The Husaberg 70º FE Adventure Traveler Thread

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

  1. Brian011952

    Brian011952 Been here awhile

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    Look here Wed, to see what I'm building. It's taking your idea a step further. I've constructed a very nice looking "Bash Plate" fuel tank. I'll post a picture w/in two days. I have it tack welded together and I just finished a function test of the fuel pup five minutes ago.
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    I know some of you have been waiting on me for a while now, close to two months to finish this project. Well, here is an update. I have the tank welded together. we got one bung in wrong, need to fix that and fit some of the smaller pieces. Both of which will happen tomorrow. I decided to use a snowmobile vacuum fuel pump for light weight and compact design. I was not sure if one of these fuel pumps would work off the vacuum tap on the intake just below the FI unit, but I decided to try it since I removed the charcoal cannister when I put on the 70 Degree tank anyway. It had good readings for the necesary vacuum, so I ordered all the line and the pump. I still was noot sure if this would lift the fuel from a skid pan level to just below the seat where I'm going to T into the 70 Degree tank for the fuel transfer. Well, the test was a failure on the first try, the pump would not transfer fuel hardly at all, then in dawned on me that the vacuum port had an awfully small port in that brass fitting. I unscrewed it and drilled it out to a 1/8 inch ID, and hooked everything back up. Ahhh, the sweet sweet feeling of success. With one two liter soda bottle of fuel sitting on the ground, and the second two liter bottle held above the seat, I was transfering fuel using only vacuum and a small light weight snowmobile pump that cost $25. When I revved the engine, I was gettin an actual stream of fuel lifted into the bottle ond the seat. So, the function test is complete, and the tank is tack welded together. By Friday, the welder will have the tank back and sometime next week, it will be mounted on the bike in finished form. There, how's that update for all of you waiting around to see how this works. Oh, I'll be fitting for the final welding tomorrow, so expect to see a picture on here by Wed of the tack welded tank on the bike. :norton
  3. RememberTheFallen

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    Glad it is working out! Looking forward to the pics!
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    How much fuel are you expecting to hold in there Brian?
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    When I ran the numbers, they say 2.5 Gallons. I'm figuring on 2.0 when all is said and done.
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    Thanks for getting those on there. I tried to make that happen, but something wasn't working for me?
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    Just a little tip on your construction mock up. If you plan on making that in metal, I found that cardboard and duct tape work great as mock up material. Then, when you are satisfied with what you have mocked up, you can just flatten the cardboard out and you have your pattern. I was also able to just write my measurements on the cardboard for the bends, which made keeping track of these measurements very easy. Oh, and cardboard cuts with a razor knife and a straight edge or with a sharp pair of scisors. Just a thought. Making the pattern in wood looks like it takes a lot more time and effort.
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    Took me 15 minutes to make that up :D I just happened to have a piece of wood the right size, 5 cuts with a circular saw and done ;). I would have done cardboard but this was easier on this occasion, I had already worked out the rough dimensions and the us5 was sat on the wood when I was in the garage,
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    You are way more talented with wood stuff than me, that wood have taken me an hour or two to construct. I'll stick to metal and cardboard. I don't think I have even one wood working tool, LOL.
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    lol i can bodge things wood ok, but am totally useless with metal :rofl
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    I just went back through the posts on this site, and there are some really good posts here. It was a great way to spend some free time relaxing yesterdayy evening. :clap
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    I'd love to ask you guys this question in a little more "appropriate" forum, but not sure one exists... Got my 570 after reading this thread because I wanted a do-it all, go anywhere dual sport - so now after just a few rides to shake down the bike and dust the cob webs off my (lack of) riding skills, I'm riding in my old road bike gear, and some of it fits the bill ok, but other times I think dirt bike gear is the way to go with this scoot. So, I know this isn't a one-size-fits-all kind of question and it might be a little pretentious to ask, but what do you guys wear while adventure traveling on your 70 degree machines? But specifically, helmets: Arai XD-4 dual sport helmet or Klim F4 off road helmet?
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    Yeah, not exactly the perfect forum, but what the hell... :wink:

    My take on things.

    Arai makes helmets, that's all they make.

    Klim is a multiple product brand owned by a big multination corporation that is 100% outsourced to China from a company that's very skilled at marketing.

    While marketing is marketing, if you read the Arai marketing talk there's no denying their long proven reputation for producing some of best helmets on the market. I've gone down two times pretty hard with an Arai and won't buy anything else besides that or a Shoei, especially not from Klim.

    Generally you should choose a brand by what you head fits in best, but Arai or Shoei is all I'll trust my head in.

    http://www.araiamericas.com/default.aspx?pageid=60



    BTW, get yourself some proper off road riding gear. I've BTDT with street gear on dirt and have had the injuries in the past to show for my misplaced trust. Stiff Boots being the most important besides helmet, then a hard armor pressure suit, then a jacket to go over the pressure suit that will provide abrasion protection if you're on the street and keep you comfy in crappy weather. Pants with knee and hip armor or standalone armor with riding pants over it, gloves that cover the wrist and maybe even a neck protector to compete the package - a small investment in the best gear you can afford is likely to be the difference between riding home on your bike or in an ambulance and is much cheaper than hospital bills.


    Says the guy who can't ride this summer with 4 broken bones. :cry
    Without the gear I had on it would have been much much worse....


    Lots of gear threads in Equipment to help you figure out what brands for all the other stuff, like everything you have to sort out who's speaking from experience and who's not, then go try on stuff for yourself and get what works for you since gear is a very personal choice.

    For dual sport ADVentures on the Husa I have a couple different Rukka jackets that go over a Thor Impact Rig SE pressure suit, BMW City Pant (excellent armor) for dry area riding like we have in SoCal Rukka pants for traveling, Sidi Crossfires and an Arai XD3 which I need to replace after taking a big hit recently. The rest of my gear is listed on my site, but again, it's what works for me and my size and there's lots of choices for quality gear out there.

    Good luck!


    Here's my garage queen, with no Husaberg Traveling to be done anytime soon, it's time for some needed love to keep me sane. One arm wrenching sure is interesting. ;)

    Valves still in spec @ 15,000+ miles, though I did flip the shims just to give me something more to do. :freaky


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  16. howardbell

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    Thanks Finn, I appreciate your thoughts on the gear... as someone who has pushed riding gear as far as it can go -- and lived to tell the tale!

    and damn... you do more wrenching one handed than I ever want to do with two :eek1
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    i have both the arai and the klim, i use the klim for hot weather or serious offroad as its lighter and much better ventilation, but very noisy, when there's tarmac involved or the weather is cooler i go with the arai. Kit wise i run sidi boots like lost, with fox all weather gear over forcefield armour.

    on a separate note one of my valves on my 09 450 needed adjusting at 200 hours/3500 miles last week
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    Hey Finn.... you sick?!?!? That husa picture is all blurry! :lol3

    must be the one arm camera shot! :rofl

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    Thanks howard, we all have our opinions and I'm not lucky or skilled enough to have been injury free in my riding... good gear has undoubtably saved me many time from injury while riding and falling on the Husaberg, in the end what gear is a personal choice depending on your budget, what fits right and to a lesser extent the climate you ride in most. It's usually an evolution anyways to find what works for you and no matter how many people recommend one thing it might not be the best for you.
    Seeing as you live in Bend OR you have Brian @ Atomic Moto right there and he knows his stuff and sells a wide variety of good gear, I bought some of my gear from him, give him a call I'm sure he can help you find your kit and probably sort out gear for packing the Berg for your upcoming ADVentures too. :wink:
    http://www.atomic-moto.com

    I too like to ride more than wrench, but I have to do something to pass the down time... I did need another hand getting a few pieces back together. :evil





    yeah Ben thanks for pointing out my crappy photo... it's all I got! :lol3



    Hey Cyborg, did you ever get that KTM touring screen? I've been staring at my bike trying to figure out what I want to do for winter riding this year, a little protection would be nice, still thinking about that screen or making one out of Kydex.
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    Nice to see I'm not the only one with a ghetto bike stand - although mine is a closer match to the bike - it's bright yellow :lol3