BigDogs Life with a Husky 2006 TE610

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by BigDogAdventures, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. Murf2

    Murf2 Been here awhile

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    Hi all, I cruised thru the thread and have a couple questions I didn't find answers to. There is an 06 TE610 for sale locally that I may be interested in. Are there any specific issues or things to check for on this bike? It has 6500 miles and seem to be in good shape. Does the rear get pretty soft when lowered with links? It's a little tall for me but I am heavy, so I'm afraid I may overwhelm the suspension after it's lowered. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Murf
  2. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    replacement springs are available for the rear shock and also front forks to accommodate various weight loads..
  3. Dualsport

    Dualsport Maker of Sweet Cheek

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    Murf, lowering the TE will effect the handling off road.

    Look at a DR650. It is a lot lower and still does pretty well.
  4. Dualsport

    Dualsport Maker of Sweet Cheek

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    The old girl is ready for another season.:evil

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  5. Dualsport

    Dualsport Maker of Sweet Cheek

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    This is strange. Doing a little history search on a XR650R I have (4th time I bought the SAME bike)
    I think it was gaspipe's.
    Did he sell it to leewildwater? If so I bought it a couple years ago.
    Sure looks good sitting next to the BigDog TE610
  6. Gamequeazy

    Gamequeazy Curbjumper

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    Latest owner checking in!

    Brought her back home to Illinois yesterday:

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    Fiddle with the suspension a bit and lo and behold my 5'9" skinny self can ride the old girl with nary a problem :D

    Took her out on her maiden (well... with me anyway!) voyage and hit everything from interstate to fast gravel roads to tight singletrack. Great steed, and I'm happy to do my part in continuing it's legacy.
  7. jgas

    jgas Stoogely Adventurerer

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    Thanks much for this thread. Great real world info on the 610. It's at the top of my want list now, maybe beat out by the KTM 690, but can't find a used one for a good price. I've owned 3 KLRs, 3 DRZs, a bunch of XRs, I am now dual sporting an 01 GasGas 250 2 stroke, and loving it. GasGas gave it a low first gear, tall 6th, and enough torque to gear it up for a 90mph (screaming)! top end with a reasonable 1st gear. If I wasn't too cheap to buy a Rekluse, I could gear it even higher and still do singletrack. I still ride the DRZ on longer DS rides, but many times I'm not riding more than 50 miles from home, (100 mile round trips), and very few pavement miles so the GasGas is just as good as the DRZ when not camping.

    Considering a new DS bike to replace the DRZ. Love the Dizzers but hate the gearing, no 6th or 7th gear. A factory 440 kit and a 7 speed DRZ would be perfect. Why don't factories read enthusiast websites and just cash in? We do the technical research, marketing legwork, and even real world long term testing. All they gotta do is what we say we want, figure out a competitive price, and sell! No need to re-tool completely every few years, just offer XRL 650s, DRZs, with more power and better gearing, maybe bigger tanks for a reasonable price. KLRs with 20 more horsepower, and an option to not buy the funky easily breakable crotch-rocket fairing that costs 750 bucks to replace. The old KLR fairing worked fine with a Rally style windscreen.

    Am I really smart, or is the Jap factory guys really dumb? If the money's easy, why not make it? Husky and KTM have figured it out.
  8. Dualsport

    Dualsport Maker of Sweet Cheek

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    Glad to see she made it home OK.
    I hope it continues to give the trouble free service, it did for me.



    Yes you is :D
  9. aaron2a

    aaron2a supermoto hooligan

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    I'm looking at a 08 husky te610 with 6000 miles on it... He is asking 5000 for it. I was wanting to know if this was a good deal and wondering about the power it has. I'm a supermoto junkie so it will get some 17s. Was wondering what the top speed is and how good does it wheelie :) any input is good. Thanks
  10. Gamequeazy

    Gamequeazy Curbjumper

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    Got around to pulling the clutch to solve The Case of The Missing Clutch, and I am pretty sure I found out whatdunnit. Well, at least I hope so. Adjusted the cable all the way on both ends and still have slack in it. Hope it isn't a cracked clutch arm/shaft thing...

    Not really washers anymore, not to mention a couple of the ones that were just nubs done fell out and disappeared as soon as I got the rivets that hold the assembly together out.

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    The basket has taken a beating as well.

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    The clutch has been pulled before based on the mangling of the lock washer, but the rivets were untouched meaning that these spring washers are original! :eek1 No wonder I found little bits of shiny stuff in the screen filter....

    Looks like it's time to order some parts.
  11. Whitfield

    Whitfield Been here awhile

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    For prosperity / durability record keeping ~ Any guess on the current mileage?
  12. Gamequeazy

    Gamequeazy Curbjumper

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    Hmm well both Speedos no longer work properly to record miles, so I'm gonna guess at 45k haha.
  13. BMacW650

    BMacW650 .

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    The Odometer on the bike has 13037 on it when it was put on the bike after it was purchased from the owner after fishfund (the owner didn't put that many miles on the bike).

    That's not the original reading as the dash was from my bike when I upgraded to a trailtech setup.

    Maybe this helps, and someone can report the last know reading from THIS odometer and do the math
  14. Gamequeazy

    Gamequeazy Curbjumper

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    Gotcha.

    Yeah, one of them reads ~13-14k and the other reads ~15k, but between losing the speedo magnet twice on long trips and the dash cutting out all the time it hasn't been reading at least 2k miles with me behind the bars. The estimate I got from the PO was in the 40k range, so that's what I'm working with.

    Of course, the title says something like 16k :rofl

    How was the install of the vapor, pretty straight-forward? How did you like it?
  15. BMacW650

    BMacW650 .

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    Pretty straight forward, Although the bike has a pin for the taco reading, I couldn't get it to work correctly. Ended up having to do the wiring wrap around the coil method.
  16. Gamequeazy

    Gamequeazy Curbjumper

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    Gotcha, I was reading about the different methods for that, seemed easy enough. Once this one is back together I figure it'll get one of those. I really gotta stop buying bikes though, it's stretching my budget haha. Got a new-to-me 06 sm610 wiring harness in today so that should help fix some of the questionable trailride repairs I had to put on it earlier this year (had a short that managed to melt the whole front portion of the harness in the middle of nowhere southern IL, hours from home, had to hack it back together with a leatherman and some electrical tape I had in my bag)
  17. Gamequeazy

    Gamequeazy Curbjumper

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    Another wrinkle in this bike's history. Sigh.


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    That's the upper half of the clutch pushrod for those of you following along at home.
  18. Tukata

    Tukata ADV Demo Rider

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    That will not buff out
  19. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Man ------------that bike got no maintenance at all from the original owner.
    Is it still under warranty ???? :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl
    Maybe the previous owners would take it back. :deal

    BigDog
  20. DualsportWA

    DualsportWA Adventurer

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    How many miles are on this TE-610 now?