Husqvarna 701 Supermoto & 401 Concepts

November 5, 2014
Byron Wilson
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Husqvarna revealed three new street models during the EICMA show in Italy. One, the 701 Supermoto, is slated to hit dealerships fall 2015 while the other two, the 401 Vitpilen and 401 Svartpilen, are concepts designed to give a “small glimpse of what the future street chapters will look like.” It’s unclear what the price point of the 701 Supermoto will be or whether it will be available to customers Stateside.

2015 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto

The 2015 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto is powered by a 690cc, liquid-cooled Single that produces a claimed 67 horsepower at 7500 rpm and 50 lb-ft torque at 6000 rpm. Husqvarna became part of KTM Motorrad AG in 2013 and shared tech between the two brands is apparent in the engine, a version of which can be found in KTM’s 690 SMC R ABS Supermoto and 690 Enduro R. Three engine maps are available on the 701 Supermoto, “Standard,” “Soft,” and “Advanced” to accord with riding conditions. There’s also a “Bad Fuel” map which accounts for lower-grade fuel. The six-speed transmission is engaged via hydraulically operated APTC slipper clutch.

The chassis design owes much to KTM’s influence as well, with a chromium-molybdenum, powder-coated steel trellis frame suspended by WP components. The fork is a 48mm upside-down, split-function WP unit while rear suspension duties are handled by a WP-Monoshock with Pro-Lever linkage. A four-piston, radially-mounted Brembo caliper grips a 320mm disc at the front and a single-piston floating Brembo caliper is matched to a 240mm disc at the back. The 701 Supermoto comes with Bosch 9M+ Two-Channel ABS, which can be disengaged.

The 701 Supermoto rings in at 320 pounds without fuel and has a seat height of 35 inches.

Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen & 401 Svartpilen

A futuristic Husky café racer and scrambler? That’s what we’ve got with the concept 401 Vitpilen (Swedish for “White Arrow”) and 401 Svartpilen (Swedish for “Black Arrow”).

Husqvarna press explains that the company reached back to its mid-20th century street efforts to direct the design of its new concept machines. Citing mounts such as the Svartkvarna, Drombagen and Silverpilen, Husqvarna stresses that its work in the lightweight, road-going Single segment is not without precedent.

The scant spec sheet reads the same for the Vitpilen and Svartpilen. Each is powered by a DOHC Single with 46 horsepower featuring a six-speed transmission and wet, multi-disc clutch. The frames are steel trellis units and suspension components include a 42mm WP upside-down fork and WP monoshock. Braking is handled by a 300mm disc, four-piston radial-mount caliper at the front and a 230mm disc, single-piston floating caliper at the back. Seat height measures 31.5 inches and dry weight it estimated at 298 pounds.

Both machines are stripped to the bare essentials, but the Svartpilen does come with some additional items which make it more capable of light off-road duty or longer travel. Husqvarna included seat and tank rack, off-road footpegs, skid plate and more upright handlebars.