purchase of Husqvarna te510

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Tycho, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. Tycho

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    I am curious if anyone has opinions on someone purchasing a 2007 Husqvarna te510. I have read so many conflicting comments on husqvarna motorcycles that I am really hesitant to purchase the bike. Do they really have a lot of problems with reliability and availability of parts from dealers or are complaints I've read about simply overstatements from unreasonable customers?
    If anyone has purchased one recently, I would appreciate any feedback from your experience. Thanks.
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  2. poppy

    poppy Slow and Steady

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    grayghost , i have an 05te 510 that i bought october 05 and apart from jetting issues ( they seem to be jetted quiet rich from factory) no issues at all:D . Lots of info on thumper talk .com or husky talk .com regarding huskies.
    We ride with ktms yamaha's ext and bike is proving to be as reliable as they are. Some of the issues you may have heard about could be related to different peoples riding styles , riding clutches and over heating the bike is an issue.Good components on bikes ,good warranty ,good build quality , lots of torque easy to work on , nice suspension. Valves have been checked and are still fine (not moved).Some people complain about parts but and dealers ect. There is not as much around in after market type stuff as there is for other brands but the more people out there with them the sooner that should change:clap .
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  3. Ruffus

    Ruffus Dirty Old Mudder

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    Aftermarket parts are a mouse click or phone call away, some people have a hard time understanding that these bikes don't need aftermarket pipes, & other go fast gadgets. if you do alot of offroad, get an aftermarket skidplate, barkbuster's & jet it (JD kit), thats it, all you need, parts are all topshelf, if you go SM, just jet it & hold on tight.

    The 250\450\510 are high performance with closer service intervals, if you go with the 610, it's a little heavier, mellower, with longer service intervals. Six month warranty, mostly great dealers ( everywhere in every facet of life there will be the odd bad apple) a breeze to service, & get at carb. air filter, etc..Very reliable, I love mine, try one out if you can.

    Best part, the 06-07 are fully street legal, no loopholes to jump through :D
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  4. EMrider

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    There is a lot of nonsense folklore about Huskies circulating on the web. Same was true of KTM 7-8 years ago, and at some point in the past these comments were probably justified. Not today, however. I did a lot of research before buying mine and found late model TE owners to be very satisfied with their bikes. Now that I own a TE450, I know why. The off road performance is awesome and the build and component quality is excellent. I rode KTM for 5 years before the TE and will probably never go back. The Husky is that good. Check out the Husky forum on TT for lots of good info. You will get a good and balanced overview on the bikes.
    R
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  5. tbirdsp

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    Another new and satisfied Husky owner here.:clap
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  6. tmh

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    I bought my '05 TE-510 brand new and at a great discount in May of this year. What a capable and confidence inspiring ride! To date zero problems = 100% fun.

    Lots of talk about the TE-450 having more low end torque. I can't even imagine what I would do with any more torque, and I'm no lightweight.

    Buy it and start having a blast. Great spec on these bikes results in relatively little need for any upgrading out of the crate (except for a 3.5 gal IMS tank). I'm still catching up on the bike's stock capabilities.

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  7. newcastlebrown

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    Reliability isn't an issue. I put well over 200 hours on an 04' TE450 before moving to the plated 06' 510. My 450 was used for racing (including GP's, enduro's, Vet-X mx and back-up bike for the Glen Helen 24 Hr.) and TON's of trail riding and practice at Cauhilla creek and Elsinore mx tracks all without needing so much as a spark plug. I made the mistake of letting a friend ride it and he talked me into selling it to him or I'd still have it......it's still running stong (got 16th Sr Nov at last weeks Big6 GP)

    Just change the oil & filter and proceed.

    Then comes the 450/510 debate.....I've had both, the 510 is great but the 450 is better IMHO.
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  8. BikePilot

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    I've owned a husqvarna for the past 7 years. Parts haven't been a problem, build quality is the best I've seen and its been totally reliable. I'd highly recomend one!
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  9. Tarheel Wheeler

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    Husky experts :bow

    Considering trading for an 08 TE510, but I need some help. Reading a ton about 4k rod replacement. Is that true and how expensive is it? I put a lot of miles on my DS each year and I just can't justify a lower end rebuild every year.

    Thanks for the help.
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  10. BikePilot

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    I doubt posting in a somewhat off topic, 3 year old thread is going to help a whole lot:lol3

    All that said, no one replaces the rod as a maintenance item, don't worry about it. If you do a ton of street riding you probably won't like the TE510, but you won't hurt it either.
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  11. Tarheel Wheeler

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    Thanks for the advice. I didn't even look at the age of the thread. I don't do a lot of road riding...I just do long off road rides. Typical weekend is 3-400 of off road riding with a little tarmac mixed in.
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  12. BikePilot

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    Then I'd think it would suit you very well, particularly if that off road riding is rather spirited. The TE510 is more or less equivalent to the KTM RFS series. The TE610 is their more relaxed, long stroke/lower rpm dual sport/touring oriented machine.

    Where do you find so many miles of off road? I didn't know there were 400 miles of trails in the entire state of NC!
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  13. Tarheel Wheeler

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    You just got to look, but it's there. :lol3
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  14. CaseyB

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    First post, double resurrected thread, possible newb overly asked question(s) :D

    I'm looking at an 07' Te 510 w/ 3xx miles for $4495, does that seem reasonable? Taking into consideration that it is coming from a dealer, they seemed cool from a brief conversation.

    I also noticed that some of you guys up top no longer list huskys in your sig lines, any particular reasons?

    :norton I'm not even sure what that smiley means, but i feel like im over researching, i just want to get out there. Haven't owned a dirt bike since being a teenager, I'm 32 now. Not interested in highway cruising...just back roads, dirt roads, trails, etc......note: didn't feel another thread needed to be added, I've come across a bunch.
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  15. Dirtmongrel

    Dirtmongrel Been here awhile

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    The 510 is an awesome fast powerful bike... be prepared to move quickly at any blip of throttle

    I own an 08 te510 love it, but it can get very exhausting trying to fight the beast in tighter sections,.. its actually easier to muscle my overweight underpowered DRZ400 through those same trails, I can ride the DRZ much longer just not faster.

    To get back into riding after many years off a 250/310 may be more enjoyable, unless you were skilled and fast already and need almost 60hp
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  16. CaseyB

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    Was looking at the 310. Coincidently, I just found out an old friend just picked one up. So I'm going over to try it out.

    The 510 just fits into what I'm willing to spend and availability for a bike with low hrs/ miles. By no means would I consider myself skilled and fast. It's been a while but I think I'll pick it back up somewhat quickly, I have an exploring itch that needs to be scratched.

    I appreciate the feedback dirtmongrel, guess I should remain patient. I'm just all googled out from searching for my future stead. It's beautiful out and I want to RIDE
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  17. K7MDL

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    $4500 seems a bit high in my recent experience for the mileage/hours. For a low mile well maintained and lightly farkled 06/07 TE450/510 bike I would expect to find them in the $3500 (3K miles 06) to $4500 (300 miles 07). In the last 7 months I have bought 2 TE450s used (hence the above figures), one about 2 months ago. Each required a good bit of waiting and watching for the right deal (nationwide search).

    So far the miles on that one, unless it is in primo condition, very well farkled, suspension tuned, or something compensating the miles/age/hours. I would look expect closer to $4000. That said, $4500 is not far off and good ones do not come up all that often, especially when you want one to. If you can watch the market for a while you can snag some great used deals if you are fast.

    The 510 and 450 can be a handful on tight stuff, but stiill quite good. On trails, not racing, you only get to use the lower half of the throttle, not a very linear throttle resonse either (fixable with G2 throttle cams), more like coast or blast off. For comparison the TTR250 and DRZ400 have a more linear tame response. I find they are easier to ride on the trails, but less fun in the fast stuff like desert and dirt roads. If you are heavier you will appreciate the power more on and off the trails. My son and I are both 6' 1" and 190-230lbs and these are a good fit for us.

    I prefer my TE610 for moderate single track and roads of any description over my low geared, close ratio trannny TE450. TE510 is nearly the same as the 450.
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  18. CaseyB

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    thx k7mdl for the info

    I think i have to re-evaluate my uses of the bike. Trails is what i'm after, but being in Jersey I have to travel some decent distances to find any good stuff.

    The search continues :fyyff
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  19. OU812

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    Looking at an 07' TE510 w/1k miles. Aftermarket exhaust, led signals re sprung for my weight.
    KBB has it trade in $2600ish and retail $3800ish.
    I'm thinking $3k at most.
    1st owner did the mods and all dirt. This owner all street.
    Looked it over, started right up cold and runs just fine.
    2nd owner sounds like he didn't ride it much and knows very little about the changes to the bike.
    One thing I noticed was the chain guide at the swing arm was a single brace, not a full block. Holes are there.
    What's up with that?
    Thanks in advance.
    Steve
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    Bump....
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