Husqvarna’s dirt-worthy 701 Enduro is based on its 701 Supermoto.
Husqvarna Motorcycles has announced that it will be releasing a new big-bore motorcycle, the 701 Enduro, which is based on the company’s 701 Supermoto model.
Sharing the same engine as sister marque KTM’s popular 690 SMC, the 701’s liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, four-valve, single-cylinder engine dis claimed to deliver 67 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 49.4 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 6500 rpm. The engine features a massive 102mm bore and 84.5mm stroke, and its compact cylinder head features 40mm steel intake valves and 34mm exhaust valves, with the incoming charge fired by dual spark plugs with each plug receiving individual spark timing for optimal fuel combustion. Selectable ignition maps allow the rider to tailor the power curve to suit riding conditions. Fueling is handled by a ride-by-wire throttle system that sends its signal to a Keihin electronic fuel injection system with a 46mm throttle body. Active crankcase evacuation and the forced lubrication system, which reduce oil friction and pump losses and also help to extend oil service intervals to 6200 miles (10,000 km). The engine’s six-speed transmission is engaged by a hydraulically actuated slipper clutch.
The 701 Enduro’s chrome-moly steel chassis features a trellis design for light weight and rigidity on or off the road. It is mated to a lightweight die-cast aluminum swingarm and Husqvarn’s trademark polyamide rear subframe that integrates the 701 Enduro’s 3.4-gallon fuel tank. Husqvarna claims that 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 molded-in graphics on the subframe not only look nice, but Husky says they also help to protect the integrated fuel tank.
Carried in CNC-machined and anodized aluminum triple clamps, the 701 Enduro’s WP 4CS closed-cartridge forks are tuned specifically for this model. Rear suspension chores are handled by a a fully-adjustable WP rear shock through a rising rate suspension linkage The 701 Enduro boasts 10.8 inches of travel front and rear.
The 701 Enduro’s Brembo brakes feature ABS off-road-specific settings. Its spoked wheels feature black-anodized DID rims fitted with Continental TKC 80 tires measuring 21 inches up front and 18 inches out back.
The Husqvarna 701 Enduro will hit European dealerships in November 2015, but U.S. and Canadian customers will have to wait until February of 2016. MSRP has not yet been set.
For more information on the Husqvarna 701 Enduro and 701 Supermoto, visit www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com.