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Old 11-28-2010, 12:39 PM   #16
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Still riding my '05 650 and like it a lot. Lots of power and light weight make it one of the most fun bikes I've owned. I've added a Clarke(Boss) tank, Renazco seat, all the guards and of course a license plate.

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Old 11-28-2010, 12:44 PM   #17
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Hey Bob Just picked up an 07 550 and its really hard to start. It just seems like an awful lot of resistance when running it through the stroke and even the starter sounds like its having a tough time. Its only got 28 hours on it by the way. I've been going through the basics... valves, filter, carb etc etc etc but I'm wondering if my left leg is just weak

Any words of wisdom from the Berg wizard?
Could be a couple of things
if its hard turning I agree the valves are tight. go to Husaberg.org and look up 1/8 turn valve adjustment. been doing it this way since 2001

I have a 05 550 and it was always hard to start bit it was fuel issue.
see if I can look up some jetting I did. works for me from 9000 ft to the coastal range but centered for here at 4500

I still love this bike. I need to save my pennies and send the legs to Trailtrick. my 690 is damn near perfect
btw there are a couple of older brand new bergs in Reno at NMS prretty cheap.
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:26 PM   #18
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Could be a couple of things
if its hard turning I agree the valves are tight. go to Husaberg.org and look up 1/8 turn valve adjustment. been doing it this way since 2001

I have a 05 550 and it was always hard to start bit it was fuel issue.
see if I can look up some jetting I did. works for me from 9000 ft to the coastal range but centered for here at 4500

I still love this bike. I need to save my pennies and send the legs to Trailtrick. my 690 is damn near perfect
btw there are a couple of older brand new bergs in Reno at NMS prretty cheap.
Thanks for the responses Bob and Brucifer!

The guy I bought it from seemed scared of it and that's why the hours are low. I rode it for about 20 minutes before putting it in the garage and it ran like a scalded animal no doubt but the fueling is all wrong. It started really hard hot or cold and the choke didn't seem to matter much

I checked the valves and the exhaust was pretty tight and the intake was close. I bought the JD kit for it but I would be interested to hear your take on jetting Bob. My plan is to run it on the lake this winter, so I need to get my ass in gear and get her sorted. I owned a 570 and I didn't like it nearly as much as the old Chassis. Not sure why but the old chassis it feels more stable and it slides better than any other bike I've ever had
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:50 PM   #19
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My 08 550, one awesome machine!!

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Old 11-28-2010, 02:14 PM   #20
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Nice bike Fast Eddy! You did the Dacre on a 640 right?
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Old 11-28-2010, 02:49 PM   #21
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Nice bike Fast Eddy! You did the Dacre on a 640 right?
Yup, I did! Here's a shot of the 640!

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Old 11-28-2010, 03:28 PM   #22
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Yup, I did! Here's a shot of the 640!

This is my team at the finish....



I'm the slower guy on the far right. What a great event, we had a ton of fun!
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:04 PM   #23
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Thanks for the responses Bob and Brucifer!

The guy I bought it from seemed scared of it and that's why the hours are low. I rode it for about 20 minutes before putting it in the garage and it ran like a scalded animal no doubt but the fueling is all wrong. It started really hard hot or cold and the choke didn't seem to matter much

I checked the valves and the exhaust was pretty tight and the intake was close. I bought the JD kit for it but I would be interested to hear your take on jetting Bob. My plan is to run it on the lake this winter, so I need to get my ass in gear and get her sorted. I owned a 570 and I didn't like it nearly as much as the old Chassis. Not sure why but the old chassis it feels more stable and it slides better than any other bike I've ever had
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Fe 550 JETTING

STARTED JET NOW

BDVT 6 FM TOP NEEDLE CDMS 4 FM TOP

182 MAIN 155

52 IDLE JET 38

85 START JET 80

100 IDLE AIR 100

200 MAIN AIR TAFFY JET NO NUMBER

1 OUT AIR SCREW 1 OUT

My buddy sent me the air jet and i dont know the size
needle main and idle jet are the biggies

the chassie is way better for mere mortals on the older gen bikes

great info in the owners DOC on UHE
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Old 11-29-2010, 01:26 AM   #24
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I miss her alot.


In 08 I rode her from Los Alamos NM to Lake City CO for west fest. then I rode it all over the area for the next three days. After which I rode it back home.

4 am In the Jemez Mts waiting for my riding buddy.


Headed north along the CD trail.


Some of the places that my berg would take me.






On the trail north of Durange CO. This trail had a huge penalty for failure to stay on the trail.


Me and my best friend ever.



The perfect tool for a caveman.


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Old 11-29-2010, 02:42 AM   #25
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Thanks for this thread!
It only reminds me that I'm still looking to buy a new-in-the-crate, last model year, 650.
Anyone know if one even exists?

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Old 11-29-2010, 04:35 AM   #26
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You're welcome. Glad you appreciate it.
Good luck with your search for the ultimate 650!
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:38 AM   #27
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Hair- Nice! How many miles was that in total?

Huskyfatman- How many hours/miles on your 650? Have you had the engine apart?
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:27 AM   #28
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Thanks for this thread!
It only reminds me that I'm still looking to buy a new-in-the-crate, last model year, 650.
Anyone know if one even exists?

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Old 11-29-2010, 07:42 PM   #29
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Here is my '06 550



It now has a 4 gallon tank on it. I love this bike...except I just destroyed a new waterpump seal during installation, so it has to sit for a week waiting on new parts
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:52 PM   #30
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Nice bike Wallache.

I love the way the '01-'08 bikes look. I like the overall design and they just have a purposeful stance.
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