Though it shares the same powertrain and chassis as its parent company, KTM’s 690 platform, Husqvarna’s Vitpilen 701 is widely recognized as being one of the best-looking and most original motorcycle designs of the last decade. With its wildly-unique, tank and aggressive stance, improving the aesthetic design of the Swedish single is no easy feat, though French custom motorcycle builders, Bad Winners have done exactly that with their latest project, dubbed the “APEX 2.0.”
Commissioned by current Ferrari Team F1 driver, Charles Leclerc, the build benefits from 3D-modeled carbon fiber tank covers, down-force-generating winglets that double as radiator shrouds, and a carbon belly pan. There’s also a waspish matching carbon tail section finished off with an LED taillight setup set in bespoke CNC-machined transparent plexiglass. On the opposite end is an LED headlight piece plucked off the new Duke 790 and a bespoke carbon fender. The cockpit sports Renthal clip-ons, Motogadget bar-end signals, and a 4.3” LED display held in a custom-machined top triple. Shaving even more weight off the Kiska-designed model is a set of five-arm carbon fiber wheels, an AntiGravity battery, and a new exhaust system — paired with a reflashed ECU — comprised of steel headers and mid-pipe feeding into a GP-style carbon SC-Project CR-T can. Not only does the bike boast a 12% bump in horsepower, but it also tips the scales at nearly 60lbs less than the stocker.
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