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Would one be able to take a bike like the SMR450, and switch it back and forth from dirt to street? Is the suspension altered from the dirt version (less travel) ?

It would be great to have a trail bike that I could throw slicks on and take to the track.

How reliable are these 450 singles? How many kms can you get out of an engine? Are they expensive to rebuild?

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Are there any recommended publications I can use to educate myself on the trail / sm scene? Not that you all don't mind answering every little question I may have. :laughing


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The SMR 450 has radial mount front brakes. Going back and forth with dirt rims is do able but you can only run the 320 ml front rotor.

Suspension is the same valving is slightly different. If you wanted to get a bike that can switch rims back and forth easily get the TE 450 ( Same bike as an SMR ) and a set of motard rims. Husky motard kit comes with everything , rims , brakes, lines , disc , ...everything for $1550. It's all high end Brembo stuff.

The other option is to put on dualsport rubber on the 17" rims the rubber is only $120 and it works all right for general dualsporting and playing around.

I'm buying a TC 450 this year which is the motocross version with an extra set of motard rims. It will be our demo bike. Won't be streetlegal but will be fast and fun.

Husky's are by far the most reliable 450 out there. Do some research and you'll hear this over and over. The engine has a 1 year warrenty no other brand has that. The bikes were built to be streetlegal so there built tough.
 

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There is a guy on SM Junkie that does that exact thing with his 04. He bought a set of rims from a TC450 and built the approprate spacers and caliper hanger and does a 30 minute swap whenever he wants to go off road. He says the bike is awesome in the dirt, which I dont doubt at all. . I`ve really had the itch lately to get back on a dirt bike and have considered doing the same thing to mine.

I put 10,000 km on my 04 SMR 450 this year, most of it i rode like an idiot, and the bike has ran flawless. The only problem i had was my Ign Coil died on me about 6 weeks ago. Its an awesome bike and just stoopid fun to ride on the street. Everytime i get on it i have a blast.
 

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It can be a little price to do it properly. Figure out which bike SM or dirt is easier to switch back and forth. The rotors are smaller on a dirt bike so they are not so vulnerable to damage. I'm looking for a second set of rims for a dirt bike so I can run the adventure tires on the street and knobbies on the dirt. A fully laced set of rims is $1000.

As Sloan says if you run the dirt bike rims and motard rims you have to change the gearing. Some bikes you will also have to figure out what size spacers you need for each set of rims. If Husky makes a kit that sounds much easier.

The after market stuff is really improving though.
 

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Takes me a little over an hour to convert from dirt mode to motard on my XR650. I have to change chain and full front brake set up which costs time. If I got gearing figured out so I did not have two different chain lenghts that would help. Need the brakes to change out though as a big braks on the dirt wheels would be silly as you have little traction in the dirt. I have to adjust shock preload and I do adjust front and back compression and rebound settings but I have recorded them so no biggie.

I would bet if you want to swing both ways get a dirt bike and then build out your motard kit or get the Ktm that has both, although I think the motard was for track only. That is not a show stopper though.
 

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How long can you ride a bike like this without losing feeling in your hands? Not that I'd want to tour, but perhaps trailer the thing to Mt. St. Helens for the fun bits.

Bill, do you import the Husky's?
 

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How long can you ride a bike like this without losing feeling in your hands? Not that I'd want to tour, but perhaps trailer the thing to Mt. St. Helens for the fun bits.

Bill, do you import the Husky's?
I have 10 in stock right now. They don't vibrate at all.
 

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There is a crew of supermoto riders on sm junkies that trailer up to St Helens and ride the roads for the weekend then switch their SM's over to dirt to ride the single tracks....sounds like too much fun to me!
 

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My KTM has the dirt and sm kit...but I've been too lazy to try the dirt set up.


My bike has a 540CC kit in it any has zero vibrations.
 

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There is a crew of supermoto riders on sm junkies that trailer up to St Helens and ride the roads for the weekend then switch their SM's over to dirt to ride the single tracks....sounds like too much fun to me!
Shit that would rule . This year We'll have the 610 and a 450 for demo's both have the rim sets. Should be fun.
 

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Whats offered in accessories for the Husky's. How are they as a dual sport.
Can you get a rack, bash plate for them etc. Are the subframes strong enough to pack some gear.

They sure put some quality components on their bikes: Marzocchin USD forks, hydraulicly adjustable rear suspension, Ohlins on the dirtbikes, Brembo brakes,
6 speeds, both electric and kick start on the Enduros.

Bill can you get all models of Husqvarna. What are you selling the TE610 for.
 

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I just talked to 5thgear Bill about the Husky's.

It looks like I made the wrong choice in the DRZ400. That TE610 as a Dual sport looks really good. Its easy to work on and less top heavy then the DRZ.

It sounds like they are not that much more then a DRZ.

Bill said if you are serious about doing the BAJA 1000 Husky would offer good support.

I would like to know the history of some of the models. Like, the evolusion of the TE610.
The gap it fits in the market is simliar to the lack of interest in upping the technology in this nitch of a bike. ie. KLR,DR650, XR650L. These motors have single overhead cams compared to the more developed 450 sector. The DRZ is no light wieght. The other slightly comparable bike is the XR650S. OK, if you want a Dual Sport that will run well on the Hwy and do well off the logging roads the TE610 is where its at. Fking 6 speeds. Iee, the DRZ would be a good Dual Sport with a 6 th gear.

I went to the Seattle Show and Husky had two models. I think 250 and a 450. Those bikes like the V-Twin Apriallia have very narrow seat. With Husky it looks like you can order a street worthy light kit for a lot of the models.

I will have to drop by 5thgear and test ride their 610 motard .
 

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Was at Bills and saw the Husky's .... A very nice bike.....And Rachel's was really impressive...the 250 with amazing suspension Olins/Marazoochi, aluminum sub frame, aluminum swing arm, Michelin tires, quality levers and controls...gotta say of all the bikes I ever seen sold they look like the best dual sport to buy....

When I was racing the factory bikes and our bikes were always upgraded with the olins components...just look at most pro road racers and the suspension they use!!! and this bike come stock with it!!!!

If you compare them to any Japanese made...the yamies, hondas ect..they always cheap out somewhere...like use steel rims or old suspension, steel bars, cheap levers ect...thats why theres so much after market stuff for them....where as the Husky looks like it is ready to go right off the showroom floor....

For sure the BEST!!! dual sport/motard bikes I have seen

I guess I'll be getting 1 or 2 in the future.....
 

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Bill, has Transport Canada got their shit together yet and are the Husky's plateable or is it still a bitch of a time? I know, it seems I ask this question every year around this time but I am in desperate need of a another Husky. :)
 

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Was at Bills and saw the Husky's .... A very nice bike.....And Rachel's was really impressive...the 250 with amazing suspension Olins/Marazoochi, aluminum sub frame, aluminum swing arm, Michelin tires, quality levers and controls...gotta say of all the bikes I ever seen sold they look like the best dual sport to buy....

When I was racing the factory bikes and our bikes were always upgraded with the olins components...just look at most pro road racers and the suspension they use!!! and this bike come stock with it!!!!

If you compare them to any Japanese made...the yamies, hondas ect..they always cheap out somewhere...like use steel rims or old suspension, steel bars, cheap levers ect...thats why theres so much after market stuff for them....where as the Husky looks like it is ready to go right off the showroom floor....

For sure the BEST!!! dual sport/motard bikes I have seen

I guess I'll be getting 1 or 2 in the future.....
Wait till ya ride one :rockon I`ve had a real jones for a dirt dike lately, and after spending this summer on my Sm when I do finally get a dirt bike it`ll be a used Husky for sure. I was down there today and was gonna stop in to take a look at the new stuff but I got tied up with crap at the Airport. I drove right by though!!
 

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Here's a site to the models of Husky

http://husqvarnausa.com/2006/06_TE610.html


They make some very sexy bikes.

My only concern is the after market stuff is not a prevalent as the Jap Stuff.

Mainly talking about Dual Sporting. ie a rack, bash plate, larger fuel tank although the 610 has a 3.7 gal tank.

If there are some links to some after market stuff post up.
 
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