VITPILEN 701 AERO – IS HUSQVARNA’S NEO STREET RACER, ONE STEP CLOSER?
For the last five years, Husqvarna has displayed a steady stream of progressive, single-cylinder motorcycle concepts, at various ‘moto’ shows.
Not least of which is the Vitpilen 701 Aero concept – however, we’re yet to see a street model.
FROM CONCEPT TO PRODUCTION
Each of Husky’s previous concepts has successively moved, from the pretty prototype stage to street pounding production model. And not only that. Husky’s designers and engineers have diligently stayed true to the original concepts, bar mandatory changes for compliance/homologation purposes.
The formula for Husqvarna appears to be quite simple. First, casually reimagine the motorcycle. Two, unveil said reimagined motorcycle concept at EICMA. Three, win awards and garner interest throughout the year at motorcycle shows. Finally, make a production version.
I may have skipped a few steps however, Husqvarna seems to have got this process locked-in tight. That’s after initially seeming to falter with the 401 versions of Svartpilen and Vitpilen. Those bikes took more than two years to reach dealers.
However more recently, no doubt buoyed by feedback for previous models and empowered through experience, the process for Husqvarna is becoming more expeditious.
Take for example the recently unwrapped Norden 901 Enduro/Adventure concept.