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Husqvarna TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra Unveiled

TR 650 Strada

As we predicted with the introduction of the Strada concept last year, Husqvarna has introduced its own street legal 650 . . . in fact, two of them. The Strada and Terra use a heavily revised version of the 650 single found in production BMW machines (the details of the modifications are provided below). Boasting 58 hp (10 more than the BMW), these two new Huskys should provide loads of fun from their roughly 375 lb. (claimed dry weight) platforms. One possible disappointment is relatively small fuel capacity of 3.1 gallons, although Husqvarna is claiming extremely high fuel economy (again, details below).

Here is the press material from BMW for anything and everything you would like to know about this new model, except for availability date and price, which should be forthcoming.

1. Overall concept and vehicle characteristics

Husqvarna TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra – two powerful characters for on-road and off-road riding.

With the new TR 650 Strada and the new TR 650 Terra, Husqvarna Motorcycles extends its program of highly agile, dynamic single-cylinder motorcycles by adding two attractive new machines.

Their slim, wiry stature and masculine, dynamic design gives the new Husqvarna TR 650 models a progressive, light and energetic look, whether as the “Terra” version for light terrain or as the “Strada” version for asphalt-based motorcycling fun. At the same time, the two new Husqvarna models are clearly set apart from their competitors with their outstanding overall package of handling and riding dynamics as well as in terms of design. Along with their relatively low weight, a powerful single-cylinder engine and an agile, directionally-stable chassis they embody the passion of motorcycling and the fascinating world of Husqvarna Motorcycles.

Outstandingly powerful single-cylinder engine in the BMW Motorrad mould.

In terms of engine technology, the TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra rely on the tried and tested basis of the G 650 GS by BMW Motorrad. However, this liquid-cooled single-cylinder power unit with two overhead camshafts and 652 cc was extensively modified and its performance significantly enhanced for use in the two new Husqvarna models. It delivers 43 kW (58 hp) at 7,250 rpm, developing its maximum torque of 60 Nm at 5,750 rpm. For those countries with graduated licencing, there is also there is also a reduced power version on offer as an ex works option with 35 kW (48 hp) at 7,250 rpm and 54 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm.

The single-cylinder engine has been modified with a wide range of measures to hone it for its athletic, dynamic purpose. In addition to various other improvements, such features as a modified electronic fuel-injection system, altered camshafts and an increased compression ratio due to modified piston and cylinder head geometries ensure powerful propulsion, high revving and spontaneous response. Nonetheless, with its exhaust system in stainless steel including two rear silencers and a closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, the engine provides not just an especially high level of single-cylinder riding fun but also excellent fuel efficiency and environmental compatibility.

In conjunction with the constant-mesh 5-speed gearbox, the powerful and high-revving single-cylinder engine in the Husqvarna TR 650 Strada puts in an especially impressive performance on country roads, while a full torque curve and spontaneous response also allow supreme off-road excursions over light terrain on the TR 650 Terra.

Robust, high-quality chassis for riding fun both on and off the road.

The new Husqvarna models TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra are able to rely on an agile chassis based on a split-backbone tubular steel frame with remove-able rear frame and front beam bolted to the engine.

Front guidance and suspension duties are dealt with by a torsionally-stiff 46 millimetre upside-down telescopic fork. The rear wheel is controlled by a torsionally-stiff dual swing arm made of pentagonal steel tubing in conjunction with a centrally-mounted rear shock with progressive linkage. In keeping with its use on asphalted roads, the Husqvarna TR 650 Strada has cast wheels made of aluminium while the TR 650 Terra reflects its off-road suitability with a centrally-mounted rear shock with progressive linkage. Generous suspension travel of 190 millimetres at the front and rear makes for easy handling and a high level of directional stability combined with excellent comfort and off-road qualities.

TR 650 Strada fitted as standard with ABS. TR 650 Terra with ABS as an optional feature.
To match the dynamic performance available, the brake system consists of a single-disc brake at front and rear which offers supremely solid stopping power. The new Husqvarna TR 650 Strada is fitted as standard with ABS, while the new Husqvarna TR 650 Terra can likewise feature ABS if this is ordered as an ex works option. The ABS is disengageable for special uses.

Masculine shaping in dynamic, Italian design.

To reflect their high level of riding dynamics, the lines of the new Husqvarna TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra have been given a particular dynamic emphasis in terms of design. Although they embody masculine athleticism, their clearly-defined shaping nonetheless conveys a sense of agility and lightness. While the light-alloy cast wheels in the TR 650 Strada embody the active riding character of a road bike, the spoke wheels combined with a high fender on the front wheel reveal the dual sport ambitions of the TR 650 Terra.

2. Technology and design.

Especially powerful single-cylinder engine based on the BMW G 650 GS with extensive modifications.

The heart of the new Husqvarna TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra is the single-cylinder 4-stroke engine familiar in its essentials from the BMW G 650 GS with 100 mm bore, 83 mm stroke, four valves, two overhead camshafts, electronic fuel injection and twin-spark ignition. Power transmission is by means of a constant-mesh 5-speed gearbox, with secondary drive provided by a low-maintenance O-ring roller chain.

For use in the two new Husqvarna models, however, the engine has undergone extensive technical modifications in order to increase its output.

With 43 kW (58 hp) at 7,250 rpm, it has 8 kW (10 hp) more output than the basic BMW Motorrad engine, providing particularly dynamic power, both for riding on country roads and over light terrain, especially in conjunction with its relatively light weight of just 186 kg (TR 650 Strada) or 183 kg (TR 650 Terra without ABS) fully fuelled. A reduced power version with 35 kW (48 hp) at 7,250 rpm and 54 Nm torque at 5,750 rpm is also available as an ex works option (US Version n.a.).

Newly designed cylinder head with optimised duct layout.

A whole package of measures has been put together to achieve the high peak output of 43 kW (58 hp). For example, a new mould was developed for the cylinder head so as to produce even more aerodynamically optimised ducting of the intake and outlet ducts for increased power. As part of the redesign of the cylinder head, the spark plug thread was also reworked, involving a reduction in thread diameter from 12 to 10 mm. This results in an even more effective flow of cooling fluid in the spark plug area as well as enhanced heat dissipation and therefore a more favourable engine thermal dynamics.

Increased compression, new camshafts, larger valves.

Other features which contribute to the increased engine output are a new fuel-injection system, newly-designed camshafts with longer timing, new valve lift curves and deeper valve strokes. In combination with enlarged valve head diameters in the intake and outlet valves, the optimised intake and outlet camshaft enables improved filling and a more effective charge cycle. Another contribution to the performance enhancement of the single-cylinder engine is the increase in the compression ratio from 11.5 to
12.3:1.

The two new Husqvarna models have a robust, masculine appearance through selective use of black-coated chassis elements such as frame and swingarm. In addition, red side trim elements for the TR 650 Terra, and a black side panel for the TR 650 Strada, in combination with the Strada’s low white front fender, lend a unique appearance to each.

The bikes’ high aspirations in terms of riding dynamics are underscored by the light-gray sand-cast engine cases, providing a fascinating technical contrast in conjunction with the hallmark Husqvarna red cylinder head. Further accents are provided the anodized-silver upside-down forks and the end caps of the twin exhausts, which proudly exhibit the Husqvarna logo.

The new Husqvarna TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra are manufactured at the Husqvarna Motorcycles plant in Cassinetta di Biandronno, northern Italy.

TR 650 Terra

An overview of the key features of the new Husqvarna TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra:

  • Powerful, high-revving single-cylinder engine with a 652 cc capacity.
  • Output 43 kW (58 hp) at 7,250 rpm and maximum torque of 60 Nm at 5,750 rpm.
  • Output version 35 kW (48 hp) at 7,250 rpm and maximum torque of 54 Nm at 5,750 rpm as an ex works option for those countries offering graduated licences.
  • TR 650 Strada, unladen weight: 168 kg (370.37 lbs) / weight fully fuelled: 186 kg (410.06 lbs). (US-Version: 374.78 lbs / 414.47 lbs)
  • TR 650 Terra, unladen weight: 166 kg (365.96 lbs) / weight fully fuelled: 184 kg (405.65 lbs). (US-Version n.a.)
  • TR 650 Terra without ABS, unladen weight: 165 kg (363,76 lbs) / weight fully fuelled: 183 kg (403.44 lbs). (US-Version: 368.17 lbs / 410.06 lbs)
  • Handling-oriented, robust chassis concept with split-backbone frame and swing arm made of steel as well as telescopic fork and rear shock with linkage (suspension travel at front and rear 190 mm / 7.5”).
  • Light alloy cast wheels in finely wrought 10-spoke design for the TR 650 Strada and characteristic off-road spoke wheels with light-alloy rims and hubs for the TR650 Terra.
  • Highly stable brake system with single disc brake front and rear and ABS (as standard in the TR 650 Strada, ex works option for the TR 650 Terra).
  • Masculine design with dynamically-shaped body panels.
  • Fuel tank placed to optimise centre of gravity for enhanced handling. Media information 07/2012
  • Options and special accessories: ABS (TR 650 Terra only), power reduction to 35 kW (48 hp), windshield, hand protectors, low seat, engine guard, heated grips, alarm system, rear softbag, topcase, side pannier.

37 Comments

  1. RS says:

    How long before a new top end when you are running 12.3:1 compression. If you get 20K out of it before a rebuild would be good. KLR’s and XRL’s are just getting broken in at 20K.

    • todd says:

      You’re supposed to use premium fuel. Then it’s a mute point.

    • John Tuttle says:

      So, uh, your are subtly saying that there is a direct correlation between the compression ratio and uh, what? Valve wear? At the seat or in the guides, or where exactly, and why? Does this also apply to diesel engines? They of course run much higher compression ratios, and based on most everything I’ve read they last longer. The thing is, if there is truth to this, this is something that I want to know, and understand why it occurs. But on enthusiasts sites such as this one, I run into comments of this sort frequently, where someone implies engine wear is correlated with this, that and the other. Do you know of any serious studies that have been done on this, and that were published in peer-reviewed literature? It is obvious that lots of things have to be made sturdier to withstand the greater absolute pressure in the chamber, but it seems that this should be something that is fully mitigated, in the routine process of engine design, through the use of stronger parts. Your comment implies that this is not the case, i.e., that when the compression ratio is higher, that the head will require a rebuild sooner, and that this cannot be mitigated through the use of stronger parts.

  2. Rusty Nail says:

    Awesome – I can wait to see one on the showroom!!! Husqvarna – BMW has been listening!

  3. todd says:

    I was hoping for the Moab. Too bad.

  4. Gary says:

    Nice bikes, but I’d like to see (buy) a Nuda 900R.

  5. LTR says:

    A gallon of gas or two in my 09 DL650 to off set the top heaviness of a full tank is back road torquey flickable nirvana . Still I’d like to road test these bikes to see if they’re any better than the two NX650s I used to own – the last one with sticky street tires .

  6. Brent Meeker says:

    How is it “relatively light” when it weighs almost as much as a 1000cc 4cylinder? A good 250cc motocrosser (e.g. KTM’s) makes about the same power (50hp) and weighs 150lb less.

    • MGNorge says:

      If you’re going to compare maximum horsepower between a 250 MX bike and a 650 dual-sport as being the same then also realize that the larger motor will most certainly have a much broader powerband and greater torque throughout. That’s much easier to live with than a highly tuned MX bike, which isn’t street legal either. Apples to oranges?

    • Dave says:

      It is “relatively light” because it in no way relates to a closed course racing bike like a 250mx machine. A more fair comparison would be a 250cc dual sport with all the lighting and an electric start. Race engines are not every day reliable and you’d have a tough a time kickstarting it hot after an errand.

  7. Motowarrior says:

    Not all motorcycles are for all people. Those of you who love KLRs will never buy a more sophisticated bike with reasonable horsepower, and that’s fine. I’m just glad that we have Husky back in the game making some good looking, fun bikes. If you can’t have a good time riding one of these, you probably belong on a cruiser, and that’s fine too. Different 4-strokes for different folks.

  8. HalfBaked says:

    The Rotax 650 single’s are actually assembled in China from components produced in Austria.

  9. John says:

    I would prefer it about 50-75lbs lighter and with the 450 BMW engine.

    What is this thing where DP 1C motorcycles are either 250s (too small) or 650s (too big)???

    There’s a reason why they’re racing 450s and that is because the cylinder size is the ideal medium.

    • MGNorge says:

      Because as soon as 450s are adopted as the standard there’d be an outcry for either more power or lighter weight…oh, and keep the price down so everyone can afford one on a paperboy’s income.

  10. Ziggy says:

    In summary: Neither is perfect, but both would be a ton of fun!

  11. ABQ says:

    If only I had the inseam for these bikes. But, at least I Do have the money….for a KLR650.

    • John says:

      Not sure the issue, they’re not that tall really. The Terra is the same height as a KLX250 last I checked.

  12. Lloyd G says:

    If BMW owns Husqvarna! Why don’t BMW Dealers sell Husqvarna? We only have one Husky dealer in Colorado and its at a Yamaha dealer. I think husky could sell more bikes.

    • Motowarrior says:

      My local BMW dealer says that Husky is a separate franchise with separate rules and regs, although it is indeed part of BMW. He also noted that until now, almost all Huskys were off-road bikes, and we don’t have that much demand for dirt bikes in our area. Perhaps his thinking will evolve with the bikes…

    • Honyock says:

      The local BMW here also sells Huskies, which means prices never below MSRP and a “Service” manager whose arrogance and impudence is legendary. The Strada would be a suitable upgrade to the ol’ DRZ400SM, but I get enough verbal abuse at work. I don’t need it from a steenkin’ grease monkey with an attitude.

      • Jim says:

        That’s every BMW service mgr I have ever met right there. I love their cars and bikes, but servicing them is absolutely terrible. (13 years owner, 4 different dealers).

  13. AZgman says:

    This bike needs the 2 jug 800cc BMW motor with 85 (or more) HP!

  14. Joel says:

    Freaking awesome. These are the bikes the KLR650 will apparently never be. Great urban assault vehicles. I’m in.

  15. Wendy says:

    Price: Way more than you could ever imagine for a 650cc single. Availability: at your friendly local Husky dealer, oh, wait you don’t have a FLH dealer? Too bad.

  16. Mick says:

    I guess I have this bone in my head that makes me think that a single cylinder dirt bike looking thing should be lighter than an open class sport bike. Or maybe even lighter than a 25 year old KLR650.

  17. zrx4me says:

    the strada would be a fun commuting bike,but the price will probably be a bit to much for most folk.$7900 would be a great price,but im sure it will be at least 2 grand more than that.Where are the japanese bike companys?Have they lost all drive to combat the euro onslaught of creative thinking?

  18. ReflexTowing says:

    Meh. Too heavy. Uninspired styling. Not for me.

    • vulcan6 says:

      Uninspired? To me, motorcycles have to place function ahead of form anyway. Husky (of the
      past) was unbeatable at certain things and was expensive for its day as you would expect. I am curious though. What motorcycle would name as having “inspired” styling.

    • Neil says:

      I think the tank seat rear of the bike is ugly as hell. These designers need to go to a club and shake off the lack of inspiration. It’s hideous. The price is too high due to import taxes. Make a factory in the southern USA and being the price down. They will be fun bikes but you can get a lot of great used bikes and even the Honda NC700X for that money.

  19. Alex says:

    These Huskys are tempting. I’d consider one for my next bike, if they have strong dealer support. I don’t want to have to drive a couple of hundred miles for service.

  20. mickey says:

    Cool….Swiss German bikes made in Italy. More HP and less weight is never a bad thing. Give m the dirt model please, I already have street bikes.

    • stinkywheels says:

      Don’t forget Chinese engines! If the price was right, I could forgive all but the gas tank. I’ll have to stick with the KLR if I wanna go anywhere but the closest gas station.

      • TRH says:

        The tank is under the seat a la 650 GS and others. It looks as though it will have a decent range if the tank is anything like the other BMW 650′s.

    • Dave says:

      “Give m the dirt model please, I already have street bikes. ”

      Sroll down. There is a dual sport version. @375lb it may be a little heavy but the wheels are right.

      • mickey says:

        Saw em both Dave, I was just saying of those two models I would prefer the more dirt oriented one.