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’

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