2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701
Street explorer combines angular styling with 690cc single-cylinder
The Svartpilen 701 ‘street explorer’ is described by Husqvarna as ‘free of excess and reduced to its simplest form’ and aims to introduce Husky to a new generation of motorcycle users.
Built around a simple, timeless design approach, the Svartpilen 701 is powered by a technologically advanced, four-stroke, single-cylinder 692.7c c engine housed in a minimalist layout that promises great street performance with 75 hp on tap.
2019 Husvarna Svartpilen 701 features
- Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame
- 75 hp single-cylinder engine
- Premium WP suspension
- Ride-by-wire throttle
- Adler Power Torque Control slipper clutch
- Switchable ABS
- LED lights
- Up/down quickshifter
The Svartpilen 701 uses a flat track inspired design, stripped to the essentials for a unique style, combined with friendly ergonomics, and more than a little touch of the avant-grade.
A focal point of the Svartpilen 701 is the 12-litre fuel tank housed by a unique cover design and sporting a tank filler cap including machined Husqvarna insignia.
The low profile seat and clean tail fit the overall design and is covered using a mixture of high quality materials for superior comfort and durability.
Nestled into the front headlight mask, the premium LED headlight also features a day time running light, which circles the circumference of the headlight making the Svartpilen 701 clearly visible in all conditions.
The LED tail light is integrated within the bodywork and this, together with the swingarm mounted license plate and turn signals, give the rear end a clean, uninterrupted look.
692.7cc single-cylinder powerplant
The 692.7cc, single overhead cam, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine features a high level of technology and electronics including RbW, with a maximum power output of 7 5hp (55 kW) at 8500 rpm and 72.0 Nm of torque at 6750rpm. The lightweight engine weighs only 43.4kg without oil but including all components such as electric start, throttle body, clutch and coolant lines.
Reliability, durability and efficiency are offered by technical solutions such as active crankcase evacuation and forced lubrication. This reduces oil friction and pump losses and contributes to the long 10,000 km service intervals and low fuel consumption – lowering the cost of ownership of this single cylinder powered motorcycle.
Smooth power delivery is aided by four-valve cylinder head and twin spark ignition. The single overhead camshaft acts directly on the 42 mm intake valves via finger followers, while the 34 mm exhaust valves are actuated by a rocker arm. Additionally, a counter balancer shaft is integrated to reduce vibration for a smooth and comfortable ride.
The crankshaft features an 80 mm stroke and runs on a roller bearing main bearing to ensure long service intervals and reliability. To increase comfort and reduce vibrations a second counter balancer shaft is added, reducing inertia forces for a smoother ride.
The plain bearing type connecting rod is connected to the large bore 105 mm piston through a DLC (diamond like carbon) coated piston pin. This, along with the aluminium and silicon alloy piston material, makes for a high strength and wear-resistant combination reliable even at the 900 rpm limit.
The Keihin electronic fuel injection features a 50 mm throttle body that has no mechanical linkage to the throttle grip. As the rider twists the throttle open or closed, the throttle valve is electronically controlled by the engine management system (EMS) that continuously compares engine parameters with data from sensors, and adjusts the throttle valve accordingly, resulting in direct power delivery and throttle response.
Additionally an intake resonator also improves the intake charge movement and as a result improves throttle response and ride-ability specifically at small throttle valve positions.
The APTC (Adler Power Torque Control) slipper clutch by Adler helps prevent rear wheel hopping when downshifting hard into a turn while the hydraulic assistance is by Magura.
A six-speed gearbox offers smooth shifting, and for added convenience in urban environments, the gearbox is linked to an ‘easy shift sensor’, which allows the rider to make seamless up and down shifts without the use of the clutch. The sensor works by relaying the moment the rider actuates the gear lever to the ECU, which in turn matches engine parameters to allow a simple gear change at any RPM or engine load.
Concealed within the framework, the exhaust system features a pre-silencer and final silencer layout. The exhaust system ensures the Svartpilen 701 meets strict Euro4 emission regulations.
Svartpilen 701 chassis
The lightweight chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame is constructed to offer precise handling and confidence in a variety of conditions. The high grade chromium molybdenum tubular steel ensures feedback is transmitted to the rider through precisely engineered torsional rigidity and longitudinal flex. This guarantees perfect weight distribution and a tight turning circle, which is highly useful in urban environments.
The lightweight frame is produced in a modern production plant, where the laser cut components are robot welded and hydro-formed ensuring precision and consistent quality.
The forged triple clamps are crafted using lightweight aluminium, the triple clamps are designed with a specific rigidity to ensure high levels of strength and reliability while also delivering feedback and comfort to the rider. Offroad style handlebars are mounted to the upper triple clamp using risers, for an upright riding position.
The pin jointed swingarm is made from lightweight aluminium using a gravity die-cast production process, with a design that offers torsional rigidity and strength for advanced tractability and stability.
Produced by WP suspension, the USD 43 mm front forks deliver adjustable performance and comfort in varying urban environments. Using a split damping function, compression and rebound can be adjusted using the easy access clickers located on the top of the fork tube, for easy personalisation of the ride.
Connected via a linkage system, the WP monoshock delivers a progressive, agile and comfortable ride. Fully adjustable for rebound and compression, the shock can also be tailored to suite a variety of urban conditions.
Lightweight 18in front and 17in rear cast alloy wheels ensure high levels of strength and durability with minimal unsprung weight, and feature the Husqvarna logo discreetly embedded into the wheel. Fitted to the wheels are Pirelli MT60 RS tyres – 110/80-18 front and 160/60-17 rear. The tyres offer advanced grip and durability in a wide range of conditions while also giving the Svartpilen 701 a rugged urban look.
A high standard of braking performance is also delivered by the standard Brembo braking system. This features a four-piston calliper, 320mm floating disc at the front, and a single piston calliper with 240mm disc at the rear. A standard Bosch ABS system prevents wheel lock up under hard braking and can be fully de-activated for more advanced riders.
|Single cylinder, 4-stroke
|55 kW (75 hp) @ 8,500 rpm
|72 Nm @ 6,750 rpm
|Electric starter/12V 8.6Ah
|Keihin EFI (throttle body 50 mm)
|4 V/OHC with intake cam levers and exhaust rocker arm
|Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
|Motorex, SAE 10W-50
|APTCTM slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
|Keihin EMS, double ignition
|Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
|WP-USD Ø 43 mm
|WP-Monoshock with linkage
|Suspension travel front/rear
|Brembo four piston, radial mounted , brake disc Ø 320 mm
|Brembo single piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm
|Bosch 9M+ Two Channel
|Cast aluminium wheels 3.0 x 18”; 5.00 x 17”
|Pirelli MT60 RS 110/80 R18; 160/60 R17
|X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
|Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer
|Steering head angle
|Triple clamp offset
|1436 +/- 15 mm
|Tank capacity (approx.)
|12.0 litres/2.5 litres reserve
|Weight (without fuel, approx)