Husky TR650 - New Owners Stupid Questions Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by HighFive, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Gerken

    Gerken Training to be Crosscut Certified

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    Although I cannot condone the procurement or use of rural road signs for structural additions you are on the right track as I have discovered that Stupid places are primo hunting grounds for uneccesary signs. Kudo's to you Mr High Five and all the helpful suggestions. My oil line hose clamp was indeed dangerously close to the catch tank, I owe you. I also promise to never look at the underside of your luggage rack should I ever see a Moto Fizz attached.
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  2. krussell

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    I too have been pondering what to do for saddle bags. I'm liking the idea of a Giant Loop setup that I can move among bikes. I'm curious, as you seem to be moving away from the Great Basin. Issues, or just looking for a change?

    If your bored, a shot of the Great Basin on the Husky would be VERY appreciated.
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  3. krussell

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    It's that time of year in Oregon where all the unpaved roads have a 1/2 inch of nwgoo on them. Makes things a bit slippery, and has special magic properties that make it sling very well. On my Strada with the low fender, it's escaping under the rear of the vendor and building up nicely on the radiator like this:

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    I've looked at every Terra photo I can find and I don't see any from an angle that shows the relationship between the rear of the high fender and the radiator. I'm curious how the coverage is with the high fender, I may switch.
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  4. gunnr

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    I like the giant loop, but for trips I carry a small second bag behind it on my other bike a 950. Both bags fit the 950 well and you aren't cramped into the seat. On the Terra it could get cramped, I haven't loaded them up and tried it though. With the 2 bags the weight seems to be high and I would like to get the heavier stuff down lower and it can be inconvenient to get into. I do pack light and carry lightweight camping gear. I leave it on for day trips and it cinches up pretty tight. I also have a set of Ortlieb style bags that I had for my KLR but unless a rack is used I can't get them attached very secure. It is a good bag and I just may use it until I decide on something.
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  5. Harder1

    Harder1 braaaap!

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    Krussell,
    I use a GL Coyote on my DRZ and it fits pretty good on the Terra too. I find the Great Basin to be pretty big and bulky IMHO. With the Coyote, you still have some back rack left on the Husky for a second dry duffel (Ortlieb 31L for me). It's nice to be able to move luggage between bikes with no hardware. I'll try and figure out Pics on this site and post one for you.
    As far as the mud slinging on the radiator, the high fender on my Terra protects it completely, so maybe a high fender would be good for the Strada. Plus, it looks pretty cool too! :wink:
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  6. krussell

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    Just ordered the stuff to put the Terra high fender on the Strada. About $53 from Bills Husky in Salem, OR. The Terra front fender is two pieces, one white, one black. The black part doesn't show well in pictures, which is why the coverage isn't obvious.
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  7. davorallyfan

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    Looking at putting some clear contact on the tank and frame rails, after a dusty ride on the weekend the tank is scratching up.

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  8. BigDogAdventures

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    davorallyfan----I did that very thing as soon as I bought mine------I don't think I mentioned it on my build thread. Your right that red paint will look like hell pretty darn quick----------I stand up a lot when I ride and you legs rub the sides pretty hard.

    You can barely see it in this picture-------------it's just clear contact paper from Wal-Mart. I've pondered getting some heavy duty black and using it.

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  9. K1W1

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    Check my review on about page 85 of the other Terra thread. I have some close up shots of the high vendor and radiator. The problem with it from a radiator screen point of view is that there is only a couple of mm between the rear of the fender and the front of the radiator. The radiator is protected from stuff coming off the wheel no problems but the sides are very exposed to rocks and other debris thrown from other vehicles or bikes. Fitting a guard will be difficult.
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  10. krussell

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    Found the picture:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20298189&postcount=1265

    Thanks for pointing it out, it's exactly what I needed.
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  11. HighFive

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    Not content to let the farmer have all the fun, I did me some more digging around the barnyard at Rancho Highfive. No retired road signs could be found, but I did discover a thick sheet of black PVC covering up a hole between the barn wall and the chicken coop (to keep the coons & skunks out….pesky critters).

    Gave it a washing with the hose, cut a small square out on the table saw. then proudly paraded my treasure into the Highfive Laboratory for Stupid Bike Tricks!

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    Made a sizing template from a piece of cardboard material (some kind of fancy collapsable ice cooler….must have been Sweet Thang's box…..she won't miss it). Or, will she? :huh

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    I'm shooting for about 11" wide near the seat tapered down to 9" wide at the tail, with a length approximately 10" more or less. The stock plastic tail rack is pretty snazzy looking, but doesn't really have much useable flat surface area. So, I'm fixing to enlarge the backyard real estate a bit.

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    And now, I get to use my super duper radius striker to round those corners:

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    Yes indeed, that there is a real Card Table I'm working over. I feel the need to point this out to the younger inmates that may be puzzled by this strange portable working surface. Card Tables were used all the time by old folks like me (back in the day) to play real games on. Stuff like Crazy 8's, Gin Rummy, Bridge, Backgammon, Checkers, & Yahtzee. Aaahh…the Golden Age of gaming, when every household had a card table. Long before the Machine's arrived on the scene and sucked the creative freedom out of all future generations cleverly enslaving them under the spell of electronic video games. But, I digress...

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    That was the easy part. Now comes the hard part….which I shall largely skip over, because it was a messy mess of a mess. Apparently, I don't own the proper tools for easily working on 1/2" thick PVC sheeting. But, I do have a nice vise that held the piece very securely.

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    Way later and a bit rough around the edges……hhhmmm…..ain't half bad.

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    I like it. :nod

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    Besides, it will be covered by a bag of various sorts most of the time anyway.

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    I've still got a big chunk of material left. Maybe I'll just let those chickens out of the pen and see if I can make me a skid plate with this stuff…

    HF :thumbup

    p.s. Yeah....more work to go. Still have to notch in some strap holes later.
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  12. wagonpilot

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    I know for a FACT, these pictures were only taken after HOURS of cleaning up yards of freakin plastic shavings, curly cues, and dust from every vertical surface of your shop.... There is no avoiding it.

    looks great though.
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  13. K1W1

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    Nice. I'd be inclined to mill a couple of slots in the sides are rear to make it easy to attach stuff with straps.
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  14. eakins

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    sounds exactly like a xr400 method of checking the oil level.

    over time most just found adding exactly 2qt at fill up (assuming you drain it at both places...sound familiar?) was the correct amount.
    i'm sure a proper fill cc will come about with this bike too.

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  15. HighFive

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    Mill....:huh....in my dreams. More like scratch, claw, & gouge over here.

    I will definitely be adding some strapping points. Its still a work in progress. I got tired and went to bed (very late) after the cleaning battle. Man, he ain't lying, my garage turned black! Fine black plastic dust and shavings friggin everywhere. The stuff seems to be static-charged to cling to anything (including my eyeballs).

    HF :eek1
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  16. ryguy83

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    looks great,very sleek, and good looking.looks like a natural fit,good stuff.


    -ry
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  17. davorallyfan

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    38C in Canberra today.

    I did a bit of stop start.

    My coolant reservoir was slightly above the full mark.

    After giving her a bit of stick I pull up to works bat cave boom gate to swipe card to get in. My Terra then began to urinate a 4 second stream of green from the hole in the overflow / catch bottle lid / urethra all over my forks / front guard.

    Then it stopped. Dirty little girl. Ran fine and no more leaky after that. I gave her a bit of a clean. I ran mid temp on gauge all the way home.

    I would say that a little on the less side of coolant measuement is better for high temps - avoid the squirt.
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  18. gunnr

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    Good stuff here guys. Thanks keep it coming. On to the stupid stuff I was checking over the newness, things like hose and wire routing. I noticed below the canistor there is a drain hose attached that runs down the front. Right before the hose there is an outlet that sticks up, like a tee that has no hose attached. Just open, probably doesn't matter but was wondering if anyone see's this. Has anyone looked at removing or doing a canistorectomy to all that stuff? Just to clean things up if anything.

    I saw that the wiring harness down by horn area is pulled extremely tight to the point the wires to the horn are pulled at a very tight 90deg to the connector. Almost the same with the temp sensor. That looks like a potential problem down the road. The crank breather hose from front right side up to airbox was routed tightly between engine and the wire harness which was pushing on the wiring. I rerouted it to the outside for now where some pictures show it hanging out in front.

    Also see on mine that the oil drain fitting hose on the other side appears to have plenty of slack to avoid the clamps rubbing on the coolant resorvoir like HF saw.

    I like the idea of the clear sheet on the plastic. My tank bag straps were already scuffing the plastic!

    I didn't like that metal license plate bracket either.

    Sorry for no pictures, I am suppose to be working....
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  19. BigDogAdventures

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    Real nice HF---just hope the "Cobbled Up Police" don't get you !!!!
    They are nosing around everywhere.

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  20. Mobiker

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    I'm old enough that this is really funny :rofl