In the short period of time that BMW owned the Husqvarna brand, a small number of streetbikes rolled out of the Italian factory, with the promise of many more to come. That fell away when BMW dropped Husky like a psychopathic blind date, but now that it’s an entity under KTM ownership, things are starting to turn. Albeit slowly.
Proof is the 701 Supermoto, introduced at the EICMA show in Milan. Make that “re-introduced,” since the 701 was displayed as a concept article last year. But now Husky has confirmed that it will indeed make the Supermoto as a 2015 model.
Wrapped in a new steel-tube chassis and slathered with somewhat controversial bodywork (featuring “functional ribbing”) lies the beating heart of a familiar thumper: the 690cc, liquid-cooled engine from KTM’s 690 Duke. Fitted with ride-by-wire electronics, the Husky version of the engine makes 67 hp and gets three engine maps, Standard, Soft, and Advanced.
Using a unique frame, the Husky 701 comes in at 320 pounds. The white wonder is slightly larger than the KTM 690 Duke, with a 58.3-inch wheelbase (up by 0.6 inches) and a seat height of 35 inches (compared to the KTM’s 32.9).
Husky has not yet released prices for the US.