Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Aero sportsbike concept


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Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Aero Concept at EICMA

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.

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Husqvarna’s Vitpilen 701 Aero Concept at EICMA

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.

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Aero Concept – Distinct, elegant and simple styling make the Aero a standout

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.

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Aero Concept – Retro-racer front fairing, possibly featuring a hidden headlight

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.

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The Vitpilen 701’s powerplant is featured alongside the trellis frame

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.

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Aero Concept – It remains to be seen whether this will be a higher tuned machine

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.

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Aero Concept – Rider ergonomics will be far more aggressive

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.

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Aero Concept – Solid rear wheel

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.

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Aero Concept

Standard Vitpilen 701 Specification – Aero details TBA

Engine
Engine typeSingle cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement693 cc
Bore/stroke105/80 mm
Power55 kW (75 hp) @ 8,500 rpm
Torque72 Nm @ 6,750 rpm
Compression ratio12,8:1
Starter/batteryElectric starter/12V 8.6Ah
Transmission6 gears
Fuel systemKeihin EFI (throttle body 50 mm)
Control4 V/OHC with intake cam levers, exhaust rocker arm
LubricationPressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Engine oilBel Ray, SAE 10W-50
Primary drive36:79
Final drive16/40
CoolingLiquid cooling
ClutchAPTCTM slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
EMS/ignitionKeihin EMS, double ignition
Chassis
FrameChromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis, powder coated
SubframeAluminium
HandlebarAluminium clip-on
Front suspensionWP-USD Ø 43 mm
Rear suspensionWP-Monoshock with linkage
Suspension travel front/rear135 mm
Front brakeBrembo four piston, radial mounted , brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear brakeBrembo single piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm
ABSBosch 9M+ Two Channel
Wheels front/rearCast aluminium wheels 3.50 x 17”; 5.00 x 17”
Tyres front/rearBridgestone Battlax 120/70 R 17; 160/60 R 17
ChainX-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
SilencerStainless steel primary and secondary silencer
Steering head angle65°
Triple clamp offset28 mm
Trail109 mm
Wheel base1434 +/- 15 mm
Ground clearance140 mm
Seat height830 mm
Tank capacity (approx.)12.0 litres/2.5 litres reserve
Weight (without fuel, approx)157 kg
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