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Old 06-07-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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Musings on the Whooo-sa-berg FE570

I love saying that: who-who-who saberg!

First I'll start with some info about myself so you can put my thoughts in perspective:

1) It's been a while since I rode a dirt bike - so I am rusty. I was never that good to start with although I started riding off-road before some of you were born. Add to that, I am turning 55 this year, I have a bad back/neck and I am out of shape (I huff and puff climbing a hill to get to work and I sit at a desk and write code).

2) I like to putz around when riding off-road. You probably won't see me catch air when riding. I like the feeling of power and speed, but compared to others I am a slow poke. I ride a Ducati and a Husaberg, but I am not a sporty or particularly skilled rider on the street or in the dirt. When others are up on their pegs riding over the gnarly stuff you will probably see me sitting and paddling with my feet.

3) When I went shopping for a dirt bike to replace my long broken DR350, I wanted something that had more power than a 350, maybe even than a 450. I also wanted something that was relatively light because I am convinced that weight is the great Satan off-road. I didn't want an adventure bike or a dual sport compromise - I wanted a street legal dirt bike. At the same time it had to work at slow speeds and have power at the bottom end - I wasn't looking for a race bike - although that is essentially what I ended up with - I didn't want sudden brutal bursts of power with nothing anywhere else. I wanted something that could be forgiving of my lack of skill, at whatever speed and in whatever conditions I rode it in.

4) While I have a budget (even Bill Gates has a budget), I was willing and able to pay a fair market price for quality, and to pay a premium for higher quality and capabilities.

5) The bike had to be platable/street legal. I don't have a truck or anything to haul a trailer (you can't put a trailer hitch on a Bimmer 3 series) - I don't want to get something just to haul a bike - although I have thought about it.

So, that said, last weekend I bought a '09 Husaberg FE 570. I was thinking about the Husky 610, but it was much heavier and was more of a dual sport bike - which is fine if that is what you want. I was aware that most people buy this bike for hard core off-road riding, or even racing - but I liked the way it handled and the very tractable power off idle. It was as light as most 250/350/450 class bikes that you can get licensed in Washington state, had a good suspension, a wide range 6 speed and enough power to push the bike as fast as the gearing would allow.

I picked the bike up Wed. night from Tasky's and rode it a few miles home. A couple of nights this last week I moved things around on the handlebars to my liking and rode it around the yard and up and down the street. Today I rode it out to the ORV riding area near Machias to break it in and find out if I will like my new expensive toy. It is about 20 miles each way so I go to try the bike on the open road - speaking of which, on the way back, I quickly got it up to 80 MPH indicated and there was still more left - although you certainly knew you were doing 80 MPH. With stock gearing (13/52 I think), the bike cruises along fine at 65 to 75 MPH.

On the ride out to Machias I felt a lot of engine vibration through the seat - I think on the way back I didn't notice it as much (either that or I got used to it - I think the former).

Much more to come a little later (I intend to make this thread a running diary of my experience with the bike) - I have a headache/neck ache/backache and I am tired (I *said* I was out of shape), so I am going to take some painkillers and lay on an ice pack for a while.

But to cut to the chase - I was not disappointed in the bike at all. I think it will serve my purposes/desires well, as simple as they may be, with a minimum of mods.
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:05 PM   #2
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:30 PM   #3
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:47 PM   #4
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Was that you out there at Machias today on the 570 with the paper plate?

You went by me when I was waiting on the road.
I was on a KTM 250.

Check out this thread - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=471318 - plenty of people who live close to Machias (not me) who you can hook up with.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:50 PM   #5
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Was that you out there at Machias today on the 570 with the paper plate?

You went by me when I was waiting on the road.
I was on a KTM 250.

Check out this thread - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=471318 - plenty of people who live close to Machias (not me) who you can hook up with.
Yup. That was me.

Yeah, I need to hook up with some people who don't mind my plodding ways. ;) I need to have someone there in case I go over the handlebars or something.
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A couple of simple observations and then back to bed so I can work tomorrow - I am going to feel it at work tomorrow I am sure. I'll try to come back tomorrow sometime so I can post some more info.

This is a tall bike - 37" with a stock seat IIRC. All the more tall because I had Tasky's install a tall seat. I am 6'6" tall, but I have a 32-33" inseam. When I sit on the bike it sags of course so I can flat foot on a level surface, but getting on and off the bike requires lifting my leg to a degree that I am not used to, made all the harder by my bad back.

There was a couple of times when I had to turn the bike around in tight quarters where the height of the bike worked against me, but other than that I didn't notice it.

Part of the purpose of the bike is to get me off my ass and out doing something that will help get me in shape, or at least slow down my getting out of shape. After just ten minutes of riding off-road in mostly street gear I was sweating like a stuck pig and I wasn't doing anything hard at all. So I think this will help in this regard.

This bike has a sweet transmission. That was something I noticed when I rode the demo bike. No clutch needed. Very smooth and easy from one gear to another. It seemed to get smoother as I rode - at first it wasn't as smooth as the demo bike - a bit notchy, but still very easy to shift. Just think about shifting and its done. I didn't miss a shift or shift unintentionally all day, and that is on a new bike - I usually screw up a shift on a bike new to me at least once.

Oh, and a couple of other things before I forget:

There seems to be a lot of intake noise when I open the throttle more than a trivial amount. A lot as in it sounds like exhaust noise - indeed, it overwhelms the exhaust (which is very tame but sounds good, especially on deceleration) but I am pretty sure the noise is coming from the intake and not the exhaust.

The spark arrestor was loose when I got home. I'll have to put something on it or I will loose it for sure. I didn't see anything else that was loose when I checked the bike over after the ride.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:18 AM   #7
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Yup. That was me.

Yeah, I need to hook up with some people who don't mind my plodding ways. ;) I need to have someone there in case I go over the handlebars or something.

jon and I passed you as well.. when the other ff'ers left, jonk and i, (xr650 and gas gas) passed you there at the interesection.. i almost went off the gravel road staring at your berg,
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Yup. That was me.

Yeah, I need to hook up with some people who don't mind my plodding ways. ;) I need to have someone there in case I go over the handlebars or something.
As I see you ride by yourself this might be helpful info for you. Or at least keep the heart rate down a little longer. I had my tank off to put a sensor in. I thought since it was apart and completely empty I would see how much fuel it takes to turn off the fuel light. At 6 pints it was getting dimmer. 7 and the light was out. Figure about 25 miles when the light comes on. I don't know if the fuel pump sucks every drop out of the tank but the fuel pressure return line dumps directly in to the fuel pump module right on top of the filter. What I didn't like was just the two tiny little holes that the fuel would draw in from. They were bigger than a 170 main jet so Husaberg must have figured it out.
I pulled the tank back off so maybe when I put it back on I will just add 1/2 pint and see if it will run. The last time I put two pints in and it wouldn't start. Some knucklehead forgot to connect the fuel line.
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Okay, where was I?

I can see where this bike, or one with a little different suspension, would be a great super motard. Even with knobbies on it, the bike felt like I could make any corner at any speed - the tighter the better.

That said, I wouldn't want to ride it very far on the road without a drastically different seat, and changing the gearing a little bit - but I bet, at speeds under 100 MPH, with the right suspension (maybe a few inches less travel and lowered) and the right tires/wheels, the right rider, this bike would kick ass in the tight twisties - and by kick ass I mean it would kick the ass of most if not all street bikes.

On a different note, I filled up the tank just before getting to the trail. I filled up when I got home - 1.4 gallons, 44 miles - 31.4 MPG. I am definitely going to need a larger tank.
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[QUOTE=LaurenI can see where this bike, or one with a little different suspension, would be a great super motard. Even with knobbies on it, the bike felt like I could make any corner at any speed - the tighter the better.
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Yes, you need two, one with the sm wheels.

Good choice, the best. Keep the thread going. This code monkey here, unfit 55 vintage, with boring manager and even more boring collegues, finding advrider somewhat boring these days, need more threads like this.
ok, I'd better try to work today.
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Yes, you need two, one with the sm wheels.

Good choice, the best. Keep the thread going. This code monkey here, unfit 55 vintage, with boring manager and even more boring collegues, finding advrider somewhat boring these days, need more threads like this.
ok, I'd better try to work today.
Well, I should point out that I like my job, my colleagues and my manager is good - I just like that song.
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Yes, you need two, one with the sm wheels.
Well, I've got the Ducati which is a fun bike too. I had always lusted after a Ducati and bought it on a whim - and I am glad I did. I think if I had a Super Motard I would probably lose my license or crash it. Of course, one of these days I am going to do the ton (I usually do at least once during a ride) and go by a parked cop I didn't see, then that will be all she wrote for my license.

Until then...

It is just that the two are so different - which is exactly what I want - a nice fun street bike and a nice fun dirt bike, not something in between.
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On a different note, I filled up the tank just before getting to the trail. I filled up when I got home - 1.4 gallons, 44 miles - 31.4 MPG. I am definitely going to need a larger tank.
I hear ya. I bought a set of these for the interim. they will mount all the way forward on the shrouds and can carry a liter fuel bottle in each.



the bags fasten via the two top cross straps you see plus two at the bottom: one in front and one in the rear. I created anchor points by mounting some folding D-ring tabs on various 6 mm bolts. I will need an exhaust shield for the right rear strap.

and oh yeah, this (former) code monkey turns 55 this year as well...
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I hear ya. I bought a set of these for the interim. they will mount all the way forward on the shrouds and can carry a liter fuel bottle in each.
Yeah, I used to recommend that to others as an expedient source of emergency fuel when I was riding an Airhead GS. The Sigg type fuel bottles are almost indestructible and a liter or two of fuel can make the difference between walking/pushing and riding to the gas station.

Still, if you want to push 50 to 100 miles into the wilderness, that solution is not going to get you back out. I would want to double my fuel capacity.

Fortunately we will probably have a solution in the future. I am thinking about getting the Christini 2WD mod though, and that requires a different fuel tank - which I assume they make themselves.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:31 AM   #15
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I stopped by Gunnison MotorSports last Friday. I dropped off my old 650 and spent some time looking at the new bergs. I might have to get a 570. Nice looking bikes, that's for sure.
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