Husaberg FE570 vs. KTM 690R

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Pundy, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Pundy

    Pundy Been here awhile

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    I'm looking for opinions, so don't be bashful. Of course I'd love to hear from anyone who's ridden both these bikes,but will take comments from all. I currently have the 690R and really like it, but since I have a 1200GSA and a KTM 200EXC in the garage, I think the 570 would full out the team a little better. It's lighter, has reports of a bullet proof motor and great suspension. It just seems like the 570 gives you way more dirt capability without sacrificing much if any roadability for getting too and from the good riding. Opinions?
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  2. dlorenz

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    Can't speak about the 690, I'm sure its a great bike.

    I have a 570 and you hit the nail on the head about it, I couldn't be happier. That being said, it doesn't make a very good street bike. It's great for quick shots to get to the riding areas but extended street rides get uncomfortable, just like all dirt serious dual sport bikes do. Sounds like you know that already though.

    Pull the trigger, it will fill in your quiver perfectly, you won't be disappointed. Plus it looks like there are good deals on new '11 570s still out there. I think 3 Brothers Racing and Tri County Motorsports (both in So. Cal) and Cycle Buy in Or. have some on the floor (570's).
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  3. Duken4evr

    Duken4evr Been here awhile

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    I don't own a 570, but have a '10 Berg 450. The XC-W trans on these bikes makes street riding (from a gearing perspective) reasonable. Even with stock 13/52 gearing, my 450 cruises easily at 65mph in 6th. 6th is useless off road and 1st is a good rock crawler. Perfect trail bike gearing in other words. I would not want to ride 100 street miles on my 450, but it is fine for short hops up to 20 miles to connect trails. After that the wide and firm seat, which is great off road, will become a weapon of ass destruction. More significant street riding will call for an aftermarket or otherwise modified seat.

    The slant Berg motors run very smoothly with little engine vibration. They hold 1.5 quarts of oil in a single supply (KTM picked this up on their late model bikes) and they are as mechanically reliable as the quite reliable KTM XC4 motor, as they basically are the same motor supported by the slanted cases. Have not ridden one, but everyone who owns a 570 universally praises the engine. I suppose it is like my 450 on steroids - loads of smooth usable, crisp and stout power.

    The beauty of the 570 is they handle really well for a bigger bike. There is something to the mass centralized 'Berg design. My accurate and light steering FE450 makes every other 450 enduro I have ridden feel like a lumbering school bus. It is not lighter of course, but it feels and steers that way. The 570 is a really desireable bike. So is the 690 though. I guess the real question is how much street riding do you do? If it is 50/50, I would probably stay with the 690. If it more like 70/30 or 80/20, I would go with the 570.

    On another note, I find the 'Berg design is great for riding wheelies. The balance of the bike is amazing. Sit down, stand up, does not matter. Wheelies for days. Silly fun on my 450, gotta be cake to go for the long mono on a 570 :)

    From what I have been reading, it seems pretty certain 'Berg will not be updating the slant motor 4T bikes and they will go out of production. Too expensive to produce, sales too low and KTM has their new and excellent bikes out now (350 and 500XC-W). My guess is 'Berg will be 2T only or at going forward. Sad as that would make me, no real worries about getting parts though, as the current 'Bergs are mostly KTM anyway.

    Speaking of the new KTM 500, that is another bike that is worthy of your consideration. Guys who own them love them to bits too. Fantastic engines and off road ability with street capabilities that are likely the same as the 570 as defined by the bricklike seat and hard core off road orientation. The 500s are such hotly in demand bikes though, I bet the 'Berg 570 would cost a lot less. A bit of irony there perhaps - the supposedly "premium" 'Bergs tend to sell for a lot less than KTM. My Berg FE450 cost me thousands less than a KTM 450 XC-W would have. Made the choice easy for me!

    Low mileage demo 450s were pretty common for awhile there, but 570s seem to be pretty rare. Here is one though. Snagged my '10 FE450 demo with 6 hours on it last year from a CA dealer for $5,495 OTD (they waived setup fees) and $275 in shipping to get it here to CO. The intial slight evidence it had been ridden before has since faded with the ensuing 65 hours I have put on it in the Colorado rocks. Knew it would! Hmm...

    http://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2011-HUSABERG-FE-570S-99908930

    Nice stable you have there!
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  4. Pundy

    Pundy Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the input guys. My reality is that I think I use the 690 at about a 75% dirt-25% road, so was thinking the 570 might be a step in the right direction. In terms of the 570 vs KTM 500, I do like the kick starter on the 500, but I also like that there's a reasonably large crew who are making long distance, rally type bikes out of the 570's.
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