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2017 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto and Enduro Get Smoother, More Powerful Engine

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Last year, sister company KTM thoroughly revised the big single-cylinder motor found in the 690 Duke. This year, Husqvarna will receive a version of this same 693cc engine for its 701 Supermoto and 701 Enduro models.

Power goes up (by 6 horsepower), but perhaps the biggest change is a reduction in engine vibration praised by those who tested last year’s 690 Duke. Below is the full press release from Husqvarna. No word on U.S. availability date or pricing at this point.

Husqvarna Motorcycles are proud to unveil the new 701 SUPERMOTO and 701 ENDURO, fitted with the most powerful single cylinder engine ever developed by Husqvarna delivering an additional (4.5kW) 6 hp and 3.0 Nm of torque over the previous generation while also meeting strict EURO IV emission levels.

Always committed to innovative product development, Husqvarna have focused on introducing further advances in engine performance and reliability, while giving both new models a fresh look that remains true to the brand’s Swedish heritage.

Combining high-tech componentry to offer unparalleled performance, the new 701 SUPERMOTO and 701 ENDURO ensure Husqvarna riders shall have the perfect machinery to make the most out of any riding situation, ranging from daily commuting to adrenaline-filled on or offroad adventures.

MAJOR ADVANCES

Both the 701 SUPERMOTO and 701 ENDURO are equipped with a new generation Euro IV compliant single cylinder engine that features the latest technology in terms of design and electronics. With a significantly improved power output of 74 hp (55kW) at 8,000 rpm and torque of 71.0 Nm at 6,750 rpm, the 692.7cc single cylinder powerplant offers class-leading performance.

With reliability a key factor, the use of innovative solutions such as the active evacuation and forced lubrication of the crankcase ensure long 10,000 km service intervals. All the latest engine advances provide an extremely low fuel consumption that along with the lengthy service intervals massively reduces the cost of ownership in the long run.

Smooth power delivery is guaranteed by the state-of-the-art four-valve cylinder head with its twin spark ignition. With the single overhead camshaft technology allowing for more exact valve timing at higher engine speeds, Husqvarna engineers added an extra 1000 rpm of usable power to the engine. For increased comfort and less vibrations the engine also features a second counter balancer shaft.

The Keihin electronic fuel injection features a new 50 mm throttle body that has no mechanical linkage to the throttle grip and offers better throttle response and ride-ability at small throttle valve positions.

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ENGINE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Increased power & torque of 74 hp & 71.0 Nm
  • An additional 1000 rpm of usable power
  • Reduced oscillating masses for lower vibrations
  • New intake resonator for improved response at low rpm
  • Long service intervals & low fuel consumption
  • Single overhead cam
  • Double spark plugs
  • Large bore & short stroke [105 mm & 80 mm]
  • Forged aluminium piston
  • Cutting edge ride-by-wire electronics

701 SUPERMOTO

Perfectly mixing the finest craftsmanship with unparalleled single cylinder performance, the 701 SUPERMOTO brings Husqvarna’s World Supermoto Championship winning pedigree into a machine that’s versatile enough to be ridden by all. Loyal to Swedish styling for a minimalistic but highly efficient design the new model gets updated graphics, with white colours prevailing over blue and yellow.

Featuring a maximum power output of 74 hp and a torque of 71.0 Nm the updated single cylinder EURO IV engine leaves no doubt regarding performance. Combining the highest quality components with the latest electronics in terms of engine management, the new 701 SUPERMOTO takes performance and agility to a whole new level.

701 SUPERMOTO BENEFITS

  • Pure, uncompromising supermoto performance
  • Astounding power-to-weight ratio
  • Ride-by-wire throttle delivers maximum thrills
  • Competition-level brakes for maximum stopping power
  • Advanced safety thanks to Bosch ABS
  • Black anodised tubeless 17’’ wheels
  • Wide range of accessories to enhance looks & performance
  • A2 licence compatible

701 ENDURO

Carrying Husqvarna’s Enduro World Championship winning tradition, the 701 ENDURO can handle both urban environments and offroad terrain with ease. Equipped with the upgraded single cylinder engine, the all-new 2017 model reaches new levels of performance and versatility.

The new poweplant offers an additional 1,000 rpm of usable power, which along with reduced vibrations bring single cylinder technology to the highest level. With its crisp throttle response the engine allows riders to confidently tackle offroad adventures as well as their daily commute.

Staying true to its Swedish heritage, Husqvarna have given the new 701 ENDURO a fresh look, with a white, blue and yellow colour scheme subtly enhancing the minimalistic and modern design.

701 ENDURO BENEFITS

  • Versatility & huge onroad and offroad capabilities
  • Astounding power-to-weight ratio
  • Advanced electronics for smooth power delivery & sharp throttle response
  • Advanced safety thanks to Bosch ABS
  • 21’’ – 18’’ high strength DID wheels
  • Competition-level suspension with 275 mm of travel & great adjustability
  • Extensive range of accessories
  • A2 licence compatible

The new Husqvarna MY17 701 SUPERMOTO and 701 ENDURO will be presented at the upcoming Intermot show in Cologne on the Husqvarna Motorcycles booth, Hall 09.1 booth 025 and will be available in Europe from October on.

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33 Comments

  1. WSHart says:

    So then, let me get this right. The Super Moto version has tubeless wheels and the Enduro (Dual Sport for the kids here) runs tubes, aka “cheapass bicycle wheels”.

    Why?

    Hopefully their valve check/adjust intervals are measured in tens of thousands of miles and not a few hundred hours.

    They both are nice looking enough and hopefully have goodly sized tanks so you can actually go somewhere besides the local Piggly Wiggy and back. I shouldn’t have to pay more for less.

    And won’t.

    • Fred M. says:

      No, the enduro does not run “cheapass bicycle wheels.” It runs damned expensive, high-end DID spoked wheels with tubes because they are superior for the off-road use.

      Have you ever watched a pro-level motocross or supercross race? They all run spoked wheels and tires with tubes, don’t they? Factory race teams are not trying to pinch pennies on wheels and tires. They use what works best.

      • WSHart says:

        The Enduro runs tubes, just like the vast majority of bicycles costing under $100.00 And this on a motorcycle costing several thousands of dollars. Flat on the freeway at speed with those cheapass bicycle wheels and experience the joy of it all as the air instantly leaves your spokeholes like a cockroach running from the kitchen light.

        You will very likely wreck your tubed wonder.

        Tubes suck for the street and this bike will be used on the street far more than the dirt.

        If tubes were so bitchin’ for the street then why don’t cars use them exclusively? They don’t. As someone once said, if tubes are so great put them on your car and flat two tires out in the middle of Death Valley and get back to us.

        As for racing I don’t give a poo, but if you do that’s fine but it has zero to do with riding on the street and again, bikes such as this Enduro version will spend the majority of their time on the road.

        Tube tires are far more dangerous for road riding than are their tubeless counterparts and to deny this is to deny the obvious. Again, the Enduro version of this bike will spend far more time on road. Just like other such bikes by a variety of manufacturers.

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          You are mistaken, sir. I assure you that the people that buy this particular enduro will spend most of their time in the dirt. This is not a 1200GS. I run across the KTM version of this bike on single track all the time.

        • Wahhh says:

          Quit whining and buy a BMW 1200. You are obviously not the target market for this bike.

          “Enduro version will spend the majority of their time on the road” We got a fortune teller here.

          You act like tubeless conversion isn’t possible. It is. It’s easy. Google it.

          I will gladly pay more for less.

          If you want a bigger gas tank but a 500lb bike. They all have obese tanks.

  2. Tom R says:

    The Supermoto model looks very aggressive and sharp-focused, and I’m sure it fulfills its mission well.

    However this bike is a niche within a niche. About seven people in the US will actually buy one….and three of them will come to regret the decision.

    • Old Dirt Guy says:

      I couldn’t disagree more. My guess is that there are a lot of people who believe that sort of thing and won’t give the bike a second thought. Too bad for them.

      I am however a guy who has been making off road thumpers street legal for over thirty years. Now I can buy one that is street legal on day one and doesn’t weigh a million pounds and have less power than my blender.

    • Kent says:

      I’m in the market for a new bike, and KTM/Husky singles look awesome. I rode a 690 Duke a few years ago, and thought it was fantastic.

      I just wish they made something with a 19″ front. The tire choice is so much better (for my needs, not everybody) but all the bikes are 21″ or 17″.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        I’ve seen several 690 Enduros with a 19/17 front/rear setup. It would suck to spend that much on a bike and then fork over more for a new set of wheels. But hey, at least you’d have a set of knobbies laying around if you needed.

    • Baker says:

      They did sell all their supermotos in the UK.
      All bikes are sold

  3. nickst4 says:

    So how do you think they get twin-cylinder performance out of a single? Maybe by making it a top-end motor that needs constant revs? Doesn’t sound at all like a conventional torquey single. Anyone know different?

    Nick

    • red says:

      that’s been my experience. Sounds so good on paper and people think “just like my KLR/DR but with twice the power”, but lopey torquey low-maint thumpers become revvy, buzzy high maintenance when you wring that sort of power out of them. Plenty of well loved >50k mile milk crated DR/KLR’s.. will these 690’s ever be like that? If you’re a super moto guy it’s probably still a good tradeoff. maybe there’s a sweet spot out there and maybe this one is it? I think Honda came close with xr650r.. but sadly bailed.

    • Kent says:

      I’ve ridden a 690 Duke. It doesn’t have the torque of a KLR at 2,000 RPM – but it’s very rideable. In some ways, it reminds me of my DL 650 V-Strom (talking about power band). It starts to make a bit of power at 3,500, runs strong at 4k and just gets better till redline.

      I have seriously considered one for a Bay Area commuter bike. 15 miles of freeway + 5 miles of city streets – and playing in the twisty bits on th eweekends.

  4. Grover says:

    What does the enduro weigh?

  5. falcodoug says:

    Looks like fun!

  6. Bart says:

    Yeah, my kind of bike! But probably needs a bigger tank for longer range and looks like the aftermarket seat makers will be busy too.

  7. Vrooom says:

    I could definitely own the endure. Put a comfy seat on it and you could commute with great visibility (you seeing not others seeing you) and comfort, plus ride it off pavement. Kind of like my KLR with double the horsepower. I’d have to get really comfortable with the engine to go too far from home on it though.

  8. MGNorge says:

    “With the single overhead camshaft technology allowing for more exact valve timing at higher engine speeds, Husqvarna engineers added an extra 1000 rpm of usable power to the engine.”

    This sounds like ad copy from a past era before cam in head became the *norm.

    *No intentional or accidental reference to Norm G.

  9. WJF says:

    “high-tech componentry”….sounds like something Trump would say “sniff”

  10. TonyZA says:

    So Husqvarna gets to use the KTM engine in their Enduro before KTM puts it in theirs despite the Duke getting it first. I’m confused.

  11. Tommy D says:

    OK I’m interested in one of these Sumo’s. I seriously don’t know if I have the self control to own one though… Don’t you hate it when people pull up at a gas station and they see your sport bike and say, “Ya I used to have one of those Ninja bikes but I sold it cause I was ripping it everywhere and thought I’d wreck myself”

    OK It’s not like that for me with this bike. It’s wheelies. I LOVE RIDING WHEELIES and this bike would be my crack cocaine. Does it have a compliant suspension? Smooth fueling? Can you ride it for more than 20 minutes? None of that matters. Face it you only buy one of these bikes to hoon on.

  12. Craig says:

    This could definitely be on my hotlist in the near future… YUM!

    Crazy HP for a 700 single… wow!

  13. Butch says:

    Minimal graphics are nice.
    That’s one massive muffler cover.
    No need to hide it with plastic.

  14. Jeremy in TX says:

    Glad to hear it. I hope they intend to stuff it into the production version of the Vitpilen 701. If they do and the bike resembles the concept for the most part, I’ll probably get one. The outgoing engine was a hoot, but I found it to be too vibey to live with on a daily basis.