A number of spy shots have recently surfaced on the internet of Husqvarna’s 701 model, both in supermoto and enduro form. While we’re not exactly sure the reason for camouflaging the supermoto version as it’s final appearance was shown at EICMA last year, it is the first time the production version of the enduro bike has been spotted.
One lot of photos comes courtesy of a Spanish motorcycle forum while the other lot are from the latest issue of MCN.
The 701 machines were first shown as concepts in 2013 and then become a reality late last year although heavily ‘normalised’. While it’s exciting to see Husqvarna bringing street legal machines to the market, the 701 enduro and supermoto are basically KTM spare part specials. There’s nothing wrong with that – it will keep prices down and it’s not like KTM’s need a great deal of improvement anyway, but there’s nothing really new here.
In fact, the 701 on paper is nearly identical to the KTM 690 SMC R. Same frame, same 66hp 690cc engine, same suspension, brakes and so on. The only real differences will be the badge and styling, plus the fact that you won’t be able to buy one in orange.
Given the Husqvarna badge doesn’t carry the same weight as KTM however, expect pricing to be slightly cheaper.