1000km test run...“Your challenges, if you let them, will become your greatest allies”.

701 was a new product from Husqvarna in 2016 so no after market parts existed for the bike when they arrived in January. After some tech development had taken place during Feburary, the time came and it looked like we were confirmed to use these bike for the trip

701 was a new product from Husqvarna in 2016 so no after market parts existed for the bike when they arrived in January. After some tech development had taken place during Feburary, the time came and it looked like we were confirmed to use these bike for the trip.

So while all the key upgrade parts were being produced (like tanks, engine protection, rear carrier frames and screens) a trip was organised by Quinton to ‘run the new bikes in’ from Johannesburg down to Lesotho and back. The brief was to use as much off road as possible on the way.

1500km in 2 days with an estimated 60% off road content were planned. Naturally this ride was mainly to get an idea of how capable the bikes would be off road and also to check how reliable they would be on some rough terrain. DRC is not for sissies and there are going to be some interesting sections during this challenge, so it was critical to make sure the product choice was right.

The bikes went flawlessly from beginning to end over the 2,5 days in every aspect. The only minor issues were losing some licence disk holders along with some very shaky number plates on the way. Dirt was no problem at all, in fact the bike turned out to be amazing off road machines and great on the roads as well where the bikes were capable of up to 175kph GPS top speeds and cruised comfortably at 130-140kph.

Consensus from all test pilots involved, was very positive. Sorry I nearly forgot that the pilots had was very sore bums by the end of the ride - 700km per day in the saddle from 7am to 7pm is testing. Clearly riders need 3-4 days saddle time to get used to the horse!!
















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