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Husqvarna Announces 701 Enduro

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Brother to the recently announced 701 Supermoto, the Husqvarna 701 Enduro will join the legendary brand’s 2016 lineup. Featuring a version of the same 690cc single, the 701 Enduro brings some trick features to the Dual Sport class.

Among those is a 3.44 gallon fuel tank integrated with the rear subframe, switchable engine maps with ride-by-wire throttle, separate ABS modes and a slipper clutch.  Here is Husqvarna’s summary of the highlights, followed by the full press release and an excellent video:

  • Ergonomically designed, innovative bodywork.
  • Single-cylinder engine featuring latest technologies in design and electronics.
  • Chromium-molybdenum trellis frame optimized for precise handling and total rider confidence.
  • Competition-level WP 4CS fork and WP rear shock for outstanding control and adjustability.
  • Extremely low-weight aluminum swingarm designed to ensure the highest levels of traction and stability.
  • Polyamide self-supporting rear subframe with integrated 3.44 gal fuel tank.
  • Keihin 46mm electronic fuel injection with ride-by-wire throttle actuation for impeccable response.
  • Switchable engine maps to perfectly adapt engine characteristics according to conditions.
  • Cutting-edge switchable ABS with specific off-road mode.
  • APTC slipper clutch for maximum control under hard braking.

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Utilizing its vast knowledge of off-road competition bikes, Husqvarna Motorcycles returns to the street dual-purpose segment with the 701 ENDURO – continuing the brand’s more than 100-year heritage in all motorcycle divisions.

Faithfull to the iconic brand’s core values the 701 ENDURO is a machine built from the ground up to lead in terms of power, weight, technology and performance. Combining state-of-the-art equipment with unique bodywork, it offers functional Swedish-inspired design.

Bred from decades of enduro world championship-winning success, the 701 ENDURO, has the ability to master both urban environments and demanding off-road terrain with composure, ensuring impressive levels of versatility.

Featuring class-leading technology, the 690 cc engine has a double spark plug ignition, selectable engine maps and ride-by-wire throttle, which combine to provide a perfectly linear power delivery. With its crisp throttle response, the engine allows riders of all levels to confidently tackle both their next off-road adventure as well as the daily commute aboard the 701 ENDURO.

Reliability, durability and efficiency are guaranteed by high-tech applications such as the active crankcase evacuation and the forced lubrication system, which reduce oil friction and pump losses. The adoption of these innovative solutions brings long service intervals and extremely low fuel consumption.

The 701 Enduro has innovative bodywork featuring a long seat that reaches over the radiator shrouds with functional ribbing to improve grip in all conditions. The in-mold graphics on the subframe protect the integrated fuel tank while also ensuring an elegant look to the rear of the bike. Tightly wrapped around the engine and frame, the 701’s bodywork is ergonomically designed to connect the rider’s body to the bike.

Made of high-grade chromium-molybdenum steel the 701 ENDURO’s lightweight trellis frame has been developed to offer optimum feedback for both on road and off-road use. Combining a perfect weight distribution with a tight turning circle the trellis frame, harnesses the power of the single-cylinder engine, guaranteeing flawless agility and stability in all kinds of riding conditions.

WP Performance has developed closed-cartridge 4CS forks specifically for the 701 ENDURO, which find their perfect match in the fully-adjustable WP rear shock. For perfect all-terrain riding capabilities both front and rear suspension offer 275 mm of travel.

A super lightweight die-cast aluminum swingarm matches with the self-supporting polyamide rear subframe to further enhance the bike’s astounding power-to-weight ratio. For optimal weight distribution, and long ride peace of mind, a 3.44 US gal fuel tank is integrated into the subframe. A set of anodized CNC machined triple clamps with precisely engineered flex adds to the 701 ENDURO’s extensive list of superior quality components.

The most advanced ABS system with off-road specific settings, Brembo brakes and the hydraulically operated slipper clutch guarantee total control in all conditions. The 701 ENDURO comes with high-quality black DID rims as standard, fitted with tried and tested Continental TKC 80 tires on the 21’’ (front) and 18’’ (rear) wheels.

An extensive range of specially developed Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Accessories further improves the 701 ENDURO’s formidable capabilities. Premium quality enhancements to style and performance allow riders to tailor the 701 ENDURO to their specific needs. Additionally, within its Apparel range, Husqvarna offers purposely designed clothing for 701 riders.


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44 Comments

  1. casatomasa says:

    Just coming off an epic Arizona Dual Sport event and flogging a KTM530 on sections of highway this moto concept would be the perfect platform for that kind of adventure!! This is what we’re screaming for, great suspension, ample power, extended range, and somewhat highway friendly. I think the only thing lacking is pack-ability and some slight wind protection other wise I’m ready to mortgage the homestead cause you know this is going to be expensive.

  2. Thud says:

    Man, if that guy in the video lived there, where in the world would he get that thing worked on…when it breaks. Judging by the environment, they must have filmed this on one of the two warm days above 30 degrees in that area. That could be convenient since if this thing breaks it will take UPS almost a year to get you parts to this area.

  3. Scotty says:

    Now THAT is how you make a great video that’s not cheesy, patronising, or annoying.

    Too bad I am too short for the bike – it looks fabulous.

    • William says:

      I am surely too short for the bike as well. So I won’t own one. Without the gas tank up front you would think that could help lower the seat height. I do like that truss style frame.

  4. -D says:

    Motocross engine service intervals, or street bike engine service intervals?
    I dont want to have to keep track of running hours instead of just counting miles to know when to service her. If I’m counting running hours than that’s a tip off that I’ll have to service the engine more often than I would like to with this kind of a bike.
    Anyone with experience with the KTM 690 motor please comment…

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      The 690 has street bike service intervals typical of large singles – 6,000 miles for a valve check unless something changed with the latest iteration of the engine.

    • red says:

      Read elsewhere 10,000 km “intervals” on 701 husky which I’m assuming is valve check. If it can go half that on an oil change – I’d be very happy.

    • guu says:

      Street service intervals if you use it on the street. MX service intervals if you use it for MX. Its not (much) about the engine design but about the use.

  5. Randy in Ridgecrest says:

    little by little I’m inching closer to owning a 690 based bike. I rode a 2014 Duke and it was just a little too rough still. This might be the bike.

    No doubt it could be lowered a couple inches without giving up too much suspension performance

  6. mickey says:

    Now that’s how you make a motorcycle video that appeals to motorcyclists. Ducati..take note.

    That made me want to go play in the dirt, something I haven’t done in 30 years.well done Husqvarna.

  7. Jeremy in TX says:

    This is a nice interpretation of the KTM 690 Enduro platform. I like it. I’d probably need a step ladder to climb aboard, but I like it.

  8. ed says:

    Wow a true replacement, but updated for the modern world, for the Honda XR650L. The King is dead, long live the King.

  9. Erik says:

    Looks good, but where do I attach my milk crate?

  10. xLaYN says:

    Question: isn’t that particular position for the fuel tank particularly vulnerable if you drop the bike or it slides? the two times that I’ve taken my GS to off road experiences (as in I have an accident because rains accumulates gravel and you didn’t notice) it has always damage that particular area.

  11. Andre says:

    BMW puts the gas tank under the seat on all of their smaller DS bikes…right?

  12. pugsly says:

    cool bike but how is this different from a 690 enduro

    • GKS says:

      Like the entire Husky line, it is based upon an existing KTM model, in this case the 690 Enduro. The Husky gets a bit more suspension travel (and revised valving, no doubt), more fuel capacity, different subframe (fuel tank) and a bunch of other detail differences.

    • Dave says:

      Just little stuff, like the frame, subframe,suspension, and overall configuration.

      • pugsly says:

        i dunno about that-frame subframe and suspension travel look identical to the 690 although it sounds as though this gets better quality front end-overall configuration near identical

        • GKS says:

          Husky has 275mm suspension travel F&R vs. KTM’s 250mm. The fuel capacity is up almost a gallon over previous years KTMs, although it appears that the 2015 690 may get the new tank/subframe as well. Frame and engine are the same, but the Husky may have different fuel/ignition mapping. I’m not sure on this bike, but the MX Husky’s have a handlebar mounted mapping mode switch whereas the KTM’s are under the seat.

  13. Provologna says:

    A cafe-racer version of this platform would finally be the long-awaited, new, affordable, almost-mass-produced bike to put Ducati’s legendary Supermono on the trailer. That would be one heck of a bike, likely all pre-sold well prior to manufacture.

    Do I sense a revival of ultra-high performance singles?

    • Scotty says:

      Maybe, maybe. I had an SRX600 and an SZR660, both modified. I am keen to see another great street sporting single.

  14. Chris in TX says:

    Wow, what a bike! I suppose the only thing tough to swallow is no rear rack or ability to attach saddlebags. I’m betting the load capacity of the plastic rear subframe/tank isn’t so high that aluminum bags (Touratech) could be mounted?

  15. Brian says:

    Does this fuel tank make my ass look fat?

    • Brian says:

      got to give them props for thinking outside of the box though…

      • Fred_M says:

        Carrying the fuel in the frame is quite innovative. Why didn’t Erik Buell think of doing that?

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          This isn’t exactly a fuel-in-frame bike. And actually, Erik Buell didn’t think of that either. The first true fuel-frame bike I can think of goes back to 1909.

    • Dug says:

      Wow! Beautiful machine. Purpose built, original ideas integrated into a tight package that absolutely rocks! This cutting edge bike moves me without even sitting on it.

  16. Grover says:

    Ugly as sin but gets the job done.

    • Provologna says:

      I know it’s just an opinion, and we all have one, but I keep reading that and just could not more disagree…

    • chasejj says:

      Grover-Ugly in context of a comparable DS bike?
      I can’t think of a better looking one actually. Not that I care on a bike that will see extended offroad use.

  17. Mark H says:

    What’s the seat height?

  18. chasejj says:

    Provologna-I have owned 6 KTM’s and their reliability is better than any brand I have owned in the off road world. Husqvarna currently is a KTM parts bin and marketing exercise.
    That 701 motor is the 690 KTM motor, which is bulletproof.

    • Provologna says:

      Thanks, very helpful.

      I read 2016 KTM Duke has upgraded motor, 2nd counterbalance, smoother of course. Comments? Does Husky likely get this motor?

    • chasejj says:

      I am sure it gets any upgrades the 690 got.

    • Vrooom says:

      That is not my experience with their dual sports (both a 950 and a 690), but I haven’t had one of their dirt bikes. This bike does look awesome though.

  19. Provologna says:

    Watched the video late. Wow! A 60hp jack rabbit, with manners! Yah, I think I could live with that.

    If your friend beats you on paved tight corners on his Supermoto (that’s about the only bike that has a chance), just take the dirt-trail short cut and it’s game over.

    This bike has the right idea: forget the whole upgrade/after market thing and ride it out of the showroom like it’s ‘spose to be.

  20. chasejj says:

    3.44 gallons should get you 250+ miles with EFI and optimized map and maybe aftermarket exhaust. Plenty of range. The more I look at this bike the more I like and I would never say that about any true DS bike I’ve ever seen.

  21. Provologna says:

    Fuel capacity 3.44g. I guess 40% increase over the average 2.4g is substantial. 1g is a lot when the average is only 2.4g. I wonder how much if any of the motive to move the fuel rearward was to make room for a larger air box?

    This is among my favorite current bikes, maybe #1. How do readers rate predicted reliability?

    Wow…Switchable ABS and engine maps, promised “competition level” suspension, power to cruise at US freeway speeds, moderate range, looks awesome (mature for “geezer” like me), 21″/18″ Contis…What does it lack? Well, maybe an extra cylinder for increased comfort/smoothness…and more dealer support (I guess there’s always FX overnight).

    It seems like it could have the BMW roundel on the fuel tank, er, air box cover, and that’s a very good thing.

    • Eric says:

      It’s a 13 liter tank, 1 liter more than the KTM 690 Enduro it’s based on.

      This bike is set up to handle some serious off-road riding, not just logging roads, and for that the KTM orange paint under that coat of Husky white on the trellis is a lot better than the roundel!

  22. MaTT says:

    WOW!

    AND WOOOOOW! Adult swim! Kids (squids) outa the pool!

  23. chasejj says:

    This bike is killing it! Perfect for the old geezer who wants a streetable DS bike and the underseat tank is awesome w/o having to get a Valdez sized aftermarket setup. Wow!