What's the difference between a great thumper and a true "adventure" bike? That's one hell of a rabbit hole, and a discussion that belongs (and probably exists) somewhere in the basement, or a pub someplace. For now, this is my attempt to bridge that gap. This build thread is going to detail my progress toward transforming my 2008 Husqvarna TE610 from a great thumper into something with some real long-distance travel ability. I'll be learning as I go, and hopefully others can learn along with me. If anyone has any questions about anything related to the project, I'm an open book Here's my inspiration: the TE450 built by Alvaro Bistolfi for Dakar 2010. Yeah, I know It's not an "adventure" bike, it's not a TE610, it's got the tank from a 640 Adventure; the list goes on. BUT, we all need a jumping off point, and this bike has always struck a chord with me. An Italian-era Husky in roughly the same color scheme as my TE, built for Dakar. Come on! To quote the great philosopher, Jeremius Clarksonius: How hard can it be? I won't go all fan-guy about the TE610 here, as that's been done a million times before. Instead, this'll just be about the modifications that have been made, are currently being made, and will be made to my TE. After spending 2017 with the bike mostly stock, some major areas popped up that needed to be improved if I wanted to use this bike as an adventure machine: fuel capacity, luggage options, wind protection, and to a certain extent, lighting. The previous and only owner had made some nice modifications to the bike before I got it, including: Renazco Racing seat (SUPER comfy), power outlet, heated grips, Pro Moto billet rack, Motosportz steering stabilizer, Acerbis hand guards, Dirtbagz racks and bags, Husky skid-plate, and some other things that I'm probably forgetting. A nice start, to be sure. Here's the bike the day I picked it up, with about 14k miles on the clock: I took the bike on a couple trips during summer 2017: one for about 150 miles roundtrip, and one for around 600 miles roundtrip. The shorter trip was much more manageable; the longer one, however, was another story. So, first annoying things first: luggage. No matter how far you're going, you gotta get your stuff there with you. Here's the setup from last year: Wolfman small (33L) duffel, and Giant Loop Coyote. This photo is loaded with camping gear and clothes for about 5-7 days. What's the problem? Top-heavy, for a start. Intrusive, for seconds. The GL bag is not very easy to organize and fit odd-shaped stuff into, which is nerve-wracking if you're OCD like me. What's the bigger problem? No company makes racks and/or bags for the TE610 except for Dirtbagz, and those are a bit of a disappointment considering the options available today from Wolfman, Mosko Moto, and others. Solution: custom work Hoops from @Boatman, with other metal with welding work from a friend who runs an automotive/metal fab shop. This photo doesn't show the final product as it sits today, which is why the welds don't look 100%, but you get the gist. They're bolted onto the same places in the subframe as the Dirtbagz racks, with the lower mounting point using the subframe bolt. There is an additional "tie rod" between the two sides, to prevent them from folding in on each other in the event of an inevitable get-off. The racks add subframe strength, and turned out excellent. Next step is paint, which will likely wait until the weather warms up, or until I run out of other things to do. BINGO One problem solved. These are big enough, and strong enough to accommodate just about anything out there. That said, I'm sold on the Adventure-Spec Magadans Next steps: Lights, fuel capacity, wind protection, and more. Updates are on the way!