ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Thumpers
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-19-2013, 12:13 PM   #3091
Adv Grifter
on the road o'dreams
 
Adv Grifter's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Passing ADV Stalkers in California
Oddometer: 6,128
Quote:
Originally Posted by Icy Roads View Post
I have a friend looking to replace his worn out KLR. He has done serious long distance touring on his KLR 80000 kilometers and counting. If the Terra has crappy fuel range he won't buy it plain and simple. Combine that with all the other short comings and you have a pretty bad platform to dual sport on........ Is that the consensus of the owners or an isolated opinion?
Quote:
Originally Posted by RidingDonkeys View Post
Really, there is no comparison to the KLR. Just ride it and see. The suspension on the TR650 is far superior, the TR is lighter, and the center of gravity is significantly lower.

The only two issues I see are the rear rack and the fuel capacity, not the fuel economy. For me, the fuel capacity is just fine. If you want more, there are options to add a bigger tank. However, if I need more, I'll just pack a rotopax so I can keep the weight down low. It is more effective, and much better than a huge tank up top.

As for the rear rack, aftermarket solutions are coming. They are also way cheaper than upgrading the suspension on a KLR.
Donkey's pretty much covered it all here Just a few comments ...

Icy Roads ... I'm not sure what your friend's experience is, but from everything I've read about the new Terra, I'd say give it a try. I've only done a SHORT test ride on one ... I was very impressed. But I'm not an owner and certainly only have limited experience on board the bike.
I have followed both of the big threads here on ADV Rider and am aware of owner feed back, which has been amazingly POSITIVE!

So far ... there are very few "issues". So I don't know what you're talking about there. So far the Terra and Strada seem to be remarkably ISSUE FREE. Donkey mentioned that solutions for a rack will come ... and the FACT IS ... the Terra Fuel Economy is much better than the KLR. As a former KLR owner (having done significant multi-country tours) there is significant difference between these two machines.

Will the Terra be as Inexpensive, Robust and Versatile as the KLR over the long haul? Will it really be capable as a RTW type bike? Too early to tell. But with some careful mods, IMHO, it could be. Several Terra riders are currently on long tours on the bike. Check in with their ride reports to learn more.

The Terra certainly runs better, has better suspension, power, handling and brakes than the KLR. More significantly, it's going to be easier to ride off road carrying a load than any KLR could ever hope to be. YES ... I've ridden world class modded out KLR's over the CO passes and all around Baja and Mexico. Loaded up, the KLR is a handful.

If you're doing 85% riding ON ROAD ... then may as well just buy another KLR ... or a road bike. I'm a Suzuki DR650 rider, but would certainly consider the Terra as a replacement in the near future. The real (and most relevant) question here is "... what is the future of the Husqvarna Terra 650?" At this point, no one can be certain of that.
Adv Grifter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2013, 01:34 PM   #3092
Icy Roads
Adventurer
 
Icy Roads's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Alberta
Oddometer: 57
Thanks guys

Thanks guys, that's what I love about ADV-rider you generally get quick concise feedback to questions. I just wanted to make sure this bike wasn't all internet hype with no real world credentials. Thank you all for taking the time to provide feedback. On the surface this bike looks great and what a bargain price!
__________________
Icyroads
Icy Roads is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2013, 05:29 PM   #3093
wolftrax
Gnarly Adventurer
 
wolftrax's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns Ga.
Oddometer: 387
Quote:
Originally Posted by Icy Roads View Post
I have a friend looking to replace his worn out KLR. He has done serious long distance touring on his KLR 80000 kilometers and counting. If the Terra has crappy fuel range he won't buy it plain and simple. Combine that with all the other short comings and you have a pretty bad platform to dual sport on........ Is that the consensus of the owners or an isolated opinion?
I own both and the only downside is fuel range, I hit reserve at 180 on the TR and 220 on the KLR. Everywhere else the Terra kicks ass. Oh BTW the fuel range is being addressed bt the aftermarket. Nomad is planning a tank with an additional 10-12 liters giving the Husky a 400+ mile range
__________________
2014 Honda CRF250L
2013 Husky TR 650
1990 KLR650
wolftrax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 09:33 AM   #3094
RidingDonkeys
Purveyor of Awesome
 
RidingDonkeys's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA
Oddometer: 8,266
Plastics are off, and I'm armed with Plasti Dip. This could be fun. Pics to follow.


Sent from the voices in my head and transcribed by their drinking buddy...
__________________
Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs
More info at www.sidecardogs.com

Clinging to sanity, one motorcycle at a time.
RidingDonkeys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 01:54 PM   #3095
George 99
Studly Adventurer
 
George 99's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Kingman, Arizona
Oddometer: 771
Wish I had more nerve. I'd be on a STrada now. Certainly cheap enuff at the current price. Just... can't do it while it's in limbo. The need for the BMW reflash 'n such has put me off. So...

I just bought an early DRZ400E for cheap. It'll do 'til more is known about reliability and to give the after market time to catch up.

I'll keep reading...
__________________
George
Sometimes in Kingman, Arizona
George 99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #3096
trapperj
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Knoxville, TN
Oddometer: 468
Tr

I've said this a couple times but one more time won't hurt. I'm so glad I bought a week or ten days before the BMW/KTM change up. I'd probably have chickened out and missed one of the best singles around. I've owned three KLRs and still have a old "Barbie" bike. Sorry to say since the TR came home the KLR has sit too long and needs the carb cleaned to start up. The F/I on the H is so much better. The KLR is kinda like a farm all tractor in comparison.

At the prices the TR is selling for now..(if you can snag one) is a GREAT DEAL!
I paid near retail back early on and turned over 6k miles today. (looking & waiting for valve adjustment video) I don't have money to waste...but I've wasted more on farkles for other bikes in the past than a new TR sells for. If I could stay off the DR Phill Show I'd buy another just as a back up. I really believe this will be one of those bikes that we sit around and brag that we had one "back in the day" and wish we'd never got rid of it.

The TR is way better than the spec sheet says...almost everyone that rides it buys it or wants to. The guys who have had problems found the fix to be a reflash with the Moss and/or a Booster Plug or one of the several other like gizmos on the market. The worst mileage I've gotten has been in the high 40s low 50s running slab mostly WFO with weekend luggage. She does much better if ridden a bit slower...but not nearly as fun! I wonder if the next batch will be the last of them in its current form....? No regrets here.
trapperj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 02:46 PM   #3097
RuggedExposure
Now with more rugged
 
RuggedExposure's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Hermanas, NM (on the US/Mex border past BFE)
Oddometer: 1,241
How to check the valves

Here is my write up:

HOW TO CHECK THE VALVES ON YOUR TR650
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
__________________
The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth
RE Fotowerks
Border Road 100 Border Road Rally Raid
'13 Husky Terra 650, '08 Kawasaki Meanstreak 1600, '95 DR350S
RuggedExposure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 08:00 PM   #3098
RidingDonkeys
Purveyor of Awesome
 
RidingDonkeys's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA
Oddometer: 8,266
Just put 300 miles of dreaded superslab under my belt on the TR. It really is an amazing machine on the road. I ran it hard, and no matter how fast I was going, there was always more juice left for passing. Stock seat, no windshield, and I had to remind myself to stop for gas. I didn't even want to stop in the downpours.
__________________
Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs
More info at www.sidecardogs.com

Clinging to sanity, one motorcycle at a time.
RidingDonkeys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2013, 02:50 PM   #3099
Hafte
Adventurer
 
Hafte's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: behind the Zion curtain a.k.a. Utah
Oddometer: 11
Possible fix/reinforcment

Quote:
CHUFFA said


I thought this was a problem for those with the heavy licence plate holder only. Not so. If you're hitting the trails & corrugated roads then you might want to get in there & put some reinforcing in place.

It looks like there is plenty of room back there to run some type of steel support plate/linkage from the rear fender to the steel frame & take the load off the plastics.

On the + side though - the Terra & I spent a great day in the mud
I have my TR in the shop for the same thing, but mine came clear off. The guy at the dealer had another one in where the owner looped the bike. The mechanic showed me that bike and a pretty good fix.

He ran a strut from the exhaust mount to the turn signal mount on the fender. One on each side. It was just a simple tube ~3/8" - 1/2" dia. that was pinched at each end with a hole for the bolt drilled in the pinched end. It felt pretty stout and releived a lot of stress on the plastic mount.

Hafte
__________________
2014 Beta 520 RS

Hafte screwed with this post 07-23-2013 at 02:59 PM
Hafte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2013, 05:18 PM   #3100
RidingDonkeys
Purveyor of Awesome
 
RidingDonkeys's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA
Oddometer: 8,266
TCI Racks are in the making. This is the prototype being built. I've seen enough already. I'm IN!

This solves the rear rack problem, while providing sturdy pannier racks too.

No word on cost or production date yet. TCI has only had the loaner bike for two weeks now. They finish the racks and start prototyping the skid plate and crash bars tomorrow.

__________________
Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs
More info at www.sidecardogs.com

Clinging to sanity, one motorcycle at a time.
RidingDonkeys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2013, 05:32 PM   #3101
RuggedExposure
Now with more rugged
 
RuggedExposure's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Hermanas, NM (on the US/Mex border past BFE)
Oddometer: 1,241
Quote:
Originally Posted by RidingDonkeys View Post
TCI Racks are in the making. This is the prototype being built. I've seen enough already. I'm IN!

This solves the rear rack problem, while providing sturdy pannier racks too.

No word on cost or production date yet. TCI has only had the loaner bike for two weeks now. They finish the racks and start prototyping the skid plate and crash bars tomorrow.


Pic wont load here...
__________________
The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth
RE Fotowerks
Border Road 100 Border Road Rally Raid
'13 Husky Terra 650, '08 Kawasaki Meanstreak 1600, '95 DR350S
RuggedExposure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2013, 05:40 PM   #3102
RidingDonkeys
Purveyor of Awesome
 
RidingDonkeys's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA
Oddometer: 8,266
Quote:
Originally Posted by RuggedExposure View Post
Pic wont load here...
How about if I host it. Tell me if this works.

__________________
Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs
More info at www.sidecardogs.com

Clinging to sanity, one motorcycle at a time.
RidingDonkeys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2013, 05:45 PM   #3103
RuggedExposure
Now with more rugged
 
RuggedExposure's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Hermanas, NM (on the US/Mex border past BFE)
Oddometer: 1,241
Quote:
Originally Posted by RidingDonkeys View Post
How about if I host it. Tell me if this works.


It works.

Man that looks like a pain in the butt to build.
__________________
The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth
RE Fotowerks
Border Road 100 Border Road Rally Raid
'13 Husky Terra 650, '08 Kawasaki Meanstreak 1600, '95 DR350S
RuggedExposure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2013, 05:53 PM   #3104
RidingDonkeys
Purveyor of Awesome
 
RidingDonkeys's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA
Oddometer: 8,266
Quote:
Originally Posted by RuggedExposure View Post
It works.

Man that looks like a pain in the butt to build.
Their racks are notoriously strong. Perhaps overbuilt.
__________________
Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs
More info at www.sidecardogs.com

Clinging to sanity, one motorcycle at a time.
RidingDonkeys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2013, 06:29 PM   #3105
RuggedExposure
Now with more rugged
 
RuggedExposure's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Hermanas, NM (on the US/Mex border past BFE)
Oddometer: 1,241
Quote:
Originally Posted by RidingDonkeys View Post
Their racks are notoriously strong. Perhaps overbuilt.

Any idea on a price yet? What is the diameter and thickness of that tubing?
__________________
The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth
RE Fotowerks
Border Road 100 Border Road Rally Raid
'13 Husky Terra 650, '08 Kawasaki Meanstreak 1600, '95 DR350S
RuggedExposure is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 07:43 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014