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July 1st, 2010, 03:32 AM   #1
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TE610 vs FE390 for single track

I know the answer to this one but I need your asurance before I pull the trigger and spend big $$ on a FE390.

I own a Husky 2006 TE610 - did a 2 day single track recently and loved it. The bike is more an adventure bike that I use for overnight self supported camp trips, but does do single track ok if it must. The poor turning radius and 170kg of weight makes things quite tough when the trail is tight, and I keep stalling it at low speeds; I have dropped 2 teeth on the front cog for tight stuff. I am now addicted to single track and am lusting after a FE390.

I would keep both bikes - am I stupid, are they too similar? I can't test ride a FE390, I would be buying a new one off the showroom floor.

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Re: TE610 vs FE390 for single track

Too similar? Not a chance. I have a 390 and spent some quality time on the big TE. Horses for courses IMO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4vvUzWLrIU&sns=em
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Re: TE610 vs FE390 for single track

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Too similar? Not a chance. I have a 390 and spent some quality time on the big TE. Horses for courses IMO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4vvUzWLrIU&sns=em
If my wife watched your video link, and the way you rode that single track on the TE610 so well - she wouldnt let me buy the FE390 - you gotta help me with some words bro.
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Re: TE610 vs FE390 for single track

Gonna be quite different. Yes, the 610 and bikes of that weight/size/focus can be made to work on single track, but as the trail gets harder and harder you will be worn down and it will require more and more energy and skill. Jimmy Lewis can ride a BMW R1200GS on hard trails, but I don't recommend it.

As you said, the 610 is a bike for dual sporting. IMO dual sports are compromise bikes - they don't do street or trail all that well. Some do one better than the other. If you want to do off-road and not get beaten up by the bike then a light dirt bike is what you want. The 390 is at least 60 pounds lighter and it is an Enduro, not a dual sport.
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Re: TE610 vs FE390 for single track

I have held the opinion for a while that a Husky TE610 and a Berg FE390 would be a perfect combo. There isn't very much overlap between the bikes. The TE is for long rides, camping, exploring, general dualsport use. The 390 is a dedicated, lightweight, tight trail bike. You truck the 390 to the trails. You ride the 610 down the hiway, up the gravel roads,down a short single-track and back home.
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Re: TE610 vs FE390 for single track

Thanks guys for your posts.

When I tell my wife I want a dirt bike for dedicated single track, and the more gnarly stuff, she says ' youve got a dirt bike' and doesn't understand - in her mind a dirt bike is a dirt bike. I know, you know, but I will let her read these posts when the new toy comes home if I can get a good deal.

In the kitchen, why do we have an oven, microwave, slow cooker, a pressure cooker, a BBQ, grill plate, steamer, fry pan and a tagine - hey, they do things differently.

Watch this space.

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Re: TE610 vs FE390 for single track

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In the kitchen, why do we have an oven, microwave, slow cooker, a pressure cooker, a BBQ, grill plate, steamer, fry pan and a tagine - hey, they do things differently.
Exactly - you wouldn't try to fry a steak in a steamer. You would not try to race on a track in an SUV against a Corvette.

There is some crossover, but generally one of the big factors is weight. I have a street bike (Ducati) and a dirt bike. I could have a lot of bikes in between, but the idea is to have a bike that is going to work well. When I was shopping for my 'dirt bike' I started out considering the TE610, but it too heavy and not well suited for the riding I wanted to do - technical single track. You can try to ride the TE610 on technical single track, but you are not going to have much fun (if any), you are going to be working very hard managing the heavier bike, and you may get hurt, or hurt more often - the bigger bike will make you fall more often and make you fall harder, or even fall on you.

Later I may buy something like the TE610 to serve as a 'dual sport' in addition to the Husaberg, but right now I am having fun riding the Hussy.
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Re: TE610 vs FE390 for single track

"...You can try to ride the TE610 on technical single track, but you are not going to have much fun (if any), you are going to be working very hard managing the heavier bike, and you may get hurt, or hurt more often - the bigger bike will make you fall more often and make you fall harder, or even fall on you...."

CodeMonkey, yes, the safety angle will be the deal clincher with Mrs Fizz. You should be a lawyer\marriage counsellor, its a win\win; I get the bike and I stay alive to do household chores

Will touch base when I get back from work in 8+ hrs with an update - if I can get a good price, I will pay and have a bike today; otherwise I will wait for the 2011 model with those damn Closed Cartridge forks .


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Re: TE610 vs FE390 for single track

Horses for courses, as they say. Among others, the major elements of my 'fleet', are a 4wd ute, a 4wd tractor, a 2wd buggy, an AWD Magna sedan, and the bike collection. They all complement one another, with very little overlap, other than that they all constitute motorised transport. I'm really enjoying the DR650, did 500kms of dual sporting on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and had a hoot. Open fire trails and dirt roads mostly with a little single track to join a few dots. Got home and parked it in the shed. Its ready for the next trip with no more than a chain lube. The Berg would at least need an oil change and I would not pull up as fresh due to the comfort factor. I love them all, but they each serve a different primary purpose.

One of each I say.

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Re: TE610 vs FE390 for single track

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Will touch base when I get back from work in 8+ hrs with an update - if I can get a good price, I will pay and have a bike today
Honey? I bought you a motorcycle.
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