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Title: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 13, 2019, 12:04:50 pm
New rider here. Want to do some dual sporting - Commute 3km to work and back everyday and do excursions on the weekends.

I'm 27 years old and last rode a Yammy DT 125 when I was 15 on the weekends (Was my friends)

Have the chance to get a 701 Enduro with about 1500kms at an extremely attractive price, otherwise a CRF250L (also barely any kms) at a great price too. First choice was the Honda but I am leaning more on the Husky side if the price is good for me.

This is through a friend so hence the good prices on either.
Am I stupid to believe that I can learn to ride on the husky without killing myself. I'm extremely careful by nature and think I can use a tame throttle - I have no interest in wheelies or anything like that.

I feel the husky will serve me well long term. Are there any things I need to worry about with the 2016  model, look out for etc? I know the Honda will be more reliable compared but the difference shouldn't be too much?

Help me out here guys.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: chopperpilot on August 13, 2019, 12:22:16 pm
If you can afford the 701, go for it! :thumleft:

As you know, there is no comparison between the two! :o

The 701 will be taller, so just check that. ;)

The 701 is as good as new. You take care of it, and it will reward you with trouble-free ownership! :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: chopperpilot on August 13, 2019, 12:23:51 pm
And you'll be fine with the power of the 701...you'll get used to it quickly! ;)
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Welsh on August 13, 2019, 12:28:47 pm
And you'll be fine with the power of the 701...you'll get used to it quickly! ;)
very quickly! But yes itís a TALL bike so check that out first.  8)
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: BuRP on August 13, 2019, 01:20:43 pm
I have no interest in wheelies or anything like that.

No wheelies?  :o
Then buy that slow boring Honda, it will outlast the Husky anyway and your grandchildren will still use it.
So, that's settled then, glad I could help.


The Husky though is tall yes, but geewizz it looks good hey?
It also forks off in a manner unbeknown to you considering your last biking experience because it most literally is a hooligan bike, it urges you relentlessly to open that throttle and let it rip!
I know, I have one, my first KTM in fact.
And I wasn't a fan of orange, their owners to blame due to bragging all the time...  ;)
But, very slowly however undeniably I may just have become a bitofafan now - se be warned, do NOT buy that Husky!
Do not even take into consideration that you've got little recent biking experience so you'll have to re-learn what a bike is, and what it can do.
I remember I did that by controlling the throttle, easy did it... but that was long ago, the current generations rely on electronics to keep them safe.
This 701 has little of that, just ABS and FI, so only a brain will keep you safe.
Got one?
If yes then you will see that your question is a bit silly eh?
A nighonnew 701 for a bargain is too good to pass up on, and I most certainly would pounce on such an occasion.
But for you, I'd recommend to buy that 250 which will feel powerful and exiting to you ..... for say two days of riding.
Then you'll regret not getting that 701 - which by that time has a new owner, you also know that.


Anything else I can help with?
 :P
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: drewdza on August 13, 2019, 01:51:17 pm
Your sole riding experience is an occasional spin on a mate's DT125 about 12 years ago....

So you're essentially going to "learn to ride" on a Husky 701...keep us posted  :sip:....and have a mate take videos  8)

Suggestion: Buy the Husky. Learn to ride on the Honda  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 13, 2019, 02:30:59 pm
A nighonnew 701 for a bargain is too good to pass up on
I am here exactly because I feel the same way aswel :D

I definitely have faith in my ability to learn safely and sensibly. I have the right attitude and a love that I haven't been able to enjoy for too long.
I'm still teenie bopper tho so don't want an unnecessary money pit that I can't handle, hence needed some assurances from the wiser.

As for wheelies, I should add that learning to wheelie on a beautiful beast might not be the best idea I could've come up with
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: BuRP on August 13, 2019, 02:43:02 pm
I should add that learning to wheelie on a beautiful beast might not be the best idea I could've come up with

It's a lot better idea than buying an underpowered bike which you get bored on quickly.
Mind though, this only applies in this i.e your case, as I feel too many youngsters kill themselves by buying a superbike instead of a supersport they should have gotten, for reason on a 1000 you learn to survive, and on a 600 you learn to ride.
Not the same here as the 70-odd horses will only start trampling you if you hang on to the wide-open throttle for too long, and a normal brain will have shut it long before that.
They actually can be ridden normal, you'll only find that you will want to try a lil' power wheelie now and then  :P

You'll enjoy and not regret getting that 701, promise.
Post a piccie here when you have it?  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: 2StrokeDan on August 13, 2019, 03:00:20 pm
Take the Honda, no doubt.

You may well never learn to relax and enjoy the 701, as it is quite a sharp tool.

At least until you feel you have really mastered that Honda, then look at something bigger.

But at least you are ahead of the crowd who, as come-back bikes, go straight for the 1200 class. ::)
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: BuRP on August 13, 2019, 03:11:19 pm
go straight for the 1250 class

Fixed that for ya  8)
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 13, 2019, 03:14:53 pm
I want to commit to a bike for a couple years and I fear that the Honda would make me want to move on far too quickly.

I will still test ride both bikes before to check the brown pants factor and whether I feel confident about taking on the Husky. My commitment to my wife was that I would get it near the end of the year so I still have about 2 months to make my decision and the bikes will wait for me because I've committed to taking one regardless. They are both aux bikes so no rush it seems.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: 2StrokeDan on August 13, 2019, 03:15:51 pm
go straight for the 1250 class

Fixed that for ya  8)

 :thumleft: Thanks!
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: 2StrokeDan on August 13, 2019, 03:19:05 pm
I want to commit to a bike for a couple years and I fear that the Honda would make me want to move on far too quickly.

I will still test ride both bikes before to check the brown pants factor and whether I feel confident about taking on the Husky. My commitment to my wife was that I would get it near the end of the year so I still have about 2 months to make my decision and the bikes will wait for me because I've committed to taking one regardless. They are both aux bikes so no rush it seems.

Try and get to ride the 701 as much as you can because I bought my own bike from a guy that thought it was the right bike for him. It was not.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 13, 2019, 09:02:21 pm
I plan to ride it lots. The guy seems quite keen on me getting into riding so it won't be hard to get the feel of each bike.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: geopat on August 14, 2019, 01:10:52 am
My first proper bike was a ktm 690  no reason why you shouldnt be fine on a 701 and years down the line it will still be able to make you shit yourself if you get too brave
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 14, 2019, 08:32:14 am
Of that I have no doubt  :) ;D :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Minxy on August 15, 2019, 10:02:44 am
I think if you've ridden a bit when you were younger it's fine, go with any bike.

I used to ride a little Honda 125 road bike when I was in school. Took a good break from biking until I was older and then looked at getting into adventure biking. EVERYONE said, get a small bike, 250 or whatever.  I was like nah and got a 650. I rode the 650 for about 6 months and my boyfriend asked me if i want to ride his 950 Super Enduro. Guess what? The 950 was WAY better than the 650, easier to ride as it was more capable etc. So I ended up just riding the 950 for years.

Get the 701, you won't regret it :)
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: stcomza on August 15, 2019, 10:33:02 am
Very, very good advice on here  :thumleft:

If it was my choice to make, I'd go for the Husky.  You will be able to manage the power and learn very quickly what you can and can't do. It is better to have power in reserve than twisting the throttle and nothing happens.

Nothing wrong with the Honda - it's capable and reliable and will give you years of good service, no bones about it. To say the Honda is a stepping stone to something bigger/better might sound harsh (to some...) but at the end of the day, it is what it is. 

Enjoy whichever bike you choose  :biggrin:

Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Mayhem on August 19, 2019, 09:41:47 pm
Just a thought here, imagine quite a few years down the line and you are sitting on your veranda in the retirement village and talking to the Grand kids telling them you could have had a 701 Huskey.... but I took the Honda instead :peepwall:
I'm sure they will disawn you even though you still have the Honda :deal:

Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 20, 2019, 07:32:37 am
 :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:

Well it's settled then, if I get it at this magical number then it will be a reality  :ricky:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Dwerg on August 20, 2019, 07:47:13 am
Does the 701 also have the mapping settings? You can set the 690 to DRZ mode and tame down the power and throttle response
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: 2StrokeDan on August 20, 2019, 07:48:28 am
What I am saying, and have seen lots in real life, is that while it's OK to start on any bike, including R1's, you may well never be totally at ease on it.

There is a good reason why countries like Britain have learner restricted bikes for new[ish] riders, and why they can only upgrade after passing their test period on these.

I guess I am saying, out of personal experience, that a 701 can catch out even an experienced rider.

Of course, if youare goingto alwys be very careful on the 701, may you not just as well buy a 250 then? :pot: 250's are so much cheaper to run too. :snorting:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: 2StrokeDan on August 20, 2019, 07:48:54 am
Does the 701 also have the mapping settings? You can set the 690 to DRZ mode and tame down the power and throttle response

Only the 2016's.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Roadhawg on August 20, 2019, 08:09:19 am
Get the Husky man.

For on-road use it's really not that hectic.  For offroad, yes the power may get you into trouble but you'd still get used to it and then it'd be normal to you.

I went from a 400cc Japanese cruiser that was slow as anything, to a 990 SMT.   Granted, I crashed the SMT the 3rd month i owned it but that was more due to the brakes (and no ABS) than the power. And then an 1190 and then a 1290.  With all the respect to singles, the 701 is "Only" a single cylinder bike, it's not like you're jumping onto a Fireblade.

Does the Honda have ABS? That'll save your ass in a panicked moment on the street when something jumps in front of you.   Think about that.


Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 20, 2019, 08:43:47 am
Both bikes are 2016, I don't believe that it has ABS. My plan was to actually fiddle with the mapping on the 701 to make it a little less killer in those first few months and then open it up once I was confident.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 20, 2019, 08:48:02 am
What I am saying, and have seen lots in real life, is that while it's OK to start on any bike, including R1's, you may well never be totally at ease on it.

There is a good reason why countries like Britain have learner restricted bikes for new[ish] riders, and why they can only upgrade after passing their test period on these.

I guess I am saying, out of personal experience, that a 701 can catch out even an experienced rider.

Of course, if youare goingto alwys be very careful on the 701, may you not just as well buy a 250 then? :pot: 250's are so much cheaper to run too. :snorting:
I agree with you, but careful doesn't always mean slow does it? It's not like the bike was just made to pop dank nooners all day.

I'd like to keep the bike for as long as possible, hence the changing of mind from the CRF to the Husky.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Roadhawg on August 20, 2019, 09:09:46 am
Husky for sure man.

In traffic you also WANT something that can get around idiots and get out of sketchy situations quickly. 
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: 2StrokeDan on August 20, 2019, 10:24:53 am
What I am saying, and have seen lots in real life, is that while it's OK to start on any bike, including R1's, you may well never be totally at ease on it.

There is a good reason why countries like Britain have learner restricted bikes for new[ish] riders, and why they can only upgrade after passing their test period on these.

I guess I am saying, out of personal experience, that a 701 can catch out even an experienced rider.

Of course, if youare goingto alwys be very careful on the 701, may you not just as well buy a 250 then? :pot: 250's are so much cheaper to run too. :snorting:
I agree with you, but careful doesn't always mean slow does it? It's not like the bike was just made to pop dank nooners all day.

I'd like to keep the bike for as long as possible, hence the changing of mind from the CRF to the Husky.

If you want to keep the bike as long as possible, your choice is the wrong way around. :pot: :pot:

The 701 is an amazing bike.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: 2StrokeDan on August 20, 2019, 10:25:44 am
Get the Husky man.

For on-road use it's really not that hectic.  For offroad, yes the power may get you into trouble but you'd still get used to it and then it'd be normal to you.

I went from a 400cc Japanese cruiser that was slow as anything, to a 990 SMT.   Granted, I crashed the SMT the 3rd month i owned it but that was more due to the brakes (and no ABS) than the power. And then an 1190 and then a 1290.  With all the respect to singles, the 701 is "Only" a single cylinder bike, it's not like you're jumping onto a Fireblade.

Does the Honda have ABS? That'll save your ass in a panicked moment on the street when something jumps in front of you.   Think about that.

It is often "due to the brakes" when you arrive at a corner carrying too much speed. :deal:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Dwerg on August 20, 2019, 10:31:32 am
If you want to keep the bike as long as possible, your choice is the wrong way around. :pot: :pot:

The 701 is an amazing bike.

Don't scare the lad off. My 690 is 5 years old, not that old yet I know but it's seen some harder use. I'd take it on an overland trip without hesitation.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Roadhawg on August 20, 2019, 10:42:25 am

I agree with you, but careful doesn't always mean slow does it? It's not like the bike was just made to pop dank nooners all day.


I give it a month till you're pulling dank nooners and asking about a bit more power :biggrin: :thumleft:

I'm so tempted by the 701 myself.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 20, 2019, 02:53:49 pm
Well when I say keep it as long as possible I don't mean for it to outlive me, and I don't want my skill to outgrow it. :biggrin: :biggrin:
Assuming I have any  :lol8: :o
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Roadhawg on August 20, 2019, 03:03:26 pm
Get the Husky man.

For on-road use it's really not that hectic.  For offroad, yes the power may get you into trouble but you'd still get used to it and then it'd be normal to you.

I went from a 400cc Japanese cruiser that was slow as anything, to a 990 SMT.   Granted, I crashed the SMT the 3rd month i owned it but that was more due to the brakes (and no ABS) than the power. And then an 1190 and then a 1290.  With all the respect to singles, the 701 is "Only" a single cylinder bike, it's not like you're jumping onto a Fireblade.

Does the Honda have ABS? That'll save your ass in a panicked moment on the street when something jumps in front of you.   Think about that.

It is often "due to the brakes" when you arrive at a corner carrying too much speed. :deal:

Mine was just doing normal traffic speed, 60/70 on a dead straight road and a guy coming the other way shot across (he turned right) me. Now, it would've been nothing and I probably wouldn't even get to the point of engaging ABS.   But back then, I locked the rear and then the front and I woke up 10mins later on the pavement.

When you've been riding as long as you have (no offence meant at all), you have forgotten more than I have learned probably. I still remember what it's like to have to fight those panic reactions, and that's where things like ABS and TC are literal life saver for a noob rider.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 20, 2019, 03:21:26 pm
I feel you, and I do agree but I'm willing to chance it and do it like countless others learnt without abs. I say this because bulk of my riding for
the foreseeable future will be the 2km ride to work and back, max speed would be around 50kmph and I'd be riding full caution anyways because
I I know how stupid people are on the route anyways.

I will be getting another bike as a dedicated commuter at a later stage finances permitting, nothing fancy
but second-hand you can get a decent bike with abs and the likes.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Roadhawg on August 20, 2019, 03:45:27 pm
I feel you, and I do agree but I'm willing to chance it and do it like countless others learnt without abs. I say this because bulk of my riding for
the foreseeable future will be the 2km ride to work and back, max speed would be around 50kmph and I'd be riding full caution anyways because
I I know how stupid people are on the route anyways.

I will be getting another bike as a dedicated commuter at a later stage finances permitting, nothing fancy
but second-hand you can get a decent bike with abs and the likes.

Dude, my point is the Husky HAS ABS and the Honda doesn't.    Even though the husky has more powerful, it's probably safer.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 20, 2019, 04:32:23 pm
Nice to see more people leaning to the Husky regardless of the cc, most crap online screams to just get a 300cc otherwise you will never really learn to ride etc. blah blah.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: 2StrokeDan on August 20, 2019, 07:49:28 pm
Nice to see more people leaning to the Husky regardless of the cc, most crap online screams to just get a 300cc otherwise you will never really learn to ride etc. blah blah.

Get the Husky, and a serious upgrade in your Discovery health. :pot:

Or are you getting the Husky to ride it like the Honda? :peepwall: :pot:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Mark D on August 21, 2019, 07:23:40 am
If I lived 2 kilos from work I would just walk to work. And I am fat and lazy. I would still buy the 701 though. :biggrin: :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Ganjora on August 21, 2019, 07:30:34 am
my 1st adult bike was a KLR.
much lower down on power than the husky,  but intimidating at the time.
use your brains,  and you'll be fine.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 21, 2019, 07:48:10 am
If I lived 2 kilos from work I would just walk to work. And I am fat and lazy. I would still buy the 701 though. :biggrin: :thumleft:

It's not that I'm lazy, but in my mind even more reason not to walk to work when it's so close lol, it'll cost nothing if I have the bike anyways. If I was never gonna get a bike then maybe I'd walk.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Mark D on August 21, 2019, 08:26:04 am
If I lived 2 kilos from work I would just walk to work. And I am fat and lazy. I would still buy the 701 though. :biggrin: :thumleft:

It's not that I'm lazy, but in my mind even more reason not to walk to work when it's so close lol, it'll cost nothing if I have the bike anyways. If I was never gonna get a bike then maybe I'd walk.


If you can afford it, I say then buy it. I can always take you on a nice scenic lower Lotheni ride to get used to the bike. :ricky:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Roadhawg on August 21, 2019, 08:32:01 am
If I lived 2 kilos from work I would just walk to work. And I am fat and lazy. I would still buy the 701 though. :biggrin: :thumleft:

It's not that I'm lazy, but in my mind even more reason not to walk to work when it's so close lol, it'll cost nothing if I have the bike anyways. If I was never gonna get a bike then maybe I'd walk.

That road.  Man it's nice.
If you can afford it, I say then buy it. I can always take you on a nice scenic lower Lotheni ride to get used to the bike. :ricky:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Monkey#13 on August 21, 2019, 09:36:39 am
From ons noob to another:
Whiskey throttle - it happens more than we care to admit. In which case I know on which bike I would rather be. (That being said I'm always watching the for sale section for the right 690/701)
Your biggest expense will probably be rear tyres. The 701 will most likely require rubber twice as often.
You will buy milk, bread, beer, wors or whatever at the edge of what seems reasonable all of a sudden, even if you have to ride past 3 other shops to get there.
No-one rides as careful / defensively as they think. Especially noobs.
The 250 is fun and nimble on most trails. I am fairly average in height and I would struggle with any bike taller. Seat height is more of a factor than we tend to believe in slow speed off-road situations.
The 250 is no fun above 100km/h.
The 250 is a great commuter. I commute 7km one way daily. Fastest section 80km/h. It's cheap to run, easily fast enough for my tipe of commute and absolutely frugal on fuel (25 - 28 km/l depending on your right hand).
If you only ever commute and do a trail every fortnight, I can wholeheartedly recommend the 250. If you regularly ride fast gravel and/or tar Twisties, get the 701.
I have wished for more power and torque in the past but that is only when we do a tar stretch of more than 40/50 km to get to a gravel road. On such occasions my biggest gripe is actually the lack of wind protection. The 701 won't be any better in that regard.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Monkey#13 on August 21, 2019, 09:44:58 am
I think you have made up your mind though. You did post your question in the 701 section and not in the CRF section  :pot:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 21, 2019, 10:06:36 am

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If you can afford it, I say then buy it. I can always take you on a nice scenic lower Lotheni ride to get used to the bike. :ricky:
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I just might hold you to that  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: BuRP on August 21, 2019, 10:15:41 am
If I lived 2 kilos from work I would just walk cycle to work.

Fixed that for ya!
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: BuRP on August 21, 2019, 10:19:47 am
my biggest gripe is actually the lack of wind protection. The 701 won't be any better in that regard.

Surprisingly, and coming from a tallish dude, that's not true.
I am still surprised with the amount of wind protection/deflection that little numberplate aka headlight delivers!
Hey, if you want to smoke a fag during riding then get a Goldwing or Electra Glide, but for anything else the stock 'shield' suffices.
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: BuRP on August 21, 2019, 06:44:00 pm
Spectaitor,

watch this:

Listen to what the dude says right in the beginning, and yes, it's funny too.
Then wonder why he recommends, almost advertises actually (he isn't because they're not sponsored!), the most powerful bike, the Katoom 390 - which I'll admit would also be my choice of that lot!

"The smartest choice is to buy something stupid fun!"
That'll be the 701 then in your case  :P
Title: Re: 2016 Husky 701 Enduro
Post by: Spectaitor on August 21, 2019, 08:15:48 pm
Lol I've literally got that on my watch later list for tonight. Love F9's work.

Funny enough at the beginning of my search I was looking for the kawa, pity it isn't sold here anymore, if it ever was.

Was sitting on the Husky today and I'm not exactly flat footed when sitting on it but it's just barely atleast.
I'm pretty much dead set on it so far, can't hold in the excitement.