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Old 11-24-2008, 04:31 PM   #1
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Question TE610 Adventure/Rally

Hi Guys,
Was pondering about the TE610 as a rally bike.
Have any of you seen a conversion of Husqvarna TE610 to a rally/adventure type of bike?
I've seen the 18L tank but that seems to be small if we look at 500Km range in dirt.
Or an elusive kickstart kit for this one?
Is the subframe good enough for panniers+bags with 40-50Kg on them?
Or may be this bike needs oil change every 500Km?
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:48 PM   #2
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The Mighty 610

Oil and filter every 5000k's, subframe is strong and I carry a bum tank and camping gear and panniers on mine no problems even with hard riding. It would make a excellent rallye bike in my opionion. There is a spot for a kickstart and I think you can use the one from the other TE models if my memory serves me. With the IMS tank and the Nomad bum tank and a reasonable throttle hand you would pretty much get your 500k's. Fantastic gearing for everything from high speed distance riding to crawling over rocks and trees.

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Old 11-24-2008, 04:57 PM   #3
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great bike, never felt a butter smooth shifting gearbox that matches it.

if aqualine made a tank for the EFI model and the steering lock / airbox was better i'd have one over the XR
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:35 PM   #4
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great bike, never felt a butter smooth shifting gearbox that matches it.

if aqualine made a tank for the EFI model and the steering lock / airbox was better i'd have one over the XR

some good points there, but the airbox has never proved a problem to me, even with some deep water crossings. In fact the huge surface area is actually a big bonus, because the lower portion traps the dust and up high on the filter (where the intake actually is) remains clean.
The steering lock isnt great and is probably the bikes biggest downfall... but in all but the tightest tree locked singletrail you steer with the rear wheel and there is plenty there to do that with.
I would like to see a 24 liter safari tank made for it, but IMS is currently the only aftermarket tank supplier I know of, hence I Have the bum tank. Anyone got any contacts at Aqualine??


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Old 11-24-2008, 06:06 PM   #5
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some good points there, but the airbox has never proved a problem to me, even with some deep water crossings. In fact the huge surface area is actually a big bonus, because the lower portion traps the dust and up high on the filter (where the intake actually is) remains clean.
The steering lock isnt great and is probably the bikes biggest downfall... but in all but the tightest tree locked singletrail you steer with the rear wheel

When i had my 06, i took it where i use to take my small enduro bikes, which the husky is perfectly capable of. It didnt take much depth for water to be sucked in.

The steering lock i agree is a huge downfall. Last weekend i took the XR through some tight single trail, uphill then a hairpin corner, the pace was on and it was an uphill off cambered corner, no room for rear wheel steer.
I have no doubt i would have crashed hard on the husky there.

If youre going to use the bike as a rallye type thing, then it will be no concern. its only those of us nutty enough to take these on the real tight stuff.

Still waiting for a bike with a husky gearbox, XR650R motor & chassis, EFI, lightweight & electric start.
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:46 PM   #6
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When i had my 06, i took it where i use to take my small enduro bikes, which the husky is perfectly capable of. It didnt take much depth for water to be sucked in.

The steering lock i agree is a huge downfall. Last weekend i took the XR through some tight single trail, uphill then a hairpin corner, the pace was on and it was an uphill off cambered corner, no room for rear wheel steer.
I have no doubt i would have crashed hard on the husky there.

If youre going to use the bike as a rallye type thing, then it will be no concern. its only those of us nutty enough to take these on the real tight stuff.

Still waiting for a bike with a husky gearbox, XR650R motor & chassis, EFI, lightweight & electric start.
So you have put a deposit on a KTM690E then??????
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:51 PM   #7
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I've seen this one as a rallye bike

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Old 11-24-2008, 06:51 PM   #8
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So you have put a deposit on a KTM690E then??????
the 690e misses the mark in the motor, gearbox & chassis department
i'm a fussy man
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:13 PM   #9
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the 690e misses the mark in the motor, gearbox & chassis department
i'm a fussy man
So go to the Husaberg FE 570. its KTM production any way...
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:16 PM   #10
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:20 PM   #11
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More piccies of Husky rally bikes please.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:39 PM   #12
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More piccies of Husky rally bikes please.
Here are some E-Start 610's in the Dakar.

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Old 11-25-2008, 02:02 AM   #13
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:35 AM   #14
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I've seen this one as a rallye bike

Point taken, But didn't Tony have more success in later years?

I think I remember reading he punted a near stock one into third one year (place, not gear).

(Edit.. I just noticed it is wearing a number 3 plates, so it may have been the year before, and not later years.)

(Nuva edit, it would appear I confused "near stock" with "Production class"... Sorry about that.)
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:28 AM   #15
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Point taken, But didn't Tony have more success in later years?

I think I remember reading he punted a near stock one into third one year (place, not gear).

(Edit.. I just noticed it is wearing a number 3 plates, so it may have been the year before, and not later years.)

(Nuva edit, it would appear I confused "near stock" with "Production class"... Sorry about that.)
yeah Tony did great in 2000, came 3rd on it, but had an unhappy time in 2001 when the rear shock fell apart
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