The up-spec’d Husqvarna 701 Enduro LR dual sport is coming to Canada, and it should be here soon. Husky says the machine will be available at Canadian dealerships this fall.
The 701 Enduro LR (introduced last November) is basically the same as the standard 701 Enduro (a hot-rod single-cylinder street-and-trail bike, based on the KTM 690 Enduro R). The big difference is added fuel capacity; the original 701 line had pretty limited range, thanks to a small gas tank. The LR (it stands for “Long Range” machines are built to travel a bit further, making them more attractive bikes for the adventure riding set. Standard fuel capacity on the 701 is 13 litres, and the LR version boosts that to 25 litres.
The 701 isn’t a cheap bike; the standard 701 Enduro sells for more than $13k, and taxes/fees drive that even higher. Expect to pay more for the LR version, although we’re not sure how much. The Husqvarna press release and the Canadian website don’t have that information yet. Expect it to be around $14,000 when it arrives, most likely. Full press release follows below.
HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THE 2020 701 ENDURO LR -CANADA
NEW LONG RANGE ENDURO MACHINE FOR EXTENDED ON-ROAD AND OFF-ROAD EXPLORING
Husqvarna Motorcycles North America, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the 2020 701 Enduro LR, the new long range enduro machine for riders wanting to travel further. Offering additional touring capabilities, thanks to its increased fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons, the 701 Enduro LR features the same advanced electronics as the highly popular 701 Enduro.
Bred from Husqvarna Motorcycles’ 701 Enduro, the brand new 701 Enduro LR provides astounding power-to-weight performance, a Ride-by-Wire throttle system and carefully engineered ergonomics. With its fully integrated 6.6-gallon fuel tanks, it is the perfect machine for extended, adrenaline-filled on-road or offroad adventures, allowing incredible range between fuel stops.
The renowned, torquey, single-cylinder 692.7 cc engine offers a perfectly linear power delivery in all riding conditions. Fitted with cornering ABS, lean angle sensitive Traction Control, switchable Ride Modes and Easy Shift as standard, the 701 Enduro LR is capable of serious adventure riding and long-distance touring.
Extremely well-balanced and delivering impressive agility and handling, the 701 Enduro LR comes fitted with fully-adjustable 48 mm WP XPLOR upside-down forks and a WP XPLOR rear shock, offering 250 mm of wheel travel and excellent all-terrain capabilities.
The 701 Enduro LR comes with its own unique new graphics. Strikingly individual, it features progressive colors that guarantee they stand out in style.
Lightweight, integrated fuel tanks – additional 3.2-gallon capacity
Switchable Ride Modes – change power characteristics while riding
Bosch cornering ABS – lean angle specific braking technology
Easy Shift function – seamless up- and down shifting for a smoother ride
Lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control – perfect rear wheel traction
Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame – amazing agility and stability
Aluminum swingarm – extremely low weight for maximum traction and stability
Polyamide rear subframe with integrated fuel tank – high-tech, single-piece construction
Ensuring all 701 Enduro LR riders are fully prepared for their next adventure, the Functional Clothing Offroad 2020 collection offers high-quality items that guarantee protection, all-around functionality and comfort. Husqvarna Motorcycles also offers an extensive lineup of Accessories – high-quality items that add additional protection, durability and style to all 701 Enduro LR machines.
Looks great and I’m sure it’s more than capable. However at that price I’d be more than a little hesitant to take it off road.