Husqvarna unleashed its 701 Supermoto on the US market in early 2016 after teasing a concept in 2013, debuting its production version a year later and bringing the bike to the first dealerships in late 2015. Now, the legendary off-road manufacturer has announced tweaks to its flagship street model, sprucing up the engine for more horsepower and torque. Changes to the engine described below are also present on the 2017 Husqvarna 701 Enduro.
It’s slight, but the 0.5 millimeter increase in the single-cylinder’s stroke to 85mm yields a 2.7cc increase in displacement. This gives the 2017 701 Supermoto 692.7cc total, which equates to seven more claimed horsepower than last year’s model (up to 74 hp @ 8000 rpm from 67 hp) and a little more than three lb-ft in additional torque (52.3 lb-ft at 6750 rpm, up from 49 lb-ft).
Husqvarna also states that thanks to “more exact valve timing at higher engine speeds” it was able to give the engine an additional 1000 rpm of “usable” power. An updated intake resonator promises to improve engine response in the lower revs as well. The 701’s Keihin EFI got some love too, with throttle bodies bumped up from 46mm to 50mm for ’17.
Returning elements sure to whet the appetite of any supermoto fan include the WP USD 48mm fork with 8.5 inches of travel and the WP shock absorber out back with Pro-Lever linkage and 9.8 inches travel. The 701 rolls on black anodized tubeless spoked wheels and features 120/70-17 front and 160/60-17 rear Continental ContiAttack Supermoto tires. Brembo braking components handle stopping duties front and back and the hydraulically actuated APTC slipper clutch ensures smooth movement through the gearbox.
Husqvarna will have its new 701 Supermoto on display at the upcoming Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. No pricing or availability details are listed at this point but for reference, the 2016 701 Supermoto carried an $11,299 MSRP.
Check out the spec sheet for the 2017 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto below.