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Old 08-26-2012, 12:49 PM   #2671
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Cyborg finally joined me for a little trail ride in my part of town.

Gonna be some sweet Berg porn in this RR: Bergs Over the Rainbow

Here's a little teaser...





We even pulled off some "Dirt Bike Camping" along the way. So, lots to show-n-tell. The Ride Report is just getting started.

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Old 08-26-2012, 01:24 PM   #2672
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That's a very cool (but very frickin' scary) pic!!!
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:26 PM   #2673
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Cyborg finally joined me for a little trail ride in my part of town.

Gonna be some sweet Berg porn in this RR: Bergs Over the Rainbow

Here's a little teaser...




Yikes!!! That's way above my comfort zone for sure.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:39 PM   #2674
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Sorry again! I was in a hurry to put a deposit down on it ...
No problem man
I been eyeing it for a year
I woulda pulled the trigger, but I'm not over purchasing my 2nd F350 4x4
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Old 08-26-2012, 02:06 PM   #2675
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So, I just did a quick look at the Berg website and it looks like no stock street legal model. I really wanted a 570 but it looks like that will not happen now.
Wow, I'm bummed. I test rode a 570S and really liked it and was hoping to replace my aging DRZ in another year or so with a nice new FS570S, guess that ain't gonna happen now.

I'm seriously bummed. There doesn't seem to be much longevity to some of these Euro models, same thing happened to the Husky TE630. At least it appears there will be a replacement model of sorts from Husky, wonder if Husaburg will offer a similar street legal replacement?

I have zero interest in buying any motorcycle without a legally obtained license plate anymore. You can't even connect Nat'l forest service trails without one.
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:28 AM   #2676
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Wow, I'm bummed. I test rode a 570S and really liked it and was hoping to replace my aging DRZ in another year or so with a nice new FS570S, guess that ain't gonna happen now.

I'm seriously bummed. There doesn't seem to be much longevity to some of these Euro models, same thing happened to the Husky TE630. At least it appears there will be a replacement model of sorts from Husky, wonder if Husaburg will offer a similar street legal replacement?

I have zero interest in buying any motorcycle without a legally obtained license plate anymore. You can't even connect Nat'l forest service trails without one.

lots of legal used bikes for sale
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:02 AM   #2677
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lots of legal used bikes for sale
Legal in one state does not make legal in another. The peoples republik of CA has been cracking down on "legal" dirt bikes for a few years. Other states that have had liberal plating policies are adopting the CA bike data base and will start refusing plates to bikes that are not actually 50 state legal. Washington sent out recall notices to plated bikes that were not actually certified street legal. All those KTM's that have been registered because they came with "motorcycle" COO's instead of "off road use only" could see their plates pulled. In CA right now there are very few true dirt bikes that can be plated... the KTM 500, left over 2011 570's, a couple of Betas?
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:05 PM   #2678
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Same in Illinois. I saw online where a guy jumped through all the hoops to get a plate on an enduro (don't remember what) bike. Got the plate and a few months later got a letter saying to send the place back. It is not worth the risk. That is why I am trying to get out. Just need a job in a good state.
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:55 AM   #2679
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Hey that's my bike!

I'm not too fussed what people think of the looks, personally I don't care. In 15mins I can swap the wheels over and blast a mountain rd. Then the next day i can ride straight over the mountain covered in mud. It's solid as a rock at 170kph with no mods. Was a cheap option too at $1500 for rims, rubber and discs. Got the best of both worlds. Function over form.
Not offense intended, I just thought the long front fender looks bit a bit goofy, of course it's no big deal. See below for a $25 alternative.

It's good to hear however that it's handling solidly with the stock suspension. I really don't like mine at high speeds with the 21" front wheel already, so normally dropping the front even more would only make it worse. I might try the stock triples next time to see if I find the same as you do.

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Exactly

Mine
That looks great! The white SMR parts go well with your graphics and the black frame. Is that a 5" rim on the rear and how is the clearance to the chain?


Here is my setup that I ended up with for my trip last week:






- Stock FS570 tubeless wheels, cush drive rear
- KTM SMR forks (shorter and stiffer), stock shock firmed up (FS fork would work as well)
- Radial Magura 4 piston caliper with 320mm floating disc and radial 13mm MC
- 14mm offset cast clamps (the FS has a billet set that goes from 14-16mm)
- Acerbis universal supermoto fender
- 15/45 gearing
- KTM axle sliders (same ones available with the Husaberg logo)
- Peg sliders home made from roller blade wheels, didn't want to grind down those beautiful but wide Fastway adventure pegs.

I did about 2500 kms on this trip, sticking to back roads and mountain passes in Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. The bike handled superbly and makes a really nice supermoto in my opinion. Even though it's a 570 it is pretty mild in the power delivery and you don't have to be super careful. I could only use the stock (uncorked map) unfortunately as Barton aka Beta stole my mapping switch. Going to build my own with a toggle switch in the HDB top clamp, should be a bit better in the aggressive map.

The brakes work really well, I find one finger is enough 99% of the time. No sign of fading even coming down a mountain loaded with luggage, either fully on the gas or on the brakes.

The handling is excellent, very easy to pitch into corners and turn in, yet stable at high speeds. Fastest I managed was 174 km/h, there was no hint of a wobble regardless of where I sat, arm position, crouching etc. It felt more stable at this speed than my stock bike does at 100 km/h. I have a shorter and wider SMR swingarm here that I wanted to try out, not sure yet how much better it can still get?

Gearing worked well, pulls very hard about to about 115 km/h in 5th gear, then switch into 6th for cruising. Between 110 and 120 it was perfect, above that it gets too windy. Our speed limit on country roads is 100 so this is perfect for not loosing your license. I was however positively surprised again by how smooth this engine is, it felt loads better with less vibes than the 2013 690 Enduro R I test rode last weekend!

Super happy with the Berg once again, it didn't give me any trouble whatsoever on this trip. A few things that I want to improve or add became apparent, as I just can't stop fiddling with things.

- Fuel capacity: I ran out of gas 4 times as my speedo cluster and the reserve lamp are both hidden below my HDB clamp, but mostly because I am an idiot. Got really really lucky and never had to push, one time it happened in the middle of the woods and there was a hunter nearby who had an old fuel canister in his cabin. Lots of rust that my Profill tank sock caught!

- Power distribution point up front for GPS, tank bag connector, heated grips, powerlet etc: I used a Fuzeblock previously that works excellent, just have to figure out how I can fit it behind the stock mask. It's tight in there without the headlight relocation kit (got it from HDB, but it only works with the 09-11 KTM style headlight shell).

- Heated grips: I have a pair of really nice Exo2 heated gloves, but of course didn't bring them when it's >30 C outside. It still got cold in the mornings....

- Headlight: The stock 2012 light is not as horrible as other dirt bikes, but it's certainly not confidence inspiring at night. Worst thing is fork dive when braking before a corner, and then leaning into the pitch black turn hoping for the best... Need to get an LED dimmer so I can start using the Baja Designs Squadron lamp even when there are other drivers around. I am tending towards Skene and ADVmonster, any recommendations?
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:54 AM   #2680
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- Headlight: The stock 2012 light is not as horrible as other dirt bikes, but it's certainly not confidence inspiring at night. Worst thing is fork dive when braking before a corner, and then leaning into the pitch black turn hoping for the best... Need to get an LED dimmer so I can start using the Baja Designs Squadron lamp even when there are other drivers around. I am tending towards Skene and ADVmonster, any recommendations?
This guy Kevin Lambda makes an optically progressive, intuitive potentiometer that he'll sell seperately.

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Old 08-28-2012, 01:00 PM   #2681
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That looks great! The white SMR parts go well with your graphics and the black frame. Is that a 5" rim on the rear and how is the clearance to the chain?
4.25 with tons of room, I wish I'd have got 5. It's hard to find slicks that fit right on the 4.25. IIRC the stock FS570 had 4.25 so that's why I went with that size. Plenty of street legal tires fit on it, just not slicks.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:02 PM   #2682
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Michelin T-63

Anyone tried Michelin T-63s on their Berg? If so, what size works? I don't want to lose any width (of course). I've officially worn out my stock Bridgestone on my FE390 (after 2000kms), so looking for a comparable replacement, but one that's just a little more D.O.T. friendly. I would go with a D606 as I've had that on other bikes, but read about the issues on here so avoiding that one.

Also can these wheels be properly balanced? I hope to smooth out things a bit for those bits of tarmac that I most often have to hit to get to the good off-road areas.

Thanks

Totally happy with this bike. What a motor! I've bonded with this tall blue beauty. Glad I grabbed one (70-deg) while they were available!
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:59 PM   #2683
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Anyone tried Michelin T-63s on their Berg? If so, what size works? I don't want to lose any width (of course). I've officially worn out my stock Bridgestone on my FE390 (after 2000kms), so looking for a comparable replacement, but one that's just a little more D.O.T. friendly. I would go with a D606 as I've had that on other bikes, but read about the issues on here so avoiding that one.

Also can these wheels be properly balanced? I hope to smooth out things a bit for those bits of tarmac that I most often have to hit to get to the good off-road areas.

Thanks

Totally happy with this bike. What a motor! I've bonded with this tall blue beauty. Glad I grabbed one (70-deg) while they were available!

I'm new to the Berg and the 606, but I did just run them for 600 miles on road and twisties on my 570 and thought it was great! Not a SM nor 70/30 DS tire on pavement, but it was quite good. Wear was pretty decent too. Ran it up to 75-80mph. The wheels had been balanced.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:04 PM   #2684
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4.25 with tons of room, I wish I'd have got 5. It's hard to find slicks that fit right on the 4.25. IIRC the stock FS570 had 4.25 so that's why I went with that size. Plenty of street legal tires fit on it, just not slicks.

I have a 5" rear, and it makes for a wide setup. I first tried running a 160 Dunlop Q2. The tire touches both sides of the swinger! It was 178mm wide. So bummed.
I then swapped that out for a Michelin Pilot Power 150, which only runs 155mm on my rim. The 150 is reco'd by Michelin to run no wider than a 4.25" rim.
I hear Pirelli is a little narrow like the Mich. I likely could have squeezed a 160 Mich in there, but didn't want to be wrong a 2nd time.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:07 PM   #2685
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Did you have to shorten the kickstand? I have a FE570 that I'm running SM wheels on, and it is a problem with the stock kickstand.

I have a 5" rear, and I don't think it is the way to go. I first tried running a 160 Dunlop Q2. The tire touches both sides of the swinger! It was 178mm wide. So bummed.
I then swapped that out for a Michelin Pilot Power 150, which only runs 155mm on my rim. The 150 is reco'd by Michelin to run no wider than a 4.25" rim.
I hear Pirelli is a little narrow like the Mich. I likely could have squeezed a 160 Mich in there, but didn't want to be wrong a 2nd time.
I took the kickstand off, my setup was for race track only so I didn't need it.
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