2013 Husqvarna 650 Terra

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

  1. Deans BMW

    Deans BMW Granpa Hoon

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    Had my Strada out yesterday afternoon with Gerbings Jacket liner and gloves. Ended up riding about 100 miles of these fantastic Smokey Mountains roads. The Strada is as solid as a rock and clearly on rails. Speeds were as high as 101, easily attainable, to putzing 30 to 40. No hint of vagueness at all at speed, loved the sweepers. Very impressive little bike, smooth as silk, great 4th gear, had it to 7,500 R's in 4th in a hard over sweeper, on rails. :D

    No comparison at all to my previous KLR and G650GS.
  2. krussell

    krussell Long timer

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    Road tested the Pelican 2450 on my Strada. (See #1366) 225 miles later I'm pleased. Ran up to 90 GPS MPH on a few stretches, I did not feel any difference in the handling, which can be an issue when you add that much bulk. I'm about as wide as the case, which likely helps. I did not have any significant cross winds, I suspect I would feel those more. After a few miles I forgot the box was back there. I did have to modify my mount to go right leg over the seat vs. right leg swing over the tail, and similar dismount technique mods. One looks like an idiot when you try to put your foot through the topcase!

    My other concern was mileage, but it looks to have no effect. I got my average 48MPG when riding as usual. HOWEVER, I did do an unrelated mileage test to see what I could get out it if I really tried to maximize MPG. I got 57MPG, an all time record. I'll never do that again though. I had to keep it below 60MPH, choose a flat/straight route, and gently roll on the throttle all of the time. I nearly fell asleep! 9 MPG is well worth unleashing this bike.
  3. justdirtyfun

    justdirtyfun Been here awhile

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    I own a DRZ and would love to get a more comfortable ride. Does it feel 100 lbs heavier, I think seat height plays a roll.Please bash away at my d.s. and continue the Husky ego stroking. Maybe I'll quit lurking and buy one.
  4. big-t

    big-t Been here awhile

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    Not until it gets too far over center to stop.....:lol3
  5. LeGitan

    LeGitan Adventurer

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    The plan was to try and transplant the engine with F.I. and ignition computers over but I since have overcome my fear of opening up the engine and will probably do a rebuild instead... :clap

    Thanks for your input!
  6. Scalex

    Scalex Adventurer

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    I see there's a lot of stuff around about how the Terra fares versus the KLR.

    I can see the point as it could be considered as an alternative. However, I think a really useful and valid compariosn would be against the X650 BMWs, Xchallenge, Xcountry....

    On paper, there are a lot of simmilarities, but also some significant differences. I think if somebody could make it past the pure specsheet comparison into real facts, this could be priceles for many...

    The X BMWs made up for an almost perfect base for Adventure biking, as many riders here have proved. The Terra shows some apparent improvements (larger fuel tank, is currently being produced so you can get a brand new one, already has a steel subframe...) but also some shortcomings;

    -Apparently much heavier
    -Requires higher Octan
    -Higher fuel consumption

    Apart from that, yes, suspension can be improved, etc; but all this are things you can easly sort out (may be pricey, but feasible), I instead see no easy way to reduce 22KG :eek1, and wonder for an instance what's the real impact of this weight difference.

    It seems clear the bike would be more off-road capable than a KLR, but what about the Xc? And is anybody able to estimate, based on their experience, which one would have the highest limit off-road?

    Personally, I've been sine long ago setting up for "the long one" all across Asia, which shall take place once I'm dismissed from my current obbligations (expected Jan '14); I have now a route, some necessary training, languages learned.. and some 15 months ahead of me on which to choose and prepare the final bike -and getting the whole thing "real"-.

    Choice for the starting point is between XCountry and Terra. Obviously both would be heavily modified. The Terra has the added benefit of a -small- degree of support from the importer, but rather than that, would appear to be one step back from the Xc....

    Any inputs?

    Thanks!!
  7. Dualsport

    Dualsport Maker of Sweet Cheek

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    Yes, 93 previous pages of inputs. :lol3
  8. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    I agree there are a lot of similarities between the X bikes and the Terra. If I was to replace my X-Challenge, I would seriously consider replacing it with the Terra versus having to modify another XChallenge.

    That said, perhaps the biggest difference is the suspension travel. It looks like the Terra has 190mm front and rear, while the XChallenge has 270mm front and rear (X-Country is 240/210). That's pretty substantial, but I think the bigger question is whether you will actually use that difference.
  9. Scalex

    Scalex Adventurer

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    Funny.. Because missing a 93 pages comparison Xchallenge vs Terra it's really something, for a missing... :eek1:lol3

    I think the answer was there right a s first sentence in my post "I see there's a lot of stuff around about how the Terra fares versus the KLR."...:augie....

    Now seriously... :D;

    That's appretiated feedback! Shall I then assume that the weight difference doesn't seem relevant according to your experience with the Xchallenge?

    I'm sort of assuming I'll need to upgrade the suspension too anyway; as said travel is short on the Terra, and as well for long distance adv travel you add a fair amount of weight to the bike; not only at the rear but all around, and front end is not adjustable...

    Still that weight and octane things remain as concerns, so... I promise a full Modifications thread and of course Ride Report when time comes.. But right now I have just a few weeks before I take my final decision, so all informations and experiences are more than appreciated!
  10. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    I have yet to even see the Terra in person, much less ride one, so I can't comment on the difference in ride. But I would think the bigger issue is where you think you would actually take the bike. I have only been on one trip where I rode in a section where I really appreciated the travel of the X-Challenge suspension. Though I'm sure the Terra would have handled it too. I might have appreciated the lower seat of the Terra since I'm pretty short.

    I would imagine the weight and suspension differences mean a lot more when traveling in technical single track at higher speeds. But if you're buying a bike as a more of a lightweight adventure bike (loaded down with bags), what type of roads are you really going to encounter and how fast will you be going? I think either will do just fine on dirt roads and double track. If I am on single track, it is because I'm on my way to a campsite or something similar. My concern is simply getting there, not getting there fast. The lower seat height of the Terra may be more comforting than the suspension travel on some trails. But that's me. If you're a guy who loves blasting through the woods regardless, you may find the Terra way too cumbersome for your style. In that case, maybe the X-Challenge would be better or the TE610/630 or a KTM. My main concern is just getting from A to B and being able to pick up my bike - So my X works well for me, but I think the Terra would as well.
  11. big-t

    big-t Been here awhile

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    Exactly,speed is the divining factor.I have taken the Terra thru several sections of washed out rutted two track on the side of some W Va mountains with no problems,it feels light,well balanced and is easy to control with its butter smooth throttle,in fact my personal opinion is its easier to ride thru the rough than my WRR.

    HOWEVER.....The suspension/weight will not allow the same speeds as I ride the WRR.Not a problem for me,I get older every day and don't need to go that fast....:lol3
  12. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    A personal question:
    How's your ass?
    When I sat on the bike it at the show, I didn't find the seat too bad, but certainly on the firm side.I'm curious how many hours would be do-able with the stock seat.
  13. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Surprisingly good.....though it remains a mystery to me. I spent 4 hours in the saddle the other day, and I never got uncomfortable or any serious butt fatigue. Just crazy! I did start to get a bit of ache in my knees due to the more compact position from the lower seat height (closer seat to peg spacing) than I'm accustomed to. But, it's quite easy to stand up on the Terra for a stretch. I may change the pegs to something I can lower a bit and move forward....to open my legs a bit.

    HF :thumbup
  14. Scalex

    Scalex Adventurer

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    I couldn't agree more; my concern when thinking about weight is more related to those tricky situations you may encounter in difficult sections; after many tyring days, in the middle of nowhere...

    I am not of the "blasting" kind, and even less so when adventure travelling, where I would tend to take an extra safety margin in all situations..

    However I've have had so far some pretty big bikes like the current 990 KTM, previously a 12GSA. Africa Twin... and whilst excellent bikes that you can ride almost everywhere, the effort it requires to do so is quite higher than with a lighter bike.

    Particularly, when trying to wrest your bike trough mud and sand I've noticed that even a few Kg or pounds made a difference for me, but I've never been in the 150kg league... those beasts where all well over 200, and even 300 when fully loaded!

    That's maybe why I'm a bit paranoic about weight, after suffering it so much... :rofl
  15. modeselector

    modeselector Common as muck

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    If you were able to handle the big bikes - 50kg less should feel like a trials bike in comparison :D
  16. nomad5326

    nomad5326 Xventurous

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    I don't feel it compares ot the Xchallenge at all. IMO that would be the TE630 series. The Terra is closer to the Dakar/Sertao w/new plastics, better frame, Xchallenge Rotax and USD foks (however weak they are). You could throw the Terra at a lightened Dakar/Sertao w/KYB USD forks and a reworked suspension and the only difference would be the engine upgrade. Touring/Dual sport. Confortable on the FWY and capable offroad (with limitations). Not a trail bike. ...yet.

    Either way, both,all are great bikes and very capable in their owners hands. Very impressed with the Terra hope the aftermarket embraces the bike (TT and Altrider). I also can and only hope that BMW has something up their sleeve to revive the Dakar/Sertao line with capability since they killed off the xchallenge. Just imagine a lightweight tubular frame, high output engine, w/Sertao plastics, Dakar range and a fully capable and tuneable front/rear suspension ....:wink:
  17. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    On that note it appears from afar that the pegs are the same as the F800GS as well as the other parts I mentioned in the other thread. Do they look like it to you HF?

    Thanks,

    Dave
  18. krussell

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    Redline on my tachometer is 8000. The rev limiter hits right after 8500.

    The party is over a ways before that though, peak HP is 7200ish, peak torque is about 6000.
  19. kawagumby

    kawagumby Long timer

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    This is the first bike in a long time that I won't have to buy an aftermarket seat for.

    There's something about the peg/shifter/brake relationship that bugs me...I can't figure out exactly what the issue is, but I'm having to lift my foot too much on upshifts, yet the downshift position is good (I'm even using a different shifter now too). Is the shifter-pedal/drum spacing larger than most dirt bikes? I'm going to try another, shorter shifter and see if that helps. Now the brake side arrangement is just sad. I'm hoping my brain will come up with some ideas on master cylinder, reservoir protection and brake pedal redesign while I sleep, cause I can't come up with a good plan while I'm awake, LOL...

    I'm thinking lower pegs will help too.
  20. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    I spoke to a dealer today and he said that the frame was the same as the F650. Is that correct? :huh

    Wondering if Caribou or Jesse will come out with luggage for this bike, or if the F650 bits will already fit.