2013 Husqvarna 650 Terra

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

  1. farp

    farp DualsportBC Rider

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    I'm not looking for a plate that bolts on top of the OEM rack. That won't do me any good when the OEM rack mounts are broken off at the bolt holes. There was a post about some German outfit showing the kind of rack I'm looking for and I'll check that one out. Thanks for your input though, appreciate the effort. I've got a Motosportz bash plate and I'm totally happy with it.
  2. rride

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    But you could ride another passenger if you wanted. You have over 400 lbs cargo capacity. That's a real nice feature of the bike!
  3. Blakebird

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    re: the broken rack - so much of that rack cantilevers back beyond the mounting points, that it's going to turn any weight back there into a pendulum and eventually crack the plastic swinging up and down.
    I looked at the Rotopax 1 gallon as an option, decided the rack probably wouldn't hold up.
    I carry four 1-liter Primus fuel bottles when I need range - two in the Wolfman carry pouches and two in the big back pockets of my Ogio Flight Vest.


    Woody's is 20 minutes away....it's nice having them local. They've built a few sets of offroad wheels for me, and it can be done for around $700-$750.

    RAD has an "economy" hub, and while that sounds like it might be cheapo cheeseball stuff, all it is is their zoot hubs with fewer passes thru the milling machine to remove material and make them lighter.
    I ran one set on an XR628 in some pretty rugged stuff for a few years before I had to tighten a spoke.

    So you get an excellent quality hub that's a few ounces heavier than the expensive stuff...but just as tough and high quality.



    A set I put on an XR650R I built a few years ago.

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    the XR628 with RAD setup out back

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  4. IgnacioB

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    That's good to hear. I've submitted an online inquiry, but no response. If they make their own hubs I can imagine them being able to help. I'll give them a call and try and the old-fashioned way today to find out....I'm going to choose either a Terra or Strada tomorrow and need to have this issue put to bed. $750 for a set of rims + rotors and ABS ring is totally doable...$1400 for that part OEM not so much.
  5. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    I think you're likely to find it the other way around. My quote for Woody's wheels was significantly higher than the OEM wheels. I paid $612.88 for both wheels from my dealer. Woody's quoted me around $1300. No doubt the Woody's wheels are good, but the factory ones will do fine for my purposes.

    The extra rotors and rings will double your cost. The concept of a quick change was catchy, but wasn't worth the added cost for me. It's too easy to swap the disks from my spoked wheels to my cast wheels when I want to change them.
  6. trapperj

    trapperj Been here awhile

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    I reckon running a 21" up front requires a tube too..so you loose the ability of a quick fix the tubeless option has. I added all this up and decided I could probably get away with adding a high fender...TKC80s or the like and go where I need to go on my Strada. I mostly chase/play with bigger adv. touring guys who ride to their office through the week & play on week ends...the road gets "dirty" ...but not much real dirt. Multistradas and new GSs are too heavy to pick up. :rofl
  7. krussell

    krussell Long timer

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    The Strada / Cast wheel / 50/50 tire / high fender approach...

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    Yeah, I know, it can't possibly work, I'm doomed to catastrophic wheel failure. In the interim I plan to see how long they'll last. I'm old and slow, I think they'll do ok for me. When one fails I'll post a picture and details about the resulting move to spokes.
  8. rride

    rride Honda NH 750

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    BMW uses mag wheels for dual sport bikes, but maybe not competition sponsored bikes. Yours is certainly is an appealing looking bike though. I personally like the low front fenders so you can put a mud flap on it to divert rear nail flats (99% of flats). Except the Strada's oem front fender looks like thinly pressed blob of plastic that could fall off any second (poor implementation of a cost saver - the Strada HAS to have some cost savers somewhere!)

    Yours is the best looking and maybe the most practical bike I've seen yet! Good job. OEM Strada's would sell a lot more if they changed that cheesy front fender like you did :clap
  9. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Yeah, that won't work. :lol3

    There is a lurker in the Asheville NC area who has been beating the crap out of a Strada with cast wheels since late last year. He hasn't had a wheel failure yet, and he's doing some hard riding.
  10. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    I like the look!

    But that pelican suitcase on the rack is going to be MIA one day. It might be large enough for you to hear or feel it when it separates like this: Satrun V rocket separation
  11. krussell

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    It's easier to justify a new rack when the OEM version fails. When that happens I'm going to the Hepco Becker top rack. (see #2610 in this thread)

    I've put about 2k on with this Pelican, and about 500 miles with a much large pelican. So far I've been lucky. Only about 20-30% off pavement, but a lot of that washboard junk.
  12. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Based on experience with other dual sport bikes and top cases, the key is not over loading the Pelican. Even GIVI boxes post a limit of something like 10 kgs. max load. On road you should be OK if you're not hitting big potholes or lots of Mexican Topes.

    I've seen many rear boxes and racks break from pot hole/Tope abuse. A wash board road at speed could make short work of even a well made rear rack system. Keep it light, should be OK.
  13. Blakebird

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    Woody's does not make those wheels, they're mfr'd by RAD
    http://www.radmfg.com/category-s/10368.htm

    Woody's laces (or superlaces at your option) them with HD stainless spokes and trues them.

    I linked the BMW page because it's likely a BMW rear hub you'd be using.
    A cush hub is always going to be quite a bit more expensive, something I didn't think about.
    I didn't put cush hubs on any of my offroad bikes.

    this is more like the packages I got for my big XR's
    http://www.radmfg.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=RADWK-CACRBIG
  14. trapperj

    trapperj Been here awhile

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    I ordered one of these yesterday...got all excited..got a email today saying there not available yet. I was "first in USA " to get one if I didn't cancel. At least a month out...maybe longer..He went on to say they didn't have any items available for my bike yet. I reckon that means the side racks or centerstand.
  15. Surfinpig

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    KLR , enough said
  16. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Yeah, but all it has to hold is a milk crate, so it doesn't have to be that robust. :lol3
  17. IgnacioB

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    Who was the dealer?

    No matter on Woody's...they haven't tried to respond to my inquiry and I'm buying a bike tomorrow. I'll ask the dealer to go through on prices and see if they can beat my OEM prices from online. If not, I'll either stick with the Terra or consider rotor and ABS swap....which would probably save $600 or so off the price at least.
  18. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Eurosport, on the other side of the country from you. Granted, this was done a few months ago, and prices are always subject to change.
  19. Blakebird

    Blakebird Solo Backwardo

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    did you try to reach Woody's via email or did you call? That's a helluva busy place, emails likely aren't the best way to get attention.

    also, Woody has a thread in Vendors - try asking there.
  20. IgnacioB

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    E-mail into the BMW/Husqvarna shop in Asheville. Crossed fingers. Thanks.