Husaberg Adventure Team - 3 x FE570 build up

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Colebatch, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    I guess there comes a time when a man begins to look at other models and thinks to himself ... "mmm that looks mighty fine. I would love to ride that damn hard." That doesnt mean you dont love and appreciate what you have, just that sometimes, a new austro-swedish model can do things the old one italo-german one wouldnt dream of doing.

    And thats why I started looking at a Husaberg for the next project. A Husaberg 570. 60 hp in a 114 kg package. Smooth fuel injection. First class twin chamber forks and progressive damping in the rear.

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    I consulted my two partners in crime ... two hardy, seasoned riders who were going to join me on the ambitious project, Lukas and Barton. The verdict was unanimous. The Husaberg has awesome potential, not just for out little project but down the line, long after the project was over, we could turn them into real adventure bikes.

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    But first we had to pick the bikes up. We consulted the guys at Husaberg and they customised some bikes for us straight off the production line. Awesome start!

    So we decided to video this process from the start ... and here is the first video ...

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  2. BogeyMan

    BogeyMan Been here awhile

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    I look forward to hearing of some of the tricks and tips that you got from the factory mechanics.
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  3. Gale B.T.

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    Walter, you and Lukas will have all of us "captured " again as you start this new adventure with the new bikes.

    I am in as always so keep us smiling and Lucas, I can totally understand that need for coffee, good strong European mountain coffee. Send some over here or better yet, we will come over there!!!:lol3

    I left Vilnius on a rainy morning in July 1991 and had the same coffee attack about an hour on the ride below.

    ciao, gale

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=572583
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  4. ktm950se

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    Once again, another exciting Colebatch adventure I'll be sure to follow closely. :D

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  5. Evil Invader

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    Yeah, damn ugly country, bet the bikes will be ugly as well....

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  6. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    :D This should be interesting. Look forward to your build. What exactly do you have in mind? Are you going straight to Adventure Travel mode ... or?
    And what things did the factory modify on your bikes?

    I had the extreme pleasure get a Husaberg test bike for 3 weeks back in 2007. A 550E. I rode it mostly in the desert ... and it's the best bike I've ever ridden there. Several riding friends had a go ... most liked it. So tunable, so capable and easily set up to suit individual riders.

    Can't wait to hear your initial ride report on the stock bike ... and plans you may have for the future.

    I would hope KTM/Husaberg are paying attention to you guys. I could see them using your input to develop a "real" Adventure Bike, made to order and ready for the Road of Bones ... and all the R&D provided by you guys.
    Win Win!

    The bikes were great then ... by now I imagine they are fantastic!
    A few pics from the past ....
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    Dakar rider Charlie Rauseo and buddy Mike Krynoc testing the brand new Berg's ... a 450 and a 550E.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIPmDkssyh8 Charlie at Dakar

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    A little lite Motocross work to warm up ...
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    Charlie ran afoul of The Man ... for jumping OVER another rider:lol3
    He got off with a warning .... Yes ... US Motocross parks have cops!
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    Subscribed !!! :clap.........I look forward to meeting Lukas when I pick up his DR in May !!! :freaky


    Cheers ,Dan
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  13. Adv Grifter

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  14. Cruz

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    Good luck with the project, hope you achieve your first task and then get stuck into the adv side of it, can't wait.:clap
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    Subscribed... This is going to be GOOD!!:freaky
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  16. Deadly99

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  18. Smudge!

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    Good time of year to put my 570 on a stand and pull it down and go through it. It will be fun to watch what you do with your 570's.
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  19. LukasM

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    As Walter mentioned I am one of the two other lucky guys to have been chosen as a team member for his newest project (the other one is Barton aka Beta on ADV who I am sure will chime in soon). We had met online a few years ago (it's not like it sounds mom, I promise!) and then in real life when he passed through Austria returning from one of his epic rides in Asia. We seemed to share many of the same philosophies on life and riding, and have been talking adventure bikes and travel ever since.

    The Husaberg 70 degree bikes had been in our sights for a while, having read of the success that Gary Connell and his Husaberg Safari Team, as well as several others - racers and adventurers alike - had been having with them in tens (hundreds) of thousands of kilometers of racing and riding. Light weight, high performance, with the right prep reliable and durable, and - very importantly - fuel injected, they fitted the bill perfectly.

    Walter managed to get the team at Husaberg interested in supporting our project, and this is how we arrived here at KTM/Husaberg headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria:

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    The rest you can see in the video above. We were to pick up our bikes at the factory a month later right after they had been built, and get some training and detailed insights from the factory mechanics.

    Philipp, a rather young guy, has been working there for several years, and is now responsible for prepping and setting up all press and show bikes for Husaberg, as well as for some races like the ISDE. His mentor Hermann who knows these bikes inside out and is the main instructor for all factory mechanics was there as well.

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    Unfortunately we were not allowed to film or take too many pictures inside the factory as there was some sensitive stuff there. Let me just say that it was a pretty cool feeling to sit on Cyril Despres' 450 Rally which had just come back from the Paris motor show! :tb

    After spending all day with these guys going over everything and asking countless questions, it was finally time to say our goodbyes, load up the bikes and gear and head home.

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    In the next few posts we'll get into the technical side of things, but now I am off to the family gathering. Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! :freaky
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  20. GalacticGS

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    Having just purchased a new 570 in November, it will be quite interesting to see where you are heading with your modifications and bike builds.

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