2021 Vitpilen 701


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  • #33808
    AvatarJustin 33
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    Hey just wondering if anyone has any information on a 2021 model? I understand that the ktm 690 duke is discontinued so Iā€™m curious if the vitpilen 701 will have the same fate..

    #33820
    RiapaxRiapax
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    unfortunately it certainly seems like the case šŸ™

    #33821
    Max KoolMax Kool
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    The Vit and Svart 701 have officially been discontinued.

    #33827
    AvatarKirkish Delight
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    Looks like our bikes have become rare commodities! That, or a total pain in the ass to find parts for.

    #33830
    Max KoolMax Kool
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    Apart from model specific parts (tank covers, seat, etc), I think we’re ok. The Husky 701 SM and KTM 690 SMC are still in production, and many parts from the Duke 690 fit our bikes.

    So fingers crossed.

    #33834
    coelacanthcoelacanth
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    I’m sure the 901 will be great too but just not the same as the single thumper.

    On the Svart side, brown/gold coloring was an LE, then they made it (for the most part) a production model for 2020. The black/dark grey one was really for 2019 only, and I personally think it fits the model name better. šŸ™‚ Guess I better hold on to my 2019 Svart.

    For Vitpilen 701, I guess the blue/white one will be quite rare.

    #33852
    Avatarelfix
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    This is disappointing- but not really a surprise. In the USA the SR500, FT500, SRX600, and GB500 all suffered a similar fate- and was the reason I jumped at the chance to purchase my 2019 701. I remain astonished the SR400 is still on offer.

    Big single street bikes have almost no demand as they cost as much as a multi and give up some power. The Vit is a terrific blend of power and weight, but it still pales when compared to a lot of other multi cylinder offerings that fetch the same price.

    I would point out that it still has more power and torque than a lot of high end sports bike from not that long ago, and it is by no means a pokey ride. I’m glad to have added one to my stable.

     

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    #33855
    Max KoolMax Kool
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    The Vit pales how? A stock Vit 701 is actually faster on the quarter mile than an FZ-07/XRS-700, and that’s without shortening the gearing.

    I’ve been ogling the Aprilia RS660 lately, and I actually wonder if it would be more fun than a Vit 701. I needs more revs, has less midrange and is still quite a bit heavier…

    #33856
    VanessaVanessa
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    I dunno Max, the light weight of our ‘Pilens combined with the punchy engines and sharp handling makes for endless fun for me. I love how I can hunker over the bars, lean on a peg, whack the throttle open and the bike just darts and ducks and dives. My Svartpilen 401 is so much more fun for me than my MT-07 ever was. And in the city it eats my Harley for breakfast. I can’t imagine not owning it. The only bike which came close was when I test rode a Duke 790, and even then I still love the look of my Svart more.

    Maybe if a Svartpilen 901 comes out, using the Duke 890 as a base, that might just tempt me to upgrade.

    Might.

    #33857
    Max KoolMax Kool
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    We agree

    #33887
    Avatarelfix
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    The nature of the Vit makes it a terrific machine- light and stable and enough power to get your attention. It won’t “Transport you to the land of Oh My” in the way that a hypersports machine can, but it easily rivals my old Ducati 900ss and is more than speedy enough for public roads.

    In my eyes its a near ideal real-world sporting machine, direct, minimalist, and more than up to the task. I consider most modern liter bikes (and even the supersports 600’s) to simply be overkill for 99% of the riding I am able to do.

     

    It is a shame that it didn’t seem to capture a market and is going away.

    #33924
    AvatarKirkish Delight
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    I will throw money at Husqvarna if they release a 901 with the 890’s engine. I love riding that bike, but man it’s ugly.

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