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HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO (2015-on) Review

Published: 13 November 2015

Updated: 13 November 2015

Wind on the throttle and it’s impossible not to grin

HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO  (2015-on)

Wind on the throttle and it’s impossible not to grin

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Husqvarna are back in business with the 701 Supermoto and Enduro, the resurgent firm’s first offering to the street bike market under KTM management. As the 701 Supermoto is a version of the KTM 690 SMC R, the 701 Enduro is the KTM 690 Enduro. It does away with the supermoto 17in wheels and gets a 21-incher up front and 18in rear with Continental TKC80s as standard. Husky has employed the 690 as a donor bike and made three major tweaks: to its engine maps, suspension and bodywork. Husqvarna claim the changes steer the 701 away from KTM’s ‘ready to race’ mantra and make it more accessible, comfortable and enjoyable for the everyday rider. And Husqvarna have succeeded in their aim. By softening the suspension and making the throttle more predictable, the Enduro has become more usable, which in turn makes it more fun. It’s the ultimate big boy’s toy.

The Enduro gets a different front fork with 275mm of travel – it’s a closed-cartridge WP 4CS unit that’s lighter than a conventional USD fork and used by competition models. It’s softer than the supermoto fork but both bikes have easily adjustable rebound and compression damping and share the same rear monoshock with rebound, compression and preload adjustment. The Enduro also swaps the fourpot front caliper for a twin-pot. The KTM 690 Enduro is an excellent and extremely capable off-roader and the Husqvarna is no different. It’s just as much of a weapon, except with smoother fuel maps and its new softer fork makes it easier to handle so you don’t need to be an off-road god to ride it.
Despite its long travel the front fork does a commendable job of stiffening under hard braking. The brakes are assisted by the latest Bosch 9.1 MP ABS, which can be disabled completely via a button on the dash. And the bodywork has been altered for comfort, with rubber-mounted handlebars, a more comfortable seat, and there’s an extra litre of fuel, taking the tank up to 13 litres.

Engine 5 out of 5

It’s the same potent 690cc single-cylinder motor pumping out 67bhp and 50ftlb. The Husky gets three fuel maps: soft, advanced and standard (there’s also an A2-licence option). The maps are smoother and less aggressive than the 690’s with a less snappy throttle response. Wrap your fingers round the throttle, tighten your knees on the grippy fairings and wind on the throttle – it’s impossible not to grin. The torquey engine is urgent and borderline brutal in such a lightweight chassis. It manically propels you forward, seemingly topping a ton in an instant.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

The 701 comes with sweet finishing touches such as LED lights and smart branding. It’s cleverly thought out, the build quality looks spot on and overall it’s impressive.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

This is no everyday bike, it’s an impractical, yet excessively exciting toy, and I love it. It’s a slightly softer option than the KTM, but with the same power and torque. So for the same £7999 price as the KTM you get all the rip-roaring, shoulder-tugging fun, except it’s easier to ride and handle, with a bigger fuel tank and the Husqvarna badge.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The 701 has swish extras such as a slipper clutch, supermoto and enduro ABS and an endo sensor (to stop it flipping).  The clever supermoto/enduro ABS comes in the form of an accessory plug-in dongle that disables the rear wheel ABS while keeping it active on the front if you fancy drifting on or off-road.Also, Husqvarna are developing adventure accessories for the Enduro, a wise move considering the popularity of aftermarket rally and adventure kits for the KTM. Extras include a taller screen and a 20-litre fuel tank, which Husky reckon will return 250 miles. It could potentially give the 701 a serious shot in the adventure bike market as a lightweight and off-road capable option. Especially considering the 701 has a 6200-mile service interval and a ‘Bad Fuel’ map included for countries where fuel is of a lower quality. 

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £7,999
Used price £7,800 to £8,800
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Max power 67 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Engine size 690cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4v single-cylinder
Frame type Steel trellis frame
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 890mm
Bike weight 145kg
Front suspension WP-USD 4CS 48 mm
Rear suspension WP-Monoshock with Pro-Lever linkage
Front brake Brembo twin piston, radial caliper, brake disc 300mm
Rear brake Brembo single piston, floating caliper, brake disc 240 mm
Front tyre size 90/90-21
Rear tyre size 140/80-18

History & Versions

Model history

2015: Model introduced

Other versions

Husqvarna 701 Supermoto

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