The 2021 Husky 701 Enduro Trek saw 47 riders and 23 support staff explore Northern NSW over four days earlier in June, as the Husqvarna Motorcycles customer experience events roared back into action, marking the second running of the event.
It was a tumultuous lead-up to the event, with bushfires devastating the region in early 2020, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic, before flooding threatened the re-scheduled Trek just one month before.
Perseverance prevailed and riders were treated to an outstanding route set by the Wilkinson family (father Danny and sons Riley and Clay), starting at the seaside Discovery Park Emerald Beach and taking in overnights at Glen Innes, Tenterfield and Evans Head before returning to Emerald Beach.
Featuring all types of terrain imaginable – from red clay just 5kms out of Emerald Beach, to single-track rainforest, beach sand, open flowing cattle-country dirt roads, challenging creeks, hills and multiple-‘chilli’ hard route sections – the Husqvarna 701 Enduro showcased why it is an ideal partner for adventure riding in Australia, with riders conquering the diverse track effortlessly.
The 701 Enduro Trek boasts a unique aspect of being one of the only single-model adventure rides in Australia, meaning riders experience the thrills of the trail and nightly atmosphere with like-minded comrades, offering a rare and distinctive camaraderie.
Even inclement weather with chilly mornings and rain on day two couldn’t dampen the spirit – the rain simply making conditions superb for days three and four!
Along with the route, riders were able to immerse themselves in the adventure experience with full support offered by the Husqvarna Motorcycles Australia crew – including luggage, technical and medical support, as well as lead riders clearing the track and sweep riders bringing up the rear to ensure all got to the nightly home base with a smile on their face.
Special guest rider Jemma Wilson – a five-time member of the winning ISDE Women’s World Trophy Team and multiple Australian Women’s Enduro Champion – came along on her first foray into the adventure scene and was completely hooked by the end of day one.
Husqvarna Motorcycles Australia thanked all riders for their support and for attending the event, as well as all staff and support crew who made it possible. For more information on Husqvarna Motorcycles and joining the 701 Enduro community, visit www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com.
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