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Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« on: June 08, 2012, 03:02:47 pm »
First of all, this is a comparison from an owner/ex-owner’s viewpoint, without a clear winner at all!!
I had my Husky for 5000k’s before selling it maybe too soon! I have done 3000k’s now with the XRL, on basically the same routes, although I have yet to take the XRL through Lesotho and Bastervoet, as I’ve done with the Husky.
As you know both are 650 class thumpers, originating from enduro bikes.
Both are rather tall, and putting your foot down in technical terrain can be a challenge sometimes.
The Husky is WAY sexier than the Exaar, but the XR has a strange kind of old school basic hardcore beauty to it.
The Husky has all the “big brand name” components; the Exaar just has components…..
The Husky is surprisingly not much faster (stock for stock), yes, it is a bit faster, but not by much I believe.
BUT, the biggest surprise to me is the Exaar’s old school suspension, which to me works just as well as the Husky’s fancy ones!!
The Exaar has a substantially more comfortable saddle, thus making it more comfortable on longer rides – as the suspension is more or less on par.
The Husky has a substantially longer fuel-range, not only because it has a 2l bigger tank, but because it is quite a bit more frugal with the fuel!
It is easier to get luggage on the “wider” Exaar than on the “slim” Husky….
Nothing vibrates loose on the XR – on the Husky you have to fasten some stuff after every trip!
Obviously the XR is simpler to maintain… and doesn’t mind “cheaper” oil vs. the expensive fully synthetic in the TE.
Both bikes give/gave me NO shyte, except stuff getting loose on the Husky and bulbs blowing regularly.
The XR gives me more confidence to venture off far into the unknown, although, as I say, the Husky had never ever let me down!
To be honest – if money wasn’t an issue- I would own both!!!
Although it’s good to read that Husky is back in SA, I’m afraid it is going to be marketed at a premium price to the elite!!! That and the fact that genuine Husky’s like the TE610 is slowly disappearing in the wake of corporate giant BMW, makes me glad and a bit sad (the TE610 is a legend now) that I’m out of the brand.
Lastly I think it’s safe to say that I have owned and enjoyed possibly the BEST real Husky DS ever!!!
Luckily everytime I board the XR – all sadness disappears, and the next adventure begins!!!  :biggrin:
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Re: Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2012, 03:06:27 pm »
I can tell you that for most okes if you put those 2 bikes next to each other and say pick one there would be a very long pause, they are both good bikes..

Everyone knows which one I would take..

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Re: Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2012, 04:49:47 pm »
Interesting.......if you just compare the following.......surely the husky must pull a heck of a lot better than the honda?

Honda

Max Power   41.5 hp 30.5 kW @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque   51 Nm @ 5000 rpm
Dry-Weight   /  Wet Weight   147 kg  /  158 kg  -348 lb


Husqvarna

Max Power   54 hp 40.3 KW @ 7000 rpm
Max Torque   52 Nm 38.4 ft-lb @ 6500 rpm
Dry-Weight   139.7 kg



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Re: Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2012, 05:13:15 pm »
One would think so......
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Re: Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2012, 08:23:11 pm »
The Husky pulls really well at high revs, putting around and they will feel like simular power as seen in the torque figures. Above 5000 rpm the Husky will pull away no doubt.
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2012, 08:55:57 pm »
Nice review!

I have an XR and trust me, 42hp even at the crank is optimistic. Mine after full stealth pipe, dynojet kit, Dave's carb mod, twin air filter and a proper Dyno by Freez (and he knows his shit) only pushes 33hp on the rear well (Jhb).

Having said that, the torque is unbelievable and why is it such a good bike? It's simply easy to live with, kind of like my mate says; The fat chick doesn't necessarily give the best BJ, but she never says NO.

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Re: Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2012, 09:01:31 pm »
Easy to live with. There lies the beauty.
 

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Re: Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2012, 09:13:01 pm »
The Husky pulls really well at high revs, putting around and they will feel like simular power as seen in the torque figures. Above 5000 rpm the Husky will pull away no doubt.

+1

Even with three teeth more on the back sprocket (I went from 45 to 48) last weekend I had to consciously back off because the bike was still cruising comfortably at 130!  But now the thing accelerates quite aggressively  :ricky:

Keep in mind the Husky is only a 570cc.

But its lighter, has more power in standard config, handles like a race bike, uses less fuel and feels like a 250 in technical terrain and has amazing ability to find grip when others are battling.

In standard config it feels a bit sedate compared to say a 690, but with a few mods you can get it really start performing - but fuel consumption starts to to climb quite rapidly  :o.

The XRL is a nice bike - great value for money IMO.  But its not quite the same thing.

If you are cruising around on smooth gravel the difference wont be that apparent, but take it off road and then the difference should be more stark.
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2012, 09:19:29 pm »
never riden the husky so could not compare but I've had a few bikes and the XRL suites me fine as an adv bike, slap the loop on it and ride anywhere. Love it.
 

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Re: Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2012, 09:43:43 pm »
Nice review!

 The fat chick doesn't necessarily give the best BJ, but she never says NO.

Fark, I nearly lost my coffee there  :imaposer:
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Re: Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2012, 09:56:54 pm »
Nice review!

 The fat chick doesn't necessarily give the best BJ, but she never says NO.

Fark, I nearly lost my coffee there  :imaposer:

+1  :imaposer:

like this comparrson. i just can't decide on the 650 enduro-biased range....
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Re: Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2012, 11:39:37 am »
Nice review!

I have an XR and trust me, 42hp even at the crank is optimistic. Mine after full stealth pipe, dynojet kit, Dave's carb mod, twin air filter and a proper Dyno by Freez (and he knows his shit) only pushes 33hp on the rear well (Jhb).

Having said that, the torque is unbelievable and why is it such a good bike? It's simply easy to live with, kind of like my mate says; The fat chick doesn't necessarily give the best BJ, but she never says NO.

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OK, yes, the Exaar (like most Honda's) is not about brilliant figures on paper - like many things in life - but in the real world it puts a smile on your dial.....
I believe that in the unlikely event of entering both bikes in an enduro race  ::) ::), the TE will surely kill the XR, but maybe it will be like the old story of the rabbit and the tortoise.....
Nevertheless, this thread is about an owner's experience of both bikes in a  general DS environment, where the old XR unbelievably gives a 660 Tenere a run for its money too. :deal:
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Re: Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2012, 09:02:52 am »
Both are sweet bikes, but when are you okes gonna learn that its not the bike that performs its actually the riders ability and most of us on this forum never ride a bike to its limits!
And then to the image Dawgs, the fat chick may never say no but do you want to be seen with her in public ?? :biggrin:
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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2012, 09:51:14 am »
Both are sweet bikes, but when are you okes gonna learn that its not the bike that performs its actually the riders ability and most of us on this forum never ride a bike to its limits!
And then to the image Dawgs, the fat chick may never say no but do you want to be seen with her in public ?? :biggrin:



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Re: Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2012, 10:33:19 am »
Nice review!

I have an XR and trust me, 42hp even at the crank is optimistic. Mine after full stealth pipe, dynojet kit, Dave's carb mod, twin air filter and a proper Dyno by Freez (and he knows his shit) only pushes 33hp on the rear well (Jhb).

Having said that, the torque is unbelievable and why is it such a good bike? It's simply easy to live with, kind of like my mate says; The fat chick doesn't necessarily give the best BJ, but she never says NO.

Also had my 1993 DR50 dynoed by Freez (and yes, he does not what he's doing - he sold his dyno BTW) and also got the same on the back wheel: 33bhp. That being said, I'm quite happy with how she pulls, not going to lift the front wheel off the power alone in first - but that's up here where the air so so bloody thin
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Re: Honda XR650L vs. Husqvarna TE610iE
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2012, 12:46:22 pm »
Eish Grrrr.... are those two "fat" chicks saying NO yet??? ;D
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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2012, 01:24:32 pm »
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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2012, 01:30:56 pm »
Sorry XR guys but there is no comparison when it comes to looks

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« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2012, 01:39:35 pm »
Sorry XR guys but there is no comparison when it comes to looks


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Sorry XR guys but there is no comparison when it comes to looks


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