Riding a dirt bike down desolate desert trails is unlike anything else you can do on a motorcycle. It’s equal parts terrifying and exhilarating, and you’re always on the line between chaos and harmony.
With the 2016 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto, Husqvarna has created a true do-it-all road destroyer. I’ve never ridden a bike perfect for the twisties and urban settings that could also do freeway stints without brutalizing my body into a painkiller addiction. Then I finally got to throw a leg over the 701.
In 1991, Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM was forced into bankruptcy and a split into four independent companies. By 2015, it had fully risen from the ashes to become the best-selling European bike brand. How did that happen? One word: KISKA.
Last week, I spent two days in the California high desert testing the new Husqvarna 701 Supermoto and 701 Enduro. The dirt focused guys chased my taillights as we rode windy roads on street tires all the way out to Anza Borrego the first day, and then I floundered my way home in the sand, sucking on their dust the…
If you thought this year was a fun bike launch/EICMA season, wait til you see what’s coming for 2017. Kawasaki just declared they have 12 bikes coming over the next two years, we should see more forced induction things, KTM better bring me my 800 cc twins, and Husqvarna confirmed the 401 Vitpilen is on the way. The…
No one does a concept bike as well as Husqvarna, and their new Vitpilen 701 Concept is proof that true love does exist. I would give them all of the dollars I have for this this motorcycle, even the ones I hid in the attic.
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The Husqvarna 701 Supermoto is both a rebadged KTM 690 SMC R and one of the bikes I’m the most excited about this year - and now it’s getting a Enduro twin for those of you who want to take your big thumper fun to the dirt.
While there are a lot of exciting bikes coming out this year, none excite me as much as this Husqvarna 701 Supermoto. I dare you to watch this video and disagree with me.
Of all the bikes unveiled last year, one pair of Husqvarna concepts had us throwing our wallets at our computing machine screens. Husky heard the dull thumping of leather smacking against glass and is ready to deliver. The 401 twins have gotten the green light. Hells. Yes.
KTM has been kicking ass on both ends of the engine displacement spectrum, but like the rest of the industry, something's been missing – mid-size V-twins. KTM is finally rectifying matters and spreading the wealth to its siblings at Husqvarna.
Husqvarna has a certain cachet, even if you remove the overblown Steve McQueen connection. Combine that with the recent interest in lightweight, entertaining rides (see: Ducati Scrambler), and you've got a recipe for success. And that's exactly what we have with this menacingly beautiful pair of 401 concepts.
BMW's Italy-based enduro and motocross bike builder Husqvarna dates back to a 17th century Swedish musket maker, but it's no longer sweating the Treaty of Nijmegen. It's working on a new, avant-garde streetfighter that might give Ducati a workout.
What's one activity that hasn't yet been painted with the green brush? Mowing! Luckily we're more excited about the Husqvarna Panthera Leo's five motors than we are its recycled materials.