2013 Husqvarna TR 650 Terra and Strada Street Bikes AnnouncedWed, 11 Jul 2012
Husqvarna announced two new street bike models based on the Concept Strada unveiled last November at the Salon de la Moto show in Paris, France. The new TR 650 Terra and the TR 650 Strada expand Husqvarna‘s suddenly burgeoning street bike lineup alongside the Nuda 900 and Nuda 900R. Unlike the Nuda models however, the Strada and Terra are coming to the U.S.
The Terra model is a dual sport equipped for light off-roading while the Strada is better suited for paved roads. Both models are powered by a fuel-injected double-overhead cam single-cylinder 652cc engine inherited from the BMW G650GS. According to Husqvarna, the engine produces 58 hp at 7250 rpm and 44 ft-lb. at 5750 rpm compared to the BMW G650GS’ claimed figures of 50 hp at 6500 rpm and 44 ft-lb. at 5000 rpm. Power is delivered to the rear wheel through a constant-mesh five-speed transmission.
Both versions of the TR 650 use a split-backbone tubular steel frame with the rear frame and front beam bolted to the engine. Suspension consists of a 46mm upside down fork and a progressive linkage rear shock. Both models have 190mm of suspension travel for both the front and the rear.
The Husqvarna TR 650 Terra comes equipped with wire spoke wheels and off-road style front fender while the Husqvarna TR 650 Strada uses ten-spoke light alloy cast wheels and a white traditional street fender.
The Strada will come equipped with ABS as standard while ABS will be offered as an option for the Terra. The ABS can be disabled for off-road use.
According to Husqvarna, the TR 650 Strada has an unladen weight of 370.37 pounds and a fully-fueled weight of 410.06 pounds for most markets, but the U.S. versions will be slightly heavier, at 374.78 pounds / 414.47 pounds. The TR 650 Terra is a bit lighter, with Husqvarna claiming an unladen weight of 363.76 pounds and fully-fueled weight of 403.44 pounds for the non-ABS versions, though the U.S.-spec versions will again be slightly heavier at 368.17 pounds and 410.06 pounds respectively. ABS adds about 2.2 pounds though only non-U.S. models of the ABS-equipped Terras were listed with weight figures, suggesting ABS may not be available for the American version.
By Dennis Chung
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