Gone Riding: Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

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Greetings from Lisbon, Portugal as we come to our final destination on this three-week European press launch adventure. For this installment, we switch countries of origin, and get ready to hop on the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 street bike.

A sort of street-tracker meets roadster type of bike, the Svartpilen 701 is a unique build from Husqvarna, and it pairs well with the company’s “white arrow” – the Vitpilen 701.

The plan is for us to get to know the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 on the roads outside of Lisbon, riding along the coast for some twisties, touring along the highway, and doing some city miles in the urban jungle of Lisboa.

The route should give us a good idea of what to expect from the Swedish brand’s newest street bike, and to see if it is as fun as Husqvarna would like us to believe.

Per our new review format, I will be giving you a live assessment of the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 right here in this article (down in the comments section), and I will try to answer any questions you might have about this exciting motorcycle.

So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701, before even our own proper review is posted. As always, if I don’t know an answer, I will try to get a response from the Husqvarna personnel. So, pepper away.

You can follow our thoughts on the bike live via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and you can see what our colleagues are posting on social media by looking for the hashtags #svartpilen701.

Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models to the Husqvarna Svartpilen 701:

  Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Indian FTR1200 Ducati Scrambler Icon
Horsepower 74 hp 120 hp 72 hp
Torque 53 lbs•ft 85 lbs•ft 49 lbs•ft
Weight 370 lbs (wet) 508 lbs (wet) 417 lbs (wet)
Engine 693cc / Single-Cylinder 1,203cc / 60° V-Twin 803cc / 90° V-Twin
Price $11,999 $13,499 $9,395

Photos: Husqvarna

Jensen Beeler

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