The Husaberg 70º FE Adventure Traveler Thread

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

  1. Brian011952

    Brian011952 Been here awhile

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    Thanks, maybe I can return the favor sometime and help you out before before you screw up a perfectly good oil filter. LOL!
  2. woods wizard

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    Thanks Brian, I rode them both back to back just to see how much different they felt. Wow , no comparison. The Berg feels like an F1 rocket . The 525 feels slow to rev & wont hold a line nearly as well. I have already done the tail light from Paul, rad fan, fuel sock . The biggest improvement has been taking off the tiller handlebars & putting on the narrow bars from the older KTMs. This greatly reduced steering effort & weighty feeling in the tight stuff where I ride mostly. It took a little effort to get all the switchgear back on but is well worth it . Now I dont have to go throgh the Pines with the frt wheel partly cocked to make it throgh the 32 inch width trails. Also not working out the Cycras nearly as much. It really is the closest thimg to 2T handling as I have felt in a 4T. I have 2 gear setups & extra rear wheel. 15/45 & 13/50 with extra chain. I prefer13/50, but right now I am running 13/45. I like the 13 because it really helps lofting the frt. over large obstacles. Also makes it feel lighter to me. I dont do enough trips to justify a subframe tank. .Cheers
  3. Brian011952

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    Another option that is cheaper than a sub frame tank that I do also, and which will probably make people scream on this site, is a couple of 2 liter soda bottles. I ride long distances into the back country where no fuel is available and which drain both the stock tank and the subframe tank. I purchased two of Maxpedition's round bags which come with military style webbing and straps. A two liter soda bottle full of fuel fits inside of them easily and they mount to my existing luggage securely because of the straps and military webbing. It was a lot cheaper than the Safari tank, which I still could use in the country I ride, but it's nice having that extra gallon of fuel on board.
  4. Mr_Chris

    Mr_Chris Get away, evil car!

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    So in Australia the FE's come keyless. Just push start and you're off. So people fit cut offs etc. My guy put in a little key that interrupts the starter but I wanted the "factory" key, so I ordered one.

    Came in a KTM box... but looks like it might be for a KTM -- there's no place to plug the damn thing in... :rofl

    Anyone done this / seen it / or just so damned smart they can give some advice? :clap

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  5. Mr_Chris

    Mr_Chris Get away, evil car!

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    Thanks!
  6. Brian011952

    Brian011952 Been here awhile

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    So, I was in REI this week, a rare treat for me seeing as the nearest REI store is 2.5 hours away. While wandering aimlessly and drooling on gear I'd like to have, I spotted some inexpensive yet quite useful items that I had to buy. In the backpacking area, they sell premade webbing straps with snap buckles already sewn in place. They were around $2 for a three foot length of strap with a nice snap buckle. I bought four, these hold bags and gear in place very well and you don't have to fuss with knots or bungee cords. Next, I was looking at the climbing and tenting supplies and I found some 1/8th in nylon parachute cord for around 7-8 bucks for 50 feet. I also found a couple of cord hooks made for this cord that have an eye and a ratcheting cam. All you do is feeed the cord through the eye, pull the cord tight and the cam holds the cord in place. The hook with the loop and cam set up was around $2 each. All of this is extremely light weight, strong, and will make for a great way secure gear onto the bike without bungee cords and etc. :clap
  7. Lost Rider

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    ***EDIT***
    I was mistaken and originally posted a photo of the headlight plug - fixed.

    Looks exactly the same ignition as mine, here's where the North America FE570S plugs in:
    I traced it and the wires get lost going into the main harness.

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  8. Lost Rider

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    I finally got the Baja Designs SII LED Combo Lights wired up, needless to say it's just what the doctor ordered and am VERY happy with their output. Should be perfect for night time traveling, was on pavement tonight and think the BD LED's are too much when there's any traffic around. Ridiculously bright, the two make the exact same output as a BD Squadron with Combo lenses + my HID. Being a pretty focused/flat beam, the HID does have a bit of an advantage in long throw illumination when tipped up, the LED combo lenses fill in the rest perfectly.
    I will probably black out the top of my fender to reduce the glare off the white plastic that is more obvious when standing, that reflection was there before from the HID, but with the LED's it's a necessity. Black Gaffers tape should do the trick.
    The lenses are totally round and the pattern is circular, doesn't make a difference I have them mounted sideways.

    Here's a few comparison photos shot on full manual with my camera to control the exposure, what you see is what it is.


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    The closest thing I have to the stock Husaberg headlight, a stock headlight on a CRF250L which might be a tad bit brighter than the OEM Husa/KTM headlight, but not much if I remember correctly, low beam.

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    CFR250L high beam

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    Husaberg HID headlight only.

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    Both Baja Designs SII LED Combo Lights only

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    HID and Baja Design lights

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  9. Brian011952

    Brian011952 Been here awhile

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    Nice pics of the lighting differences. I don't have quite that good of a set up, but the HID buld with one Vision X Solstice has made a huge difference. I can now see the deer on the way to work in the morning, not just vague shapes in the shadows as I ride past.
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    Wow, this looks like a great system. Got a pic of the light set up in the daylight?
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    nice setup, lost. strangely that pic reminded me of an alien encounter on an adventure ride last year. he (or it) was very nice about it... a glass of wine, a bit of chit chat before the probing started, and even let me take a photo afterwards. but your lighting setup makes me think it wasn't a alien craft he was riding but just a dolled up berg? who knows...

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    Mine looks much different than that. I have a couple wires (starter button) wired to a homemade key mounted in the mask at present. But I wanted to interrupt the ignition, not just the starter motor, which is what I think the other pair in the key switch is for... I have no 4-pin square molex-looking connectors like that in my front harness other than the headlamps, though... The starter button is off an inline-4 connector on the main bracket. I will probably have to hook up with an electrically oriented berg mechanic or something. Mines almost as messy as yours. :rofl
  13. Brian011952

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    So, I've decided to ride my FE570S the entire winter this year to work every day if at all possible. So far, it has been seven degrees on morning, raining another, and snowing this week resulting in riding on solid ice. You know what, it has been fun and a little challenging, but the weight distribution on this bike makes it handle quite well, even on the ice.

    I have no real good reason for doing this, I have two 4x4 pickups sitting at home, but I'm enjoying the challenge and it is amusing me. Besides, I truthfully love riding, even in the cold, wet, and in the snow too. :lol3
  14. D K

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    Mine is an 09 USA with no key..

    Does the above kit work for mine as well?

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  15. 70°Stefano

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    What a nice thread here.
    Best regards from the cold and wet germany.:freaky
  16. Lost Rider

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    That's great B1! :lol3





    Hey Brian, that'a a great idea to commute on your 'berg year round to get a mini-adventure in each day. Cold, Wet, frozen? sounds like a good day riding to me, will make those times between "free" rides more enjoyable. I rode year round when I lived in Chicago and understand completely. :beer

    I actually just wired up my Gerbings gear on the Husa seeing as I already had the stuff, my heated jacket fits under my hard armor... only need to run the jacket on low setting. yeah I'm a pussy but it's been very cold at high elevations nearby and makes cold riding completely comfy and will be awesome for my upcoming winter travels. Gerbings goes into backpack when I get to the trail or not needed. I do have to keep an eye on my power consumption, but i can run heated grips + jacket on high and one of my lights at once, or dial them back to run all 3 lights. I love this bike!





    Been riding quite a bit lately, loving the new light setup, I aint' scared of the dark anymore! :evil

    Loving the Tractionator tires too. Awesome traction on terrain they intended for, not bad in SoCal desert mud considering folks say they are just horrible, they clear out once you get moving just a little bit. We don't have much mud riding in the area very often, but it wasn't nearly as bad as the reviews would have had me believe.
    Was on wet/snow covered, very rocky and a little muddy/hardpack single track yesterday too, Tractionator's were great. Been riding on wet twisty paved mountain roads a little to get to the trail, I can't feel a bit of difference from any other aggressive DOT knobby on wet or dry pavement. Not scary for me, just normal.
    Should be a good all around tire for me for traveling in this area.


    Good things planned for this winter on the Berg...



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  17. crazyshannon

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    Hey guys... I started a thread in the tech section but haven't gotten a lot of responses. I'm looking to to increase oil capacity for my adventure Husa. I'm sort of intrigued by the frame job solution by Cyrus Anderson, and I found a motorcycle frame guy who said he would do it. But someone else suggested an oil cooler, then someone else on the thread I started said that my oil can be overcooled to negative effect.

    What do you guys think?

    oh and here's what my husa looks like, for good measure :D

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  18. Brian011952

    Brian011952 Been here awhile

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    Like yourself, I like the oil cooler and frame idea, but I have heard of the issue with the negine oil overcooling. I would love to find out it that would be an issue. My bike runs great and heat really hasn't been an issue for me, so I think it might be a possibility. Largere oil capacity for more life betweenn changes would be really nice though. I like what you are thinking.
  19. mrt10x

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    Everyone here is sort of waiting for an "Oil solution" .. Has anyone ever tried to get in touch with the guy who actually did the oil in frame solution? I know that Bajadad talked about working on an oil cooler, and if your read Walter Colebatch's current ride report he discusses using his 570 more in the future as an adeventure bike and I know LukasM is planning a RTW trip on his 570.

    This has been discussed many time on all the Husa forums/threads I follow,,,here, TT, and husaberg.org, but no one has come up with a real solution yet... I am betting on Lukas and Walter getting someone to take it on..they seem to get things done.

    I am not sure what you mean by the above quote?
  20. Brian011952

    Brian011952 Been here awhile

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    I like the heated riding gear idea. Keep us posted about how that works out please. I've been considering that, and I found a suit that only used 65 watts on the high setting, then I lost the link. I'll check out the Gerbings.