Talks about the eventual launch (or re-launch) of the Swedish motorcycle marque, Husqvarna (Husky) in the Philippines have been lingering since 2019.
It was hinted at when AC Motors, a subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, created a separate motorcycle division for the KTM and Husqvarna brands.
After a very challenging 2020, Husqvarna motorcycles began to appear in KTM showrooms. So far, just the Vitpilen and Svartpilen models were put on display.
Nonetheless, it begs the question: will we also get larger Husqvarna models like the 701? How about the dirt bikes ridden by Graham Jarvis?
Husqvarna 701 Enduro
Just recently, Husqvarna officially launched their 2021 701 series, starting off with the 701 Enduro. Like many Huskies, the 701 Enduro shares a lot of its components with the 690 Enduro of KTM. It is powered by the same torquey 692.7 cc single-cylinder engine that produces 75 Ps of power, now equipped with a Euro-5 compliant exhaust system.
Besides the new EU-5 compliant exhaust, the new 701 Enduro also features a new LCD screen with integrated gear indicator and RPM display.
As for electronics, it comes with cornering ABS (with “off mode” for the Enduro), lean-angle sensitive traction control, KTM Easy Shift, ride-by-wire throttle, and a slipper clutch.
Husqvarna 701 Supermoto
Another model unveiled was the 701 Supermoto. Also boasting of all the features mentioned above, it's complemented with the addition of a Brembo monoblock 4 piston front brake caliper. Best of all, these 2 bikes from Husqvarna only weigh just a tad bit more than Honda’s CRF 250L.
Will we get these models in the PH?
So far, KTM and Husqvarna Philippines are currently focused on promoting the Svartpilen and Vitpilen models to Pinoy riders. Still, we asked if they will be bringing in the Husqvarna 701 series of enduro bikes. Unfortunately, they simply answered, “None yet.”
Hopefully, when local sales of the relatively new Husqvarna brand improve, Ayala will begin to think about offering the whole Husky lineup.