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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 (2020 Models)

  • 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 Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, 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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Robert Suess
Robert Suess
April 9, 2020 12:42 pm

Great review thanks

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
April 9, 2020 1:26 pm
Reply to  Robert Suess

Thank you Robert. Glad you found it informative!

Brian Mucke
Brian Mucke
April 9, 2020 12:59 pm

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.

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
April 9, 2020 1:16 pm
Reply to  Brian Mucke

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.

Brian Mucke
Brian Mucke
April 9, 2020 2:08 pm
Reply to  Rob Dabney

Great point! I agree. Cheers!

MontereyBS
MontereyBS
April 10, 2020 6:38 pm
Reply to  Brian Mucke

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…

Brian Mucke
Brian Mucke
April 12, 2020 10:49 am
Reply to  MontereyBS

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

Jeffrey Westfall
Jeffrey Westfall
April 9, 2020 3:36 pm

I’m curious of what the maintenance interval is for each bike. That could be a big deciding factor.

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
April 9, 2020 4:39 pm

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

Mark Nave
Mark Nave
April 9, 2020 5:26 pm

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

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
April 14, 2020 4:05 pm
Reply to  Mark Nave

Thanks for bringing that up. We checked with KTM/Husqvarna and the 690 warranty is 12 months or 12k miles, while the Husky is 24 months or 24k miles.

Robert Yoke
Robert Yoke
April 14, 2020 5:34 pm
Reply to  Rob Dabney

Dealer didnt mention that little tidbit, glad i went with the husky.

irfrank
irfrank
May 9, 2020 6:47 pm
Reply to  Rob Dabney

Why on earth would two divisions of the same company sell the same bike with two different warranties? I’m trying hard to give my favorite KTM guy business but it’s getting difficult.

aldo
aldo
April 10, 2020 5:42 am

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… ?

Robert Yoke
Robert Yoke
April 10, 2020 6:38 am
Reply to  aldo

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 +

Robert Yoke
Robert Yoke
April 10, 2020 6:35 am

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!

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
April 12, 2020 12:06 pm
Reply to  Robert Yoke

Luckily we were only about 6 miles from gas. Yeah, my throttle management could use a little work too probably.

Kevin
Kevin
January 15, 2022 4:14 am
Reply to  Rob Dabney

It’s almost impossible not to give it a handful over even the smallest bump. Pfft fuel economy.

Matthew Jennings
Matthew Jennings
March 25, 2022 7:52 am
Reply to  Robert Yoke

Let me guess…..You ride the Husky? Burrrrrp!

franco Prezioso
franco Prezioso
April 10, 2020 7:29 pm

yes thats a big deal ktm only one year crazy and husky u get two! isnt the shocks different ?

franco Prezioso
franco Prezioso
April 10, 2020 7:30 pm

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

franco Prezioso
franco Prezioso
April 10, 2020 7:32 pm

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

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
April 12, 2020 12:08 pm

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

BCTenerizer
BCTenerizer
April 10, 2020 10:44 pm

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.

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
April 12, 2020 12:15 pm
Reply to  BCTenerizer

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!

LauX
LauX
April 11, 2020 2:24 am

Quick shifter “plus” it’s standard in 701

Stephen A Fischer
Stephen A Fischer
April 12, 2020 9:16 am

correct.

James Parker
James Parker
April 12, 2020 9:53 am

@LauX My 2020 690 came with shifter+ standard.

franco Prezioso
franco Prezioso
April 12, 2020 10:39 am

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

advrider38
advrider38
April 12, 2020 1:16 pm

There are no differences in suspension for 2020.

franco Prezioso
franco Prezioso
May 9, 2020 7:32 pm

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 .

Randy
Randy
June 17, 2020 7:45 pm

Where are the two bikes manufactured?

rons
rons
June 25, 2020 3:31 am

voted KTM sir !

Gavin van Rooy - South Africa
Gavin van Rooy - South Africa
June 25, 2020 11:25 am

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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September 9, 2020 7:48 am

[…] A review from ADV Pulse highlighted the larger fuel tank of the KTM when their Husqvarna ran out of fuel during their test ride. The 690R has additional features such as a USB port and wider handlebars. Additionally, torque numbers for the 690R are slightly higher (54lb-ft vs. 52lb-ft). […]

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September 9, 2020 10:35 am

[…] A evaluate from ADV Pulse highlighted the bigger gasoline tank of the KTM when their Husqvarna ran out of gasoline throughout their take a look at trip. The 690R has extra options resembling a USB port and wider handlebars. Moreover, torque numbers for the 690R are barely increased (54lb-ft vs. 52lb-ft). […]

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September 10, 2020 1:21 am

[…] A review from ADV Pulse highlighted the larger fuel tank of the KTM when their Husqvarna ran out of fuel during their test ride. The 690R has additional features such as a USB port and wider handlebars. Additionally, torque numbers for the 690R are slightly higher (54lb-ft vs. 52lb-ft). […]

Brent Smith
Brent Smith
January 10, 2021 9:39 pm

Once again the KTM pin heads have ruined a good design. The 701 used to be worth the little more you paid vs the shorter and slightly less expensive 690. For the extra cash you got a couple more HP and a proper racing suspension with 275mm travel 25mm more travel than the tamed 690. Plus there were other nice little touches on the 701 that justified the premium price tag… not anymore! Just like most of their bikes, ktm has made the new 701s more generics specked and less attractive to anyone looking for an upgrade option to the 690. They are exactly the same bikes this year. Ktm dropped the suspension down to 250mm to cater to less experienced and smaller riders. They also took away a couple HP while screwing up what was an incredible bike. There is now zero reason to ever buy a 701 when you can buy the exact same bike with exactly the same specs for 1,200$ less than the 701. Really stupid move ktm/husky!

Josh Hawk
Josh Hawk
January 16, 2021 5:18 pm

To have the ultimate bike they just need to make the LR tanks available as an option (should be under $600 for tanks and pump) and put a wide ratio gear box in to make 1st and 2nd better in dirt and 6th a little better on highway. A nice smallish fairing/windshield to go with the tanks and you are still 80-100lbs less than the lightest V-Twin. Grail.

Kevin
Kevin
January 15, 2022 4:11 am

I do love my ’19 701. Just wish I could convert some of that high rpm power into low rpm torque. The power just keeps on coming the more it’s revved. Not really needed for most of my dirt riding.
Any ideas?

Brian Mucke
Brian Mucke
January 15, 2022 10:28 am
Reply to  Kevin

Try dropping the gearing down a bit; 3-4 teeth more at the rear or one tooth in the front. It will also be lower in sixth gear but you may not miss it.

Kevin
Kevin
January 15, 2022 2:50 pm
Reply to  Brian Mucke

Thanks. That makes 1st loop city.

BOOT MASTER
BOOT MASTER
March 16, 2022 6:30 am

Yes a very good comparison Thank you.

Vinny
Vinny
January 28, 2024 7:27 am

I have the husky and it has the USB port on the side

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