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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by blackSP, Jan 29, 2016.
Tomorrow I'll bring my baby home. The windshield fits perfectly so it's all good!
Finally! Now all I need is no more snow, at least a dry week and some sun!
It's not going fast enough, I want to ride!
Nice! Any chance you have a part number for the windscreen?
It's the Husqvarna Terra screen. Dealer ordered it for me...
BTW, just did a short 3 km test ride through the neighborhood, which is clear of road salt. It was a dry afternoon, roads dried up so go!
What I noticed immediately is the bump in the seat, right where you sit. Matter of getting used to I guess. Otherwise the bike is really comfortable for my 182 cms. Starting is easy, shifting in first is quite, no clunk to be heard. Nice! Finding neutral too, no problem in that department.
After 2 laps in my street I figured it was all warmed up so I gave a good jerk on the throttle and the front comes right up. Plenty of power, in fact my first impression was that it felt similar to my previous 690. Than it started raining again so I headed back and drove it straight into my garage. Waiting for better times!
I took care of the horrible yellow stickers. Much better!
Looks even more like my TE with the yellow gone, and I can see from your pics it even has the same side stand mod. Lol.
Posted a ride report: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/swm-650-enduro-day-trip-ride-report.1130158/
About the bike, the bad news first:
The gear lever is at least 8 cms too short. Shorter than any other bike I ever owned, making it impossible to get my offroad boots under it. Bummer cause it made shifting next to impossible and it was the downside of the day. But I managed nevertheless.
At home I temporarily fixed it by removing the lever which was hardly doable cause the damn thing is bolted on behind the frame and behind the front sprocket. I'll spear you the swearing and cursing of the Italians that designed this piece of art. Anyway, I bend the lever in my vice the changed the angle a bit. And I reassembled it, putting it one notch higher. Not perfect but there's more space now.
That's the bad. The good is bountiful.
Riding position is relaxed, plenty of space.
Brakes are really good, also the rear.
Suspension is smooth, not too soft and just as I like it
Seat is a little less high than a 690, perfect for me
Engine runs nice and smooth, hardly any vibrations
Shifting is super smooth and even neutral is easy to find
And fuel economy also seems in order since I rode 180 kms today and there's still now low fuel indication. Update: I got a great 21 kms per liter!
Update on the gear lever and pegs. We tried today to move the pegs downward by enlarging the holes, basically to slide them downward. Well, that delivered all of 3 mm extra space so no good at all.
Next option is to try the Touratech pegs and lever in the pic above. They should come in next week so Friday we're gonna give it another try...
The gear lever problem is fixed. Not perfect but shifting is OK now. The lever tip is flimsy and I had to extend it a bit and it will be up for replacement sometime in the future but riding is good now!
The pegs are from Touratech and all stainless steel. The can be slided up and down (backward and forward) and fixated using 4 of the available holes. Works great!
This looks like a great bike. Has me very interested. :-D
thanks for posting really interested in this bike, but waiting for the "Duel" to come out cheers Spud
Today, Wednesday, April 20, was going to be a great day. Nice weather predicted, nobody strolling the woods, the fields or whatever nature we have in the NL in the middle of the week. So I took the day off and it was a great day! Did 300km, about 140 offroad. Went from Amsterdam to the Flevopolder (look it up) and then onward to the Veluwe (Google it) and looped back after about 3 hours making a total of 5 hours of riding. Found a bunch of new tracks too.
Most importantly, the SWM is sweet. Really. Never stalls, ever. Torque like a tractor and I managed 23kms per liter (convert that!).
Here's an impression!
Also got the SWM and this is a pic from my first ride in the hills east of Perth. First impressions are that its got good brakes, good power and pick up, suspension needs some work.
Nice looking bike. Sounds like your experience with the power, tractability and fuel economy of that engine bodes well not only for potential SWM Enduro and Super Dual buyers, but also those who will be looking at the AJP PR7. Looks like another potentially successful "recycling" of an out of production engine like the CCM450.
So, this looks just like the Husqvarna Terra 650... what's the story? I must have missed something...