Husky TR650 - New Owners Stupid Questions Thread

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

  1. Rayzor61

    Rayzor61 Been here awhile

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    Its been a few weeks since my last visit to this forum mainly due to lack of time and may question has since been buried among the othe threads..

    ....so here it comes again; has anyone figured out why the front end wiggles and get shaky at about 70-75 mph. I have the K60 Scouts and they should be fairy worn in at 900 miles. I don't know how many times I can balance the front wheel. The steering colum feels tight.

    The only thing I can think of is the axcel not being set in the fork leg properly or my suspension set-up which remains stock for my light weight of 175 dripping wet.

    I love the freaking bike but just wish it didn't go all crazy at high speed. One of these days, I'm gonna have a tank slapper and be looking at a replacemnt bike because it gets totaled.....

    I'm not going back to the Strada stock tires, they are in no way, dirt worthy.

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:ear I'm all ears!
  2. trapperj

    trapperj Been here awhile

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    :evilWell...it's been talked about quite a lot. Some say they haven't experienced any weave/wobble. Mine is hit and miss. I have no idea why. I have looked to Voodo for help. It's not my grip on the bars being too tight. The air pressure seems to have little effect. I "think" it has much to do with what's hanging on the bars...like my GPS, hand guards..L.E.D.lights..& so on.

    It also does a lot better when it's all alone on a open highway. Other vehicles cause the TR to dance around sometimes. I've learned to ride on through the weave point...which for mine is 70-75..closer to 80 it seems to settle down again.

    It's been good for awhile now...but next time out she might shake the ground. I do believe there is a reason that someone will stumble upon...idk. It may just be a mixture of a bunch of things.

    I regeared mine .(15 tooth countershaft) to help me keep the speed down. So far....it has not worked
  3. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    I was all smug with my non wobbling terra for 4000 mi. Quick as I changed to the TKC80 front tire, I get the 75 mph wobble.
    Tried all the aforementioned remedies , air pressure, extra careful tire balancing, back to back runs with windscreen, no windscreen......
    I'm about 200 lbs. Going on a camping trip with it this weekend, I think I'm going to crank the preload up some more and see if I can get more wt. on the front end.

    Has anyone tried it without the front fender on? I may give that a try as well, although if that proves to be the cause I'm not sure what I'll do for a permanent fix. Are Preston Petty fenders still available?
    Did that give away my age?
  4. trapperj

    trapperj Been here awhile

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    My Strada came with the low fender. I purchased the terra fender but so far it's just sitting in the box it came in. I'm afraid the TR would take flight for sure with a high fender acting as a sail:wink:
  5. amk

    amk Been here awhile

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    I have not even ridden Strada/Terra, but the general theory says something is wrong with the weight distribution. Too much weight is on the rear. I would crank up the shock preload a bit, if there is any, and drop the fork in the triple tree for half an inch or so.
  6. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Although there can be many factors that affect a high speed weave ... the technique above is what I've used with success on a few dual sport bikes.

    Just slight geometry changes can affect or eliminate a high speed weave.
    Tires are always a factor too ... some being more likely to weave than others.

    Good luck guys, hope a magic bullet can be found to settle things down!
  7. Bluegopher

    Bluegopher n00b

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    I've read so many posts on this site and the other about the weave. I commute on my Terra almost every day down and up a mountain pass and a few miles on a crazy section of high speed highway (sometimes 85 mph to maintain flow with traffic). I have close to 4000 miles on the bike, stock Saharah's and have never experienced weave or head shake. I have experienced some significant blasts that have thrown me almost sideways from high speed highway turbulence but that's it. It seems these bikes exhibit some significantly different characteristics based on what, I don't know.
  8. huskyKT

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    Have you tightened up the triple tree nut?


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  9. huskyKT

    huskyKT Adventurer

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    Has anyone found the catalytic converter? I would like to remove it.


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  10. jack splash

    jack splash Two Sheds

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    Hey: I picked up a new 2014 TR650 last week and set it up for the woods.
    Took a 150 mile Shakedown ride thru the Pine Barrens yesterday, like it.
    It's going to replace my X Challenge if it's worthy. :D


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  11. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Looks good.

    What is that blue thing on your tank bag? An ipod/ipad?
    Wont that bungee destroy the screen?
  12. DESERT SCORPION

    DESERT SCORPION SINGLE TRACK

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    I would put a nice rear sprocket chain guide on that rascal.

    THE SCORPION
  13. farp

    farp DualsportBC Rider

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    Can anyone tell me how to remove the spark plug? My problem is I don't know how to remove the plastic fittings that are fastened to the flange above the plug. I don't want to apply brute force and try to pry them off in case I break something and I can't find any info anywhere on how to do this.

    John
  14. chris1261

    chris1261 n00b

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    They're in the front of the mufflers.

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    Pacificus Adventurer

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    Why? Don't they help reduce toxic emissions, known for causing childhood asthma and cancer?
  16. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    Mount a TKC 80 up front and tell us what happens.
    Just being a smartass, your experience is identical to mine until I mounted the aforementioned front tire. Now at 75 it shakes like a dog trying to pass a persimmon seed.

    But, I may have had some progress in relieving it today. I cranked up the preload to the next to the highest position. I've slid the trees down to the 3rd line on the forks. Still it shook. This time when it shook I crawled up onto the tank, way up on it damn near like one of those stunt guys. (I was frustrated)
    That stopped it. Seems to me more wt. on the front end is needed so I slid the trees down one more line. This made it worse. Back to third line and then I noticed the yellow marks on the triple tree nut no longer align. Looks to have loosened maybe a sixteenth of a turn.
    Why do I refuse to check the simplest things first.
    I tightened the nut just barely, no obvious change in steering head play but I'll be damned if I didn't get a couple of 75 mph passes done with much improved stability.
    I'm not saying that fixed it but some improvements were made somehow.
    Leaving tomorrow for a 800 or 1000 mile camping ride with all kinds of crap strapped to the bike.
    If I live through it I'll report back.
  17. trapperj

    trapperj Been here awhile

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    Hey D.O.M.

    Maybe we can get a discounted rate on Witchcraft or Voodo or something before you leave on your trip. There is a full moon out tonight.:rofl:huh Maybe boil some frogs in a big bowl with rusty water from my swing arm. May as well cross my fingers and click my heels three times...hell that may work!

    In all seriousness, I have had miles and miles of no weave....then for no reason I could identify ....weave...weave...& more weave. I just turned 10K today...about half those I was a weaving!
  18. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Just finished 4,500 mile round trip over past 2 weeks: Oklahoma to New Mexico, up the Continental Divide Trail all the way to Canadian border, thru Glacier Park, then three days slabbing it home 1,500 miles, at 75mph for hours on end. No significant wobble or weave issues.....even after torturing the bike under heavy pack load for over 12 hours a day.

    I hammered it thru the rough mountain passes. She took it all and asked for more. I'll say she is "broke-in" now. LOL

    We really bonded on this trip, and I'm very impressed how well the bike performed. VERY!

    So much to tell.....but I'm tired, need some rest.....and to organize my thoughts. Six straight days of rain. Thousand year flood in Colorado hits abou time I'm passing thru Salida. Mud, rocks, grizzlies, wolves, & nervous park rangers....sheeez, I'm not sure where to begin.

    Finished the trip with two 650 mile days on the slab, back to back. Who said the Terra wasn't a capable long-distance DS bike? BS! Mine worked great. Hauled ass on the slab in comfort and style, even when filthy dirty and looking like the Clampits moving to Beverly Hills.

    Zzzzzzzzzzz......

    HF
  19. finn69

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    Cheers they are both bmw bikes anyway think the front may go just had my first spin and well impressed :clap
  20. CatskillBill

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    Maybe my brain is working backwards this morning, but aren't you reducing trail and reducing stability when you slide the bike down the forks? :dunno