Husqvarna TE 250 thread!!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by midengineracer, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    the gearing is ok. my top speed is just below 50mph now.
    i mean itll do over 50mph but.. i dont want to blow something up :lol3
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  2. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    Semi-n00b here.
    I had an '06 TE610 a earlier this year and found less than inspiring on the trail. (My previous bike was a 950 Adventure).
    The TE was really tall and fairly bulky for it's power Suspension was great. But I sold it.
    I was inspired by my buddy's WR250R. Light and agile, albeit kind of anemic.
    But I digress. Point is I've decided to go light from here on out.

    I have a couple questions to youse in the know.
    I have a chance to pick up a bone stock 2009 TE250 with about 2 hours on it for $4K OTD.
    Bluebook on the bike is $4030.

    That sound like a good deal?
    $4K is the absolute max I can spend.

    Is the TE250 bike as tall as say the TE610?
    I Koubalinked the TE610 and it was still taller than I liked.

    How is the TE250 as a dualsport in comparison to say, something like the WR250R?

    Being an old dude with fairly decent offroad skills, I'm going light to keep me from popping a disc (or worse) picking up a beast.

    Being a harder-edge bike, how is the TE250 the reliability and maintenance department?

    I want to ride more and maintain less...

    Thanks forward ya'll. :norton
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  3. TaterHarry

    TaterHarry Redneck Emeritus

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    I went from a TE610 to the TE250, but mine is a 2010 and is significantly different from the 2009 model (even lighter). As to the cost, it's worth what you're willing to spend :deal . Bikes are never a good investment, except perhaps emotionally.

    Height-wise, the TE250s are all very tall bikes, just as tall as the 610. They are lighter though, and that always compensates somewhat.

    As a dual-sport, be aware that they are high-strung race bikes, with a very close-ratio transmission, and not suitable for droning down the road like a WR250R. You can connect trails, but that is about it. If you plan on any highway miles, look elsewhere.

    As to reliability, the 2009 models share the same bottom end as the bigger displacement models, have a decent oil capacity, and are therefore pretty much bulletproof. I would do oil changes every 1,000 miles or so if I was just doing trail riding and not flogging it too hard. Valves tend to settle in after 500 miles or so and not need too much adjustment after that. However like any small displacement thumpers, there will be a top-end rebuild in your future, so keep that in mind.
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  4. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...thanks Monty, that's the kinda details I need to hear. :norton
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  5. Slimie

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    Are they really that tall, I'm 6' with a 32" inside leg and have never struggled with the seat height?

    Oil capacity in my 2008 is 1.7 litres and even after a lot of use on trails the oil is only now starting to discolour. I bought mine from the (former) UK importer and their mechanic also told me that the bottom end is shared with the larger engines and IS robust.

    It's also great to ride!

    -Simon
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  6. Slimie

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    It's also a bit of a head turner, the only bike that draws admiring words from fellow trail bike riders!:clap

    -Simon
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  7. Matticus91

    Matticus91 Been here awhile

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    Comments on the height; I find it is a bit high when sitting with no load but after I sit on it she really settles. And I'm a skinny fucker I weigh about 160. Mind you I'm 6'2". But my uncle who's about 5'11" had no problem getting on either.

    I haven't looked but I imagine there may be a shaved seat for sale somewhere too. Worth a look
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  8. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    I installed a Kouba link 1.5" on the 610 as well as a Seat Concepts saddle. It was still pretty lofty. I'm 5'11" and a 32" inseam.
    The WR is about the same. I'd definitely get a Yamalink for that one and a shaved seat.
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  9. Ultra54

    Ultra54 Been here awhile

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    Just put a deposit on a brand new left over 2011 TE 250 yesterday. I couldn't beat the price which includes an extra 50 tooth rear sprocket as well as having the remainder of a "power up" kit installed. I'm also getting the JD tuner along with it. I've barely read a bad word on this bike while scouing the net for 3 days straight.

    [​IMG]
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  10. Slimie

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    Congratulations :clap , I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

    -Simon
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  11. bobnoxious67

    bobnoxious67 Baby steps...

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    Huh...5'8" with 30" inseam (on a good day). No kouba links (they make the bike handle like crap anyways) or shaved seats here. I also find my 610 to be an exceptional dirt bike with plenty of power...my buddy on his 950A can't even keep my tail light in sight in the dirt, but I admit I can't keep up on the road if he opens it up.

    Just sayin :deal
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  12. jxg

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    i have the 1" koubalink on my 2010 te250, and to be honest, noticed no difference in handling (but I do ride mostly slower single track, so maybe thats why)...
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  13. 3girlsdad

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    what carb comes stock on a 2007 TE250? and where is the best place to get a rebuild kit for that carb? i don't recall the make, but i had snapped a pic and enlarged it, and the letters/numbers on one side are MX37BATE25 i believe. this is for a buddy's bike. i've asked him to check the make but he hasn't done it yet. a google search on MX37BATE25 turns up ZERO. not sure i've seen that before! many thanks in advance.
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    Hey man I wouldn't normally respond to this since I'm not too familiar with that bike. But since no one else has responded I'll try and help out. I'd try calling Husqvarna's customer service or tech support. Alternatively, a search for a parts catalog or build sheet may also give you what you need. Hope this helps!
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  17. Slimie

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    After more than a year of riding my bike I discovered something new, woohoo!

    Turns out that the standard exhaust has a dB killer that I'd never noticed. So not noticed in fact that I bought a (second hand, mind) Arrow end pipe cos the original was rather choking the bike, or so I felt.

    My bike, a 2008 TE250, was the importers demo model and so has the exhaust sensor removed and plugged and runs beautifully with the "fruity" sounding pipe in place. My question is... does the collective think that I'd achieve the same results with the standard exhaust sans insert?

    I plan on replacing the Arrow as it weighs a lot less than the Husqvarna version, but I'm curious.

    With thanks

    -Simon
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  18. TaterHarry

    TaterHarry Redneck Emeritus

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    If you pull the dB killer (insert) out you will have essentially a straight pipe, assuming the cat has already been removed. It will definitely breathe easier, but it will be loud as heck. The Arrow will probably be the same, but with a little weight loss; the stock Husky pipe (also made by Arrow I believe) has a stainless steel inner shell in addition to the aluminum shell; most folks believe the purpose is add some heat protection since there is a hot catalytic converter nearby (until you remove it anyway), but it does add some weight.

    I had the same issue with the dB killer on my 2010 muffler (choking), but couldn't stand the noise with the insert removed. I ended up buying a FMF Q4 and am much happier with the tone, which isn't as sharp on the ears, and don't feel any performance loss. Very glad I went that way. The stock and Arrow race mufflers are too loud for trail work IMO.

    (edit) - If anyone wants my dB killer or and/or stock muffler (2010 Arrow), PM me :deal
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  20. Luke

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    Ahhh, that explains it. Touching the muffler and not getting burned was a pleasant surprise.