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2015 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Concept Review
2015 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Concept on Totalmotorcycle.com
High intensity thrills…
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.
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.
Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH was founded in October 2013, and positioned alongside KTM Sportmotorcycle GmbH, under the umbrella of parent company KTM Motorrad AG. In a very short time, Husqvarna Motorcycles has re-established itself as one of the main players in the offroad segment, thanks to a high quality and competitive product portfolio and an ever-increasing distribution network. Husqvarna motorcycles, parts and accessories are distributed worldwide through a dedicated network of 16 subsidiaries,
including North America and Japan, and 46 high profile importers.
The sales success of the new Husqvarna products has exceeded expectations and for 2014, the first full business year after the re-birth of the historical brand, production of over 15,000 units is forecasted. The updated motocross and enduro line-ups have been
fine-tuned and are expected to consolidate Husqvarna as a producer of the highest quality premium offroad motorcycles available today. Now, with the 701 SUPERMOTO and the concept bikes 401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN, Husqvarna Motorcycles takes its first major steps towards street bikes while fulfilling its brand promise and expanding its model range into the street segment.
The state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Austria are located in the area around Mattighofen, the most technologically advanced motorcycle manufacturing site in Europe.
The Research and Development facility is strategically placed alongside the main headquarters and between the main assembly facility and the engine manufacturing facility, with the Motorsport building just a short distance away. WP Performance Systems GmbH, also a KTM Motorrad AG Group company, is situated in nearby Munderfing, where frames, radiators, suspension and exhausts are produced to the highest quality standards.
Highly automated production procedures at WP include hydro-forming and robot welding for maximum precision and consistent quality.
Optimal communication between departments thanks to their close vicinity guarantees efficient and integrated development of the products, with technological knowhow from R&D, Motorsport and WP being transferred directly onto the bikes that roll off the four
production lines in Mattighofen.
With the advent of the 701 SUPERMOTO, Husqvarna’s vast product portfolio expands in late Summer 2015 to include a new street model. As clearly demonstrated by the striking, new concept bikes 401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN at Eicma, dedicated product development will see Husqvarna continue to grow in the coming years, consolidating the premium image of the historic brand, and ensuring a bright future.
In the first half of the 20th century, when motorcycling heroes chased glory on treacherous early road race courses such as the Tourist Trophy, Husqvarna achieved fame throughout Europe thanks to its commitment to street based motorsports.
Despite significant success in those early European Grand Prix and TT race seasons, Husqvarna Motorcycles pulled out of road racing all together by the mid 30’s in the wake of the great depression and with the tensions of a looming world war.
The post-war era was a turning point for Husqvarna. A severely damaged road network in Europe meant the common heavy and cumbersome pre-war designed mainstream motorcycles could not easily navigate bombed, potholed and rubble strewn streets.
Often detours through fields and forests were necessary. This called for lightweight, manoeuvrable, robust and easy-to-ride motorcycles. The subsequent economic climate also called for functional yet affordable machines. Husqvarna’s small engined single-cylinder bikes of the day were the answer, and from the mid 40’s to late 50’s Husqvarna models such as the Svartkvarna, Drombagen, Silverpilen and Guldpilen increasingly grew in popularity due to their minimalist design and functional simplicity.
Husqvarna’s winning heritage was further engraved into motorcycling history in the 50’s, as the first manufacturer to produce purpose-built motorcycles for offroad disciplines.
Offroad is where the brand forged its legend, dominating the many forms of offroad motorcycle racing up to the late 70’s. This reputation built in offroad competition, together with Husqvarna’s proven high quality standards are evidence of the brand’s
serious intent, and form the basis for success in any motorcycling segment.
Now, with 111 years of heritage in both street and offroad motorcycling, Husqvarna Motorcycles makes its return to the street segment with a new large displacement single-cylinder model, the 701 SUPERMOTO. This renewed enthusiasm for street bikes
fulfils Husqvarna’s brand promise and expands its model range. The 701 leads the competition in terms of power, weight, technology and performance. These premium characteristics are highlighted by modern colours, graphics and clean bodywork –
maintaining the Swedish tendency towards functional design. True Husqvarna, faithful to the brand’s core values. Premium motorcycles with state-of-the-art technology and a rich sense of heritage.
With the unveiling of Husqvarna’s new concept bikes, the 401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN, we now have a small glimpse of what the future chapters will look like!
Husqvarna unveils exciting new street models
First look at the 701 SUPERMOTO and presentation of the 401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN concept bikes
Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to announce that it has unveiled three new street models at the International motorcycle Expo EICMA. With 111 years of heritage in both street and offroad motorcycling, Husqvarna today makes its return to the street segment delivering machinery featuring the finest characteristics – clean bodywork, state-of-the-art technology and functional Swedish inspired design.
Years of supermoto tradition combined with the finest craftsmanship and unparalleled single cylinder performance are embodied in the all-new 701 SUPERMOTO. Highest quality components and uncompromising engineering provide outstanding levels of agility and handling. The new Husqvarna street model features the latest ride-by-wire throttle control and Engine Management System as well as the most advanced WP suspension dedicated Supermoto ABS and APTC slipper clutch.
145kg and producing 67hp, the 701 SUPERMOTO allows riders to accurately feed power to the rear wheel while enjoying superior levels of stability, safety and enjoyment. The bike will be available on dealer’s floor in Autumn 2015.
With the unveiling of Husqvarna’s new concept bikes, the 401 VITPILEN and 401 SVARTPILEN, we have a small glimpse of what the future street chapters will look like. Inspired by the rebellious spirit of the golden age of the brand in the 60s and 70s, these concept machines are true Husqvarna – high quality motorcycles with a rich sense of heritage.
The Husqvarna 401 VITPILEN (Swedish for ‘White Arrow’) draws on the DNA of the pioneering 1953 Silverpilen. With a ground-breaking design in its own right – interpreting the functional simplicity of the classic Silverpilen – it combines modern technology, cutting-edge design and high quality hardware to deliver an uncompromised, genuine riding experience for the street.
The Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN (Swedish for ‘Black Arrow’) concept bike is a golden-age inspired modern street bike that draws its design ethos from past iconic Husqvarnas. Reduced to the bare functional essentials, it’s free of gimmicks, gadgets and extravagant design embellishments. It ensures a riding experience that honours the simple idea behind early, pioneering Husqvarnas. With a lightweight and powerful single-cylinder fourstroke engine in a compact chassis, the Husqvarna 401 SVARTPILEN provides a more upright, comfortable and natural riding position – designed to reflect the timeless authenticity evident in the growing revival of the motorcycling scene.
The new Husqvarna 401s are very much new and progressive motorcycles, where advanced engineering meets authentic design. They bring back the honest and pioneering spirit of pure motorcycle riding from the good old days into our modern times.
2015 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Concept Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
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.
. Advanced technical solutions high power-low weight; 67hp and only 43.4kg
. Long service intervals and low fuel consumption low cost of ownership
. Cutting edge ride-by-wire electronics class-leading single cylinder technology and performance
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.
. Single overhead cam compact cylinder head design, low friction, lightweight and cost efficient
. Double spark plugs smooth engine behaviour, better emissions and fuel consumption
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.
. Switchable engine maps adapt engine characteristics according to conditions
. “Bad fuel map” 80 RON fuel keep the adventure going anywhere on the planet
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.
. Slipper clutch maximum control under hard acceleration, braking and down-shifting
. Magura hydraulic system perfect clutch modulation
CRANKSHAFT, CONROD AND PISTON
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 KÃ¶nig, 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.
. Short stroke and large bore high revving and quick response
. Forged box-type piston by Mahle KÃ¶nig high performance and only 471g
. Reduced oscillating masses lower vibrations better emissions and fuel consumption
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.
. Slim bodywork perfect movement and ergonomics for all rider sizes
. Functional design carefully engineered ergonomics for maximum control
2015 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Concept – www.Totalmotorcycle.com International Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP Price: Concept only.
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
Frame Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
Subframe Self-supporting polyamide tank
Handlebar Aluminium, tapered, Ã˜ 28/22 mm
Front suspension WP-USD split function fork Ã˜ 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 Ã˜ 320 mm
Rear brake Brembo single piston, floating caliper, brake disc Ã˜ 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 approx.145 kg (without fuel)
Specifications and appearance are subject to change without prior notice.