Swedish radical: The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

Husqvarna's Vitpilen 701, which means "white arrow" in Swedish, hits hard at the heart of bikers who care about form and function.
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 steers easily and quickly, thanks to its sturdy suspension and 159kg dry weight.
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 steers easily and quickly, thanks to its sturdy suspension and 159kg dry weight.ST PHOTO: MATTHIAS CHONG

The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 is fun, fresh and fast for a mid-sized bike

It is hard to categorise the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701. The Swedish bike has a little of everything - the silhouette of a naked bike, the posture of a cafe racer and the manic attitude of a supermoto.

After a weekend ride on the 693cc single-cylinder 701 - which started out as a concept in 2015 - one might even say it has broken new ground.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2018, with the headline 'Swedish radical'. Print Edition | Subscribe