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    Default Getting back into motorcycling, trying to figure out what Husky 701 to buy.

    Wanting to get into supermotoing around town and adventuring around the states, came here to figure out if a 2017 Husky 701 SM with 19/17s or an Enduro with 17/17s would work better for me.

    Love the SM, want to support that kind of bike, but people say the suspension isn't good in the rough, so keep trying to figure it out...

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    I'd go with the sumo, though I'm biased... You can always stick some aggressive tires on the 17s and it'll be just fine off road. Having both 18/21s and 17/17s wheels is the best way to go though!

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    Can't really use 21/18s on the SM, but 100/90-19 and 140/80-17 Mitas E07s should get just about anywhere.

    Travel is a bit short, and a bit stiff off road, though, supposedly. Hard to find people who have off roaded such a new supermoto, to get experience, or for converted enduros to know about the turn in/geometry at street speeds.

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    Just as with 690 enduro/smc, it is easy to put 17's on the enduro, very difficult to put 21/18's on the sumo due to front caliper.


    ...and I'll disagree on putting dirt oriented tires on 17's and being just fine, the front is terrible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wsmc831 View Post
    Just as with 690 enduro/smc, it is easy to put 17's on the enduro, very difficult to put 21/18's on the sumo due to front caliper.


    ...and I'll disagree on putting dirt oriented tires on 17's and being just fine, the front is terrible.
    If you look at the original post, I said 19/17s, not 21/18s. Nor 17/17s.

    100/90-19 and 140/80-17. Looking at Mitas E-07 Dakars. Put on some 19x1.85" fronts and 17x2.5" rears should be rather strong, only 30mm shorter than a 21" front, nearly as skinny, and allow tubeless.
    Last edited by Endorphin; 12-23-2016 at 01:32 PM.

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    Default Husky 701 sm tires

    I have a deposit down for a 2017 Husky 701sm and plan to use it around the USA on both pavement and dirt. I'll be mostly on pavement but want some dirt capability. Instead of a new set of wheels I'm planning on getting a set of 17" Continental TKC 80 Twinduros. They're quite knarly and I think they'll be adequate for dirt road riding. A quick tire changer can be easily stowed in an rv. For hardcore dirt riding the better option would be get an enduro and a second set of SM wheels. You'll get lower gearing for dirt riding with this setup. Nice wheels and tires ain't cheap and you'll need a shorter chain too.

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