Husqvarna is getting ready to unleash a 690cc supermoto on the world, in case you’ve missed the Swedish brand’s marketing campaign and dedicated website. Unsurprisingly, the bike is based off a comparable KTM model, though that’s not to say the folks at Husky haven’t improved on the KTM 690 Duke for their purposes.
(Re-)Releasing some tech details this week, we again know that the Husqvarna 701 will feature a ride-by-wire throttle (with three engine maps), slipper clutch (because supermoto), premium WP suspension, and what Husqvarna calls “Supermoto ABS” that is really the Bosch 9.1 MP race ABS, which allows one to still lock-up the rear wheel while the front wheel engages the ABS.
The upgraded suspension will certainly catch the fancy of on-road riders, as Husqvarna is using 48mm upside-down forks by WP Performance Systems, which have 215mm of travel. The forks have separate damping in each fork tube, thus compression is damped via the left tube, while and rebound via the right tube.
The WP rear shock has 250mm of travel, and features both high-speed and low-speed compression adjustments.
None of this info is exactly new to those who have been paying attention to the 701’s launch, though Husqvarna is certainly explaining the features of the 701 Supermoto finally with more detail.
Expect the 2016 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto to be highlighted with 67hp of peak power and 320 lbs of curb weight. Schwing!