Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 svarptilen

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 a ‘hard sell’

The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 (“white arrow” in Swedish) will make you rethink what you believe about single-cylinder motorcycles. Yes the liquid-cooled 692.7cc single buzzes at high revs and feels lumpy if under-revved, but with two balancer shafts, 55kW of power and weighing only 157kg, it feels more like a twin. Still, Husqvarna Australia is going …

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 - controversial

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 is a controversial bike

The Husqvarna single-cylinder Vitpilen 401 street bike is one of the most controversial and divisive motorcycles I’ve ridden in ages. After my road test I’m still trying to work out what it is all about and to which riders it will appeal. Controversial features are the price, styling, the single-cylinder engine and, of course, the …

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Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer - neo BRembo recall tail

Ducati and Husqvarna join Brembo recall

Australian recalls have finally been issued for Ducati and Husqvarna models in the global Brembo recall which also affects Aprilia, KTM and MV Agusta. Ducati Australia told us on January 20 that they would join the global recall of faulty Brembo front brake master cylinders. However, it has taken more than two weeks for the Department …

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Ducati V4 EICMA surprise safe best hopes

What will be the best motorcycles of 2018?

The global motorcycle industry is struggling, yet motorcycles have never been so affordable with so many model choices available to riders, but what will be the best of 2018? The trend for more models is going to continue in 2018 with some 50-odd models being released in a wide variety of categories. It is difficult …

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husqvarna pilen vitpilen helmet

Husqvarna Pilen helmet matches bikes

Husqvarna has realised a Darth Vader-style Pilen helmet to match their new Vitpilen 701 naked bike unveiled last month at the EICMA show in Milan. Pilen means arrow in Swedish and the helmet certainly has the clean lines of an arrow. The helmet features a quick-change, double-panel, scratch-resistant visor and a ventilation scoop on the top …

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

Husqvarna unveils Vitpilen 701 street bike

Famed off-road motorcycle company Husqvarna is moving further on to the street with the new Vitpilen 701 naked bike and Svartpilen concept. The bikes were unveiled this week at the EICMA show in Milan. Meanwhile, Husqvarna Australia says the Vitpilen 701 and 401, plus the Svartpilen 401 scrambler will arrive in mid-2018. Pricing will be announced …

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Husqvarna Strada tr650

Husqvarna finally recalls TR650 models

Husqvarna finally has a fix for all TR650 Terra and TR650 Strada models over a stalling issue and has issued an official product safety recall. The issue began when the models were launched in 2012 when the company was owned by BMW. BMW purchased Husqvarna in 2007 and sold it to Pierrer Industrie, the major shareholder …

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KTM Moto3

KTM plans adventure, sports, maybe cruiser

Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM is getting more and and more serious about building a full range of road bikes which could even include a cruiser. KTM has long been a renowned dirt bike manufacturer, but the past few years have seen a shift in emphasis to road bikes. Street bikes now represent 60% of their …

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Husqvarna 701 Vitpilen Concept

Husqvarna reveals naked 701 concept

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, …

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Husqvarna 650

Husqvarna and KTM issue safety recalls

A range of safety recalls has been issued for various Husqvarna and KTM road and dirt bikes, including one which highlights the problems owners face when the company is sold. The recall of the Husqvarna TR650 Terra/Strada is so far only in Canada, but it is for the same ECU issue of stalling that recently …

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