Husky pre­par­ing new retro ad­ven­ture weapon for 2019

Spy pics show new 801 is an old-school take on KTM 790 twin


With Husq­varna en­joy­ing a resur­gence un­der KTM own­er­ship thanks to a sharp in­di­vid­ual take on the retro mar­ket in the form of the Duke-pow­ered 401 and 701 Vit­pilen and Svart­pilen sin­gle­cylin­der road­sters, the brand’s rise looks set to con­tinue in 2020 with this KTM 790-based ad­ven­ture model. Ex­pected to be called the ‘801’, the new mem­ber of the Husky fam­ily will use the new­for-2018 par­al­lel-twin en­gine that de­buted in the KTM Duke and has now found its way into the 2019 KTM 790 Ad­ven­ture/R. And al­though this pic­ture is ob­vi­ously of a very early-stage test mule it’s still clear that it builds on the ad­ven­ture theme but by ap­ply­ing Husky’s quirky styling cues the two brands can share core com­po­nents while of­fer­ing po­ten­tial buy­ers very dif­fer­ent propo­si­tions.

At its core is the tubu­lar steel frame of the 790 Ad­ven­ture, its 799cc par­al­lel-twin en­gine which pro­duces 94bhp, plus forks, shock and brak­ing hard­ware.

The en­gine and front ra­dial brake calipers sport KTM brand­ing on the test mule, which would ob­vi­ously not carry over to the pro­duc­tion bike. The sus­pen­sion, swingarm and wheels are all di­rectly from the 790, too. But be­yond these core, shared items, the Husky pro­to­type veers off in its own di­rec­tion. The KTM’s up­swept, bolt-on sub­frame and seat unit have been re­placed with a flat­ter and squarer unit, of­fer­ing rider and pil­lion a more tra­di­tional and com­fort­able perch, while the rear light has been poached from Husky’s 701 fam­ily. The face of the new­comer is clearly redo­lent of the 701, too, be­ing a large, sin­gle, round pan­cake LED stolen from the Svart­pilen; com­plete with Husq­varna logo run­ning across its cen­tre bar. This is mounted in a very seven­ties-look­ing up­right head­lamp cowl, which could eas­ily sprout a screen on any pro­duc­tion ver­sion. While the KTM’s big, low-slung petrol tank is dropped in favour of a sin­gle large con­ven­tional tank po­si­tion.

We’d ex­pect this to be re­vealed in full at the end of 2019 as a 2020 model.

1 Framed up Frame is iden­ti­cal to KTM’s 790 but new bolt-on sub­frame dif­fers, giv­ing the 801 a dis­tinc­tive sil­hou­ette. 2 Cy­cle parts Wheels and brakes are all un­changed from the 790, but tyres are dif­fer­ent, run­ning a more retro tread pat­tern. 3 Dash­ing Dis­play ap­pears to be a colour TFT from KTM’s 790 Ad­ven­ture and cou­pled (for now) to ex­ist­ing switchgear. 4 Ex­haust­ing Pipe is a rough pro­to­type but they have re­tained the high-level end can, sug­gest­ing this is pre­ferred. 5 Tanked 790’s twin tanks have been dumped in favour of a con­ven­tional unit with fa­mil­iar Husky flanks.

New ‘801’ has shades of Svart­pilen

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