Husqvarna TE 310: The Honeymoon Phase

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Husqvarna TE 310

Husqvarna TE 310: The Honeymoon Phase

just get this out of the way, we? I am not brave. There.

It is no secret I have had confidence problems all my dirt time with the No one knows this better the people I ride with. I around like a scared

Kenny with his infinite to know what is better for me I do, bought me a Husqvarna TE 310 to help me out of my shell and grow to enjoy riding more naturally.


As I noted. when I first next to the 310 I couldn’t help but was that it was so tall. As I pushed the up my driveway, I logged a big red checkmark in the “Oh column of my Getting To Know Bike checklist.  I then it, put the sidestand down and immediately sat on it and the new bike ritual.

You know, and pressing everything that was in the dashboard area.

During my I leaned the bike to the right and to sweep the sidestand up. No dice. standing on my right foot, I not get enough force with my to swing the stand up.

Apparently though, the stand had just enough to keep its from sitting flat on the

I was now in a limbo of not being able to the bike back to the left on its and I couldn’t get enough balance and to kick the stand forward so it sat flatly. The insult to injury was  I could no longer sit on the bike the position of the stand and my weight the bike tip to the right. I had to get off on the right and walk around to the left to kick the stand down. ::sigh.

I’m so

I then mentally drew a red around the red “too tall” mark and drew devil on it.

Husky : 1 – Fuzzy : 0

Along the bike, Kenny bought me a Link dogbone that was for dropping the Husky down an When you’re at your at the far end of zone, every inch News Flash: If someone says doesn’t matter, they’re

When I sat in the garage on my newly bike, I was still unable to put the up. Now with the lowering link and of the shape of the stand’s foot – you go to sweep it up, it drags. You have to tip the to the right to allow for the rotation.

But the of the link outweigh the inconvenience. I was to get more than just the tips of my toes on the ground. So, I to get off the bike to put the sidestand up or down.

that the 310 is so light, that is enough to do.

Let’s Go

Snug as a bug in a

On Sunday morning, I had my first on the 310.

As Kenny loaded the in to our Free Candy Van, its barely cleared the roof He has this same trouble his KTM. The barkbusters have to be and even then it’s a tight squeeze as evidenced by the in the vans interior roof

During the drive to the riding I wondered how I was going to manage with this tall Because I had zero dirt with any other dual bikes – I only knew the DRZ felt like. Of course I was what it would be like the DRZ but with more height.

I was scared.

Power, Weight, Ergonomics

Dealing with the in the way any new to you bike feels takes a while. The pull of the levers and positioning, throttle response, feel, foot controls – it was all so than what I was used to.

I even want to call issues Cons – because really aren’t. They just small niggling that need to be adjusted or I to get used to them.

The shift nubbin is so short and far from it would “normally” be for me – I had to lift my off of the peg to click it. I missed many a

The rear brake lever is I was unable to just press it the toe of my boot. Again, I had to take my off the peg to use it. Also, when standing on the naturally, the toe of my boot tended to under it.

I had to adjust my footing to avoid from happening. The lever has been lowered slightly but I’m not if I need to replace that something different.

Husqvarna TE 310

When we away from where our van was and headed down a sand I immediately noticed that for the time, standing up on a motorcycle NORMAL! The height of the bars, the foot placement – all of it. It felt in a way that it never had on the DRZ.

I often remarked to Kenny in the that I never felt “right” standing on the DRZ. It was I just went on under the that I was doing it wrong or it felt that way to everyone. smiled and said he had the same going from his DRZ to his KTM.

So I it wasn’t just me.

The 310 is so beautifully It feels tiny and nimble. In a way it like there isn’t a gas tank between your With this svelt also comes a big weight – it has to be at least 60lbs lighter the Suzuki.

I was aware of that weight all day.

When you twist the on the 310, the power is on. Not in an immediately way like Kenny’s 525 feels to me, but in a we can take it easy if you’d but when you’re ready… gonna fly” kind of

The bikes suspension was so much more confidence than the DRZ.  I felt natural moving much over terrain I’ve dozens of times. Everything firm and focused.


Oh, Lawdy. too good!

Kenny and I stopped at one of the pits and I let him take the Husky for a ride. The sound of the bike through the woods was like He came wheeling back in a huge grin on his face.

I he loves it too.

As the day wore on my and nervousness were all but gone. was totally unexpected and most I made several personal throughout the day. I tackled hill climbs and descents felt effortless, moved faster and with more overall and hell I *might* even done a jump or

I’m talking 2 big inches of air,

For the first time it seemed I was riding for pleasure, not to just until the end I think that was the gift of all. Taking the fear element changed my day. It was, hands the most confident dirt I’ve done to date.

I home buzzing, feeling about what I was able to DRZ introduced me to the basic mechanics of offroad but the Husky seems it will now help me to build and will allow me to discover my

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