2013 Husqvarna 650 Terra

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  1. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Having ridden an X Challenge a bit ... and nearly bought one ... I'd say the Terra is the better bike. Yes, a bit heavier but better everywhere. Even it was $1000, IMO, a good deal.

    Start with the foolish Continental Air Damper rear suspension system on the X Challenge. I've ridden two X Chal, one set up, one stock. The stock one had less power than my DR650, had very soft front and very firm rear. (harsh actually!) Bike felt heavy and slow.
    The set up one was WAY better ... but the owner was a BMW dealer mechanic and had made about a thousand upgrades.

    Out of the box the Terra is the better bike.

    Ricky Chuck:
    I'm a huge DR650 fan. But in this case have to admit the Terra is the better bike. Sure, it will need stuff, all bikes do. But appears to be a solid motor with decent components. The DR is a tough machine and versatile.
    The Terra? 15 years ahead design wise. Ride them back to back to feel the difference. (I just got my first Terra ride yesterday! :clap Impressive indeed!)
  2. jktpa

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  3. rride

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    Hell yeah! Knock another $1000 off the Strada! We'll get rid of them for you.
    (when they said $1500 to $2500 off sale, I assumed as the biggest bike, they would have been the biggest discount anyway)

    Probably depends on the direction of the market at this critical juncture: higher highs with normal abc correction or big wave 5 downwards on expanding trapezoid. Looking upwards from almost all time frames, although increasing divergence in key indicators.

    Strada: stacking them deep and selling them cheap! Anything to save the company! Pierer got the company for free almost and he is still bitchin': good CEO after all. The BMW tight German's are not going to give it all away for nothing without a little debt. Too bad, I love Italian made motorcycles.
  4. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Agreed on all counts. The X was far from factory perfect, especially when compared to the Terra. However, the year it was released, it was an impressive start. I think the Terra, albeit heavier, is a much much better bike. That's why I bought one. :lol3
  5. trapperj

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    To be honest...I would have probably chickened out...too many nay Sayers "the sky is falling" & I woulda probably given those post/threads too much credit.
    Now in hind site....I didn't know how great this bike was....I "thought" it would be good....but now I know.

    Hell. I am not rich....far from it but I've wasted far more $$ on far less stuff and not missed it or regretted it. I tell you how much I like the TR....I have really given some thought to buying a second....at the much discounted rate....just to have around...only thing is the look on my wife's face would be certain to gain me a free pass to th DR. PHILL Show. One day, many people will regret not buying the TR when they had their chance.
  6. krussell

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    The thought of a spare Terra has crossed my mind as well.

    It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. In the interim, I have not said a word to my Strada about the ownership changes, as a result it still rides just as good as it did when BMW owned Husky.
  7. krussell

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    On my bike, which was a mess when new, stalled all the time, ran horribly under 4k, etc., the MOSS fix was not FI mapping related. It was an idle actuator reset that resolved the issues. Since then, the bike runs like a top. I'm fortunate to have a dealer 50 miles a way with the tool.

    If I was buying one new today, I'd make absolutely certain to test ride it a bunch and make absolutely certain it's fine before I signed anything.
  8. krussell

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    In six months, over winter, my Strada was the garage favorite at 3k miles. My K1600 did 250 miles during the same period. Anything <300miles / day and one up the Strada get's the job.
  9. farp

    farp DualsportBC Rider

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    I bought a Terra last month and I too am concerned about this "MOSS flash" business. I think what Ricky Chuck was concerned about is the same concern that I have - and it's got nothing to do with how well the bike runs. There have been reports about some kind of an ECU problem. Apparently something can go wrong resulting in "ECU Error" (or something to that effect) being displayed on the speedometer readout. When this happens the bike cannot be started until it is re-flashed with the MOSS tool. I am very concerned about this happening when I'm a hundred miles from no-where. Can somebody please elaborate on what this is all about?

    Other than that this is a great bike and I couldn't be happier with its performance. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who wants a bike that is great on the street and can still handle fairly gnarly 4WD tracks. One thing I'd recommend to everyone who buys this bike and intends to ride it off-road is to remove the mufflers and luggage rack and wrap about a dozen or so wraps of good quality duct tape (I used Gorilla tape, worked perfectly) around the rear end to keep it from breaking off. After you put the mufflers and luggage rack back on the duct tape is barely noticeable.

    Thank you

    John
  10. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    You don't have a 1st batch TR like some of us. The stalling at low RPM's is a real pain in the ass that is addressed with a MOSS reflash. I still haven't taken mine over to Tucson to have it done, but I will eventually.

    And the 'ECU Error' someone had before was from a loose battery cable if I remember correctly.

    I keep telling you people but no one is listening... CUT THE TAIL OFF!
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    Thanks, Rugged. I thought there was more to it than a loose battery cable but perhaps I was mistaken.

    There's no need to cut the tail off. All you need to do is to remove the mufflers and luggage rack and then wrap about a dozen wraps of duct tape around the rear end just a little ahead of the tail light. I did that to secure my rear end section after it completely broke off. Really! it was dangling from the bike on the electrical wires. The new parts are on back order and the bike could not be ridden in that condition so I duct taped it back on and I've been riding it like that for a month now while I wait for the new parts to arrive. I've put several hundred miles on FSRs, and 4WD track on it like that and it's held up fine. When I get the new parts I'll wrap them with tape too, you can barely notice the tape with the mufflers and luggage rack in place. That way when it's time to replace the bike I don't have to worry about permanent alterations affecting the resale value, and you get the benefit of better mud splatter protection too.

    John
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  13. trapperj

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    The "EWS" I experienced was from the dimmer switch from chinese made LEDs. Once I figured out that issue...all I had to do to start the bike was "cycle" the key off & on. With the LEDs turned off. Not really a fault of the Husky.....but the lesser expensive lights.

    The "moss" problem I & others have had ,as far as I know, is more annoying than anything else. I for sure was never left stranded. My TR always started....just ran rough & stumbled some at lower RPMs until I had the moss done.
  14. farp

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    Thanks, Trapperj, from the posts on cafe husky it appears that it's quite common for the emf eminating from aftermarket LEDs to trigger the engine immobilization system. My main concern was having the system strand me way out in the bush but from what I've found out today it appears that that concern was unfounded.

    As was pointed out in an earlier post I have one of the later edition TR650s so the low rpm stalling problem is not an issue with me.

    John
  15. krussell

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    Until you roll off prior to a slow turn and have the thing up and quit then end up runover by the truck following too close behind you while you get it restarted. Not an issue if you never ride in town or have anyone behind you who assumes you'll continue to make forward progress. Mine runs great after getting it fix, before that I considered the problem to be a major safety issue.
  16. Blakebird

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    bingo :nod



    not necessary....just get rid of the weight by removing the metal frame, and replace it with an Enduro Engineering plastic backing plate.
  17. jwdub

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    What's the normal out of the door price for a Terra 650 in the PNW?
  18. BobPS

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    Does Terra have O2 sensor?
  19. krussell

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    Yes.
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    Where are these discounted TR650s I'm reading about? :ear