A solid construction made from 4 mm thick marine grade aluminium panels combined with aircraft grade billet aluminium connecting rods, machined to tight tolerances. Solid connection to headstock with 8 bolts. All fasteners are stainless steel. No welding or changes to the bike frame required.
Designed as a Travel Tower, but...
The tower for our 701 Nomad is designed as a Travel tower. There are several rally towers available which will more or less fit the Husky 701 but from a travelling point of view they are all too big, too tall and obstruct your view too much. For travelling you don't need a road book holder and associated equipment. What we need is room for a GPS, satellite tracker, switches for heated grips, heated clothing, spotlights and plenty of connections for USB and other chargers. We want a tower which is as low as possible to give maximum view of the front wheel. We also built something which is repairable on the road, which is why we went for a bolted rather than welded construction.
However... to our surprise, despite being designed as a travel tower it hasn't stopped people from using it successfully as a rally tower as well! So much so that we are now working on a range of Rally specific mounting options for items as Roadbook holders, Tripy, ICO trip meters, SPOT trackers etc, we are doing this together with an experienced rally bike builder.
Precision, adaptable and well thought out
To ensure high quality we use marine grade aluminium and CNC/laser cut each part using the latest equipment. Each part is finished to a high standard (everything chamfered obviously, no sharp edges). All components are locally made, over 95% right here in Holland. No made in China parts used in the tower and even the switches we use are made in Europe! The switches are expensive as they are capable of switching heavy loads without the need of extra relays. For ease of use we also looked for a modular construction, one which could incorporate a wide range of headlight configurations, wouldn't tie you down to one particular type of GPS and can accommodate various types of digital dash options available (including re-using the original Husqvarna TrailTech dash but then in an easier to read position). The original and now mandatory ABS button also found a place on the dash.
Complete and no welding required
Several Rally towers on the market are just that: a tower, a collection of plates. To make it into something that works you need a variety of extra and optional brackets. Some of them even require drilling or welding to the frame! Most of them have the wiring hanging all over the place, out in the weather and no room for the switches. By the time you're finished they have not only become quite expensive but more often than not look like a mismatch of a Meccano construction.
Proven construction and made for travelling
In contrast the Nomad tower is complete. Ready for fitment to the bike straight out of the box, nothing more to pay. It bolts to the bike, no welding required. The wiring is neatly enclosed inside the tower, using the original wiring loom and using the same methods for fitment as used in helicopters to ensure wiring doesn't get chafed in rough terrain. For fitment of items like a GPS, satellite tracker, Go-Pro etc. we have made provisions for up to 5 RAM mounts. They are readily available, inexpensive, work very well and have proven to be virtually indestructible. The tower can accommodate up to 12 (yes twelve!) USB charging points or a combination of USB and standard 12V connections. The switches are extreme heavy duty, rain waterproof and don't need external relays to operate items like LED spotlights, fog lights, heated vests, heated grips etc. There are 6 holes pre-cut for extra switches, to allow for a wide range of electrical accessories to be connected.
Dakar inspired design
Wind protection is provided by an original KTM 450RR Rally screen, designed in a wind tunnel and tested in the Dakar at speeds of up to 170 km/hr! Well over the requirements of true travellers perhaps but a testimony to how good these screens are. Not only a very good and tested screen, but also widely available from every KTM dealer and for a realistic price, which fits in with our philosophy to make a travel kit which can be repaired easily when on the road.
Vision-X Optimus E-Marked
2x10 Watt Single Source LED Pods featuring a powerful LED Halo Ring on the outer rim of the IRIS Reflector. 15° E-marked Approved Beam Pattern. Light kit comes complete with low beam and high beam covers to provide both distance and spread. CNC machine waterproof housing and shock resistant. Only 20 Watts in total yet giving considerably more light than the original H4 unit.
Useable beam range: 120 m
Vision-X Dura light kit
For even more light we have the Dura range: 1x10 Watts and 4x5Watts, giving a total of 30 Watts. The large 20 Watts Dura has 2x10° and 2x 40° LEDS for both a wide and distance beam. Gives more light than a 100 Watt Halogen. The smaller Dura has a wide 60° beam for use as daytime running light. CNC machine waterproof housing and shock resistant. Not E-marked.
Useable beam range: 200 m
- Aluminium travel tower, complete with fasteners and mounting kit
- 2 Brackets for mounting KTM 450RR screen
- Ready to accept original 701 dashboard, control lights and ABS switch
Not included in the basic kit:
- KTM450RR Screen, (optional select from the menu)
- Vision-X headlights (optional select from the menu)
- Annodising, (optional select from the menu)
- Toggle switches, which can be found here
- USB charging points, which can be found here
- 12V Accessory outlets, which can be found here
- RAM mounts (tower comes pre-drilled for up to
- 5 mounts) which can be found here
- Sticker kits can be found here
Towers are made to order, to your requirements. Anything not listed on these pages is (within reason) possible.
Standard powder coated white is RAL 9010
Standard powder coated blue is RAL 5003