Husqvarna’s new Vitpilen and Svartpilen were some of the most hotly anticipated machines of 2018 when they were unveiled at the big bike shows at the tail-end of last year. With their sharp, futuristic styling, and tried and tested KTM bones, the bike industry en-masse couldn’t wait to swing their leg over one of the most innovative introductions to motorcycling in recent years (from a styling perspective, at least). And my first impression of the ‘White Arrow’ as it rolled out of the van at O2W HQ was one of admiration.

Husqvarna has been very brave with the styling – the Vitpilen looks like nothing else on the market. Simple, stripped back, free from clutter and surprisingly compact, there’s no doubt you’ll get ogled as you pass through towns and villages. In fact, at a couple of recent bike nights, I’ve come back to find it surrounded by groups of sportbike nuts, who were very complimentary about the little ‘Pilen.

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Out on the road for the first time, the Vitpilen’s single cylinder engine is surprisingly capable – particularly considering its 43bhp A2 licence-compliance. It’s punchy and responsive enough to make blasting along country lanes great, great fun. And until the road opens out, you’ll have no problem keepi