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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (Dave)

That's a very cool looking take on the SM610.

It appears to have the same motor, frame, swingarm, wheels and brakes as the old SM610S... a nice handling and reliable package.

The new forks and exhaust would hopefully address the only real shortcomings of the old bike.

The cosmetic treatment is excellent.

I would own one.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (banda)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by banda »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">
I would own one.</TD></TR></TABLE>

Oh yes, so would I.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (Dave)

repeat after me:
THANK YOU HUSQY!

THANK YOU HUSQY!

THANK YOU HUSQY!

THANK YOU HUSQY!

THANK YOU HUSQY!
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (Dezmo)

They just gotta do something about that exhaust!
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (Gerg)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Gerg »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">They just gotta do something about that exhaust!</TD></TR></TABLE>

It's got to be better than the old SM610S... that had two mufflers with catalytic converters in them... the internal brackets that held the cats would rip themselves out with too much high rpm riding.

They needed to create an exhaust that had enough volume to hold the cat to meet European emissions requirements, and also to quiet the noise down to acceptable levels. You either need more than one muffler, or you need one huge one. The new design is a step in the right direction. It is a streetbike after all... a big bore four stroke thumper streetbike, not a naturally quiet machine by any stretch of the imagination.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (banda)

Maybe if they just painted the damn thing black it wouldn't lookk so hideous.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (Gerg)

That thing looks horrible!!!! It will never be well received in the US market.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (chriscap)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by chriscap »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That thing looks horrible!!!! It will never be well received in the US market.
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I hope you're right.

Then I can score one cheap.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (Dave)

That exhaust looks like a beautiful lady's leg.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (Just Riding Along)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Just Riding Along »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That exhaust looks like a beautiful lady's leg.</TD></TR></TABLE>

I think the exhuast looks fine, but I'm concerned about the "beautiful ladies" in Canada.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (Dave)

I'm sure there is a small market out there for SM "street only" bikes, but it just seems to me that in the US track capable bikes sell better.

After you pick one up cheap, maybe you can have the exhaust airbrushed with some stockings and heels.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (Dave)

You guys will never learn. You will not have any luck with Husky USA supporting you. Fast By Ferracci was horrible to deal with. I mean really bad on the numerous times I called them to try and get help when my local guy couldn't get any answers.

The two happiest days of my life were the day I got my SM610S and the day I sold my SM610S.

Make sure you can do all your own maintenance or you have a local dealer. I HAD a local dealer until his wife decided she didn't like him anymore.


The exhaust is terrible. I liked the two mufflers better. Much better. No problems with them. Gut them and make them boom. No cats needed.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (Dave)

Been riding Huskys for 20 straight years. Own 3 right now, one being the only SM610S that came to Ga. in 2000. I like "some" of the styling upgrade. But the former exhaust, made by termignoni, is an asthetic work of stainless steel art compared to this new exhaust. And as for the cats., mine came to the U.S. with NO internal cats installed, alothough the silencers did have "cat" stickers on them.
I thought ONLY Euro models had them. One of my ducks has term.high mnt.carbon exhausts and my 610 sounds almost identical, so there's no question about the cats in my mind. Although it may be an eyesore to some, the luggage rack on the previous model has been worth it's weight in gold. I'd really miss it !
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (bikefrk)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by bikefrk »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You guys will never learn. You will not have any luck with Husky USA supporting you. </TD></TR></TABLE>

Sounds like you had a lazy dealer... and you had all your parts buying experiences in 2002 when Husqvarna was basically closed for restructuring.

I had a great local dealer. Even when I had my dealer do the maintenance, the price was cheap because the hours required were so darn low.

My one complaint with the bike was that the stock exhaust self-destructed, more than once. I had the mufflers replaced twice under warranty and a side plate that the muffler had damaged, with no out-of-pocket expense to me and very little waiting. Fine fast service.

Love Husqvarna. Love my dealer. Hated the stock mufflers.

Your milage may vary.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (banda)

I hope you folks can pump up the volume so the prices come down. I can't wrap my head around paying as much for a dirt bike as I'd pay for a 600 Supersport bike. I know the Suzuki's an affordable alternative, but it doesn't do the same for me as the KTM's or this bike. Blue and yellow Husky's never hooked me, but this bike, whoah!

Remember Cdn ladies are normally wearing snowmobile suits this time of year.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (huskyduck)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by huskyduck »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> One of my ducks has term.high mnt.carbon exhausts and my 610 sounds almost identical, so there's no question about the cats in my mind. Although it may be an eyesore to some, the luggage rack on the previous model has been worth it's weight in gold. I'd really miss it !</TD></TR></TABLE>

My bike boomed also. Really got the heads turning when I would come in somewhere hard on the gas. The bike performed really well on the track for me also.

Is your SMS really needy on valve adjustments? I was having to do mine every 1500 road miles. HARD road miles I might add. I did not baby the bike. I bought it to ride like a hooligan and that is what I did.

The luggage rack was a plus. If you didn't like it just order a new rear fender from Fast by Ferraci. Oh yeah, I tried to do that. Never could get one.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (banda)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by banda »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sounds like you had a lazy dealer... and you had all your parts buying experiences in 2002 when Husqvarna was basically closed for restructuring.

I had a great local dealer. Even when I had my dealer do the maintenance, the price was cheap because the hours required were so darn low.

My one complaint with the bike was that the stock exhaust self-destructed, more than once. I had the mufflers replaced twice under warranty and a side plate that the muffler had damaged, with no out-of-pocket expense to me and very little waiting. Fine fast service.

Love Husqvarna. Love my dealer. Hated the stock mufflers.

Your milage may vary.</TD></TR></TABLE>

My dealer was great. Out of business now because of ex-wife. She gutted him and left him flopping on the floor. Too bad to. Nice guy.

Not only was I trying to get parts when they were having restucturing problems and all kinds of rumors about buyouts, but I was also trying to get parts in August. The whole country of Italy takes the month off. WTF? A whole country gets vacation at the same time.


The whole story was I binned the bike doing a rolling stoppie. $2500 worth of damage. To a dirtbike. I was lead to believe they crash cheaply. LMAO! Boy did I learn on that one. I ordered all the needed replacement parts and when the plastic pieces finally came in after 2 months of waiting,begging and pleading I received a:

blue front fender.
yellow radiator shroud.
white rear number plate.
green headlight surround.

or something to that effect. It was ridiculous.

I am done on this topic. I can only relate my personal experience. I hope and pray that Husky has it together. I would love to own another one. The SM610S was the most fun motorcycle I ever owned. But, I had to cut my losses at some point. Lost my butt on it too.
 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (bikefrk)

Now yer talkin!

Having spent some quality time on my buddies 610SMR thhis may be just the ticket

 
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Re: Husky 610 coming to US in '06 (bikefrk)

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blue front fender.
yellow radiator shroud.
white rear number plate.
green headlight surround.

or something to that effect. It was ridiculous. </TD></TR></TABLE>

Ok, now I can see why you were frustrated.

Having gone through the parts lists for the Husky SM610S, I remember that there's a different part number for each color of each body part, and the key for decoding the colors is a) not in the parts list document and b) not based on the english names for the colors.

It took some serious detective work to make sure the right color parts were being ordered. That was a pain in the ass.

That $2500 crash must have been a hell of a freak thing... I crashed the snot out of SM610 repeatedly and I only ever had to buy clutch and brake levers for it.

It pained me to sell it. I opted to keep the 2002 SV650 as my only street bike. I'm not sure I made the right choice. The SV is as dull as dishwater by comparison.
 
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