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Living With The Vitpilen 701 | Lessons Learnt

Living With The Vitpilen 701 | Lessons Learnt
normally i only get bikes for an hour a few hours maybe at a push so you can't really form an opinion of what it's like to live with a bike unless you actually do and on this occasion i've actually had the vip line 701 for about a week now so i found some things out about it that i didn't necessarily find out on the day when i first took it out about a year and a half two years ago firstly this is the brand new 2020 version as you can tell from the very flashy color scheme the old one wasn't an ugly bike but they've somehow managed to make it look even prettier obviously beauty is in the eye that holder you'll have your own opinion on that i just personally can't get over this particular shade of blue it looks really nice in the flesh and when i went out with rob the nice thing about having somebody else lead the way on this bike is that it is absolutely stunning from the rear if i had to figure out the reason why that is so appealing i think it's just that it looks so clean aided obviously by the fact that it is solid white although i can see now with my naked eye that might well mark easily so you'll have to stay on top of keeping that clean especially since it draws the eye as much as it does one of the other big additions for this particular version is obviously it has the spoked wheels as well slight concern normally with spoke wheels is that they add a bit of weight to the bike and maybe compromise the handling just a tad...
living with the vitpilen 701 lessons learnt
obviously it's been a while since i tested the other version but i didn't notice any compromise in performance from having those spoked wheels if the trade-off is that they look that good i'll take it small concern for me just for security is whether or not you can get chained through them and you can actually i've got i think it's 19 millimeters it may even be 22 but it's a big fat chain as well which obviously is what you need when you have something that you want to protect and it will fit through those rear spokes so that's a bonus for practicality and insurance and keeping your stuff for the rest of the rideability it's business as usual it's fast it's a big single cylinder it's a thumper they have made it smooth for a single cylinder having said that it does want to keep you above three and a half thousand revs otherwise it starts just sort of chugging away as singles will tend to do but this one will rev up to i don't know nine ten thousand it shows 13 on there is an absolute limit but you're really gonna be playing between about seven and eight most likely if you're me i don't know you might do it ever so slightly differently it depends how much vibration you want through your posterior and your hands and the mirrors it is obviously quite a vibey bike that is another characteristic of single cylinder motorcycles most of the time you're really only going to notice that on the motorway or when you're...
living with the vitpilen 701 lessons learnt
doing really high speeds when perhaps you do want to check what's in your mirrors so you can tell whether or not you want to change lanes in which case just pinch it and then you can see and then you'll know if it's safe to move out just a little idiosyncrasy of the vipulin 701 while i'm here i should probably continue on with some of the other faults that i've noticed or false things that maybe i didn't get on with first one i am legitimately gonna list as a fault which is the easy shift gearbox it's ironically named because it is anything but easy unless by easy they mean finding neutral when you don't want to find neutral and then not finding neutral when you do want to find neutral and having to go to second and find it from second one time i found it from third and i was moving that was impressive having said that when the gearbox is working well it does work well as does the quick shifter and i mean that more from a standpoint of you don't notice it changing gear sometimes on lighter bikes you get a bit more feedback you'll change gear and you'll just feel it sort of jolt into the next one and maybe the revs don't quite match on this one it matches well tiny addition or amendment is that since giving the bike back to husqvarna i actually had one of my viewers get in touch via instagram by the name of sam this is his bike he owns a husqvarna it's very pretty he somehow managed to make a very attractive bike even more...
living with the vitpilen 701 lessons learnt
attractive he says if it helps with your review some common issues they have is a leaking fuel tank they're recalling now the easy shift needs a dealer reset if the battery is reconnected in a particular order and the clock has a tendency to fog up apart from that they're brilliant agreed hope it helps and it did thank you very much sam back to the video back to pretty pictures of the bike bye i mentioned the fact that it is light it is a light bike that is a nice thing to live with or again maybe it's double edged if you're going to do higher speed stuff and you're going to do long distance trips it can get batted around a little bit by the wind if you're zipping through town it's quite good and obviously it's quite fast it's got a good power to weight ratio that potentially could be a little bit dangerous because it does tempt you let's say into going a bit quicker than you probably should in town taking chances and gaps that maybe you wouldn't on other bikes it's light it can punch and accelerate out of the way of stuff it can break pretty abruptly so it does get away with it but you do feel a little bit cheeky when i say it's light well to be honest you'll know my bike is um well it's fat it's just fat the honda cb 1300 is about 250 kilograms or something around that this one's like 150 260 ish check my stats future tim but it doesn't really matter what it says on paper i know what i feel just parking...
this thing when you want to sort of do that pivot thing you're trying to get around honestly it's it's featherlite it's surprisingly tall as well and i think i noticed that when i did take it out but it's 830 millimeters for the seat height you can't really as far as i'm aware i adjust that it is just this thin little foam seat here it's not the most comfortable thing in the world but again you're not gonna be doing huge miles on it however it is maybe a tiny bit of a problem when you are going through town you have to keep putting your feet down more so in the fact that it's quite a wide seat i think because you can feel it just pinching the blood flow in the backs of your legs and after riding this thing the first time bringing it back home i did notice that my legs were absolutely killing after about an hour and a half roughly in the saddle i've listed my eye multiple times but in case you missed it i am five foot ten i think i have a 31 inch inside leg that's perhaps more information than you need to know but seriously that's me toes on both sides and that's not flat foot that is not heel down if i heal down then my other foot is off and vice versa which is a pain if you're stopping at lights then you'll find that you will just be favoring one leg and keeping the other one off which to be honest is the cooler way to do it just do that put your hand on your thigh and you're like and what unless obviously...
you're taller but then if you're taller i'd say it's probably too small for you if you're anything over like six foot two six foot four it's gonna feel like a toy bike i think unfortunately which at times it does anyway if you ride bigger bikes which is a nice thing as i say when you are going through town to feel like it is a cheeky little scamp it's a very lame way of saying it i you didn't hear that from me all right fuel range is pretty good you know simple boring points practicalities to bring up but it's got i think 12 liters in the tank that is teeny tiny plastic tank as well but it takes nothing to fill up it is super cheap to fill up and i think that gives you somewhere in the margin around 150 190 miles depending obviously on where and how you're riding it is fast on acceleration but you need to keep it ideally within a certain rev band that'll be easier to find if the exhausts were louder maybe it was the fact that it was a windy day but when you are getting a hustle on i couldn't really hear that much of what the engine was doing my first indication that was in the wrong gear is from the little unbalanced chug that you get when you're too low on a single or from the buzz that you get when you're high in the revs so in terms of sensors it's the sensor touch that's telling you what the engine is doing and when to change gear or the habit that you get into when you gel with a bike having owned it for...
longer there is a balance to be had between being too quiet that you can't hear what the bike's doing or too loud that it just becomes a nightmare to live with and then for handling she responds well as i mentioned it's relatively tall it's got that kind of ktm feel funnily enough which just lofts my ass in the air enough for me to feel a little bit far removed from the road and maybe like i don't want to take the same kind of leans but then i don't think you need to with this the weight's pretty central it's not super low so you have to get it down to the pegs for cafe racer clip-on style handlebars they're pretty much in the perfect position for all the people making their own shed-built cafe races these are the measurements you take so that it still looks cool but it doesn't ruin your back and your neck and your shoulders and your entire riding experience it's pretty firm that wp suspension does a good job of keeping it steady without completely breaking your back every bump you go over it feels much like it's ktm siblings very sharp very agile very poised it's sporty if i was gonna live with this bike and i could quite happily live with this bike i would be using it for a lot of carefree town riding just blasting through town and actually this does make town riding quite fun as concerning as that may be based on the fact that obviously you've got things that you can't account for like traffic and then on the...
weekends i would thoroughly enjoy taking this thing on some tighter twisty roads when i say that i mean with the bare minimum of high speed straight road boring riding as little amount of motorway as is physically possible and even a-roads where you've got them wide stretches it's just not made for it it's dull to say the least there's a road in north wales near my family home which honestly i could think this would be absolutely perfect for it it's just bend after bend after bend and that is what this is designed for because it will hold that poise going into the corner the brakes will slow you down enough leading up to it and it will absolutely fire out the other end because obviously it's got that really nice single cylinder kind of torquey punt to drive you forward right i'm going to get out and melt under this unforgiving sun today oh shouldn't complain but that is uncomfortable i'll see in the next video you