Husqvarna Svartpilen 801: fattest Husky Naked

After announcing the engine two weeks ago, they have now officially lifted the curtains on the long-awaited Husqvarna Svartpilen 801 in Mattighofen. After the Norden 901, the Svartpilen 801 is the second model based on the KTM LC8c parallel twin, in this case the 799cc version with a top power of 105 hp.

“Combining performance, agility and a contemporary, scrambler-inspired design, the Svartpilen 801 is the latest, largest-displacement naked motorcycle in the brand’s range. This exceptional motorcycle is designed to enhance and enhance the on-road riding experience escape the mundane, and set a new standard of excellence for middleweight street models.”

So much for the nice words from Husqvarna, but just like the 401, 125 and not to forget the 901 series, this latest Husky is just a KTM underneath, but with a different appearance and associated ergonomics. In this case the Husqvarna Svartpilen variant of the 790 Duke, which is only available as a 95 hp L variant in Europe, but in the rest of the world, just like this Svartpilen 801, has a top power of 105 hp.

It goes without saying that the Svartpilen 801 is equipped with the same electronics package, with three riding modes as standard (Street, Rain and Sport), traction control that can be adjusted in three positions and can be switched off depending on the gradient and an up/down quickshifter.

The Dynamic Pack can be optionally added, which adds electronic engine braking (MSR; Motor Slip Regulation) to the electronics, as well as 10-level traction control and 5-level wheelie control.

The 799cc LC8c parallel twin, which weighs 52 kilos and has a maintenance interval of 15,000 km, is mounted in the well-known KTM truss tubular frame, which consists of chrome-molybdenum tubes and, according to the Austrians, should have a precise balance between flexibility and stiffness.

The suspension comes -of course- from WP (which is also owned by KTM), with an APEX 43 mm upside down front fork and an APEX monoshock, with spring travel of 140 mm at the front and 150 mm at the rear. The compression and rebound damping of the front fork can be adjusted, and the spring preload and rebound damping of the monoshock can be adjusted.

It becomes clear that Husqvarna has not copied the chassis one by one from the 790 Duke, the geometry to be precise, when the specifications are compared. The Duke has a wheelbase of 1,475 mm (+/- 15 mm), the Svartpilen’s wheelbase is only 1,388 mm (+/- 15 mm). The head angle is slightly lower (24.5° vs. 24°), while the trail is slightly smaller (97.9 mm vs. 99.7 mm).

As far as the brakes are concerned, Husqvarna called on the Spanish J.Juan for the Svartpilen 801, to which the well-known Bosch 9.3 MP cornering ABS is connected, which has a Supermoto mode, in which the ABS on the rear wheel is switched off. Husqvarna claims a curb weight excl. petrol of 181 kg, with a full 14 liter petrol tank another 10 kilos can be added.

All options are set via the buttons on the handlebars and the 5″ TFT color display, which can be connected to the Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles app via Bluetooth, after which you can be navigated to your destination via Turn-by-Turn navigation.

The 2024 Husqvarna 801 is available in various colors, as long as it is black, for a price tag from € 13,050 in the Netherlands and € 11,399 in our southern neighbors.

– Thanks for information from Motorfreaks.

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