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Does anyone have the 650 Terra?
« on: June 06, 2013, 11:00:56 am »
I am looking at it and would like some opinions?
 

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Re: Does anyone have the 650 Terra?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 11:25:08 am »
I've had a short ride on one.  It's a bloody nice bike.  It's not a 690 and it's not light.  It's directly comparable to the Dakar/GS650/Sertao range, and provides a very nice alternative to the XT660R or the KLR.  If I was in the market for a bike like that, this is the one I'd buy.
 

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Re: Does anyone have the 650 Terra?
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2013, 12:16:31 pm »
Tnanks... Maybe I should take it for a test ride...

But maybe I should stick with a 690...
 

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Re: Does anyone have the 650 Terra?
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013, 09:39:38 am »
I've had a short ride on one.  It's a bloody nice bike.  It's not a 690 and it's not light.  It's directly comparable to the Dakar/GS650/Sertao range, and provides a very nice alternative to the XT660R or the KLR.  If I was in the market for a bike like that, this is the one I'd buy.

I thought it was a bit lighter than most of its competition?

But its not in the same league as the 690, which is really in a class of its own at the moment.

It seems that the Husky revisions to the engine are a big improvement by all accounts. 
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Re: Does anyone have the 650 Terra?
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2013, 10:55:29 am »
It's about 10kg lighter than a Sertao.  I don't have the figures to hand, but it's in that order.  It's very manageable because it's low and quite narrow.
 

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Re: Does anyone have the 650 Terra?
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2013, 10:58:24 am »
I was really contemplating getting one, but the poor suspension travel put me off completely. Im now looking for a dr rather.
 

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Re: Does anyone have the 650 Terra?
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2013, 09:45:12 pm »
Test drove on Saturday. Still in 2 minds. Sure is a good deal at R73k.
 

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Re: Does anyone have the 650 Terra?
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2013, 10:40:24 pm »
What do you want from the bike?

I think it will be a good commuter/ tourer type bike - as good as the other bikes like that ( Sertao, XTZ, etc). It's basically a BMW so it will be good on tar and ok'ish on gravel. Not as good as the XChallenge on dirt. That's my take on the bike any way.

All reports say the engine is very nice.

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Re: Does anyone have the 650 Terra?
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2013, 12:39:04 pm »
My main idea was commuting, but if I enjoy it enough, I might flog the 990.

As for the shocks, I have a set of 990 WP in the garage that can be used to pimp up the Husky with about 45mm of additional suspension travel. Will just need to test out geometry of the rear shock then, maybe raise the dogbones. The bike is fairly low, even though I am only 1.7m.

Motor is good. Husky said they'd through in the R3000 alu bash plate for free. So I might have one by the weekend  :deal:
 

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Re: Does anyone have the 650 Terra?
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2013, 10:48:36 pm »
My main idea was commuting, but if I enjoy it enough, I might flog the 990.

As for the shocks, I have a set of 990 WP in the garage that can be used to pimp up the Husky with about 45mm of additional suspension travel. Will just need to test out geometry of the rear shock then, maybe raise the dogbones. The bike is fairly low, even though I am only 1.7m.

Motor is good. Husky said they'd through in the R3000 alu bash plate for free. So I might have one by the weekend  :deal:
I really can't see this bike as much more than a casual commuter. It has nothing that makes an Italain bike special. BMW motor and looks like it was styled by the Germans as well. I don't think I'll get alot of enjoyment out of it but then someone else might. Also no way a aluminium bash plate is worth R3000-00, sound like a sales gimmick.
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Re: Does anyone have the 650 Terra?
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2013, 07:01:17 am »
Yeah, as nice as it handles I was also a bit bored with it.
It certainly doesn't have the entertainment value of my 990.
I still think it's great value, but I'm happy with my decision not to take it.
As far as 650 class goes, the best ride I've had is probably the DR.

I think the Terra will be a great bike for someone looking to upgrade from their first bike (if you started on something small like a CRF or KLR etc.)
 

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Re: Does anyone have the 650 Terra?
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2013, 09:52:20 am »
I was going smaller from a 990, looked at the 690... But for my overall needs, commuting, touring and gravel highways and tweespoor this bike is ideal. I have a 250ktm for the rougher stuff...