Husqvarna TR 650 Strada and Terra: like a G650GS, but fun

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To create these new Husqvarna TR 650s, BMW tuned its budget G650GS motor for a little more power and housed it in a bespoke frame. The result should be a fun, affordable dual sport and supermoto.

The Husqvarna TR 650 Strada is, as the name suggests, the street version. That means cast wheels (19-inch front, 17 rear) and standard ABS. The Husqvarna TR 650 Terra gets spoked wheels and a 21-inch front. ABS is optional on that model.

Starting with the G650GS’s 652cc, liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor, BMW tweaked the fuel injection, altered the cam profile and upped compression by changing the profile of both the piston and and cylinder head. It’s fitted with two large silencers and a catalytic converter, but still produces 58bhp at 7,250rpm and 44lb/ft at 5,750rpm.

The frame looks somewhat similar to that employed on the G650GS, but is here a tubular split backbone design while the swingarm is pentagonal in section and made from steel. Suspension does not appear to be adjustable. Dry weight is 165kg/368lbs, add a pound or two for ABS.

Compared to the G650GS, the Husqvarnas make 10bhp more and weigh 10kg less (without ABS). The bikes are US-bound, but no price has yet been made public. The G650GS retails for $7,850 and the confusingly totally different, 800cc F650GS is $10,155, so expect the Husqvarna’s to fall in the middle.

Should you care? A good-looking, rugged, reliable, strong, versatile, affordable, fun bike sounds pretty good to us.

  • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    So….it’s a fancy version of the DR650? I don’t get it.

    • BMW11GS

      Not exactly Dux, the F650 rotax single has a huge following for being a bullet proof and high mileage fuel injection motor. 65 MPG is not un-common and having seen several of these in for service at the BMW shop I used to work at, they can withstand hugh amounts of abuse and keep on ticking. At 66,000 miles a guy brought his F650 in saying his heated grips didn’t work. He had never adjusted his valves and the throttle body was about 65% clogged with debris, guess what it was going surprisingly strongly. In short, these bikes can be set up to be much superior to the old air cooled 650 motors from Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda et. al.

      • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

        Doesn’t sound too bad. How flaky are the ECU/Fuel Pump/other sensors? That’s my number one concern!

  • The Blue Rider

    Kicking around 2nd Bike ideas, I find myself attracted to the G650GS, except for the BMW premium and the front fork failure bug. I’m interested in this…

    • BMW11GS

      I wouldn’t worry about the front fork failure bug, you have a better chance of being struck by a meteor (obvious hyperbole). If you look into it more there is actually extenuating circumstances to the handful (less than 5?) front fork incidences. Also that was on the 2000-2003 model years where it occurred.

    • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

      I really enjoyed my G650GS. Totally workable in nearly every situation. Was it super exciting, no, but it always went where and how I wanted it. 1000+ mile weekends, riding through some trails in the woods, scratching up back roads with sportbikes. It always worked.

  • Jon B.

    Why a 19″ front on the Strada, why not a 17″ front?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Eh, it’s no hooligan bike. That 19 will be a bit nicer over potholes and stuff.

      • Van Doan

        A SM that’s not a hooligan bike? That seems to defeat the purpose.

        • noone1569

          Right . . that sort of distracts me from wanting it now. Is it fun???

  • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

    Hell yeah I’d ride that.

  • Devin

    That is one busy front fork / fender unit. That kind of scares me on a SM. One minute your are doing hooligan things, the next you need to replace the whole darn unit if you screw up/ are a little too entusiastic?

    This is one attractive motorcycle though. It doesn’t look like a dirt bike with blinkers, nor is it all covered in plastic – perfect to my tastes.

  • markbvt

    Meh… they should just bring back the TE610.

    • muckluck

      The 610 and 630 were nice but had quality issues, plus the maintenance intervals were very close together. If I didn’t have a well sorted DR650 right now I’d buy the TR for sure! Having BMW’s reliable engine I can see a lot of guys looking at the husky’s instead of DR’s and XR’s specially having better suspension and fuel injection… If the price is right!

  • Joe

    I was hoping for a production version of the Baja, bummer.

  • http://twitter.com/tacotv69 Taco

    Since we never got the Husky Nuda, this is probably the next best thing. When is this thing coming?

  • walter

    Nice bike. Screwy branding.

    It’s a BMW with a Husqvarna badge. The article says so. So does the product sheet clearly at the top of every page.

    Husqvarna was a winning race bike. Now it’s just a logo owned by the BMW Group.

    • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

      Maybe they’re planning to make their money with official Husqvarna apparel! Live the Huskqy lifestyle! (?)

    • Sean Smith

      Husqvarna is a brand that sells mostly chainsaws, lawnmowers and other motorized outdoor equipment. The bikes are for fun.

      • walter

        Don’t forget Sewing Machines!

        The logo comes from when they were making guns, so they’ve covered a few ‘market spaces’ over the years.

        We bikers know them from the sixties and seventies when their bikes were exotic, high performance race bikes from Europe and most recently the bikes that dominated supermoto racing. That dominance has slowly unwound since 2007 when the BMW Group acquired the brand.

        A couple of years ago Mauno Hermunen kept the stoke alive. Today he’s gone on to win races on another bike.

        What do we have now? Teutonic spec sheets and Euro trash models posturing next to shiny black BMWs with tiny Husqvarna badges.

  • Trev

    I wouldn’t mind this bike, or a used X-country/x-moto with a little bit of suspension work; for street use. However, something about all years of the 690 SMC also really appeals to me too. Sorry, I am just thinking out loud.

  • pplassm

    Over 400 lbs? No thanks.

  • http://www.TroyRank.com Troy R

    Another pretty enduro, which I would be really sad to down offroad, but looks oh so good on the street.

    Not quite as bad as the Aprilia dualsports. I wouldn’t feel quite as bad getting this one dirty with the BMW bloodline :)

  • Devin

    Aprilia Pegaso -> BMW X -> Husqvarna TR… BMW is going to keep trying this formula on different brands until it works… I wish them all the best, and sincerely hope it doesn’t turn out to be another sales flop.

  • Philip

    I’ll keep my ’10 Duke 690