Ex­treme weight loss

Liam goes from Kawasaki 1400GTR to su­per-light Husky

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Hav­ing spent 2015 on a Kawasaki 1400GTR, an arm­chair of a mo­tor­cy­cle that weighed 305kg and could eas­ily carry the weekly shop, 2016 will be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. This year’s bike – a Husq­varna 701 Su­per­moto – weighs less than half as much as the GTR at 145kg, doesn’t have pil­lion pegs and has a seat made from what feels like the hard­est ma­te­rial known to man.

Some­times you know you’ll en­joy a bike from the mo­ment you get on the road and open the throt­tle, but that wasn’t the story with the Husky. My ini­tial re­ac­tion was one of in­de­ci­sion. The smooth shaft-driven in­line four was gone, re­placed by bois­ter­ous in­y­our-face thump from a 690cc sin­gle­cylin­der lump that seemed to give me all 67 of its horses in an in­stant. A huge, lux­u­ri­ous wind­screen was re­placed by di­rect ex­po­sure to icy March weather. Truth be told I wasn’t sure I’d made the right choice, but I’ve since re­alised it’s just tak­ing me time to get used to.

My eight-mile com­mute is al­ready more en­joy­able. I no longer get stuck while fil­ter­ing, as the ra­zor-thin 701 can scythe through vir­tu­ally any gap. I’ve also changed my route to bet­ter en­joy the Husky. Rather than spend half the com­mute on dual car­riage­ways strug­gling to hold on at 70mph I now go through the city cen­tre, which is a much bet­ter use of the torquey en­gine. It takes longer, but it’s much more fun chuck­ing the feath­er­weight Husky round mini-round­abouts than idly sit­ting on ma­jor A-roads.

Our re­la­tion­ship made a shaky start, but it’s al­ready tak­ing a turn for the bet­ter as the miles add up.

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