2013 Husqvarna 650 Terra

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

  1. mario33

    mario33 Howling around...

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    You may find that we got further conversation on this:

    http://www.cafehusky.com/threads/tr650-skidplate-done-here-are-the-details.29232/page-2

    My voice:
    In general, I'm trying to convince him on alternative solution - lighter but with more coverage or just bolted-on side-wings. I think quality-wise his product is top-notch, the only thing is he needs some guidance on DS bikes (he was mostly focused on dirt bikes previously). He's worried about the costs and that nobody would buy it. Everybody's free to voice their opinion - go there and support me :)
  2. farp

    farp DualsportBC Rider

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    A few yrs ago I had a DR650 with a skid plate that had about the same coverage as the one Motorsportz is offering.We were 30 miles from nowhere on a gnarly, boulder strewn 2 track when my oil filter cap struck a rock and cracked, causing it to leak oil. Luckily one of the guys I was riding with had some JB Weld with him and we were able to use it to stop the leak. We drained enough oil from the other two bikes to get me out of there and it all worked out OK. But it would have been a disaster without the JB Weld. My assumption is that the Terra would be about the same as the DR650 off road so it's quite likely that the same thing that happened to my DR650 could happen to the Terra. I'll gladly pay the extra money for adequate protection but I'm not interested in paying one thin dime for a skid plate that doesn't give me the protection I need. I intend to buy a Terra in the next month or so and I'm definitely going to be looking for a good skid plate for it. Motosportz, I really like the look of your product and would buy one in a heartbeat if it gave full protection, but as it stands right now it doesn't and I'm not interested in spending money on something that won't do the job. When you consider how much money you're going to be investing in this bike trying to save a few bucks by buying a skid plate that doesn't completely do the job is just nuts as far as I'm concerned.

    C'mon Motorsportz, do it right!

    John
  3. Cruz

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    I have an AXP on my Berg and it is an excellent product and the owner of the company Pierre Dugardin in France is excellent to deal with. I previously had a Hyde on my XChallenge and it was good, but no where near the quality of the AXP.

    Can most definitely recommend any alloy plate that Stephan will make for this bike. http://www.bashplates.de/BMW-G-650-Xchallenge-Xcountry:::1.html
  4. K1W1

    K1W1 Long timer

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    They arrive in NSW and Vic next week I can't see why PFG won't be sending a few over to WA as well. You should have them before Christmas.
  5. K1W1

    K1W1 Long timer

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    I would be interested. I have a Hyde plate on the Strom and it's great for the use I put the Strom to.

    Hyde already has plates for several Huskies. I'm going to send them an email this morning.

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  6. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    The Hyde by itself would not be suitable for the Terra.

    They were designed to only be used over top of the alloy BMW plate on the XCH, not by themselves as they will not protect the oil line and drain plugs.
  7. K1W1

    K1W1 Long timer

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    Why not?
    I am looking for protection mainly from stones and rocks thrown up from the front wheel and the Hyde plate I have on my Strom does that perfectly well. The beauty of a plastic plate is that it can be molded much better than alloy or steel.
    I don't consider the Terra to be an out and out bush bashing, rock hopping, tree trunk scaling bike. That's what Trials bikes are for.
  8. itsatdm

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  9. kawagumby

    kawagumby Long timer

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    I test drove a Terra today...drove a couple hundred miles to a dealer with the intent of buying but didn't. To me, the bike is just too heavy. Anywhere but the smoothest fireroads or trails and you are asking for a broken leg - even with off-road tires. Where I ride I have to expect to occasionally come across deep ruts and rocks and this bike won't cut it. In all fairness, the engine seemed great, the brakes worked well, but slow-speed maneuvering, which you will need to do when off of pavement was difficult due to the weight and perhaps a street-biased geometry.

    And what is with that automatic-up kickstand and the below-frame brake pedal? How could any company do such things?

    Add to that the need to take the bike in for code reading (my WR250R provides the codes so you don't need a reader) and I couldn't justify the bike, for what I do.

    This may fill a niche for adventure riding, but will not replace the outdated XR or DR japanese bikes for a lot of people, IMO.

    Tom
  10. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Because the standard Hyde bends on impacts and the oil line underneath the motor needs solid protection, not just a light stone deflector in my experience. You can squash or puncture that oil line without realising it until the motor makes a horrible noise. What Itsadm has done with his may be sufficient.
  11. davorallyfan

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    They can be a bit suseptible.

    Slow Bike Small Penis copped a rock in the case of his 650 BMW at Cape York - he DNF'ed.

    He got the whole stop. wait. unpack. check oil. fill. pack. ride. stop. refilll.

    We need protection.

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    Looks like I will have to wait another week before I'm terrafied.
  12. treborbig

    treborbig Been here awhile

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    Not many dealers over here ,from what i can gather pfg not interested in helping the ones they had so they chucked it in .Ther dealer we do have in perth is great bloke ,peter, and we go there for tyre deals ,,Tyres For Bikes if anyone is in :Dperth soon .Any way he closes for xmas on 21st day the demo arrives,so better get there quick .Did you know that W.A means....:rofl wait a while
  13. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    I received an e mail back from Stephan today and he said that all he needs to do is make an adapter for the front frame mount and Terra owners will be able to use his range of XChallenge bash plates as mentioned above with a link to his web site.

    Also said, " I will offer all parts I make for the G650X for the new Husqvarna 650 models too soon!"

    Regards Stephan.
  14. 30Bones

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    Stop robbing parts off the KLR! :lol3
  15. klxmack

    klxmack king of the box

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    I have owned a bunch of dual sports over the years, KLX650c, KLR650 and a XR650L totally pimped. This husky has the same dry weight as a new gen KRL650, 20 more HP and USD forks.
    The KLR is road biased, the XR was off road biased. The KLX was good at both. I think this will be an awesome bike that doesn't chuff oil like the old stuff.

    Cheers
  16. kawagumby

    kawagumby Long timer

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    You're probably right. For some reason I keep thinking about the bike...and that awesome power delivery. Dang -:eek1
  17. davorallyfan

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    I wish for a 2013 KLX ...alas.
  18. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    I think the $1700 skid plate looks great.

    If I ever get a Terra, I might wait till the price drops to around $ 1500 though.....

    :D
  19. Gerken

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    Dualsport Maker of Sweet Cheek

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