Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Aero sportsbike concept
Following the launch of Husqvarna’s Vitpilen 701 in 2018, with the Svartpilen 701 to arrive around the middle of 2019, Husky recently uncovered their new sportsbike concept at EICMA – the Vitpilen 701 Aero.
Introduced as a ‘modern faired sport bike’ with an innovative design approach that pays respect to the past in a progressive way, the Aero hints at the potential for a more performance-oriented future for the Husqvarna Motorcycles street range.
The Aero boasts a retro-race styled fairing for a eye catching front end, flowing into the futuristic tank and tail design, with minimalistic overall styling and bodywork.
While exact details are still limited, it is obvious the Aero will be based on the Vitpilen 701, which boasts a 693cc single-cylinder powerplant, producing 75hp and 72Nm of torque.
The standard 701 features a Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, with high spec WP suspension front and rear, as well as Brembo braking systems and Bosch ABS. An obvious standout is the solid (rather than spoked) rear wheel, while overall ergonomics will no doubt be far sportier than the Vitpilen 701 on which it is based.
The paint job for this bike is something special, but underneath the coat of blue and white is a powerful single-cylinder motor with modern electronics. The windshield completely
changes the position of the cockpit, encouraging a lower, more locked-in position, for a fully immersive riding experience.
A TFT display unique to the Vitpilen 701 Aero is another component that highlights the ongoing evolution of the design between simple form and progressive function. Mounted at the heart of the cockpit, is a constructed round, full colour TFT display, shaped to match the design language of the motorcycle.
Its simple form and typically reduced Husqvarna Motorcycles style should not be mistaken for basic function, as this display version highlights the option to change several interface elements.
Standard Vitpilen 701 Specification – Aero details TBA
|Engine type||Single cylinder, 4-stroke|
|Power||55 kW (75 hp) @ 8,500 rpm|
|Torque||72 Nm @ 6,750 rpm|
|Starter/battery||Electric starter/12V 8.6Ah|
|Fuel system||Keihin EFI (throttle body 50 mm)|
|Control||4 V/OHC with intake cam levers, exhaust rocker arm|
|Lubrication||Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps|
|Engine oil||Bel Ray, SAE 10W-50|
|Clutch||APTCTM slipper clutch, hydraulically operated|
|EMS/ignition||Keihin EMS, double ignition|
|Frame||Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis, powder coated|
|Front suspension||WP-USD Ø 43 mm|
|Rear suspension||WP-Monoshock with linkage|
|Suspension travel front/rear||135 mm|
|Front brake||Brembo four piston, radial mounted , brake disc Ø 320 mm|
|Rear brake||Brembo single piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm|
|ABS||Bosch 9M+ Two Channel|
|Wheels front/rear||Cast aluminium wheels 3.50 x 17”; 5.00 x 17”|
|Tyres front/rear||Bridgestone Battlax 120/70 R 17; 160/60 R 17|
|Chain||X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″|
|Silencer||Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer|
|Steering head angle||65°|
|Triple clamp offset||28 mm|
|Wheel base||1434 +/- 15 mm|
|Ground clearance||140 mm|
|Seat height||830 mm|
|Tank capacity (approx.)||12.0 litres/2.5 litres reserve|
|Weight (without fuel, approx)||157 kg|