Musings on the Whooo-sa-berg FE570

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    I hear ya. I bought a set of these for the interim. they will mount all the way forward on the shrouds and can carry a liter fuel bottle in each.

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    the bags fasten via the two top cross straps you see plus two at the bottom: one in front and one in the rear. I created anchor points by mounting some folding D-ring tabs on various 6 mm bolts. I will need an exhaust shield for the right rear strap.

    and oh yeah, this (former) code monkey turns 55 this year as well...:thumb
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    Well, I should point out that I like my job, my colleagues and my manager is good - I just like that song. :D
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    Well, I've got the Ducati which is a fun bike too. I had always lusted after a Ducati and bought it on a whim - and I am glad I did. I think if I had a Super Motard I would probably lose my license or crash it. Of course, one of these days I am going to do the ton (I usually do at least once during a ride) and go by a parked cop I didn't see, then that will be all she wrote for my license. :cry

    Until then... :freaky

    It is just that the two are so different - which is exactly what I want - a nice fun street bike and a nice fun dirt bike, not something in between.
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    Yeah, I used to recommend that to others as an expedient source of emergency fuel when I was riding an Airhead GS. The Sigg type fuel bottles are almost indestructible and a liter or two of fuel can make the difference between walking/pushing and riding to the gas station.

    Still, if you want to push 50 to 100 miles into the wilderness, that solution is not going to get you back out. I would want to double my fuel capacity.

    Fortunately we will probably have a solution in the future. I am thinking about getting the Christini 2WD mod though, and that requires a different fuel tank - which I assume they make themselves.
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    I stopped by Gunnison MotorSports last Friday. I dropped off my old 650 and spent some time looking at the new bergs. I might have to get a 570. Nice looking bikes, that's for sure.
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    invite a friend with a KLR, carry one of these...

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    Which reminds me of something I was going to mention and need to take a pic of: the fact that like my Ducati, the tank goes back under the seat. This is good in the sense that the weight is low and to the rear, but it causes problems. The problem is that if the tank isn't properly vented at the rear then air bubbles form back there and preclude you from properly filling the tank. On both bikes I rock the bike back and forth to help with this. The Ducati has a vent at the rear of the tank, the Husaberg does not and there is still some air trapped back there no matter how much I rock the bike on a flat surface - although it does help somewhat. Maybe running the front wheel up on a steep incline might help.

    The tank is so small you have to get every bit you can out of it.
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    The brakes are good, but the rear brake is currently too sensitive - it doesn't take much at all to lock up the rear wheel, so I am going to have to see if I can adjust that.

    The suspension is good - it is WP after all, but as (sp?) pointed out, the bikes didn't come setup from the factory guys our size. I do think I could use more control and some more initial compliance. I noticed that even on the Elby bridge the roughness of the road came through the suspension in a way that I had not noticed on my street bike.
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    I have Pivot Pegz on my bike. For the first time I am finally able to finesse the brake with my foot on these bikes (dirt bikes). The rotating pegs make a world of difference - so much so that I bought another set for my GS, replacing the Fastways that I liked. I like the Pivot Pegz more.

    Since you're in Seattle we should get together sometime soon. You can ride my bike to see how it's different: suspension, pegs, etc.
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    Good idea - sometime soon before it starts raining again? :D

    Gonna take my bike down to Tasky's tonight for the 3 hr check. I'll probably do the work from now on, but I guess maybe I need to find a way to check the fault codes on it and the tool to tighten the spark arrestor.
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    jon and I passed you as well.. when the other ff'ers left, jonk and i, (xr650 and gas gas) passed you there at the interesection.. i almost went off the gravel road staring at your berg, :evil
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    :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl

    can relate :evil :evil
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    I did the oil change, filter change, tightened the bolts at about that same interval.
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    I just got back from taking my bike down to Tasky's.

    Timed it just right; the hour meter ticked over to 3 hours just as I pulled up to his shop.

    I figure I'll let him do the first service then do the rest myself.
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    Yeah, I was sitting there trying to catch my breath and wipe off some of the sweat - very out of shape am I.
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    I was just reading about the pegz - I didn't know they existed, but it seems like a good idea.
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    A few comments on the fuel injection.

    Not finicky or too responsive - very progressive. Except for the fact that it is so smooth and fairly 'linear' you wouldn't know it was fuel injection (or at least on the power setting I was using).

    The only thing I noticed was just a hint of hunting at light load and steady throttle. So light I might have been imagining it. I've had carbs hunt more.
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    Today was Husaberg project day.

    I finally wired in an ignition switch. For those of you who don't know, the Husaberg is a race bike. As such it lacks things like an ignition switch and steering lock. I sourced the switch from Suzuki - the 2004 DRZ400 has a great ignition switch. It's 3 position: OFF, ON, PARK, with 2 circuits.

    I used it to disable the starter. It works. I plan to use the other circuit to disable the fuel pump. I'm sourcing the connectors but it should work also. It will simply turn off the pump and the engine will die.

    I fashioned a dashboard out of 1/8" aluminum. It mounts directly to the top triple clamp and covers the area between the headlight mask and the triple clamp. My ignition switch mounts there on the righthand side. On the left hand side is a single powerlet.

    I am in the process of converting all of my indicator lamps to LEDs. I found some high intensity panel mount LEDs that only require a 5/16" hole from http://www.radlites.com/led_body_mounts_lighting.htm.

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    They are bright! I will install a series resistor to dim them a bit.

    I also reworked my turn signals. I fashioned some mounts out of 1/8" aluminum stock to mount a set of Hyperlites turn signals http://www.hyperlites.com/turn.html

    I will have to install a couple of 100 ohm/2 watt resistors to load the flasher relay. Otherwise they are excellent: bright and look great.

    I also completed wiring in a relay with fuseblock. I sourced it all from Jim Davis of Eastern Beaver. www.easternbeaver.com. Good stuff, quick turnaround even though he's in Japan.

    I'll post some pics of all this goodness when I get it done.
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    I was thinking of putting one or two hidden switches (possibly keyed) somewhere on the bike so that it wouldn't be so easy to start and ride off. But I don't think that would make it that much harder to steal. It is such a light bike that someone could just walk up and walk off with it, pushing it down the street until they could find a place to hotwire it or put it in a van/truck. So for now I have a heavy cable lock on it, which is better than a steering head lock which is super easy to defeat on almost any bike. I am thinking about something more compact that would lock up the bike when I park it while riding.

    The thing about my Ducati is that you cannot get it running without the key without replacing both the ignition/FI module and the dash unit, both of which add up to several thousand dollars IIRC, and are not easy to come by (although I think there may be some third party ignition/FI units now). Either way, both bikes are fully insured.
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    I was just thinking that one way to disable the bike without mods would be to pop the seat and pull all the fuses. One supplies power the fuel pump, another the ignition. They are all the same size.
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