Husqvarna 701 Nomad Rally
(ex VAT: €1158.64)
- Husqvarna 701 Nomad Adventure tower anodised black
- Nomad Rally kit anodised in Husqvarna blue
- Nomad Adventure tower sticker kit
- Clear OEM KTM450RR Dakar screen
- 2x LED E-marked Vision-X Headlights
- 2x Vision-X headlight covers
- Skidplate anodised in black
- Rear brake cylinder protector
Rally equipment like the F2R Roadbooks and RNS tripmeters can be found here
Road legal and complete, also available in kit form
The Husqvarna 701 Nomad Rally is road legal and complies to Euro 4. Simply labelling a product 'for off-road use only' to avoid all kinds of problems at the design stage, is not the way we work. The Nomad rally kit is complete and fitting is simply bolt-on. Our rally tower is a lot more than just an aluminium structure to which you have to adapt all sorts of brackets and holders in order to mount what you need, as we've seen often with other brands. Some of them don't even allow for the standard dashboard mounting! We looked at ergonomics, ease of use, practicality and looks (as we wanted it to fit the 701 style too).
As any blacksmith will tell you, welding weakens the material, that's why we've opted for an all bolted construction. It makes the tower is easy to repair out in the field and several of the machined cross members are interchangeable too. As the tower isn't welded and replacement parts are available, repairs can be made while on the road. We use commonly available components with a proven track record. The Husqvarna 701 Nomad Rally is also available in kit form and comes complete with extensive fitting instructions. No welding, drilling or changes to the frame required, your warranty is thus unaffected.
Designing a proper Husqvarna 701 Rally bike
We wanted the Husqvarna 701 Nomad Rally to look and feel like a Husqvarna should. We also wanted nothing but top quality materials and workmanship in order to achieve the level of quality we were after. That's why we do all our machining in-house (apart from the laser cutting). This is not a middle of the road kit but a top spec, road legal and unlike others comes at a reasonably price. We use the OEM KTM 450RR Rally screen which has been tested in the Dakar at speeds of 170 km/hr and has proven to work.
Heated grips, heated vests and being able to charge a multitude of digital gizmos is no longer just a luxury, so we accommodated for it. It's also one of the reasons why we use LED headlights (which are E-marked for road use), to reduce the power drawn from the charging system, which means you have more available for accessories. We didn't go the easy way and fit the dinky little ones used elsewhere (most of which aren't E-marked) but opted for the brilliant Vision-X Halo 90 mm units. They are more expensive but give a serious amount of light and have the option to change the type of beam by simply changing the cover. We made each headlight individually adjustable in all directions. Vision-X claims a useable light of up to 260 mtr in spotlight form. Even if you fit 4 of them, say two flood lights, one low beam and a high beam, and switch them all on at the same time, you're still below what the single original H4 unit uses in terms of power. The light kit we have comes complete with protective covers, which have a silicone seal to prevent dust between cover and light.
Plenty of electrical options
Our tower has room for up to 12 USB charging points or up to 6 standard 12V connectors or any combination thereof.
Adventure tower or Rally tower?
Well, actually both. The tower was originally designed as an Adventure tower. We used all our experience and technical knowledge done up in the field (which culminated into a motorcycling world record) to build a tower that works for a traveller. Most rally towers block too much of your vision. You can't see the front wheel when going slowly over the remains of that old bridge or the rock and hole infested track leading up to it, and they are too high. When you look at the photos you'll see that, unlike with most rally towers, a large portion of the KTM Rally screen fitted to our adventure tower remains unblocked to allow full view of what's ahead. The tower is also stronger than most. Like I wrote above, it was originally designed as a travel tower… But then we started to receive more and more comments that it has all the basics to make it into a very good rally tower as well… That's why we've developed, together with a rally bike builder, a rally kit for it. It's a simple yet flexible and sturdy addition to the Nomad tower, which can be bolted on without disassembling the tower. For more details see here.
There is plenty of vision on each side of the tower, which is kept as narrow as possible. Inside the tower you'll find the original Husqvarna wiring, no need to cut and splice, it's all out of the weather and no dangling mess of wires on the outside either. All the power for charging points and switches comes through it's own cable and fuses, directly from the battery. We're thus not putting any extra strain on the original wiring. Your warranty is thus unaffected.
We keep stock of all the individual parts which make up the tower and rally kit but each Husqvarna 701 Nomad Rally is made to order as everyone's requirements are different. The design allows for a lot of adaptability. We can supply them in kit form (whereby we assume you have the basic skills to fit it yourself) or we can build your bike to your specification. The tower can be anodised or powder coated to virtually any colour you want. There are various options available such as USB charging points, GPS mounting points and we're happy to fit options we probably never even thought of too. All this has to be known before anodising or powder coating, which is why they are made to order.
How can we make a top quality product for this price?
That's a question we've heard many times. It's even been suggested that we use B-quality materials... we don't. All aluminium is aircraft grade, the bolts are stainless, the screen we use is the original KTM 450RR Rally screen rather than a cheaper replica and the lights are Vision-X. The answer to how we do it is quite simple: we do it ourselves, we love what we do and and our hourly rate is more than reasonable as we don't have extravagant lifestyles. You will not find an expensive limousine in front of our workshop that you have to pay for. In fact we don't have a car at all as we prefer to ride a bike. We are a small company with low overheads, we do not skimp on quality or workmanship as that would not gives us the enjoyment we need.
• Simple but flexible design
• Sturdy yet light weight
• Height adjustable
• Roadbook stays below the top of the screen
• Accepts F2R 730 and 750 roadbooks
• Angle adjustable
(Roadbook can be adjusted from 90° vertical to horizontal)
• Easy mounting to the tower
(no need to disassemble the tower first)
• Accepts up to 2 ICO or RNS tripmeters
• Standard 12mm round fitment bar included for other roadbooks
• Original dashboard can remain in place
• Full access to accessory switches in the tower
• Fits all Nomad-ADV towers (incl. older models)
• Engine and frame protection provided by skid/bashplate
• Brake master cylinder protector