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Old 12-19-2006, 10:11 PM   #1
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Default Re: Husky SM610: Good Canyon Bike?

I haven't ridden one but from what I read it is one of the Best canyon bikes. Light weight to power ratio, great brakes, and great handling.
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:25 AM   #2
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Default Its the rider not the bike.

Its the rider not the bike.



In the hands of a pro a Honda Gold Wing can leave all the Squids far far behind.



I seen it many times out here at Canyon lake, Super Squid gets new super bike, is left behind when the road gets twisty by Suzuki GS500, HD 1200, even a well ridden Gold Wing.
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:18 AM   #3
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Default Re: Its the rider not the bike.

I'm not a pro, but I definitely ride faster in the twisties when I'm riding a sport bike, as opposed to the cruisers or sport tourers I've owned in the past. Even a pro can only get so much lean angle from a cruiser or a goldwing.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:16 AM   #4
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Default Re: Husky SM610: Good Canyon Bike?

It is supposed to be smoother than the KTM but I've known too many Husky owners who had trouble with their engine internals. I'd wait to see how the SM is holding up before I bought one.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:17 AM   #5
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Default Re: Husky SM610: Good Canyon Bike?

Very good. I've got the DP version (TE610), and it's really fun on tight and twisties. About 50 rwhp, 324lb fully gassed, so it's relatively quick out of corners.



Don't expect to run high speeds, the aerodynamics suck compared to a sport bike.



Really quick to flick into corners, makes a 600 feel overweight.



The stock saddle sucks though...



Go to www.thumpertalk.com, there is a Husky forum. There also a few SM forums (fora in real English / Latin...), where a number of the members are on 610s. Search Thumpertalk, should be links to them.



Also, the Thumpers forum on advrider.com has some very useful info, especially for the TE (same basic bike).
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:19 AM   #6
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Default Re: Its the rider not the bike.

Yes, very true, but I just had to comment on the wide gap of rider ability we all see out there on a daily basis.



When you see a kid bragging about how fast he is on a given road on his new GSX-R, RR, R1, etc then you look at his back tire and it has a chicken strip on each side 6 inches wide and then you leave in behind riding a Gold Wing you know who I'm talking about.



I'm all for new riders to the sport and I'm by far not the best rider out there, I'm just sick of the crap flying out of these punks mouth at every stop about how fast they are.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:21 AM   #7
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Default Re: Husky SM610: Good Canyon Bike?

Real information, from real 610 owners? The motor is basically the traditional Husky motor reworked for the street and more power.

3K service intervals, which is good for this type of bike.



The 450/510 are the newer, more high-strung motors.



There were a few issues with the first lot of 610s, but lots of guys have a fair bit of mileage on them now. Mine has been fine so far, and I plan to do a 3K mile tour on it next year (mostly off-pavement).



Ideal TransAm trail bike, or Great Divide trail bike, with some basic mods for luggage and fuel tank capacity.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:39 AM   #8
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You should just go out and buy a GSXR-600. We have been told by idiot after idiot that a 600 sportbike is the only bike you should buy. Everything else is a bad bike and you would be wasting your money.



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Old 12-20-2006, 05:44 AM   #9
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Default Re: Husky SM610: Good Canyon Bike?

Also go to advrider.com and/or supermotojunkie.com. Tons of info...I just went through the same decision process. I got the '06 KTM 625SMC. It vibrates more, and doesn't have some of the niceties the Husky has, but it's dead reliable and the dealer network is much better. It's a rip.



Also, as someone mentioned above: Yes, it's the rider that matters most. But, you're not looking to race, so YOU are the only rider you're worried about. You will find an SM a blast in the tight stuff. Keep speeds below 80'ish, and you'll have a blast! Too much fun...
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:49 AM   #10
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EXACTLY!
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