Husqvarna last year revealed two 401 concept road bikes and has updated the concept with the bigger 701 Vitpilen at he EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.
Now owned by a KTM board member with Indian Bajaj financial backing, the company seems intent on moving in to the road bike area with this new concept.
Surprisingly, with the trend for scramblers by Ducati, BMW and Moto Guzzi, there is still no show of the Steve McQueen scrambler concept they unveiled at the 2011 EICMA show.
However, while other manufacturers are going retro with their scramblers, the 701 Vitpilen, which means white arrow in Swedish, is ultra modern.
It’s very similar to the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 concepts revealed last year with circular LED daytime running lights around the headlight and minimalist styling.
While there is no word from Husqvarna about the future of the 401s, they do plan to reveal a production-ready 701 Vitpilen next year.
It is powered by a blackened 54kW 690cc single-cylinder engine from Husqvarna’s new 701 Supermoto and 701 Enduro.
The 701 concept has a wide-diameter straight-through exhaust, one-piece carbon monocoque housing the airbox, machined footpegs and a striking metallic-finish tank.