2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

Flat-track inspiration meets Swedish design.

Svartpilen 701 left side
2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701Courtesy of Husqvarna

The Svartpilen 701 is Husqvarna’s fourth model powered by a four-valve, liquid-cooled single and the second big-bore member of its ’Pilen lineup, the first being the Vitpilen 701 or “White Arrow.” The Svartpilen 701—you guessed it, “Black Arrow”—is a flat-track-inspired machine that shares the same steel trellis frame as the Vitpilen and uses parent company KTM’s LC4 engine as a stressed member of the chassis. Fully adjustable WP suspension offers nearly 6 inches of travel front and rear, and Pirelli Scorpion MT 60 RS tires complete the sideways-sliding look. Just like the Ford Model A, you can get it in any color as long as it’s black.

Wide, pullback handlebars—think 1970s superbike—give the Svartpilen a more upright seating position than the café-racer-style Vitpilen. Handling is quick and lively, even with the chunky tires. The big single’s torque-rich power delivery adds to the overall light and spunky feeling. Antilock brakes and switchable traction control are standard equipment. The only real disappointment is the cheap-looking circular liquid-crystal display that is exceedingly difficult to read in bright daylight. It’s a single blemish on what is, overall, the best of the Swedish arrows.

Likes: Torquey powerband, comfortable ergonomics, polarizing styling

Dislikes: Possibly the worst liquid-crystal display ever, polarizing styling

Verdict: Husqvarna's most comfortable and entertaining-to-ride 'Pilen to date

2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Reviews And Comparisons

Cycle World Senior Editor Justin Dawes attended the press launch for the 2019 Svartpilen 701 earlier this year in Lisbon, Portugal. After a full day of riding the single-cylinder machine up and down an exhilarating mix of city streets and mountain roads, he concluded, "It's a winner—the best Pilen yet."

2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Competition

With similar engine displacements and riding positions, KTM’s now-discontinued 690 Duke, as well as the retro-style, twin-cylinder Yamaha XSR700, Triumph Street Scrambler, and Ducati Scrambler Icon are arguably the most likely competition for the single-cylinder Svartpilen 701, which is substantially more expensive than those motorcycles, the Yamaha in particular.

2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 Specifications And Pricing

How to personalize a 2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701? Among the available accessories: Two Akrapovič slip-on exhaust systems, bar-end and stalk-type rear-view mirrors, frame/swingarm protection, knurled aluminum footpegs, a tank bag, and a RoadLok, the latter advertised as “the most effective and elegant option for protecting your motorcycle from theft.”

Svartpilen 701 right front
2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701Courtesy of Husqvarna

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $11,999
Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC single
Displacement 692cc
Bore x Stroke 105.0mm x 80.0mm
Horsepower 75.0 hp @ 8,500 rpm
Torque 53.0 lb.-ft. @ 6,750 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 32.9 in.
Rake 25.0º
Trail 4.7 in.
Front Suspension 43mm; fully adjustable; 5.9-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 5.9-in. travel
Front Tire 110/80-18
Rear Tire 160/60-17
Wheelbase 56.5 in.
Fuel Capacity 3.2 gal.
Claimed Dry Weight 349 lb.
Svartpilen 701 right side
2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701Courtesy of Husqvarna

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 32.3 in.
Dry Weight 369 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 68.7 hp @ 8,410 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 48.8 lb.-ft. @ 6,870 rpm
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30-0 mph N/A
Braking 60-0 mph N/A