Along with their two new production-ready bikes, Husqvarna have also unveiled two new concept bikes at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. First up is the Vitpilen 401 Aero, which is Husqvarna’s interpretation of how a modern faired sportsbike should look like. While it shares its chassis and engine with the production-spec Vitpilen 401, the Aero also gets an aerodynamic fairing, which gives it oodles of café racer style. Its silver/black paintjob looks terrific and the riding position is sportier and more committed than what you’d find on the production Vitpilen 401.
“There’s always been a fascination for faired bikes and for the guys it’s been a real pioneering approach to add fairings to a naked bike to experience aerodynamics and so on, and that’s the approach we took with the Aero. Not in a scientific way, really looking for performance, but more the emotional way to suggest as if the wind or airflow would have sculpted the fairing of the bike,” says Maxime Thouvenin, Creative Lead - Transportation Design, Husqvarna. “More than in a naked bike, on the Aero you sit inside the machine and not on it anymore, and it creates a very different riding experience, as well as a very different visual impact not just from the outside, but also from the inside,” he adds.
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 concept looks as good as its 401 sibling, but will likely bring more power and higher performance levels. Should be an absolute blast to ride...
Since Husqvarna seem to be on a roll right now, they obviously did not stop at showing just one concept bike. Yes, they’re also showing a second concept at EICMA – the Vitpilen 701. “It is a modern and innovative naked bike with a sophisticated single-cylinder 4-stroke motor. Minimalistic in layout and design, it was created to provide a raw, exhilarating and authentic riding experience. Simplicity, functionality and practicality were at the core of the original idea behind this bike concept,” says Husqvarna, about the 701 concept bike.
More details about the Vitpilen 701 concept are not available as of now, but the bike looks cool like its other Swedish streetbike siblings and will likely bring more power and higher performance as compared to the 401. But, really, the one to have from this bunch is undoubtedly the 401 Aero, which we absolutely love!