The Husaberg 70º FE Adventure Traveler Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Lost Roadie, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Yeah, fits perfectly. Absolutely love the BPD and HDB guards!

    Make sure that you bolt the fan in front of the bracket that gets riveted on so that it almost touches the radiator. Otherwise it will hit the tank and you will have to redo it and drill out the rivets like some of us... :deal

    .... and I will send the Scheff-meister an email about availability of the rally plate tonight. Worked out perfectly, it's big enough to get a full tool kit in there, doesn't really change ground clearance and can be removed with 1 bolt on 2 nuts. Excellent quality and heavy duty.
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  2. Tarheel Wheeler

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    Finn, Hit up SethS with a pm. He had a rear Safari mounted on his FE450 at the Sandblast Rally. I'm sure SafariBerg has a few posted up on his facebook page as well.
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  3. Cruz

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    Hey Greg, did the email with photos turn up for you or did I stuff up?
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  4. Tarheel Wheeler

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    Yep I got em. Been stupid busy at work and they are on that computer. Thanks for the reminder...will post em up for you tomorrow. Thanks again for the snaps.
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  5. Lost Roadie

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    How well does 14/45 work for you on the trail?

    It works just fine so far, of course it would be better at times to have lower gearing but that's the price I pay for wanting to ride my dirt bike everywhere. 65-70 on pavement and the motor is just humming along nicely, with up to 90 mph spurts possible if needed to pass or whatever. A little clutch work in 1st in the tight knarly climbs.


    No issues with ignition switch clearance for me with the HDB bars, not even close.



    Trail Tech Map Switch, Not sure about this one. Do you feel this is a useful mod?


    The difference in power or throttle response is kinda noticeable on long steep climbs, the biggest thing I would say makes it worth it is the substantial improvement in fuel economy with it on WILD/agressive. I'm getting 50mpg @55-65 mph, where I was getting 44-45 at the same speeds without it. That 5 miles extra per gallon has saved me from doing a lot of walking already.


    HID 55w headlight purchased from Paul on the Unofficial Husa forum, KTM ATV light converted to HID. - Is this a bolt on mod? No "adjustment" necessary?

    It is a total plug and ride mod, same wiring harness, same mounts, same headlight mask.
    Since it's not technically a DOT light, though there's talk of the parking light being legal enough for daytime running light, I added a couple of aluminum brackets so I can dip the light up or down, even while riding to not bling the cages while riding on pavement at night. During the day I have it tipped up to be most conspicuous like it would be without the brackets, blind em I say! (during the day)
    Granted in SoCal cops and drivers seems to be pretty laid back about this sort of thing, back around Chicago where I'm from people/cops are so friggin' uptight about stupid crap it might be another story. YRMV.
    The beam shape is nice and useful for tight slow riding and it has also a long throw, night and day compared to stock.

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    Sorry, no photo of the simple aluminum bracket I made to raise the gauges, it's similar to the light ones, I just cut a piece of flat aluminum big enough to span the two holes on the bottom, about 1.5" tall, 4" wide, and drilled two holes on the top and the bottom using the OEM gauge mount for a template.
    Since I added 30mm bars risers to the Scotts mount it's now still a little low, but it seems I'm going to have issues with cable lengths if I try to raise it more. I can see the display just fine while riding, though I plan on moving the fuel and turn signal indicator lights to the two existing holes on the HDB top clamp. I'll snap a pic next time I get in there.
    Does anyone recommend any little LED lights for that purpose, I don't trust the OEM indicator lights with bulbs since I've had them vibrate out of their sockets a few times already, I want to be able to trust them and see them clearly. (nothing more annoying than some motorbike riding down the road with a turn signal on) :evil

    Here's the top clamp, with the Moose Racing heated grips switch, I want to use the empty slots for gas/turn signal lights.


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    More Husa ADV porn!
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  6. T Stretch

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    Does your battery hold up well?
    Would changing the stator help?
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  7. Lost Roadie

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    I've not had any issues yet running heated grips, GPS, and 55w HID light. I've only been out for 5 days once with this setup though. No problem starting in the morning when it was about 28ºF either.
    From what was posted in the other thread I believe I still have a little headroom with power. I figure if I need to run a heated jacket for winter travel, then I could use the running light instead of the HID or just use Low on the heated grips.
    For now I don't see any reason to upgrade the stator for my bike.

    Besides the other benefits to having a Lithium battery, like no needing a battery tender ( I don't have a garage with power) I need to use my bike to charge iGadgets and camera batteries while spending time in the back country. With the Shorai I have that capacity without worry of the bike not starting just like I have many times on my big bike.
    The SAE plug I installed plugs into this double dongle thing I made to charge stuff on the road when no AC is available.


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  8. Tarheel Wheeler

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    As promised with text for ya Cruz...
    Here's Cruz's 390 with a US-10 about 3/4 full mounted onto the tank adapter.

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    The tank adapter is mounted in reverse with the plastic quick release clips now at the rear of the bike. The strap goes behind the indicators and straight underneath the guard to the other indicator and then the tank adapter. Most important thing is to have the tank adapter mounted tight. If you have no indicators mounted then you can easily mount a steel D clip in the same place either side to feed the strap through and back to the tank adapter.

    You may notice that the quick release clips are broken and have been replaced with a straight strap instead. The clips broke during a high speed incident with a closed gate and a fence, but that is the only damage that occurred which is a big thumbs up for the bags strength and resistance. The front blue connector straps are generic straps from a camping store that I always carry as spare tie downs anyway.

    If I am taking a fair bit of gear I use the bags as a US-20 connected to the tank adapter and a US-10 attached either side of the 20 as this seems to distribute the weight better and the side bags are partially supported by the plastic side guards of the tail section which also keep the exhaust away from the bags. Have used this setup for approximately 3000 klms mostly hard off road riding with no problems.
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  9. BogeyMan

    BogeyMan Been here awhile

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    I'm running 13/50 right now and I have a 14 tooth sitting on the bench. I think I'm going to try 14/47 as a compromise. I also have a Rekluse CORE EXP still sitting in the box...

    I think I'll be sending some $$$ Paul's way shortly...

    I poached this photo from your smugmug gallery:

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    Interesting... The original key location for mine was right where the right-side HDB bar mounts to the boss. I see your ignition key sticking out the right side there. I looked at the parts fiche and it seems that I have some odd ignition / warning light / speedo mount bracket. I've just ordered the stock parts from my local KTM deal (since they're all stock KTM parts anyway).
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  10. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    How is that different to any other battery?
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  11. Lost Roadie

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    Could you be more specific since you quoted my entire post with all kinds of info and opinions please?
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  12. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    IN :thumb
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  13. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    Here’s a few pics of my bike and setup for Adventure Riding… Mine is not actually an FE, it’s an FX450, but still a 70deg Husaberg!!!

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    The biggest improvement I’ve made is getting a second wheel-set for Adventure riding. ProCycle built me this set of adventure wheels. The rear is basically a super-moto wheel, 17” diameter and 4-1/4” wide black Sun rim with a blue RAD cush drive hub. The front is a 19” diameter and 2-3/4” black Sun rim with blue RAD hub. The tires are Kenda Big Blocks, a 150/70-17 rear and a 110/80-19 front. You can find more info at www.procycle.us<o:p></o:p>
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    My overall goal was to keep my berg light and easy to convert back to a dirtbike. I really enjoy riding hardcore trails one weekend and riding to the coast on backroads the next. I didn’t want to add the subframe tank or any other oversize tank for adventure riding. Husaberg did a great job of centralizing the weight on this bike and making it feel very light when moving, I didn’t want to change that. My rear tail light / license plate assembly comes off with two bolts and a 5-prong trailer light plug. My front windscreen is attached to my GPS holder and is also easy to remove. In short order I can put my stock wheelset on the bike and be back to the lightweight berg that I love so much.
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    To make longer trips possible, I needed to be able to haul gear and gas… Enter the moto-mule trailer!! With no tools, I can attach or detach this adventure trailer to my husaberg and have the ability to carry more than I’d ever need. I make these trailers myself and have a website at www.moto-mule.com
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    Here is a partial list of what I’ve added to my berg:
    ProCycle Dual Sport Wiring Harness (the FX450 had no wiring for lights)
    TrailTech DOT Headlight
    LED Blinkers and Tail Light
    Folding mirrors
    Slipstreamer Windscreen
    Seat Concepts Seat
    Fastway Footpegs
    Enduro Engineering Radiator Guards
    Cycra Handguards
    Garmin Rino 530Hcx GPS
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  14. Lost Roadie

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    I really like your setup, out of the box thinking and your philosophy with your FX Mr. Bracket. :clap

    It would make a lot of sense on many types of rides to be able to carry a couple of peoples stuff to camp, drop it and go ride.... or travel with it.
    This fall Nancy and I are planning to ride on a month long trip possibly doing the TAT again, your trailer setup sure would make things easy with packing and unpacking, camping everyday in a different place.
    While I have shown one way to pack the FE, I have no illusions about what it will be like to unpack and pack it day in and day out with my current setup. I'll get more proficient at it with experience, but just like my Wolfman Expedition Panniers I use on the big bike, using every available inch in a soft pannier can be tedious when moving each day on the road.

    I already have a huge Pelican case I used for transporting big Apple MacPro media servers, having a 100% everything proof box on the trailer would be appealing to me, since we have super lightweight camping stuff the added weight of the pelican would balance out I think. Maybe add a big cargo net to the top for even more flexibility and short term storage for firewood or beer, etc.
    One Rotopax for fuel, one for water... I'm liking this more and more....

    Get out there, Stay out there.... I like that.


    Do you offer it in Blue instead of red though? :evil


    Can you share what handlebar mount windscreen you have in that photo please?

    Thanks for sharing, it gives me something more to ponder while planning the big ride with Nancy.
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  15. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Very elegant solution! Well done! Best of both worlds ... and retaining the brilliance of the Husaberg design to me would be critical. But as a long range travel bike? You guys are the pioneers! :clap Can't wait to see the first RTW report by Husaberg!

    I believe Big Al used one of your trailers to go cross country. His epic Latin America ride report is here:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=673764

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    Al sold his bike in Chile, then bought another in the South somewhere. It came with the trailer. He rode cross country with it ... and got on quite well. It would freak me out ... but I'd try it.

    What does it weigh? (not loaded)

    I've never towed a trailer. Seems there is a built in stigma against trailers ... but I'm beginning see just how great they could be on a long, RTW type ride ... especially for those wanting to go Two UP. Two Up on a dual sport bike is always tough. With the trailer it could actually be done.

    One concern would be speed limits in the USA. Some states (like California - 55 mph max) have trailer speed limits. Does this rig fall into that class? Once out of USA, no problem. Nice Work!!
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  16. GZPainter

    GZPainter A Scouser from Crete

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    That's an amazing setup for an adventurised Husaberg...
    you add a Safari tank at the frond.. you get lost on the trails...
    what a pity that's not legal in Europe...

    Lost... when I read that you purchased a FE570... I knew immediately that some awesome photos of the Husa will come...so bring them on!!!! :clap:clap
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  17. APBlack

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    Awesome!!! That is the coolest set up... got me thinkin about a second wheel set for my 570. Really interested in hearing how well the 17/19 combo works for tarmac & light duty trails.. Nice!!:clap:clap:clap




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  18. SafariBerg

    SafariBerg Oz Safari Addict

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    This is our take on a long range Adv FE570, just add luggage roll to the back etc, 35L fuel................basically a rally bike minus the competition nav gear will go a long long way fast or slow, we hammer them for 9,000km in 2 weeks at Dakar, so a long cross country/continent type Adv trip would be no worry if you can handle living minimally out of your luggage roll.

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  19. Cruz

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    Gary, are you going to stick with the 70 degree models for another year or so until the next model Bergs come out as per all the rumours?

    Will going to the KTM configuration make larger and extra fuel tanks a bit easier than with the current setup?
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  20. SafariBerg

    SafariBerg Oz Safari Addict

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    For racing we will use the 70 degree bikes for the rest of the 2012 rally season, beyond that :dunno

    Like everyone we are still waiting to see what the 2013 models will be like.
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