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Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH came to life in October 2013, with KTM Motorrad AG as its parent company. Now with its factory in Austria, the Husqvarna brand has 111 years of heritage, from the early days of road racing to the off-road bikes of the 40s onwards. The new Husqvarna 701 Supermoto is a return to the road with a 67bhp, 50lb-ft single-cylinder engine in a 145kg (dry) chassis.

Designed to be as slim as possible, the bike has switchable engine maps, and a ‘bad fuel’ option, for serious adventurers. A slipper clutch is mated to Magura hydraulics.

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Here’s the full press release from Husqvarna…

Years of supermoto tradition combined with the finest craftsmanship and unparalleled single cylinder performance are embodied in the all new 701 SUPERMOTO. The highest quality components and uncompromising engineering provide outstanding levels of agility and handling, combined with the latest engine management electronics for razor-sharp throttle response and control.

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With an overall dry weight of less than 145kg, the 67hp engine propels riders from one corner to the next without hesitation. Thanks to the ride-by-wire throttle and switchable engine maps, riders can accurately feed power to the rear wheel and feel confident that when the next corner rapidly approaches, they can rely on the latest supermoto ABS and APTC slipper clutch to safely and heroically drift the rear end all the way to the apex.

Extensively tested and proven parts and accessories that are designed to the highest standards in terms of performance, reliability and quality are available in the Husky Power range of products. Hundreds of hours of development guarantee that every part is perfectly matched to the 701 SUPERMOTO, allowing riders to further personalise their bike in looks, set-up and performance.

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Bodywork

The 701 SUPERMOTO’s innovative bodywork features a long seat that reaches over the radiator shrouds, with functional ribbing to improve grip in all conditions. The in-mould graphics on the rear subframe protect the integrated fuel tank and also give the rear an elegant look. Tightly wrapped around the engine and frame, the 701 bodywork is ergonomically designed to connect the rider’s body to the bike, for a perfect fit of man and machine, allowing for total control in all riding situations.

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Engine

The single overhead cam, liquid cooled, single cylinder engine features the latest technology in terms of design and electronics. Maximum power output of 49kW (67hp) at 7,500rpm and torque of 68Nm at 6,000rpm are outstanding figures that leave riders in no doubt of the performance potential of this single cylinder masterpiece. The extremely lightweight engine weighs only 43.4kg without oil but including all components such as electric start, throttle body and clutch and coolant lines. Reliability, durability and efficiency are guaranteed by technical solutions such as active crankcase evacuation and forced lubrication which reduce oil friction and pump losses, and contribute to the long 10,000km service intervals and extremely low fuel consumption; in-turn lowering the cost of ownership of this class-leading single cylinder power plant.

The compact design of the single overhead cam cylinder head features hollow stemmed steel 48g, 40mm intake valves, and 46.5g, 34mm exhaust valves. Ignition is via a double spark plug layout, each of which has individual ignition timing for optimal combustion of fuel in the large bore combustion chamber. This results in smooth engine behaviour and optimum power delivery, especially at low revs, while maintaining low emissions and fuel consumption.

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Three engine maps are available and can be selected via a switch under the seat. Riders can choose between “Standard”, “Soft” and “Advanced” engine setups according to riding conditions and terrain. The 701 also features a “Bad fuel map” for low-quality fuel that allows the engine to operate efficiently even with 80 RON fuel, ensuring that the riding adventure never stops even in the remotest areas of the world, where high-grade fuel is not available.

The crankshaft and conrod are produced by Herzog Gmbh in Germany, a guarantee of quality and durability. To increase comfort and reduce vibrations, the crankshaft has a balancer shaft mounted in parallel with it, reducing inertia forces for a smoother ride. Thanks to a large 102mm bore and a short 84.5mm stroke and a lightweight forged box-type piston (only 471g including rings and clips) produced by Mahle König, the engine revs freely to over 8,000rpm, maximising the advantages of the double spark plugs and advanced engine management system. The compression ratio is 12.6:1.

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The APTC (Adler Power Torque Control) slipper clutch by Adler allows for greater speeds going into and coming out of corners by maximising rear wheel grip under hard acceleration as well as preventing rear wheel instability and hopping when braking hard into the apex of a turn, for maximum control and perfect down-shifting. The unique design makes it up to 50% easier to pull the clutch lever and reduces lever vibration. The Magura hydraulic system guarantees perfect clutch modulation.

 

TECH SPEC

ENGINE                                      

Engine type: Single cylinder, 4-stroke

Displacement: 690 cc

Bore/stroke : 102mm/84.5 mm

Power: 49 kW (67 hp) @ 7,500 rpm

Torque:  68 Nm @ 6,000 rpm

Compression ratio: 12.6:1

Starter/battery: Electric starter/12V 8.6Ah

Transmission: 6 gears

Fuel system : Keihin EFI (throttle body 46 mm)

Control: 4 V/SOHC with roller rocker levers

Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps

Engine oil: Bel Ray, SAE 10W-60

Primary drive: 36:79

Final drive: 16:42

Cooling: Liquid cooling

Clutch: APTCTM slipper clutch, hydraulically operated

Engine management/ignition: Keihin EMS with Ride By Wire, double ignition

 

CHASSIS                                     

Frame: Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated

Subframe:  Self-supporting polyamide tank

Handlebar :  Aluminium, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm

Front suspension: WP-USD split function fork Ø 48 mm

Rear suspension: WP-Monoshock with Pro-Lever linkage

Suspension travel front/rear: 215/250 mm

Front brake: Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm

Rear brake: Brembo single piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm

ABS: Bosch 9M+ Two Channel (disengageable, supermoto mode)

Wheels front/rear: Spoked wheels with aluminium tubeless rims 3.50 x 17″; 5.00 x 17″

Tyres front/rear: 120/70 ZR 17; 160/60 ZR 17

Chain: X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″

Silencer: Stainless steel silencer with regulated catalytic converter

Steering head angle: 63°

Triple clamp offset: 35 mm (33 mm)

Trail: 112 mm

Wheel base: 1,480 ± 15 mm

Ground clearance : 270 mm

Seat height: 890 mm

Tank capacity: approx. 14 litres/2.5 litres reserve

Weight (ready to race): approx.145 kg (without fuel)

www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/en_gb.html

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Tony Carter

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