020 model year.

2020 Vitpilen 701

One of the best single-cylinder road bikes available.
One of the best single-cylinder road bikes available.Husqvarna

The Vitpilen 701 gets a set of CNC-machined footrests along with a new blue and white color scheme. There’s also a pair of sharp-looking 17-inch spoked wheels on the new edition and a new pillion seat cover.

The 692cc single has proven to be a lot of fun in the saddle, with instant acceleration that pulls all the way to redline. The chromoly steel trellis frame and WP suspension work together in harmony to provide a firm, yet forgiving ride. The fit and finish were a high point during our first encounter with the machine, and the new colorway looks quite striking compared to the previous silver and black.

2020 Svartpilen 701

The Vitpilen 701 has helped Husqvarna find success in the on-road market.
The Vitpilen 701 has helped Husqvarna find success in the on-road market.Husqvarna

Similarly, the Svartpilen 701 gets new CNC-machined footrests, a fresh coat of paint, and new 18-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels.

Altered ergos and styling give the Svartpilen 701 its own feel and character, despite sharing much of its internal construction with the Vitpilen 701. Our tester recently described it as making "a strong case as the best single-cylinder streetbike currently in production", so we forgive Husqvarna for leaving well enough alone for the time being. Plus, the bronze and black 2020 colorway is quite fetching.

2020 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Specifications

Price TBD
Engine 692.7cc, liquid-cooled single, 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke 105.0 x 80.0mm
Compression Ratio 12.8:1
Clutch APTC hydraulically operated slipper clutch
Fuel Delivery Keihin EFI w/ 50mm throttle body
Transmission/Final Drive 6 speed/chain
Frame Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame
Front Suspension WP Apex 43mm fork, 5.3-in. travel
Rear Suspension WP Apex monoshock, 5.3-in. travel
Front Brake Brembo radial-mount 4-piston caliper, 320mm disc w/ ABS
Rear Brake Brembo 1-piston floating caliper, 240mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear Aluminum spoked; 3.5 x 17 / 5.0 x 17
Tires, Front/Rear: Bridgestone Battlax 120/70-17 / 160/60-17
Rake/Trail 25.0°/4.3 in.
Wheelbase 56.5 in.
Seat Height 32.7 in.
Claimed Dry Weight 348 lb.
Warranty 1 year
Available TBD
Contact https://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/

2020 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Specifications

Price TBD
Engine 692.7cc, liquid-cooled single, 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke 105.0 x 80.0mm
Compression Ratio 12.8:1
Clutch APTC hydraulically operated slipper clutch
Fuel Delivery Keihin EFI w/ 50mm throttle body
Transmission/Final Drive 6 speed/chain
Frame Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame
Front Suspension WP Apex 43mm fork, 5.9-in. travel
Rear Suspension WP Apex monoshock, 5.9-in. travel
Front Brake Brembo radial-mount 4-piston caliper, 320mm disc w/ ABS
Rear Brake Brembo 1-piston floating caliper, 240mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear Aluminum spoked; 3.0 x 18 / 5.0 x 17
Tires, Front/Rear Pirelli MT60 RS; 110/80-18 / 160/60-17
Rake/Trail 25.0°/4.7 in.
Wheelbase 56.5 in.
Seat Height 32.9 in.
Claimed Dry Weight 355 lb.
Warranty 1 year
Available TBD
Contact https://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/
The Svartpilen 701 returns with a new colorway and updated footrests in 2020.
The Svartpilen 701 returns with a new colorway and updated footrests in 2020.Husqvarna
The bronze and black look sharp.
The bronze and black look sharp.Husqvarna
A high level of fit and finish combines with a dialed mechanical package.
A high level of fit and finish combines with a dialed mechanical package.Husqvarna
The blue and white colorway is a nice update.
The blue and white colorway is a nice update.Husqvarna
Spoked wheels come standard on the Vitpilen 701.
Spoked wheels come standard on the Vitpilen 701.Husqvarna
No need for any big updates in 2020.
No need for any big updates in 2020.Husqvarna
Still the futuristic café we fell in love with.
Still the futuristic café we fell in love with.Husqvarna