Most experienced dirt bike riders have very fond memories of the 1991 Husqvarna 610 TE. There's no doubt about it, the company got a lot of things right when it designed this nimble little bike and people absolutely fell in love with it. As a matter of fact, there are still some interested individuals that actively try to get their hands on one even today. It's almost funny when you stop and think about it. Brand new dirt bikes that are currently available on the market have electronic assistants for the controls and some of them even have electronic systems to help maintain engine efficiency, thereby making them easier to ride and keeping them operating more efficiently. When this little bike was built, none of that stuff was included. As a result, you actually had to work on the bike yourself and you were also completely in charge when it came to controlling it. Perhaps that's exactly why so many people loved it. It truly put you in charge of things. It was never difficult to control, but you actually had to put forth some effort in order to ride it effectively. If you want to know more, then maybe it's time to sit down and take a few minutes to fondly remember this little bike that had more than its fair share of personality.
Power to Get Over the Course
As previously mentioned, this definitely wasn't the biggest dirt bike available at the time. That made it more agile and in many cases, able to outperform larger bikes that had bigger power plants. That being said, there certainly wasn't anything wrong with the engine choice for this particular example. In fact, Husqvarna decided to use a single cylinder, 4-stroke engine that was capable of producing an impressive 50 horsepower at 6500 RPM. That particular power plant was coupled with a six-speed gearbox and a chain-type transmission. The end result was a bike that was capable of getting as much power as possible to the wheels in short order. The bike was fast, but it was also capable of reacting quickly. Almost as soon as you hit the throttle, you could feel it all kick in as the bike took off. If you didn't have a good grip on the handlebars, you just might find the bike running off without you as you were left in its dust. For the best riders, this bike made it feel like it was much more an extension of the rider themselves as opposed to a piece of equipment that was being used by them. That's a feeling that every motorcycle rider loves to experience but it's one that doesn't really happen all that often. When an individual finds a motorcycle that allows them to have this feeling, it's not something that they're willing to give up easily. That's one of the major reasons this bike became so well-loved. As a matter of fact, it's largely why so many people are still searching for viable examples of the bike all these years later.
Key Differences That Made the Bike Stand Out
There are a few key differences that made this particular bike stand out, not the least of which includes the fact that it only weighed 291 pounds. That's about as lightweight as you're going to get and it's one of the reasons why this particular bike was so quick to respond to the throttle. It's also worth noting that where a lot of motorcycles are air-cooled to save weight, Husqvarna decided to go the other way with this particular example. That's right, the bike is liquid-cooled. Ultimately, the engineers at Husqvarna decided that it would be more important to provide reliable engine cooling as opposed to saving a few pounds by going for the air-cooled option. In the end, it was obviously the right decision. After all, they were making these decisions based on the idea that the motorcycle was going to be operated at or near maximum capacity for the majority of its operational life. As such, it had to be capable of taking a beating. It isn't possible for a motorcycle to become popular if it's always breaking down and as a result, Husqvarna worked from day one to make sure that that wasn't an issue. The other major difference is that fuel was delivered through the presence of an overhead cam. That allowed the fuel to get to the four individual valves much more quickly than it otherwise would have been able to. In short, the bike could go from a near standstill to running full out in just a few seconds. That only served to add to its ability and it made motorcycle riders love it even more.
As previously mentioned, motorcycle riders love bikes that can perform but they also love bikes that aren't constantly breaking down. Husqvarna designed this bike with that information in mind. As a result, it was widely regarded as one of the most reliable dirt bikes of its time. Even now, all these years later, it's still not all that uncommon to find one of these motorcycles from the 1991 model year that is still in relatively good condition. In fact, finding the right one can almost make you forget exactly how long ago 1991 occurred. It proves that there really is something to be adored when it comes to a simple design that works without allowing things to get too complicated. All the extra bells and whistles are nice, but only while they are working as they were designed to. The minute they stop working properly, it can become more of a headache than it's worth to own the bike. Owners didn't have to worry about that in this case, so they tended to hang onto their bikes for longer periods of time. If you're lucky enough to find one that is in good condition, you definitely shouldn't wait because if you do, there is every chance that someone else will snatch it up. This bike was fun, fast and reliable when it was manufactured back in 1991 and it still ticks off the check marks in all of those categories. That's exactly why it deserves to be so fondly remembered. It proved that things didn't have to be over-the-top or ostentatious in order to be immensely effective.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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