Husqvarna’s highly anticipated new 701 Enduro and 701 The-Husqvarna-701-is-gorgeoSupermoto models arrived to be snapped up by excited buyers who had placed orders months ago. Fortunately Husqvarna SA kept a demo Enduro model which we were fortunate enough to get our hands on.

As the company’s first road-going model under Austrian ownership, Husqvarna used KTM’s hugely successful 690 Enduro R as a base for this bike, but added its own touches to produce a simply stunning enduro/ commuter/ adventure motorcycle that must be one of the most versatile bikes available. The photos in this test don’t do the final masterpiece justice as the black seat on the test model is a temporary unit – a problem with the seat production meant the first shipment of bikes into SA arrived with black seats – buyers will receive the matching blue, yellow and white seats in due course.

The 690cc single cylinder thumper is a state-of-the-art dual-spark plug, fuel injected motor controlled by a ride-by-wire throttle through an engine management system (EMS). The EMS continuously compares engine parameters with data from sensors, and adjusts the throttle valve accordingly, resulting in perfect power delivery and throttle response. The EMS also offers three different ride modes – Standard, Soft and Advanced – selected via a plug under the seat. The motor produces a very healthy 67hp @7000 rpm and 67 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. As a basis for comparison, your typical 650/ 660 thumper makes about 50 hp and weighs up to 40 kg’s more.

Read the full review of this, the most powerful single cylinder road/ off road bike in our April 2016 issue.