Another one I was looking at was a mid-90's Husaberg FE501. Perhaps I am a masochist at heart.
You sir certainly are!
I owned a TC570, which basically is a 610. Chain on the right side, exhaust on the left, updated plastics in comparison to the 610.
The 610 motor has undergone a small change in (donīt nail me to it) ī99 when they got some sort of pseudo oil pump. Itīs a little Mikuni pump thatīs spewing bits of oil on the crankshaft and rod. Before that, the engines were said to be a bit fragile. But owners I have spoken to would deny such thing.
My point of view on the 610/570 is:
- it has BIG power. Way too much for close trail riding. You will find yourself in 2nd gear all the time because that thing goes fast fast.
- itīs a bit heavy, but then itīs a 4 stroke. When I owned the 570 I also had a ī90 CR 250. Both water cooled, but the CR as a two stroke was obviously lighter.
- I broke my engine twice, once was my fault (misuse of Loctite) and the other time a valve got bent due to a bad valve guide. Canīt help it when itīs ****ed, so I went and got it repaired. Couldnīt do the headwork myself, but it was relatively affordable. In terms of rebuilding a 4 stroke.
- Iīd only buy one again if I had nice trails and quite a bit of space to ride the thing. On the track and on tight trails itīs just too much. Maybe Iīd buy one again if I had more money for a supermoto conversion. I made mine a motard, but it didnīt ride really well. Needed new suspension or tuning of the existing components and maybe a different set of triple clamps.