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Old 09-23-2008, 09:23 PM   #7801
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My 2 cents on the "Which Bike" debate.....

I spent over a year reading these threads, debating on the KTM 530, 690, and the Husky 610. I even threw the KLR 650 and BMW 650GS into the mix, just to drive me crazy. I read about the problems and just came to realize, that every one of those bikes has problems - just like every one of my chainsaws, lawnmowers and weedwackers has problems. In the end, throw caution to the wind - hope for a little luck from the factory, take good care and understand that you're going to be patching any offroad machine up from time to time.

For me, it came down to this - I love dirt bikes. And ultimately, where i live, I needed something that could travel 100 miles to get to the dirt. The street part was never the point - it is simply a means to an end, and in the end, I wanted the best tool that could take me 100 miles to the dirt and perform!

The Husky is NOT the best 3000 mile Alaskan roadtripper but it could do it!! And, the 610 is SUPER fun on the pavement and handles like a dirt bike in the dirt!

anyway,
Just got the 610 back from the first service and she is ready to rip!

Some adjustments!
Switched the stock 35W to a 50W bulb - huge difference and a simple fix.
Raised the handle bars 1 inch - just needed new long bolts and some custom spacers. Standing over the bars feels much better now - we'll see if it's too much.
Replaced the smog canister with...no smog canister...(Is that thing only put on in CA?)
Added factory KTM barkbusters!

This Husky is a phenomachine!
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:35 PM   #7802
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Battery Tray?

Was adding battery charger cable and noticed that my tray is broken from the sub frame. However there are four bolts attaching it to the rear fender and it appears to be quite securre.

Any one try just using it broken?
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:59 AM   #7803
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Was adding battery charger cable and noticed that my tray is broken from the sub frame. However there are four bolts attaching it to the rear fender and it appears to be quite securre.

Any one try just using it broken?
You might try some heavy duty zip-ties(sp) attached to the upper subframe, as was posted recently. But it is a heavy battery and I think eventually that rear fender is going to give. I've found the plastic on the Husky is not the strongest stuff in the world.
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:02 AM   #7804
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Well... some things just don't go as planned.
What happened?


PS- Bills Motorcycles plus Husqvarna?
We know the Husky is above all others but isn't it still a motorcycle?
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:54 AM   #7805
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Was adding battery charger cable and noticed that my tray is broken from the sub frame. However there are four bolts attaching it to the rear fender and it appears to be quite securre.

Any one try just using it broken?
Yep, mine broke on both ends early and I just left it. It's been years now.
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Old 09-24-2008, 05:01 PM   #7806
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Eh, I just have some short term stuff I gotta take care of. I'll be buying back all this stuff in a few months
Yeah, Bill's sells all kinds of used bikes, but only carries Huskys new as far as I've ever been able to tell. Surprisingly he's something like 3rd in the nation or something. It's a cool place and I like it there.

I can't believe nobody's snapped up the seat yet. I figured it'd be the first thing to go
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PS- Bills Motorcycles plus Husqvarna?
We know the Husky is above all others but isn't it still a motorcycle?
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:30 PM   #7807
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any of you crazy inmates know if that seat for sale will fit an '08? I noticed his bike was an '06 I believe...

mucho gracias in advance
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:36 PM   #7808
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any of you crazy inmates know if that seat for sale will fit an '08? I noticed his bike was an '06 I believe...

mucho gracias in advance
99% sure it will
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:43 PM   #7809
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any of you crazy inmates know if that seat for sale will fit an '08? I noticed his bike was an '06 I believe...

mucho gracias in advance
Sorry man, it just sold to Xcavator, like 5 minutes ago.
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:52 PM   #7810
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Blinking Neutral Light

Was riding to work this morning and the neutral light stopped blinking and began working like it should. Had several pieces off it tonight, was getting some oil leaking on the back part of the engine, turned out to be the rubber breather tube has a split in it. The tube attaches to the case just behind the clutch cable and runs up just a short distance to the downtube. Replaced it, should stop the oil. Tight working quarters for my meathooks.
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:30 AM   #7811
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Battery replacement:

My battery still works fine.. but me being a dumbass broke the negative battery terminal clean off the thing.

What's the consensus on the best battery to replace the stock one with?
Does anyone have a part # / price?

tia gents,
Edward

p.s. drrags: best wishes with your short term problems. There were several items on your list I wanted badly (cam chain, seat, rad guards) but this economy cluster@$#% has really slowed my business down as well :( ). Chin up brother!
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:08 AM   #7812
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Battery replacement:

My battery still works fine.. but me being a dumbass broke the negative battery terminal clean off the thing.

What's the consensus on the best battery to replace the stock one with?
Does anyone have a part # / price?

tia gents,
Edward

p.s. drrags: best wishes with your short term problems. There were several items on your list I wanted badly (cam chain, seat, rad guards) but this economy cluster@$#% has really slowed my business down as well :( ). Chin up brother!
I replaced mine with one of these; http://www.batterymart.com/p-odyssey-pc310-battery.html

It's working well so far.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:19 AM   #7813
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Battery replacement:

My battery still works fine.. but me being a dumbass broke the negative battery terminal clean off the thing.

What's the consensus on the best battery to replace the stock one with?
Does anyone have a part # / price?

tia gents,
Edward

p.s. drrags: best wishes with your short term problems. There were several items on your list I wanted badly (cam chain, seat, rad guards) but this economy cluster@$#% has really slowed my business down as well :( ). Chin up brother!
Not as nice as the Odyssey, but for only $70 off the self with a lifetime warranty I went with Cyclegear's replacement called the Megacharge or some such thing.

It is maintenance free and the demensions and terminals match the OEM battery.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:23 AM   #7814
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hey all,

i love this bike and have had mine for about 3 weeks, most of my riding has been on the street so far, but i have had one big day in the dirt. i have had some minor issues with the speedo, but the dealer sorted it out right away no problem since then.

here's a pic of mine in the garage before i got it dirty...i hope this will work.

planning another ride for the weekend after next.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:30 AM   #7815
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I replaced mine with one of these; http://www.batterymart.com/p-odyssey-pc310-battery.html

It's working well so far.
Is the odyssey an exact drop in size match?

Is all the "odyssey hype" real? I never had a problem with the original battery starting but am wondering if with winter coming the odyssey might be a little more "frozen engine starting" friendly...
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