I would classify the Vitpilen as a sportbike in the truest sense of the word. This bike makes riding a sport; it makes me want to practice and get better. It makes me want to start doing trackdays and get my rear off the seat and my knee on the ground. It does not make me want to go ride down the highway for a couple hundred miles, but that’s not really what it was designed to do. It is less comfortable and less purpose-driven than both the 701 Supermoto and 701 Enduro, but it’s aimed at a different rider. Many a hipster is going to be pleasantly surprised when they go to ride this beautiful machine for the looks and find a real-deal high-performance motorcycle. The price tag of $12,000 is a little lofty, but it’s only $100 higher than the Enduro 701, so at least you know you’re not paying for the fashion alone. The price point pits it against bikes like the BMW R nineT Pure and a little above the Ducati Desert Sled, both of which offer a little more bike for the price tag, but neither of which will really get the blood pumping like this one. So, yes, it is expensive, but it’s also the best combination of high performance and attractive modern styling that we’ve had the pleasure of bringing in-house, even if that performance is only really intended for aggressive riding.