TE 610 Questions...?

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  1. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    1- Will the bike run on regular gas?
    2- How much oil does it hold?
    3- What is the recommended oil change interval?

    gracias.....
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  2. CMWoody

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    Got you thinking, eh?

    prior info thread, though unsure if your answers are there.

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    BTW, SM version is mostly the same bike, and there is alot more written about it.
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  3. Lone Rider

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    Yeah, researching it anyway...:D

    I'll call some dealers tomorrow/Monday and ask some questions.

    Maintenance, parts availabilty (Mex, too), long term reliability experiences, what size a larger tank will be available...and some other stuff....

    Looks like White Bros has a skid plate for em.

    Specs say it has an engine/vib dampener.

    If it meets my essential BS qualifications, I'll try to take a test ride...on-road somewhere.

    Although, it's really tough to argue against air cooled for what I want to do.
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  4. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    What do you want to do?
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  5. Lone Rider

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    Go to far away places........ :D

    Dirt roads/trails and highways in foreign countries with an extremely reliable bike that will carry 'some' gear.

    Doesn't hurt to pick up when it/me falls over....:D
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    RedRyder Jose Adventurista

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    I know persactly where you wanna go :D Can't help but think that simpler (dr) might be better in this case tho. Wouldn't mind trying out my xr in those "far away places"! Ability to run on reg pem would be a definite asset but not totally essential.

    Jose :1drink
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  7. CMWoody

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    It will need a skid plate and a bigger tank. I've been looking for the tank and haven't found anyone making one yet. From what I understand, there are larger tanks made for the old model. It would seem that someone will make one for the new one, who knows?

    Fastways and bar risers are already out there for it. Guessing you'd want those.

    The basic design has been in production for 15+ years and is said to be a reliable and smooth powerplant...there have been issues with the first batch over here with coolant leaks from undertorqued cylinder heads or a defective gasket. The carb also seems to need immeadeate rejetting but the dealer I'm working with is taking care of it for me, removing the smog stuff too btw. Hopefully, once sorted out it'll live up to its reputation.

    I like the water cooling. Say for instance you have a busted battery and have to bum jumpstarts...It'll sit there idling just fine w/o cooking.

    Something to be said about keeping it simple, a DR/XR/KLR may still be the ticket for what you want to do. I went with the Husky cause I wanted a Supermoto. Its a great deal and a near perfect bike for that. I'm going to get the additional knobbie wheels too. It fits my two purposes near perfectly. For just turd world riding dunno.

    Googled some roadtests. They are of the older model but still informative.
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  8. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Hmm. I am selling my DRZ and considering the Husky to replace it. But if it was me for foreign, well I'd be thinking XR DR or KLR depending on HOW 3rd world and/or remote. Give up some sophistication and performance for more simplicity and give up the unusual for the mundane. The more exotic the place, perhaps the less exotic a bike is called for.
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  9. snoid

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    i'm 300 miles from the nearest dealer... that's me out, though it is a great looking steed. i'd have better luck with parts on a gasgas if i was considering an exotic. i've given up on the exotics though.

    too many ominous variables,

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  10. Lone Rider

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    I called 3 Husky dealers today trying to get some basic info.

    "What is the factory recommeded oil change interval?"

    Dealer 1: We don't know. We don't have any factory books. I recommend every 10 hrs.

    Dealer 2: We don't know. I recommend every month or 2.

    Dealer 3: We don't know. It's written in Italian. I recommend every 1500 miles.

    Impressed the Hell outta me........... :eek1
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  11. Lone Rider

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    I've been 60% DR and 40% DRZ...so far.
    DR cuz of highway travel, bullet proof, low-end torque and simple air cooled.
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  12. CMWoody

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    God, They suck. I've already downloaded the parts book and shop manual from their site...In English no less
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  13. Lone Rider

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    5-6 of the others I tried were closed cuz of turkey time.

    Hattiesburg in MS is normally the Scooter, but I was told that they are no longer a Husky dealer.

    Suppose to be a good dealer up at Lee's Summit in MO....
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  14. CMWoody

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    Greenville, SC has an excellent dealer.
    Hall's in Springfield, IN is supposed to be the countries biggest.

    Could be early training for 3rd world travel, no dealers there either. Riding a Sweadish/Italian bike can only contribute to the adventure. What, you scared? Thats what its all about anyway right? I'll enter the boonies with a busted bike anyday.




    Ok, me...tagged XR650R, thats what I'd take. Maybe a GSPD
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  15. 2whlrcr

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    Isn't that Hall's in Springfield, Illinois?
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  16. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    You might as well turn this into a DR thread. I ride an '03 TE610E, as it's similar, I'll try to answer your questions. Only fuel recommendation is to use unleaded fuel(Euro models have catalysts). The '03 is 9:1 compression ratio and '06 is 11:1 compression ratio. I run 91-93 octane fuel in my '03, I've never tried 87 octane. It holds 2 liters of oil. Oil change every 5000km/3125mi. Husky radiators are plumbed in parallel, so if you bust a radiator a few cuts and pinches will send you on your way. The bike is fairly simple to work on overall and a local mechanic could deal with it. If you can get to a phone or internet connection(Charlie Williams spent a month in Mexico, much of it off the usual adventure rider path and could find internet access almost everywhere) and with expidited delivery around the world, parts from a dealer like Bottones, Halls or Motoxotica. are only days away. I ride and race Huskys, but when I wanted a big DS bike I closely looked at the DR650. I have a great Suzuki dealer nearby and his mechanic is a riding buddy, the price is low, but so is the quality of the components. If you're thinking DRZ/DR, the Husky nicely splits the difference between the two Suzukis. I think you've already ruled the Husky out though. Also, I think you could find three Suzuki dealers clueless on DRZ/DR maintenance.
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  17. maunakea

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    Norman, wouldn't you say the TE has the DRZ' power to weight ratio, not a DRZ+DR/2 average? The DRZ will lift the front wheel.... the sibling won't.
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  18. Lone Rider

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    Good post, Norman.
    Thanks.
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  19. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    What I was talking about was more off road/on road manners. The DRZ isn't a great road bike and the DR isn't a very good dirt bike. The Husky is very good at both, with stock gearing it will work in all but the most technical single track with some clutch work, cruise at 70 mph and take you up to 100 mph if you want. I've ridden mine on some snotty nasty tight hare scrambles trail and it worked. Would I rather have been on my Husky WR250 2t? You bet! TE610E's are not wheelie machines, they have the old style long Husky frame geometry. That said, a well timed tap of the clutch will bring it up. With the 10hp extra the '06 will bring the front wheel up easier than '98-'04 model.
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  20. RLemus

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    Just came from a local Husqvarna dealer here in San Diego (GP Motorcycles) and the salesperson gave me, more or less, the same info you have received on this forum. I told the guy I was looking for a dirt bike that was "Street-able, and not a street bike that was "Off-Road-able" because I was planning on going to La Paz via the dirt roads. I asked how reliable it was, and he said (I know, wrong person to ask....) that it was very reliable and parts were readily available. That combined with the other forums I have visited tell me that this Husqvarna could be a possible candidate for my next purchase. The retail price was 7,100 bucks negotiable.
    Did you come up with any pricing?
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