Husqvarna 701 Supermoto
Husqvarna made its official return to the street during EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. The KTM-AG owned manufacturer, which was originally founded in Sweden in 1903 – debuted its 701 Supermoto at 2014 EICMA, a bike that was unveiled in prototype form at last year’s EICMA.
The 701 Supermoto features the same engine found in KTM’s 690 SMC R Supermoto and 690 Enduro R. The powerplant is a 690cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder that produces 67 horsepower at 7500 rpm and 50 ft/lbs of torque at 6000 rpm.
The engine, which features Ride-by-Wire, is mated to a six-speed transmission that uses a hydraulic APTC slipper clutch. The 701 Supermoto features three riding modes – Standard, Soft and Advanced. And for places with low-quality fuel, there is also a “Bad Fuel” engine map.
With a seat height of 35 inches, the 710 Supermoto features a powder-coated steel trellis frame, displaying KTM’s influence, and WP suspension components. The latter includes a 48mm upside-down fork up front, and a monoshock with Pro-Lever linkage out back.
Stopping the 701 Supermoto is a single 320mm disc up front squeezed by a four-piston radially-mounted Brembo caliper, and a single 240mm disc out back squeezed by a single-piston floating Brembo caliper. The bike arrives standard with Bosch 9M+ Two-Channel ABS, which may be disengaged.
Weighing a 320 lbs. dry, the 701 Supermoto’s 67 horsepower will be sufficient for some serious fun. The problem? That fun won’t be available until Autumn 2015, when the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto reaches dealers.