This system fits great. The increase in power and throttle response is very obvious. There is almost six pounds of weight savings over the stock system also. For general off road use, I can give this a whole-hearted recommendation. I find it just a little too loud for street use. It is louder than the older versions of the Q4 that I have on my own dual sport bike. For example, Neena commented that she can hear me coming up the street on this bike, but she had never noticed it with other bikes. As for other choices, the Akrapovic is perhaps the most common other exhaust for these Husky’s. They are a nice unit, but I have heard some horror stories about owners trying to get replacement parts for them.
There are three basic choices for a dual sport mirror; the little Acerbis plastic unit, Emgo folding metal mirror and the Double Take set up. The Acerbis is really not a practical street mirror. I have used the Emgo for years, it works ok, but is a little tricky to adjust properly so it won’t fold down in the wind. The Double Take is by far the most useful, with the best viewing area and easy adjustment.
In stock condition, I had no desire to really ride the TE511 off road. With a basic revalve the bike improved 100%. I would ultimately like to spend more time developing better settings, but this will probably be enough work for the average rider. The fork needs more time to figure out how to best address the free bleed holes and understand what is causing the rub marks on the cartridge.
I had wanted to put the Kenda Trackmasters on this bike, but they were not available at the time. The Parkers wear much quicker on the street but work fantastic in the dirt. The front is DOT approved, but the rear is not. Dual sport tires are always a challenge. I like the Trackmasters for being long wearing, but the front does not work as well in wet conditions. So I am still in search of the perfect DS tire.
If you follow me, you know that these are a standard set up for all my bikes. I held off on putting them on the Husky because I wanted to really understand how much the vibration affects the ride quality. It is the kind of vibration that comes through the pegs, seat and bars. As the miles rolled on the vibes calmed way down. Even as the vibrations reduced, it was still enough to limit how much time I could put on the bike at one stint. So I finally broke down and added the Flexx bars. They certainly added another level of comfort to the bike, reducing both the vibes and smoothing out the ride overall. Stay tuned for a follow up on this, I am going to add a set of anti-vibration inserts also.