Husqvarna has updated the microsite for their upcoming 701 Supermoto showing off many of the technologies the bike will incorporate upon its release later this year. Unfortunately for those hoping for a surprise, it appears that there’s no new features compared to the KTM 690 SMC R which the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto is based on.
In fact, the more we see the more it would appear the 701 Supermoto will be a direct copy of the KTM with different plastics and stickers. That’s not a bad thing as the 690 SMC R is regarded as a great bike. It’s just that 690 SMC R is over two years old now and for Husqvarna to make its ‘road bike’ come back a carbon copy of an existing bike is a little underwhelming – hopefully it surprises us with the price.
According to Husqvarna, the 701 Supermoto will benefit from a ride-by-wire throttle system allowing for precise and consistent throttle control as well as three engine-modes allowing you to fine-tune the 701’s power delivery for a wide range of possible riding surfaces and weather conditions.
Also included is a slipper clutch, 48 mm upside-down forks by WP Performance Systems with 215 mm of travel and separate damping circuits in each fork tube allowing for compression to be damped via the left tube and rebound via the right. The rear shock is pivot-arm articulated and features both high and low speed compression adjustments.
ABS is standard but disappointingly just like the KTM 690 SMC R, you have to pay extra for an optional dongle unlocks supermoto ABS, allowing the rear wheel to lock with full ABS function upfront. We thought it was poor form to not have this standard when the 690 SMS R was first released – it’s possibly even worse now considering we’re two years down the track and looking at what’s supposed to be a more value orientated brand.
The Husqvarna 701 Supermoto is expected to be released by November this year.