2013 Husqvarna 650 Terra

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

  1. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Congratulations! I think you made a wise choice. You have such incredible dirt road riding in every direction from where you live. I keep a Yamaha 250R in Phoenix and have ridden much of the area. My latest was Smokey Mountain Road through the Staircase Escalante wilderness. About 100 miles worth between Page and Escalante. Two water crossings of note plus some of it too much for a big twin because of deep sand, but perfect for a large thumper (or my little thumper :D).

    Regarding tires, might I suggest Michelin MT 21's? They came OEM on my KTM 690, and I really like them in mud and rocks. They last pretty long on the highway too. Best part is they are quite a bit cheaper than the Conti's. They have a 140 for under $100 and a front is about $90 I think. The speed ratings are appropriate too.


  2. K1W1

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    Congratulations.
    I did read in one review that you can adjust the bar position forward and back by rotating (?) the clamps. Can any owners confirm whether that is correct or just journalist talk.
  3. K1W1

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    Heidenau K60s may also be worth a look. I think that they are closer to 50/50 than TKCs.
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  5. perennial

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    The test model is on the ground in Brisbane atm. It's here until the end of dec and then I think it's heading down to Sydney.
  6. slip

    slip Been here awhile

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    I just see this bike as a winner, and I want one. I believe they will sell a lot of these bikes. Heck, it is only $500 more than the KLR650! This is the bike I have been waiting for. I just watched the following video review of the bike, and it looks awesome. I was also considering the new CRF250L, but the TR650 has about 30 more ponies, and in the end, I just think it would make an all around better dual sport bike. That's my 2 cents.


    http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/1538/Motorcycle-Video/2013-Husqvarna-TR650-Terra-First-Ride-Video.aspx
  7. K1W1

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  8. K1W1

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    I presume that you mean the demo bike. The first shipment is due in Sydney on 17 Dec and should be at dealers later that week.
  9. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    eakins - Thanks for the tip on the TR8 front tire. I see lots of big bike riders are trying them. I wonder what the speed rating is?. Not that I care since I ride a couple of singles.

    Also is a 4.0 or 4.50 X18 similar to a 140/18?

    Thanks
  10. K1W1

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    If you go to IRCs web site there is a little more info about tyre sizing and rim requirements.

    From the load index rating "P" I would say that the backs are rated to 150 kph (93 mph) and the fronts at "PR" are 150-170 kph. Looks like the load rating on the rears is 280-300 kg depending on which size you use.
  11. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Just drove an hour and a half to look at the Terra, convinced that I would probably hate it in person and settle on a DR650. Boy was I wrong. I was thoroughly impressed with this bike. Now i just need to sell a bike to make room in the garage. :D

    Sent from the voices in my head and transcribed by their drinking buddy.
  12. K1W1

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    Unfortunately they all look like left hand drive models to me. I need shots of right hand drive production. :D
  13. ducnut

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    Never heard of them. Interesting company history.
  14. Wallachian Spikes

    Wallachian Spikes Long timer

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    Thanks for the tip a buddy of mine runs K-60s & says they run forever but, he complains of front end wash out. I may try this "Mullet' or "Emo" that you speak of.
  15. kawagumby

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    Hi guys,
    I have a wr250r, 4th year owned and I like it. I've been riding for about 50 years and I have a bad back (from crashes, of course) :rofl. so comfort is a big deal to me. I was thinking about the terra for longer jaunts and got a quote for $8500 OTD. They won't go any lower here in central california. Seems high to me. My question is this; would those of you who have the Terra think it would be worth the money for mostly highway work with occasional fireroads, or should I look for something used more street oriented ( I owned an 08 KLR650 and wasn't impressed so I'm looking for more HP, better brakes, suspension, etc). The only drawback of my wr250r is the 75 mph range which is sometimes need while in traffic -.

    Thanks for any comments....


    PS. regarding using aggressive tire on front and dual sport tire on back.. that's what I do and it works well. I highly recommend dunlop's D908F rally raid for the front.. it is designed for heavy bikes, has a knob pattern that mimics pure-off road tires I've owned, and has a carcass that is extremely heavy and stiffer than most on or off-road tires. I have to check the tire pressure after long unuse because the tire sidewalls keep the tire up even when pressure is too low. Off-road the tire works extremely well - just as well as my full off-road tires on my dirt bikes. You will have to reverse the tire periodically to keep the knobs from sawtoothing too much - but that is the case for any true knobby.
  16. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    I've yet to put my Terra to the multi-thousand mile test, but that's what I bought it for, exactly what you are looking for too. With saddle bags and a small windscreen it should be just what the doctor ordered. KLR's have been used this way for years and have been very successful at it. The Terra, to me, is a much updated KLR type bike. With a little prep work, and judicious use of the throttle on the rough stuff, the Terra should be able to go places it was not intended for. My riding group met a bunch of Canadians on the TAT and one was on a new KLR. They rode thru the Black Dragon Wash right after us and it was very cobby after a flash flood that took place a few days earlier. The Terra "could" do all of that, but it would be much more fun on a lighter bike. With an agressive front tire you should be able to do a lot of trails, but I plan on keeping my front no more gnarly than a TKC80 or similar. Mostlly road work, but with the ability to do some nice trails and an occasional rough spot. Get a good bash plate, for sure, and hopefully someone will come out with side protection bars to keep the radiator and front plastic intact. I can't think of a better machine right now to do what you want it to do. 'Why I bought one!
  17. leanin

    leanin Been here awhile

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    Last night, a friend and I test road another friend's KTM 690 Enduro. We had a blast on the bike and were very impressed with its power and how well it road on and off road. The steering lock is the only thing we really didn't like. Today, we test rode a TR650 thinking it would feel slow and heavy after riding the incredibly fun 690. Thankfully, we were very, very wrong! The TR was incredibly fun too. It was smooth, had plenty of power and certainly didn't feel heavy on the pavement, dirt or gravel roads we tested it on. The steering lock on the TR is MUCH better than the 690! Unfortunately, there weren't any trails to see how the TR felt on trails. But, if it is as comparable to the 690 on the trails as it is on dirt roads, it'd be really hard to justify the extra $3200 for the KTM.
  18. Cretin

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    Can you run a Terra on 87 octane, might be important in some countries
  19. modeselector

    modeselector Common as muck

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    With the Terra's suspension and extra weight, it is difficult to see these two being compared for trail use. The two bikes and their respective components is why one is more dirt focused and the other more pavement. It's just math. :deal
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