The Husqvarna TE630 is the most most powerful single cylinder dual sports adventure bike at the economical end of the market. The DR and KLR doesn't stand a chance.Photos by Lance Turnley
With many adventure/dual-sport bikes going soft (or as Popgun would say, getting bigger, heavier and wider!) and thus becoming more at home on the black-top than the dirt, what a breath of fresh air it is to have recently taken delivery of this Husqvarna TE630. When it comes to dual-sport bikes that are more dirt than road, the TE630 is right there at the sharp end of the offroad pack, alongside KTM’s 690 Enduro R.
Sidestand Set Up
Like so many ADR compliant machines, the Husqvarna TE630 features a sidestand that’s designed to automatically retract when weight is taken off it. This is mostly a safety feature, so that you can’t ride off with the sidestand down. However, when you’re trying to move the bike around with a load on, it’s handy to be able to leave the stand down, just in case the bike gets away from you. To remedy the auto flick-up function, simply grind off the sidestand bolt extension, and this will allow the sidestand to stay in position.
Husqvarna Bash Plate
The TE630 tends to throw rocks in all directions and we know from painful experience how easy it is to hole the unprotected engine cases. This genuine Husqvarna bash plate for the TE is made of 3mm aluminium sheet and reinforced with a 3mm stainless-steel sheet. The bash plate features neat polished rivets and not only looks good, but offers serious protection of the cases and fits to sturdy stainless-steel mounting brackets. Priced at $340, the bash plate is available from Husqvarna dealers everywhere.
Husqvarna Lower Seat
Unless you’ve got the legs of a basketball player, the previous TE610 model was a tall bike with a 940mm seat height. We fitted a lowering link to the TE610, which made a world of difference. This year the new 630’s seat height has been reduced by 10mm, but it’s still a stretch for the average guy to throw a leg over. Following the lead of other brands, Husqvarna now offers an accessory lower seat for the 630 that reduces the seat height by 30mm to 900mm. Priced at $203 and available from Husqvarna dealers, the lower seat height is a god send for vertically challenged riders (like me!) when you need to paddle.
Husqvarna Rear Luggage Rack
Husqvarna’s accessory rear luggage rack is extremely strong and once fitted, makes it easy to mount small tail bags. The rack features a stainless-steel frame that is fitted with a 4mm aluminium plate rack. It has grooves for straps and handles, making it easy to secure a pack or motorcycle travel bag to the back of the bike and is rated for loads up to five kilos. Easy to fit, the rack is priced at $342 and is available from Husqvarna dealers around the country.
Husqvarna Rear Bag
This Husqvarna Factory rear bag is a perfect match for the rear rack, and features side
pockets with waterproof zips and the top-loading zip-top has a small clear zip pocket, which is handy for your E-Tag when you’re getting out of town. The inner liner
has padded Velcrofastened compartment dividers and a drawstring rain-proof liner. Perfect for a weekend run, the bag is priced at $230 and available from Husqvarna dealers.
B&B Off Road Bash Plate
When it comes to a proven track record for engine protection you can’t go past B&B Off Road products. For our Husqvarna TE 630, knowing the sort of riding we’ll be doing, we had to take engine protection to the next level. B&B’s alloy bash plate is highly polished and comes with all the components needed for fitting. The plate also comes with rubber strips, which help eliminate vibration against the frame. The B & B Off Road Engineering Bash Plate retails for $191.00. You can buy online by going to www.bboffroad.com.au or call 03 5335 8000.
Husqvarna Performance Exhaust
The TE630 has plenty of bite but fitted with these Husqvarna TE630 Titanium/Carbon Fibre cans it completely transforms the bike. The pipes do come with ECU, which increases peak power but we retained our standard ECU to give us more mid-range, which will be better suited to the TE’s use. The best part is they only weigh 1.84kg each compared to the standard units at 3.3kgs each. There is an obvious power increase while still retaining its rideability. The Husqvarna performance pipes are available through your Husqvarna Dealer and retail for $1888.00. Go to www.husqvarnamotorcycles.com.au
Touratech Pipe Guards
With some luggage options and simply the heat from the exhaust system heat guards are an essential item on the TE630. Even though the 630 come with heat guards the Touratech units are sportier, lighter and leaner than the original part and fits straight onto the original exhaust system and our Husqvarna high performance pipes. The kit includes the right and left hand sides and retails for $102.54. Buy online at www.touratech.com.au or phone 03 5729 5529.
Barkbusters VSB Handlebars
Barkbusters Variable Section Handlebars have bends designed for Honda, KTM and Yamaha. We chose the Yamaha bend to give us maximum rise to counter the low bar position of the TE630. The bars are fatter for longer making them stronger with less vibration and more flex.
They’re manufactured in Italy from premium grade Ergal 7075 Aluminium with a shot peen & hard anodized finish and retail for $99.95. Available in Charcoal, Gold & Silver from Rideworx in Australia. Go to www.barkbusters.net or phone 02 4271 8244 for your nearest dealer.
This has to be one of the most awaited tanks in the Safari Tank range and it’s finally arrived. The 25-litre Safari Tank for Husqvarna’s 610-630 range now unleashes the true potential of this bike. The tank has been designed to keep the weight as low as possible and at the same time Safari have retained the original ergonomics of the bike. When riding the bike particularly the tank looks and feels no larger than the stock tank. This has to be one of the best Safari tanks to date and should be one of the first mods you bolt on when you take delivery of your new TE630. The tank fits both fuel injected TE610 and TE630 models. The fuel pump assembly mounts in different areas for the 630 and 610 so when ordering make sure you specify the correct model. The kit includes everything you need to fit the tank and you won’t need Popgun to help you. The TE630/610 tank retails for $730 and is available from www.safaritanks.com.au.
Unifilter Air Filter
Now that the TE630 can cover longer miles without a fuel stop it doesn’t it’s important to fit a quality air filter and one of the best products on the market are Unifilter Air Filters. It’s a dual stage filter that’s easy to maintain for the long dusty rides.
Unifilter recommend Filter Fix foam air filter treatment when servicing their polyurethane foam air filter elements. The foam element retails for $65.00 and a 500ml bottle of oil is $12.95. For more information go to www.uniflow.com.au or contact Unifilter on 02 4322 2007.
Lambda Probe Guard
With fuel injection technology there are various sensors on the bike to allow the onboard computer to keep the engine running at peak efficiency. The lambda probe is a sensitive measuring device and is not exemption to needing protection. This guard protects the lambda probe from stones being thrown up and heavy soiling and helps to ensure that this important piece of equipment will always work perfectly. The lambda probe guard is made from laser cut, anodised aluminium and is an essential piece of kit for $ $36.22. Available for purchase online from www.touratech.com.au.
Wolfman Rolie Bag
The TE630 just begs for a quick day long blast and with it’s extra fuel capacity can quickly get a long way from home. The TE630 doesn’t fit under the seat like the 610. We transferred the standard TE630 tools to a Wolfman Tool Roll but when you include puncture repair, pumps, tape, tyre levers, additional tools and spare tubes it gets a little heavy in a pack. Especially when you’re using most of your energy just trying to hang on to this big bore thumper. We used the medium size Rolie Bag with a deluxe mounting kit and we’ve found the Rolie Bag is just about 100% water and dust proof. It’s easy adapted to the different bikes we test and is available with range of mounting accessories.
The best part is that the kit fitted securely to the Husqvarna rear rack without any extra straps. The Rolie Bag comes in three sizes and three colour combinations. The medium Rolie Bag we used retails for $69.95 and the Deluxe Strap Kit is only $18.95. Available from AdventureMoto.com.au. Buy securely online or phone 1300 46 66 86.
Plastic Side Cover Pin
The Husqvarna TE630 is a very robust bike but as we have in the past it’s the little things that let it down. The pins on the side cover have a sharp edge and are difficult to pull out. So much so the pin actually snapped straight off the inside the cover. Carefully remove the cover and use a file to round off the inner edge of the pin to make it easier to pull out. Be careful not to remove too much material so the cover pops off mid way through a ride.
Touratech Brake Reservoir Guard
Anything to keep vital components protected from impact is a good idea and one component is the rear brake reservoir. It not only protects the rear brake cylinder and also the brake wire is well covered and protected.
Made of laser-cut aluminium it’s very easy to install with the guard screwed onto the existing fitting points. Recommended retail price is $49.12 and available from www.touratech.com.au.
With the Husqvarna TE630’s raw feel you need all the help you can get as far as comfort is concerned. The TAG Rebound technology offers the softest, tackiest compound available. The grip is designed to enable you to ride 40% long before hand fatigue occurs. The grip has strategically placed areas with 40% more cushioning material along the entire shaft of the grip. The grips retail for just $24.95. For more information contact C&R Imports on (03) 9587 5077 or go to www.candr.com.au.
Touratech Rear Brake Master Cylinder Guard & Oil Plug
The brake fluid reservoir on the Husqvarna TE630 sort of sit out there on its own and looks vulnerable to stray sticks and rocks that may spear in there on the freak occasion. Anodised in red it also has a tab that prevents the reservoir lid from becoming loose and is a good investment for $44.50.
Touratech also have a high quality aluminium replacement plug for the original oil filler plastic plug. The hexagon socket reliably prevents the oil filler screw from being opened without tools and retails for only $44.07. Available for purchase online from www.touratech .com.au
Touratech Carbon Fibre Sprocket Cover
Carbon-fibre is bling at it’s best especially for strength and saving weight. The Carbon-fibre laminate sprocket cover helps prevents mud build up, is lightweight, robust and above all looks cool. It may cost $263.42 but this is one bit of bling you have to put on your wish list. Check it out at www.touratech.com.au.
Husqvarna GPS Holder
The Husqvarna GPS Mount Adapter mounts directly onto the TE630 handlebar clamps. The kit includes two longer handlebar clamp bolts that the laser cut aluminium mount screws onto. This makes it possible to remove the adapter without loosening handlebar clamps. The mount mates perfectly with our Garmin Zumo 550 with its Touratech Lockable Mount (065-0141 – not included in this kit)
The Husqvarna GPS Mount adapter retails for $125 and is available from Husqvarna dealers.
Giant Loop Coyote Saddle Bag
We’ve used the Giant Loop Coyote Bag before and it’s a perfect match for the TE630 with enough capacity perfect for a long weekend expedition. This new model has a larger flap covering the bags zip to improve waterproofing. It’s designed and sewn in the U.S.A, has a volume of 30 litres and straps on/off bike in seconds. It’s made of tough trucker tarp material and is easily fitted without any drilling or modification to the bike. It has separate draw string bags inside to make it easy to pack. You can buy online from www.adventuremoto.com.au and retails for just $375.
To get a real grip on this feisty Italian stallion we've fitted Australian made Pivot Pegz. They are beautifully engineered and their spring loaded pivot action increases grip and improves rider comfort on a long haul. The Pivot Pegz Mark 2 retail for $199. Check out www.pivotpegz.net for there full range fitment chart.
Wolfman Racks and Bags
If your looking for even more luggage capacity you can’t go past Wolfman Expedition Panniers. These bags have repeatedly proved themselves to be waterproof, dust proof and tough as nails. The system offers easy mounting, durable construction and is perfect setup for an aggressive bike like the TE630.
The welded chromoly steel racks are made in Australia with the slotted bolt holes for simple, painless installation. You can also attached Rotopax fuel or water containers to give the TE630 mega fuel range. High grade nuts and bolts for mounting are included and the bags come in yellow/black or all Black. The racks cost $295 and the Expedition Panniers are $269.95. There are rack and pannier kits, the TE630 kit is $544.95) for a wide range of models at AdventureMoto.com.au.
Trail Tech GPS
The Trail Tech GPS is geared more towards a enduro style bike making it perfect for the TE630. It features all GPS functions including Speed, Distance, Compass, Altitude and Temperature. You can view, Organize, Edit and Share Entire Trail Systems in 3D
It has a 240x400 WQVGA LCD which is readable in Intense Sunlight and engine Performance is linked to the GPS Data. It has some impressive mounting options and is crash Resistant. You can Upload Routes from any GPS using the .gpx format.
With Customizable User Screens it is available for a range of Models and is designed to be accurate even in the tightest trails. The unit has an internal battery but can be connect to your bike battery and is back lit for use at night. The kit includes Mounting Hardware, Wheel Sensor, Magnet Kit, and Temperature Sensor. Available $450 and for your nearest distributor call HoleShot Sports on 03 5433 2559.
I copped a fair bit of flack because I fitted heated grips to our last TE610 project bike. In an effort to man up I purposely didn’t fit hand warmers for our shakedown ride. All I can say is big mistake. Grip Heaters from Ballards Off Road are probably the best all round heated grip kit available. Taunt me as much as you like but heated grips are going on every adventure bike we build. There are a few on the market but these allow you to fit whatever grips you prefer. Grip heaters make a huge difference on cold open stretches and it will be the best $57.95 you’ll ever spend. Available for Ballards Offroad. To order just call direct on 02 4731 1210.