Our 701 Rally build was a blast to ride.
The only problem we experienced was
giving it back to Husqvarna when testing was finished.
MAY 2017 / DIRT BIKE 81
> In the world of adventure touring, 1000-plus displace- ment models from KTM,
BMW, Yamaha, Ducati and Honda
are the status quo. Although these
machines do have some off-road
capabilities, the majority of them will
never see dirt, except for the occasional fire road or gravel driveway.
We can’t say that’s necessarily a bad
thing. These Goliaths are pushing 500
pounds in stock trim, and the suspension wasn’t designed to handle
a ton of off-road abuse. Here at the
magazine, we would rather ride in the
dirt and only use roads when absolutely necessary. So, we set out to
build something that delivers a perfect
compromise between dirt and street
capabilities. What unfolded was a surprise, even to us.
Husqvarna makes the 701 in
two different configurations: a very
popular Supermoto version and the
often-overlooked Enduro model. We
chose the Enduro model for its off-
road capabilities and figured it would
be easier to add some street capabil-
ities later. Omega Fibre out of South
Africa was the major contributor to
this build, along with Husqvarna and
a handful of other key companies. ❏
Flipping the adventure world upside down!