Hello everyone and welcome to another installment of one of my infamous build threads. You may know me from such threads as: AdamChandler's "Rosie Red" 2018 GS Adventure Build Thread AdamChandler's "Felicity" 1995 K75RT Build Thread Heather_B's "Buzz" 2019 F750GS Build Thread I like to start with some ground-rules if you don't mind? This is my build thread, participate here at your own risk because while we may be on topic sometimes, I can't make any promises so long as at least one post per page is related to the build and actually, now that I think about it, if we go TOO off topic, mods will surely start removing posts so how about some ground rules? Posts should be related to the build of my bike Criticisms of how I build out the bike should be constructive (basically follow site-rules) and if you don't like it, go build your own bike the way you want I may reply to you with a GIF, Meme, JPEG or MPEG file that is satirical in nature or just fun but it's just me being me and these will be funny to me and not you again, it's my build thread. To people who are new here or are just finding this thread, well sorry turn back now, do not proceed! You have been warned! Finally, I'm not very active on 'thumpers' so I look forward to learning a lot. --------- Why did I purchase a Husqvarna 701 Enduro Long Range? I'm glad you asked! My stable in 2020 was a K75 RT converted to a cafe racer, an R1200 GS Adventure which I treated like a dirt bike and toured on, a Beta 500 RR-S and Heather's F750GS which I sometimes ride to keep the oil flowing. I sold the Beta 500 RS. Why? Two primary reasons, I was too big for it and could never feel comfortable on it despite trying everything to improve on that and the maintenance intervals were too low for something like the Trans-America Trail. If I had more space, I would have kept it, made it lighter and did more trail riding but I can only have 4 bikes at a time with my space so it had to go. The 690/701 platform has a lot going for it. It's a single so you have lighter weight than a twin like the 890/T7, it is more dirt bike & dual sport than adventure bike yet with the ability to actually carry gear so you have 790/890 load on a light single cylinder. I would never call this an enduro but it looks the part and with my size, can go anywhere I would want to go. I also never rode my beta like an enduro either. Why the LR? Well, for starters I have an affinity for 'rare' the fact that there are only a couple hundred of these globally was very appealing. This could later down the road bite me in the butt when parts are hard to find but we'll cross that bridge later. I add larger fuel tanks to every bike I own. My beta had 4 gallons on-board and my GSA has 8 so the ability to get 300 miles range on this is fantastic. Also, given the occasional issue with KTM's fuel pump system, having 2 on board is a nice bit of confidence for extended back country travel. In short: Half the weight of my GSA More storage than my Beta Wider seat than my Beta Extended Range with a 2 year factory warranty without having to source an aftermarket tank The most 'dirt bike' adventure motorcycle on the market -------- What did I pay for the bike? The LR is a tough bike to track down. Deposits were down a year ago, bikes started arriving to USA dealerships in August of 2020 and by November, there were 30 or so left on show-room floors (using CycleTrader search) nationally. I saw that number dwindle down to around 25 by January which is when I figured, if I wait until spring, they won't be around anymore. I then heard Husqvarna cancelled the LR for 2021 and even went as far as pulling the LR kit so 701 enduro customers can't even buy the kit anymore if they want. Most of these bikes were not marked up and I purchased the one that was closest to me at Edelman Sales in Troy New York which for me, was a 3 hour drive each way. The second LR closest to me was down in New Jersey, 6 hours away. MSRP was $12,499. I paid that $5 to the state of New York for a tire fee. This is the only costs I had. No tax as I live in New Hampshire, no dealer fees, plate fees, etc. I gave them a check for $12,499 + $5 and drove it home. I think I paid less than anyone else in the country for an LR. The MSRP is only $500 over a base 701 Enduro R which is cheaper than $2500 Husqvarna was charging for the LR Kit separately. -------- How is this build thread organized? Each post will have a similar format where I link to the part, how much I paid and I'll share photos, my thoughts & a video. This allows people to basically go to post #3 not this thread and jump to an individual modification without having to read through a dozen pages. Post 1 - Intro Post 2 - Delivery Post 3 - List of modifications with links to each post where mods are detailed Post 4 - Vendor posts in the thread Post 5- She's done! Farkles are organized into categories: Protection Comfort/Ergonomics Electronics Storage Performance Rally Kit -------- Question from the peanut gallery, "What's your goal for this build? It just seems like you're just dumping a lot of money in without much direction" GREAT POINT! That's pretty much just how I roll. But, I will say I will always use high-quality brand name parts, I prefer American companies or small startups where the owner and a small team are really involved and are super customer-centric. I've had amazing interactions with the team from Perun Moto, Vanasche, Renazco Seats and Solid Performance. I want a light weight adventure bike that can go anywhere with comfort, electronic wizardry and better than OEM capabilities while still being incredibly reliable so not skimping out on something that may fail and if it does, I'll talk about that failure here and what happened and send feedback to the manufacturer in hopes that the issue leads to a fix if necessary. I want a bike I can live off for 2 weeks off-road and keep my devices charged up, get me far away without a gas station, be relatively easy to maintain and not feel like 'roughing it' when I go out on the road. I don't expect the LR to compete with the GSA but I expect it to be about 2x the comfort & livability than my Beta was which for me was an overnight bike at best. There are people touring on WR250s and Betas but I need a bit more comfort so I think the LR will suit those needs. -------- Build Thread Cost: Here's the rough estimate by category in USD and these prices are all MSRP so if I get a discount or sponsorship, obviously it'll be less: *Updated Totals on 3/11/2021* -------- Last minute Housekeeping: Before we dive in, there are places you can stalk me before this thread is updated: Flickr Blog YouTube Untappd (I sometimes post what I'm drinking while working on the bike) Music (evenings what I'm listening to while working on the bike) Motorcycle Newsletter Instagram Podcast Rest of my links Technology Used to Log modifications: The content on this report is primarily shot on iPhone 11 Pro with a DJI OSMO Gimbal as my primary video camera these days. I've sold all of my other cameras that shoot video. Helmet camera / on-Bike videos are shot with the GoPro Hero 9 with a Microphone Adapter And Shure Lavalier microphone. Still images are shot with the Canon 5D Mark IV generally with my 24-70 f/2.8 lens. I edit in Adobe Lightroom and Final Cut Pro on the iMac. ...and last but not least, I'm so happy to have an outlet to talk about the bike. I should have had a build thread for last year's bike but it was going to be so scattered and un-focused. This is going to be a ton of fun. Thank you all for following along.