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Discussion in 'Racing' started by SafariBerg, Jan 11, 2008.
My Husaberg with side panel tank
A 4 rider team competed in the 2008 Australian Safari rallye under the banner of Husaberg Rallye Racing.
The team went well with final results of:
#11 Dean Nuttall 10th outright and 2nd M2.3 class
#55 Thomas Jacobson 11th outright and 3rd M3.3 class
#29 Garry Connell 20th outright
#17 Garry Whittle DNF due to injury but running in top 15 prior to accident
All 4 bikes were essentially the same '07 or '08 FE650's.
The HUSABERG GIRLS !!
The team would like to thank for their fantastic support
Does a brolly dolly come with each bike ??? I'll ditch the AT and buy a berg if they do
Garry, out of interest, does the rallye package by Rally Management Services (actually made for the KTM exc's) fit the 'Bergs? Seem to remember seeing a pic of a Berg with all the fairing etc that looked very similar.
Just wondering because of the connection between many of the parts for each bike.
Bjorn Nygren ran his Berg FE650 at this years Pharaohs Rallye 2008 finishing 58th out of 99 starters
Great pics! Quite the "wang" in that front rim of one of the bikes
I'm trying to decide whether to fabricate a frame mount for my navigation gear, or just mount them to the forks...which has got to be a lot simpler and easier. These pictures are making me think the fork mount might just be the way to go.
I'll also have to find out where to score some "Rally Radio" stickers!
hmmm Thomas can be a little rough with his toys !!! but he is FAST
The KTM roadbook frame works well, its an easy bolt on, light & simple, just need a couple of spacers for the Berg headlight. Send me your email address and I willl send some photos etc.
Is there a site like this one but with the rules and navigation requirements for Baja. These guys have a very interesting training page for Dakar and I want to compare the two.
I like the led cap light that rider (bike 11) has on the peak of his helmet. I have seen these in several stores around town. I just might add one to my helmet -looks like a really good idea.
FYI....had heard at the UAE Desert Challenge from KTM that there is a possibility that the rally department will develop a full rally kit for the 570 Husaberg.
Just a rumour, but where there is smoke...
thanks for that, that's important news to follow up on
Congrats on your rallye, great ride, it sounds like a great event
Any chance we could tempt you Down Under next year for the Safari ?
Thanks for the well wishes.
I am keen to do the safari and would love to come home for awhile also, its just a bit of an issue with time. Lets see how it goes.
OK...here's my '08 FE550 just before it went in the crate yesterday bound for Spain and the Tuareg Rallye.
Nice looking bike!!
Best wishes on finishing the event - hope you have a great time.
Whats the fairing / headlight ?
Also the tank graphic, any chance of a better side on photo ? is it perforated ?
I noticed you extended the water pump guard, good move, also keep an eye on the bashplate front mount bracket as the alloy tends to fatigue and crack there.
What sort of cockpit / roadbook mounting frame / bracket have you used ?? be keen to some some photos of the cockpit set up
Good luck and have fun on the rallye, it will be a blast !
Here's a couple more pics.
Yes the grapics have hundreds of tiny slots for perforations to assist in "de-gassing" the tank. No guarantee that bubbles won't still form....it's the nature of stickers on a plastic tank. You can see them in this pic in the upper right hand area of the graphic. They were custom made by Ride Industries in Canada. I gave him some intial ideas on the design and after two or three go rounds we came up with this joint effort. Great guy to work with and quality is top notch.
Here's a shot of the skid plate extension I made up. You can't see it on this photo but there is a large rubber bumper pad glued on the bacl of it between the plate and water pump. In case of a really big hit I wanted some cushion between the two. The plate itself is made of 3/16" T6061. There is a slight depression ground into the inside surface to insure the water hose doesn't rub on it.
I also modified the underside of the skid plate to allow for easy oil changes. As is was, changing oil meant that it drooled and spilled all through the bottom of the plate. It was impossible to get any sort of funnel or...anything...to direct oil from the drain hole over the bottom frame rail. So I just moved the right rear skid plate clamp further back and cut a triangular opening which meets up with the existing slot in the plate for the diagonal frame rail.
I moved my ignition module to the side from under the seat and built myself a 'storage trunk' there. Then used the side of it to make up a bracket for carrying my tire irons. The exhaust heat shield is backed with high temp fiberglass packing. I guess I'll find out if it works if that sticker holds up!
The nav gear mount is a self-designed...and re-designed....and re-designed... made out of 3/8" aluminum plate and 1-1/2" aluminum square tubing for the upright. There is also a 12 gauge aluminum plate cut and bent and contorted to mount the ODO, GPS and road book. I was using the square tubing to keep the gear as close to the handlebars as possible. I also wanted room in front and underneath it to mount a tool bag. This carries light items, primarily my first aid kit gear. I made up an aluminum bracket to replace the plastic front fender bracket. This made for a better base to mount the bag.
These are earlier construction photos. I modified it somewhat after these were taken, lowering it 1-1/2" and tilting the top part forward more to clear the bars. Fairing brackets aren't on here yet either.
I wouldn't do it exactly the same again. Primarily I would change the cantelevered design of the heavy plate mount which only comes off one side of the frame head stock. This was a bit of a design exercise for me...I have a habit of trying to do things a little differently...sometimes it even works. This design puts too much stress on the top bolt that goes into the head stay. It's fine for normal use, but if I go down hard and put side load on it I think that bolt might shear. I'll take a Grade 5 bolt with me and probably swap it out in Spain before the start.
Oh...after it was on and I mounted the fairing I decided to put an aluminum "windscreen extension" up the front to cover nav gear. This has a 90 degree bend in it about 1" wide to sit over top of the ODO and GPS to protect them. This is the part that the "Husaberg" sticker in on over top of the windshield in the first picture.
The fairing is a discontinued model (don't know the manufacturer) I picked up off a clearance sale on e-bay. I think it's one of those love-hate things. I love the way it looks, kind of modernized the old style Berg...some people think it looks gay. I've got the bulbs hooked up to run independently via switches.
Here's a pic of my road book switch, which I think might be unique. You use your left index finger to operate it, like a tiny clutch lever. I find it's much easier to use than my thumb since you never lose your grip on the bars. But what do I know...having never operated a road book before? Maybe other guys use this same set up but I hadn't seen it anywhere.
Hi guys, nice thread with tons of rally info. Here is some short words about my FE 650 that have served well in UEA DC and Pharaons:
BOSS main tank, Husa 5.5 liter side tank, 2.8 liter under seat tank, Meca nav gear holder (small modifications, but just bolted on two mounts that´s welded on the frame), Meca fairing, Meca lights, MD roadbook holder, ICO trip, Husa triple clamp, handlebar raised 40mm (Note, extend hydralic clutch hose!!!), Ohlin steering damper, KTM cooler fan, rear fog light, Ackra slip on, expansion chamber for cooling (from some yamaha street bike, i think...) and a high seat.
I used to have the "Olle Ohlsson / Andrew Coaker" alu tanks. The where great taking 26 liters of fuel, but made the bike very wide and tricky to handle (my experience).
The aussie Husaberg Rallye Racing team competed at the Condo 750 Rallye NSW Australia 11-12 April 2009 http://www.condo750.com.au/
The team had 4 FE570's and 2 FE650's
Foggy start to Day 2
Loading the roadbook
So....can the new 570 hold its own against the "old school" 650?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Actually there was one '09 FE450 at the Tuareg but the rider (from Germany) broke his collarbone the first day in the dunes.
Great action shots and terrific pics... my kinda of bike riding...awesome...