2013 Husqvarna 650 Terra

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by grunkster, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. mxbundy

    mxbundy Been here awhile

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    Dude another NEW bike?? :rofl

    Bundy
  2. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Got the new meat on the rear, ready for the week long trip.
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    We'll see if the tire handles 1500 miles of hell.
  3. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    :nod you make a seat for this one yet? :D


    j/k... this stock seat isn't too bad, I need to rack up a few miles and see.

    The 310 was not an all day seat until I put yours on - then it was supremely comfortable all day.

    I sold both my streetbikes to get the wife a nice car (and traded in my new truck).
    The TE 310 is a great playbike, but not a very good 'only bike'. Too much in the 'race bike with a plate and lights' category.
    Got to have something I can ride on and off road. I'll miss that seat though!
  4. Chuffa

    Chuffa TR650 Terra

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  5. farp

    farp DualsportBC Rider

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    I got my Terra about a week and a half ago and totally agree with all the positive comments others have made about it. I've put just over 600 miles on it so far, riding on everything from freeways to gnarly 4WD jeep tracks. I previously had a DR650 which I bought brand new and owned for about 2 years. I uncorked the DR by cutting the top out of the air box, installing a larger main jet and putting an FMF muffler on it. The Terra performs significantly better than my uncorked DR. It handles better on the twistys, definitely out accelerates it, and the suspension is much more capable on boulder strewn jeep tracks. I've been riding on and off road since the early 70's and this bike is the best dual purpose (on road/off road) bike I've ever owned. I would not hesitate to go long distance touring on it, 8 to 10 hours a day in the saddle would be no problem, nor would I hesitate to spend a day off roading 4 wheel drive routes with it. It's big limitation off-road is the tires which don't hook up very well in nasty, root infested muddy sections but I think with a decent set of knobbies it would be able to handle that as well. One of the secrets to riding this bike off-road is to lug the bike down around 3000RPM and let the bike tractor through. I find that if you're higher up in the power band (over 5000RPM) it's too easy to spin the rear wheel - although knobbies would probably solve that problem. All in all, this is a great bike and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a dual purpose, adventure type motorcycle.
  6. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    I spent a little time at a BMW (only) dealer yesterday. The Husky was the main attraction from the moment I pulled up. Everyone at the dealership came out and looked and chatted. I really just wanted to look at a used 650gs for my wife.

    Then the owner came out and we talked bikes for about an hour. A good dude who cut his teeth racing Husky's and Triumphs in the 60's. We talked about my choice, and the comparison to the Sertao. He said " the great thing about the TR is the price point and the off road capability. The Sertao can do off road, and it does have more suspension travel, but it really is an on road oriented mile eating machine that looks off road worthy. That Husky captures the essence of a 50/50 dual sport perfectly, and can definitely go more places than the Sertao."

    Well, that about sums up why I bought it too. The Sertao just seemed a little quirky and more expensive. Not a bad bike by any means, but I felt confident in my ability to take the TR anywhere. I just found it interesting that a BMW dealer said that.


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  7. kjackbrown

    kjackbrown Been here awhile

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    In response to an email I sent to Samco yesterday.....

    "Hi, This is a kit we would consider bringing onto production but we do not yet have it available.

    If we had demand for say 10 + kits and a donor set of hoses we could definitely do something. If you were able to donate the original hoses as templates for the factory to keep and be the one to help generate theinterest through means of a forum or owners club we could supply your set foc in exchange for efforts. The tooling cost is quite high so we need tohave this minimum order to justify the start up costs. If you can initiate we can of course handle all the customers names and payments etc. We would need the pre-orders and interest 1st though to validate the tooling costs.It will take around 6 weeks for 1st off production, we would not have a price until we had a set of hoses but always a fair price just depends onhow many hoses and complexity. Let me know and look forward to hearing from you.
    Best Regards Richard "

    I willing to sacrifice my ride for 6 weeks of R&D if 10 people are interested.

    Also, Motor Hoses emailed me back but said they were at a show in Daytona and would let me know if they are interested once they return home. I will let you know what they say.

    So, anyone interested in some high quality virtually indestructible silicone silicone hoses. They come in many colors....mine will be red :p
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  8. xBoeing

    xBoeing n00b

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    I'm an old nOOb looking for a step up from my XT250. I was really thinking F700GS but a cousin suggested this Husky. The TR650 does sound like a better next step.
    I like the idea of the TR650 50/50 street off-road. But more realistically all the places I want to ride are a few freeway hours away. My XT250 and I don't like that. It's top speed of 65 meant staying in the far right lane like a little bunny and not mixing with the 75+ cagers. What is some of your owners impression of the TR650 mixing with the big boys.
  9. farp

    farp DualsportBC Rider

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    I've ridden quite a few freeway miles with mine and you'll have no trouble keeping up with traffic - just the opposite in fact. This bike will out accelerate, and has a higher top speed than just about any car. The bike redlines at 8000RPM and in 5th gear at 4000RPM you are doing just over 60MPH and the bike is rock steady and just about vibration free. Off road the bike will handle gnarly 4WD tracks with ease. Don't be concerned that it's only got 7.5 inches of suspension travel front and rear. The important thing is that the suspension has high quality damping and works very well. The Terra will have no problems keeping up with the F700GS on the street unless the F700 rider decides to go flat out as hard as he can, but off-road the Terra will be significantly better than the F700GS,
  10. xBoeing

    xBoeing n00b

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    Thanks for the reply, farp. I was figuring that it would be okay but it's good to hear confirmation that it's even better than ok. I almost brought one home today, maybe tomorrow I will.
  11. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    It might be gone, by tomorrow. :evil
  12. xBoeing

    xBoeing n00b

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    Hope it's not gone. It was sitting next to a bunch of sport bikes so it's probably safe. The problem is, I may have the money but it takes some stewing before I can part with it.
  13. S3bird

    S3bird Been here awhile

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    Just got mine on Saturday though it cost me my Speed Triple, eitherway I'm excited about riding when the snow finally goes away
  14. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Should rack up another 2,000k on mine over the next few days.
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    Close to 10,000km
  15. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    That'll be the perfect bike, for where you live.
  16. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    I think I've ready every post but may have missed this ...

    If you have a Strada with ABS for road use or mild dirt, and also have a 21" front wheel (without an ABS ring) for dirt use, is there any problem with this? You're essentially disabling ABS for dirt use, which you'd presumably do anyway. At worst you'll have an ABS light glaring at you and you cover it with tape.

    -dman
  17. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Yes. However, you can make the 21" front work with the ABS by simply moving the ABS sensor ring from your cast wheel to the spoke wheel. This is precisely what Eurosport is doing for me.

    Sent from the voices in my head and transcribed by their drinking buddy...
  18. ADVJake

    ADVJake ***** dweller

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    Im thinking about one of these or a newish Vstrom.. How smooth are they compared to the DR, KLRs?
  19. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    No comparison. Internet forums do not do a good job transmitting "feel." Just ride one.

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  20. trapperj

    trapperj Been here awhile

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    The 2nd gen KLR is beat in most every area ..except wind protection...and it's probably a tie in "pack mule" capability. The suspension is much better on the Husky..the brakes look to be similar but the TRs are better. The TRs motor likes to rev...the KLRs does not..the choke on the KLR is from the old testament ..lol nod to the H again...the aftermarket for the KLR KILLS the aftermarket for the Husky...that may not change as fast as we'd hoped after the change over to KTM..? I have owned three 2nd gen KLRs...still have a old "Barbie" I'll likely keep till doomsday. But if a guy has a KLR & a TR In his stable...the KLRs probably in need of a odessy battery.....because it'll be awhile before the guy picks the K bike.....long live the mighty TR650! ..(YMMV)
    Just my .2cents. Flame suit by Rukka...lol