I’m thinking about becoming a dual sport adventure rider. What bike should I buy?
I can’t tell you which bike will best meet your needs but I might be able to help you think it through. I suggest that you start by determining what your riding will actually consist of. Are you going to ride mostly single track with only enough pavement to get from one trail to another? Will you be going on long distance adventures? Only by first figuring out what type of riding you will be doing can you select the right bike for you. You might find this guide to dual sport riding useful.
The Husky TE610/630 are the finest 650 class dual sport motorcycles ever produced. Unfortunately, Husky discontinued the TEs in 2012, with no replacement in sight. However, the Honda XR650L is still available and it is a surprisingly good platform for a 20 year old design. Which made me wonder – can you modify a XR-L so that it equals the might TE610? Find out in this comparison.
Husqvarna TR650 Terra
In 2013 Husqvarna came out with the TR650 Terra, produced as a competitor to the Kawasaki KLR650. I purchased the Husky in the winter of 2014 in order to have a more road-worthy adventure bike. Planned changes include seat, windscreen, and luggage racks.
- Husqvarna TR650 Terra
- The Madstad Windscreen
- Seat Concepts tall seat
- Be Prepared – adding a luggage system
- Range and Protection
Project XR650L Adventure
- Project XR650L Adventure
- Raising the bar
- Seat Comfort
- Reinforcing the subframe
- Luggage v2.0
- Hot Rod Honda
- Final touches
- The verdict
- Update: A better countershaft sprocket
- DR-Z400S as an adventure bike?
- Going long – extending the range of the DRZ
- Wind management – adding a windscreen to the DRZ
- The Lynx Fairing
- Seat Concepts – a more comfortable saddle
- Finally, a wide ratio transmission
- Going Big – no replacement for displacement
- Introducing the DR-Z440w
In 2006 Husqvarna redesigned the TE610, its 650 class dual sport adventure bike. Then in 2008 it upgraded it again with fuel injection. In 2009 I acquired a TE610 and ended up riding it nearly 20,000 miles over a 4 year period. This is the on-going review I wrote during the early years of my ownership of the 610. The 610 has been discontinued but if you are considering buying one on the used market you might find my report useful.