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Husqvarna’s 2024 Svartpilen 801 gets twin-cylinder power and a whole bunch of nice features.
Husqvarna’s 2024 Svartpilen 801 gets twin-cylinder power and a whole bunch of nice features. (Husqvarna/)

Ups

LC8c parallel-twin powerFull suite of electronic rider aidsUnique and attractive styling

Downs

If you want the full electronics package, it’s extraWhy didn’t Husky put a twin in this bike earlier!?Sport-spec tires would be an improvement

Verdict

Husqvarna has now embarked on an entirely new trajectory by adding a parallel twin to the Svartpilen. This naked roadster is sporty, comes with a fantastic engine, and is no longer just an entry-level machine.

Overview

Husqvarna’s Svartpilen first broke cover as a 375cc single-cylinder-powered naked back in 2018 and was instantly met with accolades for its hip styling and fun performance. In 2019, Husky upped the ante and released the Svartpilen 701, which used the 692.7cc LC4 single from the 701 Supermoto/Enduro. But for 2024, Husqvarna has raised the stakes again with the release of the LC8c parallel-twin-powered Svartpilen 801, utilizing the engine found in KTM’s 790 Duke.

Updates for 2024

With twin-cylinder power, this brand-new Husqvarna has taken a leap forward and finds itself going head-to-head with an entirely different segment of the middleweight market.

Pricing and Variants

The base Svartpilen 801 starts at $10,899 and is only available in one dark gray/silver color scheme as pictured. Options include the Dynamic package ($420) and Cruise Control ($289), the former offers an additional ride mode and full control over rider aids, while the later adds cruise control and a custom shortcut button for modes.

Competition

As mentioned, with twin-cylinder power, the Svartpilen finds itself up against fresh competition from the likes of Honda’s CB650R, Triumph’s Trident 660, Ducati’s Monster, Suzuki’s GSX-8S, and Yamaha’s MT-07.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Svartpilen 801′s LC8c engine is shared with KTM’s 790 Duke and 790 Adventure models. The engine is a 799cc liquid-cooled parallel twin with double-overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. Bore and stroke measure 88.0 x 65.7mm with lightweight forged aluminum bridged-box pistons and a 12.5:1 compression ratio. The engine has semi dry-sump lubrication and has 15,000-kilometer (9,320-mile) service intervals. Keeping it smooth are a pair of balance shafts, one in front of the crankshaft and the other between the camshafts.

After riding the bike in southern France, Editor-at-Large Blake Conner said: “It doesn’t take long to appreciate the LC8c’s performance. Husqvarna claims 105 hp at 9,250 rpm with 64.0 lb.-ft. of peak torque 6,500 rpm. In this world of second- and third-gear twists and turns the engine delivers excellent performance. Torque is easily accessible right off the bottom and builds with a steady rush as you head toward 9,000-plus rpm.

“Keeping the engine in its midrange sweet spot is aided by the standard Easy Shift up/down quickshifter, which we have to say continues to get more and more refined on each generation of LC8c.

“This engine is as flexible as they come. The engine is torquey and behaves predictably, never acting jerky or requiring much effort to ride smoothly. Roll out of town into the twisties and it comes to life, no doubt aided by the bike’s light overall weight (a claimed 399 pounds without fuel). There is more than enough performance to snap the front tire off the ground at will or to get the rear tire protesting and sliding if you’re not in a conservative TC setting.”

Chassis and Handling

The frame is a tubular steel front section that uses the engine as a stressed member, while the subframe is a cast-aluminum piece that also acts as the rear end’s tailsection (without any bolted-on plastic parts for bodywork). A die-cast aluminum swingarm actuates the shock directly.

Up front is a 43mm inverted WP Apex fork with rebound and compression adjustability and 5.5 inches of travel. The linkageless WP Apex shock has 5.9 inches of travel and is adjustable for spring preload and five clicks of rebound damping.

“The roads we encountered in southern France ranged from smooth perfection to a potholed mess,” Conner added. “For this reason we left the clickers alone both front and rear on the fork and shock. The middle-of-the-road settings proved to be the right compromise, offering good feedback, nice holdup at speed and under braking, and plush bump absorption over the nasty stuff.

“Handling on the 801 is crisp and predictable, with a quick-steering front end giving the bike excellent agility in the many

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By: Blake Conner
Title: 2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 801
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/husqvarna/svartpilen-801/
Published Date: Thu, 16 May 2024 22:24:57 +0000

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2024-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance-preview/
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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

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