If you can wade through the marketing blather it’ll be a good bike, but expensive
Husqvarna showed a concept of this bike at last year’s show and this year revealed the real thing amid a blizzard of design nonsense. We’ll translate. Using the same 692cc single-cylinder engine as the Vitpilen café racer (and the KTM SMC R690), the Svartpilen keeps the concept’s pared-back flat-tracker looks, gaining a set of wide bars instead of clip-ons, a narrow single seat, an 18in front wheel and a side-mounted number board. Everything else is as per the Vitpilen so you get a trellis frame, fully-adjustable 43mm WP upsidedown forks and a WP shock, slipper clutch, a single 320mm front disc, traction control and ABS. Power stays at 74bhp. It should be more of an all-round weapon than the Vitpilen thanks to the upright riding position – the café racer looks uber-stylish, but punishes wrists like few other machines. The price is likely to be similar to the Vitpilen, ie just under £9000.
Bike says: ‘It should be more of an all-round weapon than the Vitpilen’