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ADV BikesKTM 690 Enduro vs. Husqvarna 701 Enduro: Here’s What’s Different

KTM 690 Enduro vs. Husqvarna 701 Enduro: Here’s What’s Different

 Putting rumor to rest and bringing clarity on what sets these two bikes apart.

Published on 04.09.2020

Ever since the Husqvarna 701 Enduro was first introduced in 2016, it’s been no secret it shares its platform with the KTM 690 Enduro R. Differences between the two bikes have varied from year to year, including bodywork, engine tuning, suspension setup, electronics, and more. Some years have had greater separation than others, but after the KTM 690 Enduro adopted the 701’s smoother twin-counterbalanced motor in 2019, many have been curious about how much of a difference there really still is.

We got our hands on a set of 2020’s and have been putting them through their paces on several different adventures. To put the rumors to rest and bring clarity on what sets the KTM 690 Enduro and Husqvarna 701 Enduro apart, we spoke with Ex-Baja Champ and current KTM product developer, Quinn Cody. He has been deeply involved in product testing and dialing in settings for these two bikes, so who better to talk to for some perspective on the differences beyond what’s available on the spec sheets.

KTM 690 vs Husqvarna 701
KTM 690 vs Husqvarna 701

After reviewing all the features and specs, and getting insights from Quinn, here is the scoop on how they differ:

KTM 690 vs Husqvarna 701 Differences

  • Weight Bias: The Husky has a slightly better front to rear weight bias when fully fueled at 45.1% / 54.9% vs. 44.7% / 55.3% for the KTM.
  • Handlebars: The bars are a little wider on the 690 Enduro with a bend and height that feels pretty similar.
  • Seating: The 701 has more padding on the sides in the front of the seat. Additional padding on top also gives the 701 a 0.4 inch (10 mm) taller seat height.
KTM 690 vs Husqvarna 701 seat and tail lights
KTM 690 vs Husqvarna 701 handlebars
  • Fuel Capacity: The KTM gets a slightly larger rear fuel tank 13.5 liters (3.57 gallons) vs. 13.0 liters (3.43 gallons).
  • Exhaust: The shape of the exhaust canisters is different but both are roughly the same size. Differences in exhaust didn’t seem to translate into any noticeable variance in exhaust note or power characteristics.
  • Torque: Husqvarna’s website claims the 701 Enduro has 71 Nm (52 lb-ft) of torque at 6,750 rpm, while KTM claims 73.5 Nm (54 lb-ft) of torque at 6,500 rpm. Quinn mentioned the mild difference could be related to the exhaust canisters.
  • USB Port: The KTM gets a built-in USB port on the side of its headlight mask. The Husqvarna does not have one at all.
KTM 690 vs Husqvarna 701 usb port
  • Bodywork: Differences in bodywork include the headlight mask, side panels, tail lights and mirrors.
  • Weights: KTM claims a dry weight of 321.9 lbs (146 kg) while the Husqvarna 701 is a bit lighter at 319.7 lbs (145 kg). We weighed both bikes fully fueled and got 350.0 lbs (158.8 kg) for the 690 and 344.2 lbs (156.1 kg) for the 701.
  • Warranty: The KTM warranty for the 690 Enduro R is 12 months or 12,000 miles. Husqvarna includes a 24-month or 24,000 miles warranty on the 701.
  • Price: MSRP for the KTM 690 Enduro R is $11,899 USD and the Husqvarna is $11,999 USD.

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Clearly the differences in features and design are subtle for 2020. They share the same motor, transmission, chassis, wheels, tires, instruments, controls… and we confirmed with Quinn that engine and suspension tuning are the same this year.

KTM 690 vs Husqvarna 701

After hundreds of miles of exploring on a range of terrain, we didn’t turn up any major differences between the two bikes’ performance either. However, the larger fuel tank on the KTM did come into play at one point when the 701 ran out of gas in Death Valley. With the extra fuel capacity of the 690, it was able to tow the 701 to the next fuel stop. The USB port on the KTM was also a nice feature to have for charging devices and running power to a GPS. And on the Husky, we noticed the extra side padding on the front of the seat was nicer on the knees when gripping the tank in both the seated and standing positions.

If you are in the market for either of these bikes, the decision probably comes down to whether you want the extra fuel range, what kind of deal you can get, and which one appeals to you more through the eyes. Whether you choose Orange or White, you can rest assured knowing both are great bikes, with a range of upgrade options available, and there are no major performance features you’ll be missing out on if you decide to pick one over the other.

Photos by Rob Dabney and Spencer Hill

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, North Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney
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32 thoughts on “KTM 690 Enduro vs. Husqvarna 701 Enduro: Here’s What’s Different

  1. It’s worth pointing out that for 2020, Husky (at least outside the US) also offers a long range model (LR) that effectively doubles the fuel capacity and range with the addition of an electronically switchable second tank and pump. KTM may follow and hopefully both will be a available in the US eventually.

    • Hey Brian. That’s definitely worth bringing up. Yes, the new LR is a pretty cool bike from Husqvarna.
      https://www.advpulse.com/adv-news/new-husqvarna-701-enduro-lr-hits-dealer-floors-overseas/
      Too bad we can’t get it here in the US yet, but we’ve heard from Husqvarna that they may bring the tank upgrade to the US later this year as a catalog option. In my opinion, it would make more sense if moving forward Husqvarna makes the ADV version (701 Adventure) with a larger fuel capacity, windscreen, etc. while KTM continues to produce the Enduro version. That way they aren’t stepping on each others toes and can still benefit from economies of scale sharing the same platform.

    • As long as they upgrade the suspension on the LR to handle the additional weight and distribution, it could be the real deal, regardless of their intent to differentiate between the two lines.
      Sorry, Brian, I couldn’t help myself…

      • No problem. Any of these little adventure bikes will require a suspension upgrade just by having my lardy butt hit the saddle(!) Ride on!

    • They share the same engine so maintenance interval is identical – oil change and valve clearance check every 10,000 km (6,200 mi).

  2. I belive the Husqvarna has a 2 year warranty in the US whereas the KTM is 1 year, can anyone else confirm this? Thanks

  3. Really nice review ! Thanks a lot for the work.

    Sorry for a newbie question :
    Could those really nice dual sport motorcycles could be used to commute everyday (and having fun the week-end ^^) ??
    Maybe with adjustments like a larger fuel tank, 50-50 tires, navigation system… ?

    • Thats exactly what they are for, go anywhere do anything…within reason. The tires are pretty much 50/50 and 3+ gal will take you 150 miles +

  4. Im guessing at .14 gallons difference you weren’t towing that husky very far.
    Im thinking the husky rider just had some throttle management issues….braaaaap!

  5. isnt the shock package in the rear different in the set up of it along with the ktm forks dont have the little adj on them as the husky u get it
    also the brakes and clutch
    are differnt

  6. linkage in the hussky i dont know much otherr then its a motorcross set up and the ktm uses pds any one know the difference in performacne

    • That may have been the case in previous years, but not now. According to KTM/Husqvarna they are all the same components and valving.

  7. Thanks Rob for tweaking the differences in that debate. These two are in a stand alone category made for aggressive riders. The comparisons between these two and say the Yamaha T7 is like biting into green apples and over ripe peaches lol. Yamaha being the peach in this case ! For a future comparison I’m curious how the Husky 901 will mirror the 790 or 950 KTM or Honda AT spec’s once it hits the ground in North America. Awesome looking machine at this point.

    • True, these bikes are in a different league than the twin cylinder bikes. When that 901 hits the ground we’ll be all over it!

  8. both 2020 models come with it and only ktm in 2019 hence the upgrade for the husky in 2020 the linkage and pds suspension is the primary difference

  9. it doesnt make sense at all same here man havent pulled the trigggger on eather yet waiting it out for left over 2020 models my local dealers are closed in ma they are getting killed but two years matters and its like thy dont even tell u that when u go to ktm .

  10. Just bought a 2020 701, moved up from a 2015 690 enduro my oh my what a bike the suspension is awesome and i can throw it around a bit like my FE501. Really impressed big change! Best of both worlds

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