Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Review, Primal Instinct!

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but I wasn’t sure that would be the case with a bike as single-minded and at times infuriating as the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto. Wheeling it into the back of the work lock-up before two weeks away, I wasn’t anticipating missing the white and fluoro machine. Days later, I was hankering after the Husky, warts and all.

Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Review, Primal Instinct!

Despite its lack of practicality the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto ignites a deep-seeded primal desire inside me for raw, unfiltered aggression and fun. No niceties. No comfy seat or heated grips. Just as basic a motorcycle as you can get on today’s market. The way the bike launches forward with the smallest hint of throttle, and turns into the corner with seemingly no effort.

Of course the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto isn’t without faults. Using it for all manner of riding everyday, it quickly becomes uncomfortable, the mirrors are practically unusable in the upper reaches of the rev range (I have no idea of the exact rpm because there’s no rev counter), and the seat’s hard. The white plastics mark easily, too. There are a few scratches on the right side where my boot hasn’t quite cleared the bike when throwing a leg over.

Despite the frustrations, I’ve never had a bike that manages to make even the wettest, greyest commute into work as much fun. After 2000 miles with the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto, the rear Continental ContiAttack SM is starting to look a little square – I’ve ridden more motorway miles than I thought I would – so it’s time for a change. I’m planning to get the bike on track at least once over the summer, so I’ll opt for something a little stickier…

Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Review, Primal Instinct!
No frills, no clever electronics, just pure riding pleasure

Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Specifications and Price

Engine : 4-Stroke, Single-Cylinder, SOHC 4-Valve, Liquid-Cooled
Bore x Stroke : 102 x 84.5 mm
Capacity : 690 cc
Induction : Fuel Injection
Transmission : 6-Speed, Chain-Drive
Power : 65 BHP (claimed)
Torque : 50 ft.lb (claimed)

Wheelbase : 1.480 mm
Seat Height : 890 mm
Ground Clearance : 270 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity : 13 Litres
Weight : 145 kg (dry, claimed)

Frame : Chrome-molybdenum Steel Tubular Space Frame
Front Suspension : 48mm WP Upside-Down Fork
Rear Suspension : WP Shock Absorber with Pro-Lever Linkage
Front Brakes : 320mm Discs, with Brembo 4-Piston Radial Caliper
Rear Brakes : 240mm Discs, with Brembo 1-Piston Caliper
Front Tyre : 120/70 – ZR17 (Continental ContiAttack SM)
Rear Tyre : 160/60 – ZR17 (Continental ContiAttack SM)

Price : £7999

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