May 28, 2018

Husqvarna Likely To Build Cafe Racer By Next Year

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701
Husqvarna looks set to build the Vitpilen 701 cafe racer maybe as early as next year.

With Husqvarna’s Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 road bikes already confirmed for production, it now appears the larger Vitpilen 701 is also likely to make it into production – possibly as early as next year.

We first saw the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 as concepts at the EICMA show in Milan in November 2014.

But early last year KTM’s CEO Stefan Pierer, who’s personal company owns Husqvarna, declared the two machines would go into production for 2017.

Since being bought by Stefan Pierer’s company, Husqvarna has been using KTM’s as the basis of it’s models.

That seems likely to continue, and the new “401” machines are most likely to be based around the running gear from the KTM Duke 390.

The Vitpilen 701 was shown at EICMA last year, and at the time Pierer hinted that Husqvarna is going to invest heavily in a “New Classic” image.

The Vitpilen 701 certainly fulfils that image, having been designed as a modern interpretation of a classic cafe racer.

This machine would be based on the  KTM 690cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine that produces 67 hp (50 kW).

Initial speculation was that it would make it into production in 2018, but interest in the model has picked up once again and reports from Europe in recent days are referring to the bike as a 2017 model.

All these new models are a drastic change in direction for Husqvarna that has built its business around off-road machines up until now.