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Old 09-13-2012, 08:40 AM   #31
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I was so hoping this would be the bike that everyone, well me at least , was waiting for. A fix to the BMW G650X shortcomings at a reasonable price.. well they got some of it right I guess. Still dissapointed in the front suspension, but the weight is just a killer... over 400lbs... still waiting for someone to get it right. Of course maybe the bike I want simply cant be built.. I guess the tradeoff for the weight is the steel frame that should make luggage options easy.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:26 AM   #32
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:52 AM   #33
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I guess the tradeoff for the weight is the steel frame that should make luggage options easy.
That's it.

I think there are a few people having a difficult time understanding what segment this bike fits. Obviously, this is not the typical Husky single-track bike. But it checks the boxes of many touring DS riders I think.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:05 AM   #34
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Specs list it as having a 6 speed trans, thats good. The forks look like non adjustable, thats bad.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:13 AM   #35
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Good looking, very quiet. I could see this as a very viable RTW machine. Rotax reliability, ample HP, great fuel economy & superior suspension to most other offerings in this class.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:06 AM   #36
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If that's a promo video, I guess they are trying to compete with the Triumph Scrambler crowd; it seemed the ideal terrain for a Scrambler.
(Admittedly, I had to ff through some of the video because it was so boring.)
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:10 AM   #37
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If that's a promo video, I guess they are trying to compete with the Triumph Scrambler crowd; it seemed the ideal terrain for a Scrambler.
(Admittedly, I had to ff through some of the video because it was so boring.)
certainly didnt see anything that would have slowed down my R1200GSA either
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:14 AM   #38
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If that's a promo video, I guess they are trying to compete with the Triumph Scrambler crowd; it seemed the ideal terrain for a Scrambler.
(Admittedly, I had to ff through some of the video because it was so boring.)
The way the bike is being ridden in the video is the way 90% of DR650`s, KLR650`s and most other mid sized bikes are being rode by the vast majority of riders on this site.
Seems like a perfectly fine adventure touring bike to me. Add panniers and off you go!
I need to get my hands on one asap to get started on a seat. I think they will sell allot of these.

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Old 09-13-2012, 12:02 PM   #39
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Specs list it as having a 6 speed trans, thats good. The forks look like non adjustable, thats bad.
I doubt it would be a 6-speed since the beginning of time this motor has always been a 5.

You really expect adjustable forks from BMW? Reality is, most guys from the F6/F8 crowd get the suspension set up for them and never touch the clickers.

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Old 09-13-2012, 01:51 PM   #40
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All I know is what I read on the Husqvarna spec sheet. I know about the BMW suspension as I have a F800gs. But the forks are Sachs, not Marzocchi. Hopefully Huskey did not decide the crimp the cartridge tubes. It would certainly make it cheaper to fix.

Lots of things that I wish were different, but I am tired of waiting for a 400lb multi Adventure bike. Maybe this is good enough with the typical $2,000 thrown at it.

You need to do the same with the BMW's anyway.
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All I know is what I read on the Husqvarna spec sheet. I know about the BMW suspension as I have a F800gs. I am tired of waiting for a 400lb multi Adventure bike. Maybe this is good enough with the typical $2,000 thrown at it.
I have an F800GS too-done the front/rear suspension and then some-sounds like we are both looking at this bike for the same reason.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:36 PM   #42
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I like it, but still can't understand why the thing is heavier than my 1990 Dr650 by more than 50lbs?
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:59 PM   #43
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Ktm 690

If you want a sub 400 lbs thumper dual sport bike then...it is here KTM 690
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:18 PM   #44
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A KTM 690E is fine as a dual sport, but it is not a ADV bike stock. It takes another $3k to get there with today's KTM aftermarket. Search other threads - its all there. But the total cost is way out of my price range. KTM blew it - a 690 motor in the old 640 ADV frame and they were done. But they just couldn't resist moving it toward the Enduro race bike end of the spectrum. That is, after all, what KTM does.

A DR-650 is air/oil cooled and is minimalist (1996) technology. Dead reliable; nothing fancy.

The new bikes are water cooled, with stronger alternators, FI which requires larger batteries, wiring and computer(s), and some have larger (for a passenger) subframes, etc. It all adds up to a 25-50 lbs. increase from a DR650.

The next question is where that weight is carried: higher or lower. Lower is always better, but each design has its limits. I'll wait for the first reviews before I get excited. So far, this is too close to a Serao/Dakar and too far from a TE630 for me, but I'm willing to be convinced. For me, a 6-speed (wide ratio) transmission is mandatory on a bike this heavy. I hope the specs are right or it is dead on arrival for me.

I think a 400 lbs. multi ADV bike is a dream, but a great design target. I'd settle for a 465 lbs. wet XT900Z, but am not holding my breath - hence my interest here.
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:50 PM   #45
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If you want a sub 400 lbs thumper dual sport bike then...it is here KTM 690
The 690 is a great bike - but also over $10 grand.
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