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Old 01-25-2011, 07:53 AM   #31
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Yeah, that fog was really pretty while on this side of it! It was miserable winter down below So where did you go on your ride?
Tomales Bay and then South: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=653274
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:53 PM   #32
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Another great report! I'm looking at adding a mid size bike and your experience on your Husky has peaked my interest. Would you kindly give a synopsis or point me to a link where you may have done a pro/con on it's abilities-reliability during your travels. Real interested in how long legged you think one could be for extended travel.

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Old 01-26-2011, 07:28 AM   #33
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Really fun
I like the Sirens call analogy.
I know the feeling as you see the road winding
into the distance you just can't wait to go !
I can't wait to go but I'm sitting herein Maryland
and it's snowing, sleeting, raining... outside.
I'll be alright. It wont be long.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:37 PM   #34
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Another great report! I'm looking at adding a mid size bike and your experience on your Husky has peaked my interest. Would you kindly give a synopsis or point me to a link where you may have done a pro/con on it's abilities-reliability during your travels. Real interested in how long legged you think one could be for extended travel.

TIA and Cheers
Reliability has been great. I had to replace the stock cam chain after 4000 miles, but it wasn't totally unexpected. Some 610's go 3000 miles on a stock chain and I've heard tell of others going 20,000. Luck of the draw. Parts were less than $100, were on my porch within days and the job only took a couple hours in my back yard, no case-splitting necessary. Other than that it's been great. I ride it in the dirt all the time and it's been a really fun adventurey dualsporter for me. I'm only 5'1" but I am a very experienced dirt rider and I wanted something capable of doing trails (should I happen to run across something that looks fun) as well as highways. I wanted the biggest motor in the lightest package with the lowest seat height I could find. The 610 hasn't disappointed me once in the almost 3 years I've owned it. It is a joy to ride. I have a street bike for commuting, a plated KTM 450 for dirt riding and rides that might require a plate, several different 2-strokes for the gnarly stuff...and the 610. If the house was on fire the 610 would be the first bike rescued, for sure.

We've done multiple-day trips and had no issues other than the painful stock seat. The longest day I've done on the 610 was about 250 miles but it was fun and I encountered no issues at all. If I were going to do that kind of mileage on a regular basis (on a highway, at least. Most of my miles are off-road) I would go for a windshield of some sort, for sure. My Renazco seat has made the long days easier, but it is taller so I don't always use it.

I'd be more than happy to answer any other questions you might have!




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Old 01-26-2011, 08:11 PM   #35
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I appreciate you sharing your experience with me, great info. I rode Husky's in the 70's, but when my kids got older and I was buying dirt bikes they had been sold and they just weren't "the same". Anyway, in the last few years they have come a long way and I really like the big SM.

Is there a Husky forum you recommend and how far on a tank of gas can you make it if trying not to wean it off gasoline?

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Old 01-26-2011, 08:27 PM   #36
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I appreciate you sharing your experience with me, great info. I rode Husky's in the 70's, but when my kids got older and I was buying dirt bikes they had been sold and they just weren't "the same". Anyway, in the last few years they have come a long way and I really like the big SM.

Is there a Husky forum you recommend and how far on a tank of gas can you make it if trying not to wean it off gasoline?

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Yeah, the Huskys are a pretty good deal these days, especially if you're looking for a 2-stroke dirt bike.

I had the 5gal IMS tank on for this ride, and I can go 200 miles on it in the dirt. I get a little less than 40mpg on a full-on street ride, though. The EFI models (2008 and newer) get much better mileage than my `07 carb'd model.

And, yes, I can recommend a Husky forum, since you asked....
www.cafehusky.com


Good luck in your research!


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Old 01-26-2011, 08:58 PM   #37
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Another great report WC. Today we went dirtbiking along the abandoned railroad tracks (rails removed) up here in Lassen County. Easy riding, but you can always jump off the trail into the rocky stuff. They are worth taking a look at if you are in the Susanville area. Thanks for sharing your latest adventure.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:46 PM   #38
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Nice report and great pics! I guess between the oil rigs, the mud, a budget mess, and having 75 degrees in January in Texas, maybe CA and TX are more a like than you might think? Except Texas' gov makes CA's gov look like a pinko-socialist, even tho they are both Rs.

Like the LC4 KTM sweet looking bike! I spy those 17 inch front wheels so you guys can really rock it on the pavement too....


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