2016 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto First Look

Byron Wilson | September 28, 2015

In the early hours of the morning today, Husqvarna officially confirmed that its 701 Supermoto will be among the models available in its 2016 lineup. Described in the company’s press release as “the first street machine of Husqvarna Motorcycles’ new era,” the 701 is slated to become available from “authorized European dealers” in November 2015. American customers will have to wait a bit longer, with the 701 not available stateside until February 2016.

The Husqvarna 701 Supermoto sources 17 inch spoked aluminum wheels, front and rear, shod in Continental ContiAttack Supermoto tires - at least the production ones will... this bike has some extra special tires!

We knew the 701 would be on its way, Husqvarna saying as much when it first revealed the motorcycle during the EICMA show in 2014. At that point it was unclear whether the 701 would be coming to the USA, but now that mystery has been resolved as well. What we still don’t know is the price, but we’ll update with that information as soon as it’s available.

Since KTM acquired Husqvarna in early 2013 Husky has been the beneficiary of shared technology, see the 2016 line of Husqvarna motocross motorcycles for a prime example. The brand has been reintroduced to Supercross and Motocross competition since KTM’s purchase as well and the move into road-going machines marks the next step in the evolution of the Husky brand.

The 701 Supermoto makes use of a 690cc Single that’s similar to the one found in KTM’s 690 Duke. Both liquid-cooled engines share a 102mm bore x 84.5mm stoke, two-pump forced oil lubrication system, 36:79 primary drive, six-speed transmission, Adler Power Torque (APTC) hydraulically actuated slipper clutch and Keihin Engine Management System with ride-by-wire and 46mm throttle body. Additionally, there are also three engine maps available on the 701 – Standard, Soft and Advanced.

The 701 Supermoto makes use of a 690cc Single that’s remarkably similar to the one found in KTM’s 690 Duke.

A chromoly steel trellis, powder-coated frame holds the internals in place, and the package is suspended on fully adjustable WP suspension components front and rear. The 48mm forks offer 8.5 inches of travel while the rear monoshock features Pro-Lever linkage and 9.8 inches of travel.

The single 320mm brake disc at the front is pinched by a Brembo, four-piston caliper while the rear Brembo, single piston caliper grips a 240mm disc. The 701 also comes with Bosch 9M+ Two Channel ABS, which is disengagable and also found on the 690 Duke.

There are 17 inch spoked aluminum wheels, front and rear, shod in Continental ContiAttack Supermoto tires. Seat height measures 35 inches. There’s appromixately 10.6 inches of ground clearance and 3.7 gallons of fuel capacity in a tank integrated with the self-supporting rear subframe. Husqvarna provides an estimated dry weight, which rings in at 320 pounds.

Husqvarna has created a new website dedicated to the 701 Supermoto, complete with videos, photos and interviews with Maxime Thouvenin, Senior Designer at Kiska and R&D Project Leader Manfred Schlager.

The Husqvarna 701 Supermoto, headed to American shores in early 2016.

Here’s a quick reference spec sheet for the 2016 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto. Stay tuned for pricing information as it becomes available.

2016 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto
Engine: Liquid cooled, 690cc Single
Bore x Stroke: 102mm x 84.5mm
Engine Management: Keihin EMS with RBS, double ignition
Transmission: Six-speed
Clutch: APTCTM slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Starter/Battery: Electric start/12V 8.6Ah
Primary Drive: 36:79
Final Drive: 16:42
Chain: X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4
Frame: Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis, powder coated
Front Suspension: 48mm WP USD, 8.5 inches travel
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock with Pro-Lever linkage, 9.8 inches travel
Front Brake: 320mm disc, Brembo four-piston caliper
Rear Brake: 240mm disc, Brembo single-piston caliper
ABS: Bosch 9M+ Two Channel (disengageable)
Front Wheels: Spoked aluminum tubeless rims, 3.50 x 17 inches
Rear Wheels: Spoked aluminum tubeless rims, 5.00 x 17 inches
Wheelbase: 58.3 inches
Ground Clearance: 10.6 inches
Seat Height: 35 inches
Tank Capacity: 3.7 gallons
Dry Weight: 320 pounds
MSRP: TBD

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