The Husaberg 70º FE Adventure Traveler Thread

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

  1. Ranger Rob

    Ranger Rob Out and about...

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    All good Bubba :D

    I'm in Construction so it's nothing i can't hanldle when required, but time and materials....well.......that's another story :rofl

    Good luch with the new vehicle. Make the lady happy. Do it!

  2. LukasM

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    +1!

    I already have their trick handguards and submount setup and absolutely love them, now upgrading to the full Rallye Lite kit in order to get a small fairing and make room for Roadbook and other navigation gear, have a place to mount my Fuzeblock, LED dimmer for the dual Squadron lights etc.

    I should have some pics of everything mounted on my 2012 FE570 in about 2 weeks.
  3. HighFive

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    HF :thumbup
  4. B1

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    looks like good value for only $50....

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  5. Motorfiets

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    what computer guard is this for?
  6. Lost Roadie

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    Here's a few things I've done recently to make packing my bike more efficient I've been meaning to share here in the ADV Traveler Thread. Anything I can do to take things out of my very limited space in the various soft bags helps...

    First, following what another FF around here posted up I trimmed some plastic out of the secret compartment to allow more room for a tool bag. I then trimmed down a 1/2 ROK strap and screwed it into the subframe to secure the tool bag (a $1 makeup bag from a beauty supply store).
    I also used the Dremel to cut a notch so the Enduro Trail Stand foot would go into the subframe, holding it in and freeing up space.
    I also added a Pelican 1015 to the outside of the subframe with 4 wood screws, so far it's proven to be useful and the location safe.


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    Following (Dave's?) lead I added a socket to my keychain to get into my tool stash with ease.



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    I wanted to make strapping a bag on the tail down easier, and strengthen up the tail. After quick trip to the hardware store I removed the 4 OEM fasteners that screwed in from the bottom holding the fender to the subframe and the other black brace thingy. I then drilled all the way through where the OEM screws went into the fender and always seemed to come loose. Replacing the screws with bolts and nuts has really stiffened up the tail and prepared it for the loop I added to have a tie down point. Underneath the loop is a small aluminum plate for added strength, so far it's worked out great.


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    I added a Gerbings single controller for wintertime travels with electric gear, plugging it into the SAE plug I have wired directly to the battery. The controller tucks away nicely under the tank bag secured with Dual Lock and is easy to operate while riding to stay comfy on cold long days.

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    I also added a tow strap behind the mask, never know when I'll need to tow someone out from the trail. :D

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  7. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    nice looking mods (and pics) as usual, lost. good to see the tow rope is only needed if OTHERS get into strife... not yourself of course, being on a 2009+ berg. :D

    i always carry a tow rope in the tank bag, finally used it the other day as a mate on his old berg 501 needed a tow after his stator broke down (surprise surprise).
  8. BogeyMan

    BogeyMan Been here awhile

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    I now carry a tow strap after needing some help to get out of the small lake I drove the 'Berg into a couple of weekends ago.

    If I had been more willing to fill my boots with water, I could have powered out, but it was easier to use my mate's tow strap/rope and while I was operating the throttle from the bank, the other guys pulled on the strap and all was good.

    I still chuckle at that incident - the water was just about up to the bottom of the seat - and the bike started up and powered out first press of the button. :clap
  9. BogeyMan

    BogeyMan Been here awhile

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    So, while we're on the subject of tires, I'm after a recommendation... currently running an MTR combo front/rear (MTR-21 front, MTR-43 rear). I'm quite impressed with the general wear on the MTR-43.

    I like the rear and I like how it wears. It's been really good in the rocky/hard terrain and it's been surprisingly good in muddier conditions.

    The front? Well, the less said about the MTR-21 the better. I haven't really liked it at all - especially in softer/sandy conditions. I'm sort of running with it until I can wear it down some.

    I'm gonna be doing the DV n00bs ride end of March - so, throw me your tire recommendations.
  10. Baja Dad

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    Non DOT- Maxxis dez IT front and rear !!!
    DOT = Michelin dez front and rear
  11. SmileyRider

    SmileyRider With lots of Teeth

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    While we are on the topic of hdb.

    I want to order a set of handguards. What are the husas top clamp pattern? And do we have fat bars? Ive got a 2011 390

    Do we just order one of the ktm kits?
  12. rensho

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    KTM and fatbar.

    Great product. Well worth the extra $$ over the so so brands.
  13. Lost Roadie

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    Nice, you seem to be packing more gear on the Hussy these days. As the weather gets colder, I do the same thing. I did something similar with my rear subframe/fender assembly too. I am planning to run the Tour of Idaho at the end of July or first part of August. I'm having trouble finding anyone with cajones enough to go along in my circle of riding buddies, so I'll probably be soloing like you seem to do. I guess it'll be just me and my SPOT. I'm still riding back and forth to work in the snow and on the ice, can't wait for the mounains to start to thaw around here. I'm envious of your ability to ride during the winter down there. Anyway, nicely done on the bike and if you get bored around the end of July/beginning of August, well you look pretty dang self sufficient you're welcome to come along on the Tour of Idaho.






    Thank you, yeah winter time travels take a warm/bigger sleeping bag and some extra clothes, I still try to keep my pack to a minimum when possible. When the opportunity arose to grab some firewood while at high elevations for the night I jumped on it, not much wood in DV. That's a fair amount of weight on the plastic subframe, but it help up for another 100 miles of dirt road/trail riding just fine. Good stuff.

    You'll have a great time on the Tour of Idaho, I rode it a few years back on my F800GS and while I can't claim I completed the challenge according to Martins requests, I did ride 90% of it and was able to ride some of the more difficult single track, like the King Pete Trail. Massacre Mountain proved to be too much for me on a big bike, solo, loaded with camping gear. Was fun to try though.

    I would love to do it on the Husa, especially if treating it like an endurance race to see how fast it can be done. Was hoping to do it this coming year, and if timing works out I'll let you know. 2 Husa's are better than one.
    You will need to have at least a 200 mile range for one section, even more if they don't have gas in Shoup though so be prepared. Nothing a Safari tank and an MSR bag can't take care of on our efficient bikes.
    You can get tires in Pocatello, and in Coeur D'Alene so having 3000+ mile tires isn't really needed IMO, and you'll want good traction for the ride, most of the "tough" sections are on the southern part, but wet weather sure could change things everywhere. I was lucky and had dry conditions most of the way.

    Here's photos from my trip, though I did the TAT from the east, then the CDR, then rode the Tour south from the Canadian border, then finished the western TAT. Oh man how I would love to do this ride on the Husaberg!

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    As for tires, I killed the Tractionator Enduro I/T in less than a thousand mile recently, EXCELLENT performance, but like as a I/T softer tire it didn't last too long. Tractionator Desert H/T going back on the husa soon for my SoCal traveling needs.


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  14. SmileyRider

    SmileyRider With lots of Teeth

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    I purchased enduro engineering handguards for a previous bike and I wasnt overly impressed by them.
    They are very strong and I would say I put them to the test, but they turn after a hard fall and have to be re-clocked. Also the mounting clamp damaged my brake hose after a bad crash.

    The hdb guards look like a better solution.

    Thanks for the info
  15. BogeyMan

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    +1

    I have then. Solid as a rock. BUT, you do need the HDB top clamp. You can optionally integrate turn signals into the guards (which I wish I had done).

    Oh, and the fold-out mirrors rock too. They're adequate for street riding and I find them great for trail riding so I can see where my riding buddies are with a quick glance rather than turning around and taking my attention off the trail.
  16. RememberTheFallen

    RememberTheFallen Been here awhile

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    Agreed. I got the turn signals and mirrors. Mirrors were useless to me as I am so tall but the signals look great. Make sure you buy the flasher if you have LED rear signals. If you don't they will not flash, just constant light. Ask me how I know. Lol.
  17. Lost Roadie

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    Thanks Brian! It was a good ride, something better done while I was a single man,... :evil

    Two Husa's would be perfect for the TID... I hope it works out, your passion for commuting in the snow on you Husa says good things about your riding attitude.l

    Personally, when running the TID on the Husa I would be running D606's, a tire that I can find at any MC dealer in the area and one that will last for the meat of the one way ride. Might run a Pirelli Scorpion Rally or XC front though, another long lasting DOT knob with excellent all around performance. No Tractionators on a ride that might very well be wet and muddy. I would want fresh tires instead of making compromises, a 606 rear at least is perfect for the TID, I don't mind the front either though I usually choose something else for some reason.


    All of our posts about HDB CS were moved by Mods to the basement because they are off topic in this thread. :deal
    That why I reposted my reply that got swept away too, taking out the HDB bits. Lets try to keep this thread on topic as laid out in the OP, makes for nice and neat threads with easy to find specific info for all to use. Vendor reviews don't belong here or in the Thumper forum in general. There's HDB threads in Equipment and Vendors for that sort of thing.

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  18. RememberTheFallen

    RememberTheFallen Been here awhile

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    I have been trying to find a used Cush hub wheel for my bike for quite a while with no luck. Would like to keep my stock wheel set up as is with a dirt oriented tire. Looked at Woody's wheel but $970 before sprocket, rotor, tire, and tube is getting out of my price range.

    Found that they still sale new 640 wheels and sprocket carriers. Motorsport has the cush wheel at $420 and sprocket carrier at $140 plus $30 for dampers.

    I know the Woody's wheel uses a billet RAD hub, stronger rim, and better lacing but I am wondering if it is worth that much more to Someone like me? I can probably afford the new oem now but would have to wait a while on the Woodys wheel.

    What do you all think? Keep looking for a good used wheel? Buy the oem wheel for $590? Or wait and get the Woody's wheel for $970 in 6-8 months? Obviously money is a factor. I can't spend a ton but I want to to do some long highway miles without worry about my countershaft and would like to smooth out the ride. Thanks for any help!


    Joe
  19. B1

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    apologies if you've seen it already joe. i posted ages back about using a TE610E rear wheel i picked up complete with a good tire for $200. just added a few washers on the disc side as it was a narrower hub and been too lazy to get an appropriate wheel spacer machined for it. it was a silver rim so just picked up a cheap KTM EXC silver front wheel to match. kind of handy as i can have a set of aggressive knobbies on the berg wheels and more adv-oriented tires on the old wheels with cush drive hub.
  20. RememberTheFallen

    RememberTheFallen Been here awhile

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    No, I hadn't seen that. Had seen where a certain husky wheel would fit but wasn't sure which bike. I will have to add that to my search criteria! Thanks.

    I am in the same boat as wanting 2 rear wheels. One a 50/50 and the other a 10/90 setup. Unfortunately here in the states the 2011 models came with silver wheels. This is one of the few cases where it is nice to have that; easier to match them up.