Husqvarna TE630 - Long-Term Test Wrap-Up

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Long-Term Test Wrap-Up: Husqvarna TE630

Long-Term Test Wrap-Up: Husqvarna TE630

When we first rode the 2011 TE630 in Italy, we knew that we wanted to add one to our long-term test fleet. The bike impressed us in stock form, but we had a totally different concept in mind for our evaluation: Make it a lightweight adventure-touring machine.

We figured that with its relatively low weight and powerful Single, the TE630 would run off-road circles around bikes like the BMW F800GS, Triumph Tiger 800XC, Kawasaki KLR650 and Honda XR650L yet perform quite well on the asphalt. A few bolt-on modifications were all it needed.

Husky’s revisions to the TE for 2011 focused on making the bike more versatile on the road and off. The engine received updates that increased power by a claimed 20 percent, including more displacement (576 to 600cc), a revised cylinder head, larger throttle body (up from 42 to 45mm) and a new dual-can exhaust system. A 45mm Marzocchi fork, Sachs shock and 21-inch front and 18-in. rear wheels position the TE more toward the off-road side of the dual-sport spectrum, which is exactly what we were after.

Despite having the TE in our fleet for a year and a half, we put only 3150 miles on the odometer after a series of setbacks kept the bike on a workstand in the Cycle World garage instead of out on the trail. As documented in previous updates, these setbacks were more our fault than the bike's.

Still, we did get some high-quality seat time on several epic trips. To help us meet our nomadic goals, we went to the aftermarket. While support isn’t nearly as extensive for the TE as it is for some of the more popular adventure-touring bikes previously mentioned, some savvy choices helped us meet our needs perfectly.

After sidelining the TE by punching a hole in the magneto cover on not one but two occasions, we finally learned our lesson. One of the first pieces we added to protect the engine and frame rails was a full-coverage aluminum skidplate ($195) from Uptight Husqvarna (www.uptitehusky.com). A pair of Acerbis Rally II handguards ($90) was also mandatory to keep our levers intact and protect our paws on the tight trails we explored in California's Sierra Mountains.

Our adventure aspirations required the ability to haul some gear while keeping the TE svelte, which jibed with the Touratec-made luggage rack ($198) and tailbag ($133) from Husqvarna’s accessory catalog. Combining these with a light backpack, we had enough capacity for our personal belongings on a four-day, 800-mile adventure ride in Baja California, Mexico.

Speaking of that tour south of the border, the 630 proved to be the class of the field. While other participants tip-toed cautiously through mud, sand and whoops on heavier KTM Adventures and KLRs in the Sierra de San Pedro Mountains and on the Baja 1000 race course, the TE may as well have been a "works" racer by comparison. The big Single also proved to be a great dual-sport bike, as the incredibly tight, twisty and fun paved road up the mountain to our overnight accommodations at Rancho Meling in the Parque Natural Sierra de San Pedro Martin proved.

For sure, the single biggest key to the TE630’s versatility and performance over the course of our test was tires. We tried multiple sets, including the stock Metzeler MCE Karoos, Michelin Desert TT Rallys ($238) and Dunlop Rally Raids ($507). But the best combination was a mismatched Pirelli MT 21 Rallycross ($70) front and Dunlop D606 ($89) rear, which provided really good off-road traction but also proved to have excellent on-road grip and stability, too.

Unfortunately, right as we were hitting our stride with the TE, Husqvarna asked for its bike back. So, not only did we fail to accumulate as many miles as we would have liked, we were unable to try some aftermarket solutions that we had our eyes on, including a larger-capacity fuel tank and tall windscreen.

Over the duration of the test, the TE proved reliable and never suffered a failure that wasn't inflicted on it by us while also providing a great platform for our vision of a lightweight adventure-tourer. We were disappointed to learn that the 630 was discontinued for the 2012 model year; it filled a void that is now occupied by only the KTM 690 Enduro. Perhaps Husky will produce the Concept Baja. We'd like to take another swing at building a lightweight adventure bike.

#### SPECIFICATIONS
Price as tested (2011):|$8999
Current NADA value (not inc. options):|$7465
Warranty:|12 mo./unlimited mi.
Engine:|liquid-cooled, four-stroke Single
Bore & stroke:|100.0 x 76.4mm
Displacement:|600cc
Valve train:|dohc, four valves per cylinder
Fuel injection:|45mm throttle bodies
Weight-Tank empty:|331 lb.
Weight-Tank full:|351 lb.
Fuel capacity:|3.2 gal.
Wheelbase:|58.5 in.
Rake/trail:|30°/4.53 in.
Total miles:|3150
Miles since last report:|395
Average fuel mileage:|44 mpg
Repair costs:|$260.99
Maintenance costs (incl. tires):|$1340
2011 Husqvarna TE630 in-action

2011 Husqvarna TE630 Dual-Sport Adventurer

Husqvarna TE630 exhaust silencer

LeoVince X3 exhaust system with c-f-capped silencer

Husqvarna TE630 exhaust system

Modifications on the Husky TE630 included the LeoVince X3 exhaust system featuring titanium header

Husky TE630 tail rack

Another addition on the TE730 included the Touratec-made, subframe-mounted tail rack

Husqvarna TE630 side profile

Unfortunately, the Husqvarna TE630 was discontinued for 2012

2011 Husqvarna TE630

2011 Husqvarna TE630 in adventure mode