Thursday, September 29, 2016

701 is the new 690

2017 Husqvarna 701 Enduro
Husky has introduced the 2017 model with improved engine derived from the KTM Duke. The engine is supposdly smoother, revs higher and puts out more power.  KTM has not announced the 2017 690 ER yet, but if it stays the same, the Husky is the way to go.

Safari tanks for the Husky are still nowhere to be found event hough they were mounted in show bikes back when the bike was launched. The Huskys frame even has tabs for them which the KTM frame hasn't. If the tanks ever materialize there is even more going for the Husky over KTM. I predict the KTM 690 ER will phased out in two years.

It seems that KTM 690 is the same as last year so for some reason KTM wants to direct the sales towards Husky.


  1. This is interesting but I already think the KTM dealer network is thin. If you're a wrench, it may not be a big deal. But the Husqvarna dealer in my town isn't much more than a specialty superbike shop.

    1. You still have to be able to test and buy the motorcycle. The closest husky dealer is +2 hours away, and doesn't have the 701 in stock. I do my own work but i still want dealer support for parts. IF something needs to be replaced urgently i don't want to sit and pray the part is gonna be in the mail soon. I have 3 KTM dealers in a 1 hour radius. So my pick for a 2017 bike will be the 690.

  2. Very true. Dealer network is both poor and a significant factor.