We met up with our friend Ray Butts from RMATVMC at the recent KTM Rider Rally in Crested Butte, Colorado. Ray had sent us a message a few weeks before about a bike he was working on that was going to be the ultimate big dual-sport/small ADV bike, so we were anxious to see what he had come up with.

Ray took the platform of the great Husqvarna 701 (the same bikes we had ridden in Iceland a few weeks before), and added larger fuel tanks, luggage mounts, and a lot of trick parts to make this bike handle his “oversize” stature.

We asked Ray why he chose the 701. “Well, I also have a KTM 1190 AdventureR which is a great bike, but I found that we were riding in some more technical stuff, and for me to do these trails on an 1190 it was at the very top of my skill set. With the 701 I can handle the terrain better, without having to “send-it” on the big 1190.”

All parts available at

ABS Dongle

Ruffian Half-Waffle Grips

Seat Concepts
Tall Seat Converted to fit the Rally Raid Kit (Available end of October)

D-Flex Pro Handguards
Pannier Racks
Top Rack
Grip Heater Kit
12 Volt Power Socket

Attack Graphics

Baja Designs
Squadron Pro LED Light Driving Combo

Ultra-Heavy Duty Tubes

CJ Designs
Billet Fuel Filler neck

Flexx Bars
Impact Adventure Pegs

V4 Fat Bar Stabilizer Kit (Available for 701 this Fall)

Enduro Tank Bag V1.7

Suspension sprung and re-valved for a Neanderthal, his grip, and portable cave.

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