Any TE450 or TE510 owners here?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by SwitchThrottle, May 27, 2008.

  1. Seppo

    Seppo Been here awhile

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    good morning
    i thought i could post some videos here of my and my TE 450!

    first, a short trip around my village, something i don´t do very often because its not exactly legal, but no one really cares as long as you keep it quiet and don´t go there all the time. and it was the 6th of january and temperature just above freezing, so nobody was in the woods anyway.

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    next, 1th of feb., temperature far below freezing, a round trip around some villages. again, people don´t like dirt bikes/dual sports using the gravel roads, but we farm some of the fields here and are well known family, so its ok.

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ieQHiLscDa4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    now, a short lap in my private offroad terrain. its about 5ha of uphills, downhills, single tracks and some easy jumps. its our private property, and officialy no one is allowed to ride there exept me (legal reasons). but like i tell my fellow dirt bike riders: i haven´t seen anything.

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    and finally, a compilation of videos from my trip to sardinia this spring. 5 days of riding on this beautiful island in the mediteranian sea. about 1000km and 10hrs ferry crossing away from home.

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LBoRfj60c_s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    hope some of you enjoy a little distraction from work
    cheers
    josef
  2. bobnoxious67

    bobnoxious67 Baby steps...

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    Normal...no counterbalance shaft, and LOTS of compression.
  3. Seppo

    Seppo Been here awhile

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    i own a 2007 TE 450 and ride a fair amount on the street with knobbies. that vibration that you discribe sounds a bit much. i have no problems with vibrations. it does vibrate, but not that much that i would have a feeling of dumbness in my hand or feet. sounds like something is wrong here. but that´s only based on your description and your personal ability to suffer.
  4. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    Awesome Josef, I loved the Sardinia ride, that's my kind of terrain!
  5. Beez

    Beez Given to fly

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    After coming off a KTM 620 LC4 my 2007 TE450 is Goldwing smooth. :lol3:lol3

    I'm probably not the best guy to ask because the LC4 never really bothered me but I was always good about maintenance and maybe I got a good one. I only noticed it on that bike when droning on tar.

    The Husky certainly has vibrations but nothing crazy or out of the ordinary. I have ridden some KTM 400s and they are smooooth.
  6. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Thanks. I found the same story on Thumpertalk. They were talking about putting a counterbalancer back in. Not in the cards for my friend. It's a shame because otherwise it was perfect.
  7. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    When the vibes seemed to increase on my TE510 I fortunately found that the engine mounts had loosed a bit and tightening them back down resolved the issue.

    Many have also found that improperly balanaced knobbies on the pavement due to the rim lock cause problems and it takes almost three ounces opposite the rim lock to smooth things out.
  8. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Did they ever smooth out the engine, as in put a better/heavier counterbalance back in?
  9. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    They never took them (counterbalancer) out of the SM version engines only the TE and offroad versions.
  10. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    I'm starting to look at a TE...
  11. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Time to bump this thread up a bit.
    The TE450 to my TE610 is like my TE610 to my F800GS - a marked improvement. I had no idea a bike could be so awesome. This is the bike I will take to Baja next time. :deal

    My 08 TE450 north of Reno, NV.
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  12. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    +1

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  13. JustRon

    JustRon ex-broadwayron

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    I'm looking for a "new" (to me) trailbike, and the smaller TE's are on my list. But, I love the WR tranny on my 610.
    Since you own both... what's your opinion on the close-ratio box on the 450?
  14. Beez

    Beez Given to fly

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    The close ratio tranny of the 450 is probably the TE's worst feature. I have no idea why anyone would want 6 gears so closely spaced. :scratch
  15. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    I thought the close-ratio transmission would be a problem at first. But over the short amount of time that I own it I see that I'm doing different kind of riding than I do with the TE610. I range out into the desert, but only within 50 miles or so, and doing way more technical stuff where the close ratio tranny shines. The TE610, with it's 25L tank is the bruiser that I take on long rides of at least 100 miles. On those kinds of rides I'm not doing hillclimbs or powerline roads anyway, so it works out.

    Here's a couple of graphs for comparison.
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  16. JustRon

    JustRon ex-broadwayron

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    Thanks for the reply... those charts are interesting. Makes it easier to visualize a real-life comparison.
    I guess, the reality is, for the trail-riding I do (and the occasional enduro-type thing) the 450's gearing would be fine. I'll admit that my 610 has made me lazy, and I like not having to shift a lot. But, everyone seems to love the 450 (and 510) except for the gearbox, so it's nice to hear your perspective.
  17. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    I think you can still be lazy with the 450/510. It has torque starting way down low and a nice, linear, freight-train pull all the way to redline. I tend to pick a gear and stay in it for probably longer than I should. For me, the close-ratio tranny is a non-issue.
  18. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    For another comparison, here's a chart of a KTM 525 EXC:
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    It looks about halfway between the 450/510 and the TE610
  19. GLantern

    GLantern Been here awhile

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    My bike just ate itself kickstarting........anyone need a parts bike? 04 TE450 :cry

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  20. Ruffus

    Ruffus Dirty Old Mudder

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    Damn, that looks ugly. Just from kick starting?