Husqvarna 701 Enduro (2017+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and general service intervals for the Husqvarna 701 Enduro made from 2017 onward with the dual counter-balanced motor. It hasn’t changed much since then, other than in styling updates.

The Husqvarna 701 Enduro is a big-bore dual sport motorcycle, a rarity in a dying class that’s mostly dominated these days by middleweight adventure motorcycles. The core of the 701 Enduro is the same as in the 2019+ KTM 690 Enduro R, a counter-balanced 693cc single-cylinder with a single overhead camshaft and four valves. In the 701 Enduro, it’s tuned to make a peak of 74 hp at 8000 rpm and 54 lb-ft at 6500 rpm — similar to many twins in the same capacity.

The 701 Enduro puts power down through a slipper clutch with a clutch-less shifting system for up and downshifts, as well as a six-speed transmission and chain drive.

Since the 2017 model update, Husqvarna has released a slew of updates, but nothing fundamentally has changed in the engine or drivetrain.

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Husqvarna 701 Enduro Service Intervals

The Husqvarna 701 Enduro has a single-cylinder engine that’s tuned quite aggressively, so the service intervals are appropriately short.

The basic service interval for the 701 Enduro is every 10000 km (6200 miles) or annually, at which point you change the oil and filter, clean the oil screens, and do a host of other annual checks.

Every 10000 km / 6200 miles (but not necessarily annually), you also should do a valve clearance check and change the air filter.

Luckily the valve clearance check isn’t too involved, as there’s just one piston and the valves are easy to read and adjust.

Spark plug changes are every two valve services, but while you have the plugs out for the valve service you should inspect them and check the gap.

Finally, keep you brake fluid and coolant up to date, every two and four years respectively.

What you need to service your Husqvarna 701 Enduro

Aside from basic motorcycle maintenance tools, here’s what you need to do a service on your Husqvarna 701 Enduro.

PartHusqvarna 701 Enduro spec
Engine oilThe manual specifies Motorex Power Synthetic 4T 10W/50, or another SAE 10W-50 fully synthetic engine oil that meets JASO T903 MA2 spec, e.g. Motul 7100 10W-50.
Oil filterUse part number 58038005100 or Hiflofiltro part HF155, a popular equivalent. (This oil filter is used in most KTM/Husqvarna adventure bikes.)
Fork oilThe manual recommends SAE 4 fork oil, e.g. Motorex 4W fork oil.
Brake fluidThe manual requires DOT 4 or DOT 5.1, recommending Castrol DOT 4 or Motorex DOT 5.1 brake fluid.
Air filterUse a K&N KT-6908 air filter, which has been the same on all models since launch.
CoolantHusqvarna recommends Motorex Coolant M3.0 or other “high-grade, silicate-free coolant with corrosion inhibitors”.
Spark plugYou need two NGK Iridium IX spark plugs — LKAR9BI-10 for the inside spark plug, and LMAR7DI-10 for the outside spark plug.
Chain maintenanceUse Motul chain paste, a conveniently small and highly-regarded chain lubricant.
Husqvarna 701 Enduro service items

Maintenance schedule for the Husqvarna 701 Enduro

The Husqvarna 701 Enduro’s maintenance is split up into “required” and “recommended” maintenance in the manual in early versions.

To simplify the maintenance schedule for the 701 Enduro, we’ve re-combined it and broken it out into two parts:

  1. The service schedule, and
  2. The standard multi-point inspection checklist, which you do with every minor service.

Service schedule

Below is the maintenance that you should do regularly on your 701 Enduro bike.

miles x 10000.626.212.418.6
km x 10001102030Every
Perform the full multi-point inspection (see regular maintenance checklist below)Year
Change the engine oilYear
Change the oil filter, and clean the oil screens.Year
Change the air filter (KT-6908), clean the air filter boxMore often if riding offroad.
Check the valve clearances (cold)
Intake: 0.10-0.15mm
Exhaust: 0.22-0.27 mm
Change the spark plugs (NGK Iridium IX: LKAR9BI-10, LMAR7DI-10)
Change the fuel screen
Change the brake fluid, front and rear. (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Change the clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Change the coolant (Motorex Coolant M3.0)4 years
Clean the dust boots of the fork legs
Check for fork bearing for play
Check the headlight setting.
Check the frame
Check the link fork
Husqvarna 701 Enduro — Regular maintenance schedule

Standard Multi-Point Inspection Checklist

Below is the standard inspection checklist for the Husqvarna 701 Enduro. Do this according to the maintenance schedule.

Most of the items you can do at home, but some of them a dealer needs special equipment for. Items that need dealer-specific tools or resources are marked [Dealer].

Husqvarna 701 Enduro — Standard multi-point inspection checklist
[Dealer] Read out the fault memory using the Husqvarna diagnostics tool.
[Dealer] Program the shift shaft sensor.
Check that the electrical system is functioning properly.
Check the front brake linings.
Check the rear brake linings.
Check the brake discs.
Check the brake lines for damage and tightness
Check the front brake fluid level.
Check the rear brake fluid level.
Check the hydraulic clutch fluid
Check the free travel of the foot brake lever
Check the shock absorber and fork for leaks. Perform service as needed and depending on how the vehicle is used.
Check the steering head bearing play
Check the wheel bearings for play
Check the tire condition
Check tire pressure
Check / adjust the spoke tension
Check for rim run-out
Check the chain tension
Check the antifreeze and coolant level
Check the cables for damage and routing without kinks
Check the fuel pressure.
Check that the radiator fan is functioning properly.
Check all hoses (fuel, coolant, bleeder, drainage, etc.) and sleeves for cracking, tightness, and incorrect routing
Empty the drainage hoses
Check the tightness of the safety-relevant screws and nuts which are easily accessible.
Grease all moving parts (e.g. side stand, hand lever, chain, etc.) and check for smooth operation with lithium soap-based grease
Final check: Check the vehicle is roadworthy and take a test ride.
[Dealer] Read out the error memory after the test ride using the Husqvarna diagnostics tool.
[Dealer] Set the service interval.
[Dealer] Make a service entry in
Husqvarna 701 Enduro — Regular maintenance checklist

Chain Maintenance

Husqvarna recommends you maintain the chain according to the following schedule for your Husqvarna 701 Enduro.

Chain maintenanceEvery
Clean and lubricate the chain (use Motorex Chain Clean or Motul Chain Paste)1000 km / 620 mi, or after riding in rain or dust, or washing the motorcycle
Check chain tension, and adjust as necessary
Chain tension: 5mm / 0.2 in between chain (when taut) and swing arm, 30mm / 1.2 inches from the sliding guard
10000 km / 6200 mi
Chain maintenance – Husqvarna 701 Enduro

To measure the chain tension, do the following.

  1. Put the transmission in neutral and raise the motorcycle onto a track stand or the side stand.
  2. Move the chain so that any tight position is in the middle of the chain, between the sprockets.
  3. Push the chain upward with a finger.
  4. Measure the distance between the sliding guard and the chain. This should be 5mm on the 701 Enduro.
  5. To adjust chain tension, loosen the axle nuts, adjust the chain tension with the adjusting screws, and re-tighten the axle nuts to 90 Nm / 66 ft-lb.

About the Husqvarna 701 Enduro

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Husqvarna 701 Enduro

The Husqvarna 701 Enduro is a classic trail bike with a big thumper engine and a 21/18-inch tire combination, with spoked rims and Continental TKC80 mixed-use tires.

It’s not just a re-skinned Enduro R, either. Husqvarna have made changes to the suspension and tuning, to make it more usable for everyday adventure riding (rather than racing), with more predictable throttle response. The Husqvarna 701 Enduro also has narrower bars and a more padded seat.

The core of the Husqvarna 701 Enduro has been the same since the 2017 model update. It’s powered by a 692.7cc liquid-cooled single with a single overhead camshaft and four valves.

It runs a 12.7:1 compression ratio, which means premium fuel, but it does also mean healthy power that rivals many middleweight sport bikes, and torque everywhere.

The intake valves are controlled by cam levers, and the exhaust valves are controlled by rocker arms. On this model motorcycle (the 2017+), there’s a balancer shaft next to the cam. On the older style, there’s a just cam with two rocker arms.

The valve job on the 2017+ 701 Enduro involves removing the tank, cleaning everything (and these get quite dirty!), removing the spark plug, removing the valve cover, getting the engine to TDC (which is easier to do with the spark plug removed). The really cool thing about this motor is that you can remove the valve shims without taking off the camshaft and messing with the cam timing, which makes it much easier for the home mechanic without risk of blowing everything up. See this guide by Rocky Mountain on Youtube.

Husqvarna have continually improved the 701 Enduro since releasing it in 2015.

Here are the three generations of Husqvarna 701 Enduro in brief:

  • 2015-2016: The original. Same fundamental motor, though a bit more vibey.
  • 2017-2019: New dual counter-balanced motor — smoother and with a bit more power. KTM got this in 2019, along with a bunch of other updates. This is also when Husqvarna released the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto.
  • 2020+: All the updates from the 2019 KTM Enduro R update, including cornering ABS, an offroad ABS mode, and a standard quick shifter. Husqvarna also introduced a long-range model with an additional fuel tank, giving it a massive 25 litres (6.6L) capacity, or around 500 km range.

Since the 2019 KTM and 2020 Husqvarna, the differences have been slighter, but they’re still obvious when you ride them. The KTM is marketed as being more aggressive, and the Husqvarna is more for adventuring by people not interested in winning races, but still looking for excitement. Also, the KTM doesn’t come in long-range format.

The Husqvarna 701 Enduro needs “Super Unleaded”, specifically RON / ROZ 95 in most of the world, also known as AKI or PON 91 in the US. Since the most common fuel in this class is RON / ROZ 98, this will make filling up that 25-litre tank quite expensive!

Difference between Husqvarna 701 Enduro and Supermoto

The Husqvarna 701 Enduro and Supermoto share an engine and all ride aids. But they differ in a few important ways:

  1. The final drive is taller on the Supermoto
  2. The suspension is different, with less travel — though the same degree of adjustability
  3. The front brake is more capable of abuse on the Supermoto
  4. The Supermoto wears 17 inch tubeless tires, rather than the 21/18-inch combo on the Enduro
Part701 Enduro701 Supermoto
Final drive15:46 (1:3.067)16:42 (2.2.625)
Front suspensionWP XPLOR 48mm USD, 250mm travelWP APEX 48mm USD, 215 mm travel
Rear suspensionWP XPLOR monoshock, 250mm travelWP APEX Monoshock, 240mm travel
Front brake300mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper320mm disc, Brembo 4-piston radial caliper
Tires21/18-inch, tube-type17/17-inch, tubeless
Husqvarna 701 Enduro vs 701 Supermoto specs differences

Reference — Manual for the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto

The service schedule for the earlier 2016 model is below. It’s actually a very similar maintenance schedule, but that model engine is built differently on the interior, takes different spark plugs, and has a few details that are different.

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