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Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 – the Swedish alternative

Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 road test

Once upon a time, a motorbike was just a means of transport, providing a convenient way of travelling from one point to another. But that was long ago. The motorbike is now a means of expressing the rider’s personality, and it is influenced by the culture of its parent country, or continent. It is very sensitive to fashion, influences and stylistic developments. All this makes it easier to understand the new Husqvarna Svartpilen 701, which was inspired by the return to popularity of flat track racing, even though this bike was designed purely for road use. The name, Svartpilen, means “black arrow” and it is a modern, innovative naked bike, bereft of any excess. Its mission is to win the hearts of a new generation of motorcyclists who are looking for simpler, timeless design.

Svartpilen – Less is more

The concept of the Svartpilen 701 is to eliminate everything superfluous in order to create a blend of simplicity and innovation that combines the idea of a bike from the past with modern design. This reflects the Swedish brand’s approach based on traditional Swedish themes. The Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 is an advanced motorbike powered by a light, thumping, single-cylinder four-stroke 690 cc engine that produces 75 bhp and a torque of 72 Nm. It incorporates the latest technology in terms of architecture and electronics, with the ride-by-wire throttle. It combines reliability and efficiency, and it is made easy to ride by the weight that has been kept down to under 160 kg. The engine is mounted on a frame in high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel, with superstructure reduced to a minimum. This gives the motorbike a pure and authentic feel.

Black finish

Suspension is by WP, with fully adjustable inverted front forks, an 18-inch wheel at the front and 17-inch at the back. The braking set-up uses Brembo components and the latest Bosch ABS system. There are some nice details such as the exhaust system consisting of a steel pre-silencer and a black-finish terminal silencer. The character of the Svartpilen 701 leaves no doubts at all: it is a light, agile, responsive, simplistic bike, designed principally for solo use (there is not much room on the saddle for the passenger). You’ll love it on nice winding roads, on which not many other bikes will keep up with it. To take a Svartpilen 701 home you’ll need at least 10,350 euro.

Alessandro Vai