8000. Compared to other 650 singles, the Terra is a mauler.
It’s much, much more powerful than a Honda XR650L, a
Kawasaki KLR or a Suzuki DR650S. The only single-cylinder bike that makes more power is the KTM 690 Enduro.
Realistically, the Terra will spend much more of its time
on the street. The tall first gear seems absolutely normal
there, and, in fact, the bike is fairly comfortable. It lopes
along at 4000 rpm at freeway speed and barely vibrates at
all. The seat is somewhat thin, which is an obvious attempt
at keeping the seat height down, but it’s tolerable for an
hour or two. The footpeg location, on the other hand, is
roomy and much more comfortable than on most pavement burners.
With California gas prices approaching five bucks a gallon, we were jazzed by the Terra’s gas mileage, which was
57 mpg on the road. We get about 62 on the BMW Sertao
and 54 on the Kawasaki KLR. Of course, both of those
bikes have little fairings to keep the wind off your chest.
That’s extra on the Terra. Husqvarna USA has promised a
big line of accessories. We have seen the saddlebags and
handguards already, and it’s all nice stuff.
That’s part of the Husky’s appeal. It can be almost anything you want, from a strippo dual-sport bike to a full-dress, road-touring bike. The price allows that. It sells for a
little less than a 250F motocross bike and offers much
more. It makes us a little suspicious of all dirt bike pricing,
but that’s another issue. For now, we’re just pleased that
the Terra and its price are both as good as they are. ;
Mark Tilley gets a little carried away on the Terra.
It has a great personality for off-road touring.
Lots of accessories are in the works for the Terra.
The $6996 MSRP gets you in the door without many frills.