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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by grunkster, Sep 11, 2012.
Interesting observation, perhaps it has something to do with riding up side down!
Follow-up that they've been the most cost-competitive so far. A set of spoked wheels using the existing bits from my cast wheels (i.e. rotors, ABS ring, bushings, part of the rear assembly) runs $1019 plus about $60 shipping.
Woody's was very expensive at $1460.16 alone for the same bits plus whatever shipping is. They don't have any hub other than OEM at this point.
Since I don't need spokes until 2013 I'll probably hold off and hope some third party starts making hubs. Maybe Warp 9 or RAD CACR.
Additionally, I found that F650GS BMW wheels bolt up (makes sense too) and maybe I'll find something on the used market.
Thanks all for pieces of the puzzle. Still not cheap, but more options out there and prospects look better to get closer to the $1K mark than $2K mark I originally had thought.
Love my Strada. 101 miles as of this morning and it's a GREAT machine!
While the TR doesn't have a regular gas gauge the mode where it reads/shows UG..for used gallons. ...is "dead on balls accurate"...sure helps me determine when to buy or start looking for fuel. Good luck in searching. I think when you live with the TR for awhile you will find she's a keeper!
Hey guys, is the fuel filter (and pump) internal or external on these bikes? I've personally never had any issue with the FI on my R, but I've read one of the fears of FI on off-road bikes or even adventure bikes is if the fuel system died for some reason (dirty gas) it would be more difficult to repair than a simple carb. I guess if a batt went south on a FI bike it would be a stopper due to needing more spark or whatever, but if one decides the FI fears are overblown, and there may be more parts available to fit these eventually, the number of reasons, other than money, not to buy one of these is getting smaller (drumming fingers). And I'd just decided I was gonna get a DRZ400 or DR650 after reading Romanousky's thread, lol.
Thanks for that. Despite the issues I am 90 % certain I will buy one within the next week or two. The UK model has ABS as an option!
Thanks for your reply too. I posted a full reply to it a few hours ago, but because I included a link in it - and I am a 'noob' - it is 'awaiting moderation'.
FI fears are overblown, if heading into remote country, I'd ensure i had multiple filters to the injector, and if the model was known to have issues with the pump, I'd carry a spare, or even a spare injector. People put in fuel socks at the fuel tank cap, this will help against injector blockages which is the cause of most FI issues
Thanks, I'm just going on my experience with my fuel pump/filter, which was in the tank. Had a fuel sock on the side of the pump and a large filter in there, too. Nice and unobtrusive until the filter or pump goes, then very tedious to replace either.
Got ABS-Terra myself. Its a good bike. BTW I lock my bike against front fork or rear wheel. Plus I use disc-lock. The bike itself is equipped with immobiliser and steering lock and might be alarmed as an option.
Got a good insurance against theft too.
I don't have the Hepco and Becker link on me, but if you head over to Cafe Husky, there is a sticky for it in the TR650 section. It is a full rack.
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What 50/50 tire do you have on there????? Where'd you buy um?
Heidanau K60 Scout - I had my second flat on the rear Tourance EXP, figured two plugs was enough, so I replaced them. Local BMW dealer had them in stock.
New info from Husky/Husaberg via Motorcycle Daily
I would have NO FEAR venturing far off the grid with an F.I. bike. The fuel sock filter is a great idea ... also ... you really need to be sure of your battery.
Especially true with ABS. Keep that Batt fresh. If you are running a lot of accessories ... then keep a close eye on how many Watts you are drawing. In super cold weather when running my Gerbing, Grips and other things, I shut off headlight (day time) to conserve Battery.
Some guys get bit by accessories that draw juice even when bike is OFF.
So keep an eye on that. Since the Terra does not have a kick start, if Batt gets low, no start. But there is more: On many bikes (mostly BMW's ... which is what the Terra IS) ... even if the Batt gets low ... it can screw up the F.I. (ECM) ABS computer and electrics.
That is the only disadvantage of raising your front fender up. When you put a long stiff mudflap on a normal fender, it keeps the front tire from 'setting up' nails for the rear tire to run over (rear flats on the road are about 95 - 99%). I haven't had a flat since I've done that little trick. Although yours looks much cooler than stock, I'm too cheap but to have anything except a low front fender on any motorcycle I own.
After having 3 rear flats in a row, I told a BMW dealer I was going to quit riding because I couldn't afford fixing rear flats weekly: and then he told me the dealer secret about the low stiff mudflaps. And most BMW fenders on all but a couple of bikes are high or don't have a rear section to attach a mud flap on! Consider a normal low fender with a back to attach a mudflap on a grace of God (for you and not the tire/motorcycle dealers).
I hate to be Captain Obvious but handlebar mounted waterproof switches have been found on motorcycles for decades. Search ebay for "universal motorcycle light switch" and you'll get hundreds of results. Your local bike shop will probably have a dozen in the dirt bike parts bin.
Yep, I've done this on several of my bikes. It is a 15 minute mod on most bikes. It really serves no purpose other than to save a little juice when I'm having battery problems out in the middle of nowhere.
Looking at them both, I see that the Stada is the better deal right now (discount wise). With the Terra being more popular (and so few remaining), they are not touching the price too much. I thought of buying the Stada for -$2k less then MSRP and added up the price of parts to make it "Terra like" (including tires/not wheels). These additions bring it up to what few remaining dealers are selling the Terra for. Its about the same. The only benefit would be ABS on the Stada.
So I took the Stada for a test ride yesterday. The first quarter of the throttle was snachey and I stalled it two times...weird; I guess they didn't remap the demo bike! I'd think that would be the first bike staightened out. I also noticed the mufflers were baffle removal proof. They were all welded up.
Then today, I found a Terra on the floor of a different dealer. I carefully examined the Terra and noticed the muffler end caps have a C clamp type washer in the end holding the baffles in place. That means they can come out......the Stada just has oddley square end cap openings with no access to baffles. This makes another big difference to me in favor of hte Terra. Has anyone pointed this out yet in the previous 182 pages of this thread?
Also, has anyone removed the Terra baffle and does it sound better then the corked system?
What you're seeing in the Terra is the spark arrestors. Not too many people have messed with the exhaust, other than to "fix" the spark arrestors in the Terra. That clamp often makes the exhaust "tweet", which is only annoying at worst.
On the other hand, several have talked about switching to a single exhaust setup. It seems Bill's is the only place to have done it so far. They are working on a marketable solution if I recall correctly. There is lots of exhaust info over on Cafe Husky.
I think most of us just enjoy the way the bike performs after the Moss flash. I know I like "stealth" mode, so I have no intention of toying with the exhaust.
Now Im really confused because I just looked at other pictures (in this thread) and they show the Terra with sealed and square end caps where-as the one I saw (call it spark arrester or baffles) were removable.
Can someone confirm if this is a European model thing (square ends caps on a Terra)? The Stada deffinately has untouchable end caps whereas the Terra's opening were round and slightly bigger.
Who in the USA has a Terra and can confirm the Spark Arresters come out. That little difference in sound may bring the marbles out of the bag for me!
Notice the square outlets on this Terra pictured.. The one I saw today had round outlets with removable arresters or baffles