Oz/Kiwi Husqvarna/Swm 610/630/650 owners thread - Sign in Here please

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Trang, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Trang

    Trang ... 2nd last to the Sweep

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    "The time has come," the Walrus said,
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    Of shoes-and ships-and sealing-wax-
    and Husqvarna TE610's...

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  2. ADVJake

    ADVJake ***** dweller

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    about time. :D
    Only had mine a few weeks but i wont taint this thread too with my drible.
    Suspension work is a must on this bike, they seem to have done the opposite to the japs and made the suspension too hard. It feels as harsh as a sport bike on bumpy tar roads. Then again, im only 75kg.

    After the minor "issue" is fixed i'll probably be selling it, not because its a bad bike but it doesnt suit my needs at the moment.
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  3. rhino_343

    rhino_343 Southern Explorer

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    Woohoo... I'm in! Here's a photo of mine with a little inspiration in the background... The Light Horse Cavalry.

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  4. vbstubby

    vbstubby One day I wont be a nOOb

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    I was thinking of selling mine and getting something like 950/990 around the middle of next year - but it's just too much fun, so just bought a biggish road bike.

    Here's my pic titled "The bike will go anywhere - you just gotta hang on...." and yes I was riding downhill :cry

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  5. rhino_343

    rhino_343 Southern Explorer

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    do you guys use regular unleaded or premium in your 610?
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  6. vbstubby

    vbstubby One day I wont be a nOOb

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    Premium when I can get it, but have used normal a few times and can't tell much difference.
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  7. rhino_343

    rhino_343 Southern Explorer

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    Thanks VB... my Dakar runs WAY better on regular and my TTR runs better on premium, so premium it is for the 610:deal
    I love the smell of PULP in the morning:tb
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  8. rhino_343

    rhino_343 Southern Explorer

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    Well finally got to take the 610 for a decent shakedown ride today. Gravel roads, high speed bitumen and about 70k's of dirt track. This bike rocks :super
    Best bike I have ever ridden on gravel, I felt like I wanted to ride gravel forever today and I usually hate the stuff. I don't know how much was the bike and how much the tyres, I am a bit dubious about the Karoos in sand (had many moments today) but they sure seem the shit on gravel. This is just a confidence inspiring bike I reckon, once you are under way you forget about the height and weight and I was getting some nice jumps and just flying over all kinds of terrain, a steering dampener for the sand would be nice. All in all totoally enjoyed the bike today, just one little hickup. I pulled up in some bush just before the highway to have a drink and reset my mirrors and realized that my right boot, knee and glove and most of the rightside of the bike were covered in liquid? It looked like someone had hit me with a water baloon. At first I thought the fuel tank was leaking, but it didn't have any smell... wasn't thick like oil... hmmm thinking, check the brake reservoir- yup pull the front brake, fluid pisses out!:puke1
    So had to ride all the way home with no front brake, which was interesting when I overcooked a turn and went through sideways on the rear brake at 90kmh. Hopefully just a minor problemo, I will check it out later, I'm off to bottle some beer now!:photog

    One last thing, I bought this bike for a specific purpose... to be able to do highspeed bitumen/gravel comforatbly over a distance to get to areas that I want to ride off road and then be able to ride hard when I hit the dirt. Today proved it to be excellent for this purpose.
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  9. vbstubby

    vbstubby One day I wont be a nOOb

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    Yesterday was my first fire trail type ride for a few months - after my last few trips have been on smooth farm roads. The smile never leaves your face, even when your arms and legs are aching :rofl

    Totally agree Rhino - 610's very confidence inspiring - now just gotta learn to ride better :lol3
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  10. rosscoact

    rosscoact need constant supervision

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    Got a couple of questions for you guys,

    Is AS expedition panniers possible on the 610? It looks like you need a rack?

    What is the seat like for big days?

    Is servicing/spares on the KTM or the Suzuki side of the balance?

    I understand there is a IMS 17L tank available

    Is there any "common mods" people do? I would think that getting rid of the Boeing707 dick of a muffler would be at the top.

    Why didn't Australia get the FI version?

    rossco
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  11. ADVJake

    ADVJake ***** dweller

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    I took the 610 out on sunday with a girl on her first trail ride.
    this was the first time i had taken the 610 on its first trail ride.
    She was on the 200 EXC.

    So we went to the Watagans, up slippery rock rd, (not the nice rocky hill to the left at that intersection, hehe)
    and followed the main dirt rd to the pines. And did that trail to the right just as you enter the 40 zone.

    The 610 is shit easy in hillclimbs, cant believe how it tractors. I took it up one rocky bitch of a hill with ease with the girl watching on in disbelief. Oh you got to show off now and then :evil
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  12. vbstubby

    vbstubby One day I wont be a nOOb

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    Hope this helps, anything else just ask.
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  13. rosscoact

    rosscoact need constant supervision

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    Yes it does, thanks.

    I'm thinking a new bike in the garage for 2008 and I'm keen on a cafe racer or street tracker but I don't particularly like the tar, just pretty shiny things.

    The TE610 looks the horn IMHO and I would prefer a more dirty successor to the DR than the tar oriented bikes which seem to dominate the DS market.

    cheers
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  14. vbstubby

    vbstubby One day I wont be a nOOb

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    I've never ridden a DR (owned a KLR), a second hand '06 610 will be close to the same price as a new DR and IMHO much more worthy trail bike with some of the two year warranty left. Try and get a ride on one, even an older 02-04 model are similar engines with the suspension set up on the newer ones being that bit better.
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  15. rhino_343

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    I changed the oil last night (and the oil filter) and had a quick ride after and no leaks. Today it is stinking hot out, and I started the bike up to head off on a long ride and oil just pissed out from around the seal of the oil filter cover. I think I may of put a little too much oil in, would that create to much pressure on the hot motor? Or did I not replace the oil filter cover properly (it seemed to go back together ok, by the way it is a brand new bike and this is the first oil change at about 500k's.) I did not replace the O-Ring in the filter cover as I figured it is so new it should be ok, would that be a problem? Any ideas appreciated???

    Oh yeah, what is the torque pressure recomended for the screws that hold the oil cover on, I am worried I am going to over tighten if I crank on them any more??
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  16. desert rider

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    Hi Justin

    I;ve never replaced the two O rings on my oil filter and cover.and have done dozens of changes
    It could be to much oil OR
    Are you sure you put the seals back on?
    I know its a dumb question but it happened to me on my first change.

    Ray
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  17. rhino_343

    rhino_343 Southern Explorer

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    Well I solved the oil leak and here is something interesting:
    I had heard that the 610 was the only 08 husky that wasn't getting fuel injection and that is why it wasn't released with all the other models here in Aussie, but looks like that is wrong and it is FI... wonder if there are any new trick bits that may be retro-fittable to an '07?
    http://www.ferracci.com/bike.php?bid=180
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  18. desert rider

    desert rider SWL

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    how did you slove it?
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  19. rhino_343

    rhino_343 Southern Explorer

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    Ray, I had put the filter in the right way round to start with and then went to look in the manual for torque settings for the cover screws. At which point I noticed that the manual showed the filter the other way round... so I went and flipped it, and then the problem started... So eventually (after trying everything else!)I got suspicious of the manuals diagram and rang a Husky mechanic and he said I had it right the first time (which really was the logical way anyhow) and that the manual is inacurate. Sure enough no probs, except... there was a little paint from the exterior of the cover which had run around to the machined surface and broken away when I had removed/refitted the filter cover, I scraped this off as this would of been enough to cause a leak as well I think. PITA!
    Have you picked up the new KLX450 yet mate? I could here some braaapbrraaaaappp sounds coming from over your way last night?
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  20. rhino_343

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    Well I ordered a Kouba Link to lower the suspension on the Husky and it has turned up... but in the meantime I have gotten used to the height and the only time it is a drama is getting on the bike or restarting on a hill (I am going to fit a bum tanbk as well which may make throwing a leg over harder??), so considering that the link needs me to do a bit of abrasive surgery to fit it, I am considering not fitting it and just playing with suspension settings and dropping the forks a little in the tripples... The bike just rides so well as is I don't want to mess with it. I need to get it up to the suspension tuner in Perth and see what he can sort out before I fit the link, I think.
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