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Old 05-27-2008, 05:25 PM   #1
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Any TE450 or TE510 owners here?

I think I have a new all in one dream bike, and was curious if any TE450 or TE510 owner care to share their insights/words of caution to the rest of us. I like the 6sp e-star w/kicker backup, and the 250ish lbs and all with a plate. That is just awesome, and the price ain't bad either. Not sure about the whole fuel injection part though. Let's here what you have got to say.
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:01 PM   #2
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I've got an 06 TE510, regeared for more friendly pavement duty, a few protective parts & a 3.9 gal tank. I love it, for my needs its perfect. weighed on bath scale under skidplate with a full tank of gas it was 305 lbs. No idea on the new 08 injected ones though, but if you check the Husky forum on Thumpertalk, new 08 owners can chime in.

P.S. there was a TE510 & a TE450 that went cross country on the TAT last year. No issues to speak of cept that I was suppose to be part of that ride & couldn't
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:07 PM   #3
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P.S. there was a TE510 & a TE450 that went cross country on the TAT last year. No issues to speak of cept that I was suppose to be part of that ride & couldn't
Did these guys do any kind of a ride report with photos, you could give us a link too?
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:32 PM   #4
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I wish, only report from them was adding a wee bit on to a RR from other guys who rode the TAT & they met on the way. I could be wrong & just missed it. But I did search for quite a while & came up empty. My minds a little fuzzy & lost all PM's while we were planning it, guys names were"LOUGE", "SHERPA", & Norm" can't recall his forum name
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:17 PM   #5
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I wish, only report from them was adding a wee bit on to a RR from other guys who rode the TAT & they met on the way. I could be wrong & just missed it. But I did search for quite a while & came up empty. My minds a little fuzzy & lost all PM's while we were planning it, guys names were"LOUGE", "SHERPA", & Norm" can't recall his forum name
Here is Louge. He rode on my offroad route at the ADV Eastern Rendevous 2 weeks ago. His is the 510.





And here is Sherpa who was along for the ride also on his TE450.

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Old 05-28-2008, 08:39 PM   #6
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Here is Louge. He rode on my offroad route at the ADV Eastern Rendevous 2 weeks ago. His is the 510.





And here is Sherpa who was along for the ride also on his TE450.

I'm seriously hoping I can make it next year, I've missed out on a lot of great rides over the last 2 years. I take it all levels of experience are covered in this ride?
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:24 PM   #7
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I've got a new 08 TE510 and am very impressed with the bike.

Stock gearing of 13/47 will put you over 90 mph and quickly.

For dual sporting you can easily swap in a 14 or 15 tooth counter.

Did 230 day ride last Saturday with the 14/47 gearing and could idle along on the pavement sections at 55 to 60 mph. Offroad dirt roads that were curve-less I cruised at 60 to 65 mph. Fuel economy was ~ 40 mpg for the entire ride which included pavement, dirt road, fire road and double track. I also exercised the throttle and approached mid 80's multiple times.

Yesterday I stuck the 15 tooth on and could easily cruise along at 65 mph on the interstate at RPMS not much above lugging speed.

The only negative I've experienced is the saddle for extended duration riding while seated on one spot and limited fuel supply with the stock FI tank. I've added a front Acerbis .8 gallon tank on the rear sub-frame to extend my range which is ~100 miles in dual sport mode as a substitute until a larger dessert tank hits the market.

The front light is the same problem found on the TE610/

For fast offroad throttle action .it is a dream come true..

BTW, this TE510 has the power up kit with Arrow exhaust, revised fuel mapping and throttle stop removed. Valve check was done at 600 miles and required NO adjustment what so ever.

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Old 06-09-2008, 03:11 PM   #8
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I join the Husky nation tomorrow when I take ownership of an '08 SM450R. Ssssshhhhhh don't tell GOT DIRT? Not that my bud Tim hasn't already spilled the beans. It is an FI bike, and that has me nervous. The oil changes will be pricey and often. I am already debating a Scotts oil filter for it. At $70 it will pay for itself in no time with the amount of changes this thin requires. On oil, I have been reading threads. Is the Mobil1 15w50 (red label) going to be an issue? I was also told by a tech at the dealer that 2500 mile valve check intervals would be fine for a non-raced bike....any truth to this? Also want a shop manual for it. Any help there? Thanks in advanced fellas.
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:37 AM   #9
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Puffy, thanks for the info. For the $200 difference, the 510 seems like a no brainer. Do you DS your bike much? My XR400 is plated, and aside from the knobbie vibes, is a real joy on the street. What are the vibes like in the butt, bars, and pegs (motor wise)? I find that the XR is not nearly as vibey as a lot claim it is, and have no issues doing all day in the saddle (cept the seat gets old after a few hours). I also have a 95 YZF, and it is a great bike too, but not nearly as fun as the XR. I could only imagine how much more fun I would have on a lighter bike with more power and a 6spd. I haven't outgrown the XR, but the Husky looks real nice on paper. I am curious what it's like in the SM version.
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:15 AM   #10
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I have been using mine for commuting & only pavement commuting because of a lingering injury. Regeared to 15\48 from the factory 13\50. It rev's about 5800 @ 60 mph, redline is 10500 rpm. Most of my commute is @ 55 to 60 mph for 30 miles each way. No issues in 1800+ miles. My valves are still in spec, but I'll be shimming them to the outer limit of spec just for piece of mind.. & They're very easy to check & adjust.
The factory TE610 rack or even the PMB rack can be adapted to the 510. Factory headlight sux, I put on a Buell assembly thats a major improvement @ reasonable cost. The seat ain't comfy, but after a week of daily commute my butt adapted
Adding secondary rim locks front & rear smoothed out over 40 mph hop, it now rides as smooth as a DOT knobby can.

P.S. 06 & up TE 510 has a cush clutch assembly, I don't know about earlier models
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:38 PM   #11
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Thanks for chimin in Ruffus. Saw you in the Husqvarna TE 450 - Info needed thread.
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:44 AM   #12
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I think I have a new all in one dream bike, and was curious if any TE450 or TE510 owner care to share their insights/words of caution to the rest of us. I like the 6sp e-star w/kicker backup, and the 250ish lbs and all with a plate. That is just awesome, and the price ain't bad either. Not sure about the whole fuel injection part though. Let's here what you have got to say.
Great Bikes.... I can't comment on the EFI because mines an 07. I have about 310 hours/8200 miles on mine without a single problem, all I've done is normal maintenance. If you have any specific questions ask away.

Hey Ruffus... No I didn't do a TAT ride report cause I'm not much with words, but all my pics are here. Louge has posted a few of them around, but there are about 200. http://sherpa.smugmug.com/gallery/33...85124053_x7Bei
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Great Bikes.... I can't comment on the EFI because mines an 07. I have about 310 hours/8200 miles on mine without a single problem, all I've done is normal maintenance. If you have any specific questions ask away.

Hey Ruffus... No I didn't do a TAT ride report cause I'm not much with words, but all my pics are here. Louge has posted a few of them around, but there are about 200. http://sherpa.smugmug.com/gallery/33...85124053_x7Bei

Looks like an epic ride. Where did you start from? Someday......
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Old 05-29-2008, 06:52 AM   #14
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Hi Robert, thanks for the link. I see I missed an epic ride
Hopefully I'll be able to make it in the next year or two. I know my Husky's ready willing & able
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:57 PM   #15
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Great Bikes.... If you have any specific questions ask away.

Hey Ruffus... No I didn't do a TAT ride report cause I'm not much with words, but all my pics are here. Louge has posted a few of them around, but there are about 200. http://sherpa.smugmug.com/gallery/33...85124053_x7Bei
what type of saddle bags and panniers did you mount on your TE for the epic ride? gearing selection? type of tires?
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