2013 Husqvarna TE310R... reviews?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Mr. Magoo, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo n/a

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    Anybody ridden one? I'm looking to buy and can get a great deal on a 2012 but the improvements on the 2013 really have my attention. :ear
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  2. deepcdiver

    deepcdiver Nobody Special

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    My dream bike, to complement my TE630 and 1150gs. Sweet ride!
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  3. kj7687

    kj7687 Uncle Sally

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    I haven't been able to find any reviews other than a couple on YouTube that appear to be for a non-street-legal European 310R, not the US 50 state legal dual sport. I'd really like to see a good video review of that bike and even a comparison between it, the 2013 Beta 400RS, and the 2013 KTM 350 EXC-F.
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  4. Blakebird

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    I bought a new 2012 TE 310 when the red head TXC 310 came out, got a great deal. Most of the big changes in power happen up top, and from the little I've read, you give up a bit down low - how much I'm not sure.

    IMO if you stand to save some big money, the '12 is a fine bike. The Kayaba suspension on both ends is very good.

    I went from a '07 TE 610 to an '11 TE 630 and was looking for a smaller bike.

    Good info over at Cafe Husky
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  5. bobnoxious67

    bobnoxious67 Baby steps...

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    Any truth to the rumor that the gearbox is a wider ratio?
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  6. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    I doubt you'd notice the difference.

    2012 TE 310
    1 - 2.14
    2 - 1.75
    3 - 1.45
    4 - 1.23
    5 - 1.04
    6 - 0.84

    2013 TE 310R
    1 - 2.14
    2 - 1.75
    3 - 1.45
    4 - 1.23
    5 - 1.04
    6 - 0.81
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  7. Rutsref

    Rutsref Been here awhile

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    Gotta riding buddy who has one (pretty sure it's a '12) and LOVES it, he totally rips on it. (Course he could rip on an XR75, was a #1 BMX plate :deal holder I think in the early 80s.) he's 5'10" or so and maybe 200 lbs..seems to have plenty beans for him.
    Just My 2c
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  8. reddirtjoe

    reddirtjoe motorcycle addict

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    What about commuting on this?
    Maintenance schedule?
    Octane required?
    Thanks
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  9. bobnoxious67

    bobnoxious67 Baby steps...

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    High octane...super narrow gear ratio spread...
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  10. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo n/a

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    I'm guessing it's a great play/woods bike ... commuting? No.
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  11. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    Depends on your commute.

    The gearbox is fairly close ratio....stock sprockets are 13/40.
    First is a bit tall for real technical stuff, and you're in 6th pretty quickly riding down the street.

    I put an Ironman 45 on the rear, put on a new 110 link chain....many go right to a 50t rear, but I wasn't sure I wanted to do a 10 tooth jump.

    I have a short 7 mile commute to work, and I rode it before the gearing changes quite a bit and it's fine. It's really like plating a good dirtbike though - it's strengths are offroad and you want to be able to ride it from the motel room to the trail in Moab - that kinda thing.
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  12. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    I agree with bob-------------------super close ratio.

    Having put about 40,000 miles on my WR250R-------I test rode the TE310 and was totally flabbergasted at the transmission. I just really couldn't believe it.

    I'm thinkin roughly--------6th gear on the TE was about the same as 4th on my WR.

    So that being said--------it put the bike off my list for adventure travel-------but would put it on the list for people trail riding and doing short rides.

    Super bike------just not the tool for the job I had in mind.

    BigDog
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  13. Blakebird

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    I think it's well suited to more than just short rides and trail rides. I had it in southern New Mexico for multiple days basing out of TorC. The longest stretch between gas was over 140 miles, and the stock bike with a couple of fuel bottles did great.

    I'm going to use it for the same trips I used the big sleds for....Big Bend, week in Baja, Death Valley, and the TAT - which I have to do in sections due to time off work restrictions.

    It does not have many options for bigger tanks - stock is 2.25 and the only option is a 2.9 IMS. On the plus side, in all kinds of riding I find the thing entirely capable of getting 62mpg.
    I will still carry Primus fuel bottles - but I think the bike is capable of the longer trips if you plan accordingly.
    The stock seat is typical dirt bike skinny, I have a Seat Concepts on it now.
    I've wired in leads for some accessories - heated gear, GPS, etc.

    It won't be as plush as the TE630 with the Safari tank and Dirtbagz....but I do look forward to the much lighter weight.

    I agree though - for the epic journey's you've done on various bikes, the combination of light weight, streetable gearing and low maintenance, the WR is a great choice.
    I will never ride the little TE310 TO Moab from here :lol2
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  14. doxbike

    doxbike Been here awhile

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    all the comparison charts I just read say the 310r has 5 gears the 310 has 6. is this not true?

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