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Lost Rider 04-18-2012 10:09 AM

The Husaberg 70 FE Adventure Traveler Thread
I'm starting this thread so we have a place to discuss and share how Husaberg FE owners prepare and pack our bikes for multi-day/week/month adventure rides.
The other 70 Husaberg owners thread is filled with an excellent broad range of knowledge, but I'd like to have a more specific thread with info not to get lost in all the pages of other general info, tech support, troubleshooting and banter.
I'm going to share how I do my adventuring on the FE, and hope others will join in with their own experiences, suggestions or questions about gear and anything else related to riding or maintaining the current model 70 Husaberg for long distances away from home base or camping off the bike. Of course this will always be an evolution as I learn what works and what doesn't.

Photos of your Husaberg in action traveling, especially while packed are most welcomed here.


To add to this thread allow me to quote valuable links for us FE owners. This one courtesy of McLeod.


Originally Posted by McLeod (Post 18487949)

Lost Rider 04-18-2012 10:24 AM

Here's a list of things I've added or changed to prepare the FE motorbike for dual sport travel to start this off:

2011 FE570S
Scotts Performance damper
Scotts Performance Metal Oil Filter
14/45 gearing - Ironman sprockets
Highway Dirt Bike hand guards with turn signals
Trail Tech map switch
Seat Concepts low seat with Airhawk Cruiser Pillion 2 seat pad for long road sessions (preferably dirt roads) ;)
Moose Racing heated grips
HID 55w headlight purchased from Paul on the Unofficial Husa forum, KTM ATV light converted to HID.
Baja Designs SII LED lights
Added a SAE plug wired direct to battery
Montana 600 GPS
Safari front tank
Shorai battery
Woody's Wheels cush drive rear wheel
DIY windscreen made with Kydek
Moved gauges up 1.5 inch to match the bar rise with a simple aluminum bracket I made
Giant Loop muffler guard
Shorai 14a battery
Competition Map, de-smogged
Enduro Engineering tail with LED lights
PDM60 Solid State Power Distribution Module Install

LukasM 04-18-2012 10:25 AM

Good stuff Finn!

I'll be adding my €.02 later, just heading out to dinner now.

But here is a pic of my/our Berg setup at the moment:

And a shot out in the wild, a little higher up:

Rider1 04-18-2012 11:11 AM

Thanks Finn !!

Where were your photos/videos taken ? If you don't mind sharing.

I understand if you don't.


Lost Rider 04-18-2012 11:16 AM

I don't mind at all, all my photos are GEO-Tagged so you can see exactly where they were taken.

I will be continuing posting more info about my packing and gear soon.... time to ride now though! :evil

Thanks Lukas! I was hoping you'd jump in here and share your experiences on the FE so far. :clap

Gargoyle 04-18-2012 11:31 AM


Bob599 04-18-2012 11:33 AM

1st Hijack
If you don't mind being off topic what kind of tarp is that?

Tarheel Wheeler 04-18-2012 12:36 PM

Outstanding LR! :clap Subscribed. :lurk Smug Map is really cool, and much appreciated.

...and I'll even contribute with a link to the ultimate HSB adventure bike article.

kaia 04-18-2012 01:45 PM

Finn - here's Renazco's post that you were looking for in the other thread about packing the back end of the FE570 with the Wolfman Rollie Bags:


Originally Posted by Renazco (Post 16506328)
Been using the Wolfman Rolie, waterproof and versatile.
I can use all three bags at once or any combination, most of the time I just carry one on the top.


Originally Posted by Renazco (Post 16512071)
Yes that's correct, two smalls and one medium up top.

With this system I can go a few days but I pack light, picture shows bags at 80% capacity.

I offer both the Wolfman and Giant Loop systems, comparatively this set-up allows more carrying capacity then the Mojave bag.

Both have pros and cons, The Giant Loop is a one piece throw over the bike system, simple strap down, excellent build quality and ease of use.

Has a small top bag (good enough for first aid or some tools) Not waterproof and the bag sits closer to your legs if you stand a lot and move around.

The Wolfman allows you to use any combination of bags depending on your ride. It's waterproof, excellent build quality, allows you the ability to compartmentalize and sits far bag enough that allows you to not be hindered by the bags if you stand and move around a lot.

The buckle strap down system is not for the impatient.

Cruz 04-18-2012 03:01 PM

I mount my Kriega bags a bit further forward so that the weight is supported by th black plastic subframe under the seat. I sent some photos to Tarwheel that he can post up here or I can take some better ones and send to someone to post up. As stated about the Rollie bags, the strap systems are fiddly to setup but once done are great and don't need touching unless you change the configuration.

McLeod 04-18-2012 07:27 PM

I am going to try my dirtbagz set up on the husa and see if they will hang on.

Lost Rider 04-18-2012 08:28 PM

Thanks for posting that post I was too lazy to dig up kaia!

If having 100% waterproof bags is important for a persons travel plans, like it is to me, then you really can't do wrong with the Wolfman bags that are rated to be waterproof. My Wolfman Expedition bags on my big bike took an incredible amount of abuse and never leaked a drop.
The Large Rolie bags are too large to fit as rear panniers from what I tried, but those small and medium Rolie bags look great in Renazco's post and I would expect them to perform equally as the other WM bags.

Lost Rider 04-18-2012 09:17 PM


Originally Posted by Bob599 (Post 18487516)
If you don't mind being off topic what kind of tarp is that?

Not off topic at all, if it gets packed on a FE, it's on topic in this thread. :D

It's a Chinook Technical Outdoors Guide Tarp. I bought mine on ebay years ago from a Canadian seller, but now it's available in the States.
It's served me well, though I only bring it when I know we will be camping with rain, like last week with it raining/snowing 80% of the time I was camping so it's was a good choice to make space for. It packs about the size of a grapefruit in a compression bag and traveled in the Large Wolfman Rolie panniers I have on the FE.

A Kelty Tarp Pole completed the setup, and was packed in a Sea to Summit tent pole bag with my fishing poles on the FE. The Sea to Summit tent pole bag is important since it has loops to run my straps through to "lock" the bag(s) to the bike, even if the strap comes loose I won't loose my stuff. BTDT. :ear

Here you can see the Tent Pole Bags, one with the tent poles - one with 2 fishing poles + the tarp poles. You can also see the SAE plug hanging out, the Kreiga US10 bag under a MSR Dromdary 4L water bag held on with a cargo net, Giant Loop Mojave bag (NOT WATERPROOF!), GL Muffler Guard and the Seat Concepts seat + Airhawk pad.

It's nice to see the interest in traveling on the FE, admittedly Cyrus's "Ultimate Lightweight Adventure Bike" write up was the moment of realization for me that lead to months of following FE forums and finally making the plunge when a perfect hardly used bike came around at the right enough time.... he nailed it with thinking Husaberg gave us a great platform to start with for traveling on such a high performance bike. I've always known my lightweight travel bike would not be orange, not disrespect intended. The "Swedish Mistress" has all the right ingredients there for us to utilize and enjoy.
I've tried to contact him with no luck to get more info on his oil mods, since that's the big one I need to figure out to really get some freedom on this FE. Hopefully he's out riding somewhere far away on his FE having fun. :D
Having spent so many miles adventuring on a bike that was double the weight of the FE, I really am in heaven now. What would have been stressful or scary is now enjoyable. Of course there's compromises to be made for having such a lightweight bike, but for me and where I want to RIDE this bike to it will work out just fine I believe. :ricky

MrBracket 04-19-2012 06:52 AM


Originally Posted by LukasM (Post 18487047)
Good stuff Finn!

I'll be adding my .02 later, just heading out to dinner now.

But here is a pic of my/our Berg setup at the moment:

And a shot out in the wild, a little higher up:

LukasM, great looking bikes! Wish we had the newer bergs here in the states...... What is the brand/model of that tank bag you are using? I'd love more info on it. Thanks

DougZ73 04-19-2012 09:10 AM

Back from the dead and with no more BMW Joe? Glad to see you posting again.

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