August 3rd, 2015, 01:13 AM
Joined: May 2014
From: Auckland, New Zealand
I Ride: FS 570
Yeah, the 701 might be cool - the prototype looked pretty funky! I rode the SMC R 690 (and Duke) which I think is the same engine as the new 701... It was pretty heavy when compared to the 'Berg and the engine was also kinda sluggish by comparison... plenty of top end power though... not a bad bike, but not as "SuMo" as the Berg, so made me think I should be considering a Naked/Street bike instead...
With regards to MX engines, my KXF450 weighs only fraction less than my FS, but kicks and pulls a whole lot harder; but somehow that doesn't make it a better (more fun) bike to ride... (at least for a chump like me). The magic recipe of power delivery & handling seems to have manifest in a happy place, for me, that is the FS 570.
If we ever get 701's in NZ I'll try to score a test ride. I had to get an import FS from the USA, so they might not make it down here...