AltRider's Riding Impressions for the Husqvarna TR 650 Terra

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by AltRider, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. AltRider

    AltRider Been here awhile

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    Hello everyone, Erik here with AltRider. Here at AltRider we've been fortunate enough to spend some time with the new TR650 Terra from Husqvarna. After checking out this bike in Germany at the Intermot show we realized that this bike was everything but your average dual sport. Upon further research of distribution and general quality of this awesome machine, we reached out to our contacts at Husqvarna USA and they graciously agreed to lend us the bike for a couple of weeks. We’re taking full advantage of this time with the Terra and have already started development on several new parts. We‘ve spent a bit of time riding and testing out the bike in everyday riding conditions. Here's a sneak peak at what is coming soon from AltRider and a brief overview of our experience with the TR650 so far.
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    Engine:
    This engine is smooth and I really like how it builds power all the way until redline. It’s not the most powerful but it’s enough to rip a nice wheelie in first from a stop light and definitely enough to keep up with and overtake traffic on the freeway. My one gripe with this motor has to be when it’s idling. The motor feels like it likes higher RPM’s and when sitting in traffic, the bike has the tendency to stutter and sometimes even die if you don’t manage the clutch well. But don’t let me discourage you! I was able to pull the bike forward in any gear at all speeds, in a smooth manner.

    Clutch & Transmission:
    Once again, all I can say is… smooth. The shifting is smoother than most other 650cc dual sports out there and the clutch is like butter. This bike comes with a super wide transmission that makes everyday commuting on the freeway awesome. You can cruise this little bike at 90mph and it has a 5 speed which is surprising because not many bikes come with a 5 speed nowadays.

    Suspension:
    Adequate for street riding but there isn’t any significant adjustments you can make. It will be fine on the off-roads but it may need some refinement.

    Handling:
    Very well balanced and easy handling at high speed and at low speed. It’s a simple bike to ride, which makes it great for a variety of skill levels.

    Brakes:
    They stop you in a hurry and you can slide the rear by locking it up anytime you want to. No silly ABS to turn on and off or worry about.

    Ergonomics:
    I’m 5’8” and this bike is very comfortable to me. However, I do think the seat height is a bit too high. On bigger CC ADV bikes, I find it easier to touch ground than it is with this smaller and light machine. If it were my personal bike, I would just switch the seat out.

    Controls:
    Everything is pretty straight forward and I like it except the placement of the horn and turn signal buttons. I find myself constantly hitting the horn when going to turn of the turn signals. I also would like the clutch and brakes to come with more adjustment.

    Build Quality:
    It’s a solid BMW build quality which I’ve come to know and love. The bike starts up and runs like a dream. Everything feels sturdy and high quality.

    Looks:
    Just look at it! This is a very cool looking machine.

    Off-Road Thoughts:
    Bike is light, powerful, and easy handling. The turning radius is also super tight and the bike is well balanced so off-road it naturally does well. It does have a wide gear box so unless you are sticking to gravel fire roads, you might have to mind your clutch and gearbox a bit more than you would like to.

    Short Distance & City Commuting Thoughts:
    This bike is almost perfect for this type of scenario. Light, and super agile, traveling on the roads, alleys, and anywhere a commuter goes will be a breeze. Plus if you need to hop on the freeway, you’ll be fine because of the powerful motor and wide ratio gearbox.

    Long Distance Travel Thoughts:
    This bike is unfortunately not very well suited for long distance. The seat is comfortable for a young guy like me but most would find this annoying at long distance. You can expect little to no wind shield in the rain and cold weather. It’s been a bit of an endurance challenge just to ride this to work (40 miles for me). However, have no fear! This is where AltRider comes in as we will offer accessories to better accommodate this bike for travel.

    Pros:
    • Strong motor
    • High Quality
    • Great Appearance
    • Incredible price
    • Light and agile
    Cons:
    • Funky when on idle
    • No windshield

    What accessories will AltRider offer for this machine? (Some are available now)
    • Crash Bars
    • Skid Plate
    • Radiator Guard
    • Luggage Rack
    • Rear Brake Master Cylinder Guard (available now)
    • Rear Brake Reservoir Guard
    • Voltage Regulator Guard
    • Side Stand Foot

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  2. MichaelInVenice

    MichaelInVenice Been here awhile

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    This is great news. The luggage rack is pretty important for anybody planning to use it for even short distance travel, and even for many of us who will use it for commuting. Some options other than the manufacturer's choice of topbox are really needed, and if you get this one out quickly, you may beat the manufacturer's own options, which are not yet available. For now, I'm going to repurpose an old inexpensive top-box with "generic" mount, but would love to have something more bike-specific.
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  3. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    I stop reading your report at "silly ABS":rofl
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  4. toyboy

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    ???? No ABS....That was the best part......

    Need some bag mounts and some crash guards ASAP
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  5. Nev..

    Nev.. wannabe advrider

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    I think crash bars are the only things which don't seem to be offered yet by any aftermarket manufacturers yet. Any idea when you might have something on the market ? Radiator protection (from side impact) is really needed on this bike.
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  6. Jeremy L

    Jeremy L Been here awhile

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    Just wanted to give an update...

    The crash bars will be ready as soon as 4 to 6 weeks. We'll have photos of the prototype up soon.
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  7. eakins

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    Who knows with the KTM sale what happens with this bike, but if it survives I'm waiting for the ABS version.
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  8. switchback

    switchback Eatin' Dirt Since 1982

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    First, not a KTM sale but a sale to a company owned by the CEO of KTM and separate form the company that owns part of KTM also partially owned by the CEO.

    From what I have read BMW will not be supplying engines or parts to Husqvarna in the future. This says to me that the Terra is a one year model. A whole lot of news stories to sort through on CafeHusky.com. On the positive side there is a planned revamp of the model line-up.
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  9. klxmack

    klxmack king of the box

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    Really? Everything that I have read stipulates that" the new company has access to all parts manufactures currently available to husky."
    Where did you read your info?

    Thanks and cheers
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  10. eakins

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    this has to be a very difficult decession bike for aftermarket companies to commit to or not. it's selling well but... if klxmac is correct then they would be comfortable making parts for this bike, but if switchback is correct then they might not want to commit R&D $ on a short lifecycle bike. this thread seems to say the current bike stays the same moving forward: http://www.cafehusky.com/threads/tr650-owner-concern.30380/

    altrider, what is your perspective on this?
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  11. switchback

    switchback Eatin' Dirt Since 1982

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    Parts yes, Husqvarna will have to arrange a supplier but complete engines for another model year not likely. Hundreds of posts on cafehusky.com.
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  12. switchback

    switchback Eatin' Dirt Since 1982

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    This is my source: http://www.nieuwsmotor.nl/motornieuws-motorbranche/12095-interview-manfred-grunert-bmw-motorrad-over-husqvarna.html

    The update says that parts will be available.
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