In 2018, Husqvarna introduced its four streetbikes, each bringing modern character through futuristic styling and a thumping single-cylinder engine. The sharp-styled Vitpilen 701 might just steal the show. Being the big brother to the Vitpilen 401, the 701 still flaunts the more aggressive ergos seen in the smaller iteration, but offers a more aggressive yet incredibly smooth power delivery via a 693cc single-cylinder engine. Not only that, but the braking department features Brembo brakes, Keihin EFI (compared to the 401′s Bosch system), stainless steel exhaust, aluminum clip-ons, Bridgestone Battlax tires, traction control, and more fuel capacity.
In our first look, we reported that Husky is “aiming to improve on an already proven platform” with minor changes that ultimately add a premium touch to the models. Although 2020 sees some minor changes to the Vit, they do add a premium touch to the models.
When the Vitpilen was first announced we snagged a model to run on our in-house dyno to record rear-wheel numbers: 70.95 hp at 8,200 rpm and 51.08 pound-feet of torque at 6,730 rpm.
Competition can include its own kin, the KTM 790 Duke or Svartpilen 701, but otherwise the onslaught comes from other standard machines like the Yamaha MT-07, Kawasaki Z650, Honda CB650R, Suzuki SV650, and Ducati Monster 797.
For 2020, the Vitpilen is fitted with CNC footpegs and spoked wheels as standard. A striking blue and white color scheme with new graphics grace the bodywork of the 2020 Vitpilen 701.