Adrian's Husqvarna TR650 Strada - Owning and Riding
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I wanted to upgrade my Pegaso because I had started a temporary contract with a daily 27 mile commute each way. I kept my eye out for a Strada or the
more off road Terra and I saw this Strada advertised locally. I love the design, very minimalistic, looks like a dirt bike, feels like a dirt bike tall, slim and
light. On reflection I do not mind having a Strada with cast wheels because I prefer tubeless tyres, I can get some off road tyres fitted if I wish. The
engine is super smooth and the Strada has significantly more power than the Pegaso. The lights are better, so is the switchgear. For very little money I
found this mint 3 year old bike with 7,000 miles on the clock.
I like the light feel of the bike, the steering feels slow but the Strada can be hustled with little effort. The 650 BMW/Rotax engine has plenty of go and I
can cruise at 50, 60, 70 or 80 mph. The Strada accelerates quickly from standstill being light with a torquey engine. Overtaking another vehicle
travelling at 60, 70 or 80 mph is easily undertaken just twist and go (Unlike the Pegaso which started running out of puff).
I used the Strada for commuting to Cambridge, 54 miles each day, I was worried the small 13 litre tank would not be enough. Much to my amazement I
could commute 3 days (around 170 miles) before the fuel light came on. I am averaging over 70mpg while keeping up a fast average speed on country
roads and filtering for 6 miles each day. The Strada is the most economic bike I have owned since my of Honda C90 Cub.
There are some good websites especially Café Husky. As ever so many posts are full of doom and gloom with people moaning about everything.
Thankfully there are a few high mileage examples around so hopefully my Strada will last. The main known issue is the fueling which can be bad at low
revs and some bikes keep stalling. Thankfully mine is OK, probably because the ECU has been remapped to the latest spec. The fuelling on my Strada
is perfect. In 12 months mine has only stalled twice both times on a very cold day when I slowed down immediately after moving off with a cold engine. I
have found that once Strada has covered 800 yards the engine is plenty warm enough to avoid stalling.
I would like to try this bike touring small roads in Wales or Northern Spain. I plan to fit the GPR single titanium exhaust, install a 3 litre container of fuel in
place of the missing silencer, attach some soft luggage on home made pannier brackets and the Strada will be good to go.
There are a couple of downsides with owning this bike, surprisingly the Insurance is higher than my Pegaso because of the lack of cheap spare parts
which make repairs expensive for insurers. Also because he bike is slim and compact it will be difficult to access all the components required for a major
service. As I write there seems to be enough secondhand parts on eBay to keep the Strada running for a few years and I believe this engine is used by
SWM so no problems getting parts.
More updates to follow
TR650 vs KTM690 The Husqvarna TR650 is a much underrated bike, possibly because the asking price was too high when launched, added to the fact that Husky's are not thought of
as good road bikes. I was contemplating buying a used KTM690 Enduro and converting it as an Adventure Bike for the road. The 690 Enduro is supposed to be 100lbs lighter than the
Strada. I thought it was also 10 bhp more powerful however I found this Dyno test from Motorcyclist in the USA which shows the Strada/Terra have similar power to the KTM with slightly
more at the bottom end. Interesting! There are a couple of road tests on You Tube, comparing the KTM Duke vs Strada and Enduro vs Terra. The main drawback of the KTM is
vibration at high revs making it a poor engine for road work plus the seat which is very uncomfortable. There are some good adventure kits available from Nomad, Rally Raid etc but
the kits cost £2,500 up to £5,000 and I would have to buy a KTM690 or Husqvarna 701. So in the end I think the TR650 should be a better choice for my combination of touring and off