Setting up a KTM 690/ Husky 701

Author: Adventure Motorcycle Equipment  

The KTM 690 and Husqvarna 701 have many interchangeable parts and a lot of riders consider them to be the same bike! But both are awesome trail bikes that we need to look after.


We have a little 13L tank on the 701 and a 12L tank on the 690 we need our fuel to go further. Safari tanks are made and owned in Australia and are designed to carry fuel as low as possible so that the weight is balanced evenly for the rider. 2 sizes on offer for the KTM 690 a 26L total capacity tank fitting up to the 2017 models and a new 18L twin tank fitting the 14-17 models, we can even personalize the tank colour by choosing between orange, black or translucent. For the 701 we have another 18L twin tank that fits all models (incl. 2019) and we can choose between black or translucent.


Wondering where to put all your riding or camping gear? By far the most popular luggage option for both bikes is the Australian made Barrett Racks. They are made from steel and then powder coated black, they are designed to suit the standard exhaust. Barrett racks have Rotopax mounts built into them, which allows you to mount the Rotopax water or fuel cells with the appropriate mounts, they suit a large range of soft saddlebags including our own AME saddlebags which have been specifically designed for these racks. The racks are easy to install with the necessary bolts provided, they also work with the B&B rear carry rack! 

The B&B rear carry rack is one of our bestsellers for the 690 and 701, it is also made with Rotopax mounts so you can even mount extra fuel or water to the rack. It is a super neat looking piece of gear and tough as! You can utilise for a variety of soft tail bags like Kriega or SW-Motech. The 701 plate fits models 2016-2019 and the 690 fits the R/SMC 2008-2018. There is also a slimline luggage rack available for the KTM 690, it is designed to carry a very light weight, however, it does NOT work with the Barrett Panniers.

Now that we have the fuel range to get us riding and the luggage solution to carry our gear, we need to protect the bike!B&B Off-Road is one of our main suppliers for hard parts, they are owned, designed and manufactured in Australia. We haven’t come across anyone who has not heard of B&B! We recommend a front sprocket case saver and bash plate and for the Husky 701, we also want to add on a radiator guard. 

Let's keep some wind off your face and those bugs at bay. Our awesome mate Peter manufactures and owns “Screens For Bikes” again in Australia. By far the most popular tint is dark, still allowing a fair amount of vision but with an awesome amount of glare off the cockpit. They come with the necessary screws and bolts to mount them to the bike, simply drill into the required position for your height and bolt in. Everyone who has one of these screens raves about how it has changed their riding! There are a large number of tints to choose from, we supply clear, light and dark tint but can special order many more (see image below).

Now for the bars, Barkbusters is a very well known brand that was first manufactured in Australia in 1984. For a Barkbusters set up, you first need to purchase the frame which is easy to install in minutes, then you select your guards, the options we provide are Storm, Carbon, VPS and Jet. The most popular guards are the VPS which comes with a wind deflector and has the option to add on skid plates and/or end weights to help with vibration. The VPS and Jet come in a variety of colour options to choose from, allowing real personalization to the bike. They help protect your hands from the elements while still allowing easy maneuvering of the gears and bars. They are a hard piece of kit to kill!


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