Trans America Trail on a Husqvarna 701

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BSGrimes, Oct 15, 2020.

  1. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I know. Both have let it go past warranty so that's not good.

    If you google oil burning 690/701 kind of a lot comes up. Some use no oil,some a quart every 1000 miles. Ive had KTM's since 1978 so am not adverse what so ever to getting a 701,I fell in love with the one I rode. I just want to know more about what goes on with them.
  2. DR Da-da

    DR Da-da Infrequent Member

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    Bryan, how do you like the Rade Garage fairing? Does it cause turbulent air to hit your helmet? Or, does it direct the air stream into your chest or up and over your head?

    I’m very seriously considering replacing my DR-650 with either a 690 or 701, and I’d like to add a RG or Britannia Composites fairing. However, I’ve heard that an unavoidable consequence of adding a fairing is turbulent wind buffeting your helmet at street/highway speeds.
  3. Vikingson57

    Vikingson57 Adventurer Supporter

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    I just installed the Rade Garage Rally tower on my 701. I have not noticed any added wind issues. In fact at most speeds there is a lot less on my helmet. I am 5’10 so not sure if you are taller or shorter. I love my 701. I you choose either of those bikes you will love them.
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  4. sati8d

    sati8d REALLY?? Eh! Oh! ca va pas non??? Supporter

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    I'm 6' and I had to add an extra wind deflector for road riding. I take it off when off road.
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  5. Vikingson57

    Vikingson57 Adventurer Supporter

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    Which deflector do you use?
  6. BSGrimes

    BSGrimes Adventurer

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    I highly suggest the 690 or 701. Get the RG fairing for sure. As for wind buffeting, it has a decent amount, but you get used to it. I would definitely be interested in other fixes.
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  7. BSGrimes

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    Please share!
  8. sati8d

    sati8d REALLY?? Eh! Oh! ca va pas non??? Supporter

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  9. DR Da-da

    DR Da-da Infrequent Member

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    Thanks for the replies! I’m 5’10” as well.
  10. ahung12

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    BSGrimes: How has your Velomacchi been holding up during the trip? Specifically, how weatherproof has it been?
  11. BSGrimes

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    My backpack or duffle? Both are bulletproof. Duffle is for sale.
  12. ahung12

    ahung12 Adventurer

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    The backpack, wasn't aware you had a duffle as well but good to know on both. I've got the backpack as well, wasn't sure how well the hardware held up to the elements, especially the spinny magnet clasp thing.
  13. BSGrimes

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    Backpack is amazing. It's the best backpack I have ever owned and I have owned a lot of backpacks. No need to be gentle with it.
  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    is that the 28L Speedway?. how was it to keep the fabric clean, dirt and mud?
  15. BSGrimes

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    The bigger one. Washes off with a hose. Super easy to clean.
  16. Bill Dirt

    Bill Dirt Trooper

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    A little late but that was awesome.