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I'm looking to replace my v-strom (may be a write off) with the Husqvarna 610 SM. Would I be able to tour on it, ie from Castlegar,BC to Stephenson WA (sportbike northwest rally) with a few mods? I may also want to do a bit of adventure touring as well. Opinions? TIA.
 

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Well, I dont know about keeping the motor going / at constant revs for that long - someone else'll have to chime in on that.

Otherwise, go to Home Depot with your wife / girlfriend / friend / whoever. take a 2x4 and load it on top of a shopping cart. Now straddle the 2x4 while your friend pushes you around the store for an hour. Should be about equiavalent to how you'll feel at the end of that trip
 

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It will make it no problem at all. You'll just have to cruise around 120km/hr .The engine was built to run the BAHA 1000 it's a tough bike.

Like PitScar said for touring I'd get the aftermarket seat. She's no goldwing.
 

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It will make it no problem at all. You'll just have to cruise around 120km/hr .The engine was built to run the BAHA 1000 it's a tough bike.

Like PitScar said for touring I'd get the aftermarket seat. She's no goldwing.
Because Im genuinely interested, what is the service interval (valves, oil changes, rebuilds) like? And is this the bike designed with racing in mind so that checking clearances etc is easy to get at?

(Saw it in the shop, and want it bad...)
 

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Saw a killer seat being made for a KTM at Rich's Custom Seats in Seattle. He creates a nice dish for one's ample ass by building out the stock seat. Do a search on Rich's. More than a few references to his work on BCSB.
 

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re: touring on a super moto...
i ride my motarded DR650 to Seattle regularly to visit the g/f...
seat isn't too bad but definitely narrower than your old Strom's. the other factor to consider about touring on it may be that you're used to a bigger fairing and deflector up front...
at a steady 120 km/h on the I-5, i'm tucked in feet back on the passenger pegs coz the SuMo ride position makes you a big air brake in all that freeway wind. the Husky 610 doesn't have much of a deflector up front.
...but i'd still tour on it! :evilgrin
 

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Service intervals are the initial 1000km then every 10000 km for the major stuff. There not as easy to work on as the race bikes but better than any other brand. If your going to ride extended periods run the 10w60 full synthetic. I have a customer who drives everyday for the last 2 years on a TE 610 from Seattle almost to Oregon. About 2hrs each way.

When I was in Mexico they rode Honda 125 Cargo's everywhere. unreal mileage these bikes had .That and they were hauling whole families on them sometimes. North Americians are getting brainwashed into thinking they need a specific bike for every task. In every other country they run under 200cc bikes everywhere with no problems. Husky's best selling bike in Europe is the SMR 125 2 stroke.
 

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rode my drz400 to osoyoos this summer,cruised at 100 to 120 no prob ,synthetic oil is a good idea it's all I run but a better seat on any motard is a good idea.
Thinking about a husky soon ,bill let me try his last summer,better power,brakes an much better warranty.:canadian
 

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Some guys cruise on RZ 350's - it all dpends on how much your ass can stand and what sort of speed you want.

I used to have a sweet XR650R that I super-motoed - but got tired of 'cause I need to commute on it, and most of my commute is highway, and I like to go 120-130 kph. Over 115 it was too buzy and the geometrty ain't exactly designed for long straight stretches. I reckon the bike you're after will be similar. If I kept it around 100-110 all was fine. And when the pavement turned to gravel - no problem (and what a sweet rain bike!!!). And in the city it was a problem 'cause I'd have to launder my shorts every day... just too much fuckin' fun!!!!

But don't expect to do Vancouver to Kamloops in 2.5 hours and be happy about it!
 

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...North Americians are getting brainwashed into thinking they need a specific bike for every task. In every other country they run under 200cc bikes everywhere with no problems. Husky's best selling bike in Europe is the SMR 125 2 stroke.
But don't I need a husky 125 for trail riding, a 450 for the track and a street legal 610 for the street Bill?
 

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But don't I need a husky 125 for trail riding, a 450 for the track and a street legal 610 for the street Bill?

Yes you do, now get down here and buy them .

Actually they will all do the same thing just better in one area. I used the 125 as a motard and it was fun as a track practice bike. But it's more fun as a dirt bike.

You should borrow it sometime, after throwing your XR thru the trails this thing will feel like a feather.
 

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What's the range on a tank of gas for the 610? Can you get a big honking aftermarket one? How does it affect the handling?
 

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It gets around 170 to 180 km . But I ride like a complete idiot on it I wheelie it every chance especially going down the highway.. You can get a bigger tank about 1.3 gallons bigger.
 
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