One + One = 1402

This may be the first ever private paparazzi shot of Husqvarna 1402 ๐Ÿ˜‰ At least haven’t seen any two privately owned 701 Enduro’s in the same shot before, so we of course did it with my riding buddy.


A bunch of us went riding last weekend, through some nice wintery backroads, some of them uncared for – so it was a nice workout plowing through ankle deep new snow roads. Destination local amateur enduro race where our friend was partaking with a two-stroker. We parked an ad-hoc 701 show near the start line and basked in the sunlight, as did these fine bikes.

It was a first proper outing with my 701 and after about 150km of winter riding I am well pleased. The motor and fuel map are really good, soft at the bottom without any on-off jerking around, near impossible to make the bike stumble – a really well sorted out fueling. Suspension seems overall good, I have no complaints so far at all, but snow makes roads kinda soft and easy for the suspension, so I’m not going to praise it more before hitting some real rugged roads and trails.

All in all, a nice step upwards and onwards from KTM690 (because we all tend to compare this to it, all the time) ๐Ÿ™‚

Because sound matters

Motorcycle sound is not about being loud, not for me, it’s the tone & character that draw my attention. With that in mind, I ordered a Wings exhaust silencer from Slovenia, because I know their silencers are exceptional good titanium value for money, and sound very nice.

They don’t specifically make a dedicated Husky 701 exhaust, but because the 701 is essentially an evolution from KTM690, with 100% identical LC4 engine, the exhausts are inter-compatible without issues.

Installation was a breeze, and I was ready for a soundcheck in no time. Thumpers just like I want it, don’t need it any louder.


So, I got the boxer to run on my first try, but it clearly wasn’t running properly and would hardly take any throttle. I was thinking maybe the ignition timing is off, better check that. A strobo-lamp attached to the spark plug wire soon told it’s clear tale: igninition timing seemed to be in spec, but more alarmingly the right side spark plug wasn’t firing at all. I knew the suspect, I had been warned before: the ignition coils of the 1990 GS’s were prone to crack, and will cause problems when wet, or start to fail in other ways. They should be replaced with later improved coil models from BMW. As they OEM’s aren’t exactly cheap, I decided to order a used later design model off eBay Deutschland, and try with that. At the same time, I’ll replace the spark wires, plug caps, too. I have all the parts now, but have lacked time and energy to finish up with the installation and re-run. Busy work and now a flu have kept me outside the garage.

Fire in the hole!

The Boxer is alive, fire breathing son of a gun again!

Battery charged, some oldish fuel added in the new G/S tank for appetite, ignition switch attached, and then a very careful turn of the key… Ignition lights are on!

Apply some choke, thumb on the starter button – what’s going to happen I wonder, it’s been nine months since the last time it ran.

Press on the button, and this:


Free wheeling

A Big step forward, the Boxer is standing on its own now. It feels so nimble and small, sitting on its seat.

Toying with ideas on how the front end could look like, I like the simple big ass round halogen there, the original headlight cowl has always kind of hurt my eyes. We’ll see… ๐Ÿ™‚


Baby step by basic step

Some assembly required, they say. A motorcycle of airhead caliber is pretty simple machine actually, but assembling it takes hours after hours of small and big screws, washers, zip ties, cables. Actually trying to find all the right little bits, at a right time, and to fit into right place – I should have been a lot more methodical at disassembly!



Proof of concept, I had to try these on, cheering up an otherwise rainy gray Sunday. Blue & White, classic airhead stuff, and matches oh so well with ย Finnish flag and finnduresque!


Head on.

Cylinder stud repaired, new gaskets all around, cleaned and valves lapped, carbs rebuilt as well – and now thrown together to 1/2 of an airhead. Oh, new spark plugs too, and just noticed I’ll be needing a new coil, the old one has a cracked cover, typical for the original piece, resulting in cutouts in rain.