Husqvarna’s road-focussed companion to the 701 Enduro, the 701 Supermoto features the same 692.7cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine as that model, with maximum power of 55kW (74hp) at 8,000rpm and maximum torque of 71Nm at 6,750rpm.
The ride-by-wire throttle and Keihin EFI system, Magura hydraulic slipper clutch and a smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission are shared between the two models, as is the light chromoly steel trellis frame, aluminium swingarm and lightweight polyamide subframe that includes a 13-litre fuel tank.
Where the 701 Supermoto starts to differ from its sibling is in the reduced travel – 215mm front and 250mm rear – of the WP suspension and the use of conventional brake discs at both ends (including a larger 320mm front disc) instead of the 701 Enduro’s wave discs. Brembo calipers and ABS are standard.
Front suspension uses the split fork developed by WP Performance where the left fork controls compression damping, while the right is for rebound damping. The WP rear monoshock offers high/low compression and rebound adjustability.
The 701 Supermoto gets different rolling stock, too, with 17-inch Giant tubeless spoked rims at each end in a black anodised finish, shod with Continental ContiAttack Supermoto tyres – 120/70 front and 160/60 rear.
While the bodywork on the 701 Supermoto is minimal, it has been designed to improve ergonomics and the rider’s connection to the bike. An 890mm-high seat stretches over the radiator shrouds and includes functional ribbing for grip to further improve rider control.
Finished in traditional Husqvarna white with blue and yellow accents (the only colour choice available), the MY19 701 Supermoto is available now, priced from $15,995 RRP. See your Husqvarna dealer for more details.