HEY, THIS WILL FIT!
The key to the Terra’s plan for world domination is the
price. Accessories and upscale packages can be added
later, but the initial purchase price had to be under $7000
for the bike to compete with the Kawasaki KLR. Husky
achieved that by using an existing motor from the BMW
line. The mill for the Terra is the same DOHC, four-valve
engine that comes in the BMW F650 and the Sertao. It
was originally designed by BMW and manufactured by
Rotax in the late 1990s. Since then, manufacturing has
moved to mainland China, but most BMW fans insist that
the current version is better than the original. That’s saying
something, considering that the Rotax version actually
won the Paris Dakar Rally in the days when twin-cylinder
bikes of any displacement were the norm.
Husky provides the motor in a hotter state of tune than
BMW. It’s said to have 58 horsepower, which is eight
ponies more, thanks mostly to a boost in compression.
Fuel injection is a Marelli system, and the gearbox is a
five-speed with a cable-actuated clutch.
The rest of the bike is completely new and made entirely
in Italy. Husqvarna put the fuel tank down under the seat,
just like on the TE449, but you would never know it. The
filler is in the normal location, and it even looks like there’s
a gas tank up there. It has a steel frame, Sachs suspension and spoke wheels with a 21-incher in the front. The
weight, with the tank topped at 3. 6 gallons of fuel, is a
cool 406 pounds on the brutally accurate Dirt Bike scale.
That’s about 20 pounds lighter than the BMW or even the
Kawasaki KLR650. To keep the price low, Husky didn’t
equip the bike with stuff like anti-lock brakes, a hydraulic
clutch or even a skid plate.
DEFINE YOUR PATH
When it comes to large, street-legal bikes, you have to
define your dirt adventuring quite strictly by weight category. If the bike is under 300 pounds, you should be able
to take it anywhere you would take a full-fledged dirt bike.
If it’s between 300 and 400 pounds, you can ride on broad
singletrack as long as you have a solid base. Above 400
pounds means you should stick to dirt roads. The Terra
sits right between the last two slots. It’s a gas on fire
roads. In fact, very few bikes are more capable. You can
easily take it on singletrack, as long as you don’t get carried away. It has the suspension to handle rough stuff,
even big whoops, but only at a moderate pace. If you try
going too fast, the bike will take a beating. It has no skid
plate, and the taillight/license plate bracket will eventually
get pulled into the wheel. This is a common problem with
big street-legal bikes. Tires, of course, are a limiting factor
too. The stock Metzeler Saharas are basically street tires.
Metzeler Karoos or Conti TKCs work much better off-road
and still offer moderately good mileage on the street.
On the right type of trail, the Terra is surprisingly good.
The motor gets much of the credit. It’s a torque monster,
and you can ride it almost anywhere without shifting. In
fact, first gear is way too tall, so if you upshift, you’re moving pretty fast. Let’s be clear; this is a very powerful bike.
The 58-horsepower rating doesn’t tell the
whole story. It makes almost 50 foot-
pounds of torque, which is 50 percent
more than a 450 motocross bike. The
motor is not a revver. The peak
output comes below 6000
rpm, and it’s all done by
The Terra has Sachs suspension and Brembo brakes. The
fuel tank is located under the seat.