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October 7th, 2019, 02:45 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Junkie View Post
In that case it doesn't sound like the problem, I was just trying to figure out what could cause your oil to look dark sooner than expected. Did you look at it and did it look dark?

Have you verified that your petcock works properly, by removing the fuel hose and verifying that it doesn't flow when set to off? If it works right, your best bet is to turn off the gas a bit before you turn the engine off, and let the float bowl run dry, so that there's no gas in it to spill. I haven't had a carb'd 'berg, but that's been my technique on other bikes.
Haven't checked the petcock and just assumed its the carb bowl draining but it sure seemed like a shit ton of gas last time I changed the filter. Oil looks dirtier than clean but coming from street riding I really don't know what to expect for what is 'dirty' oil in dirt bikes.
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October 14th, 2019, 08:56 PM   #12
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GREAT question. I ride a 2011 FE 390 for day trips and sometimes longer. My Husaberg "mentor" had 2 FE 390s and also owned a dealership for a number of years. He told me that for my specific riding style (70 years old, very mild rider and almost NO clutch slipping) that I could go 1,000+ between oil changes. Clutch fibers in the oil ain't good, and if you slip the clutch a lot, then change oil more often. After several years, I'm still getting great service and having great fun on this machine. Rode 436 miles on the Trans-America Trail last year (2019) and didn't change the oil during that trip. My ride partner has the same model and follows a smiliar schedule. For adventure riding, I pack up the "tank" area just in front of the seat and also the back of the seat, very close to my own rear! The plastic sub-frame is NOT made for luggage, so don't pack any real weight on the tail piece! Judicious packing and a back pack are my standard fare. (BTW, recently bought a Kawasaki Versys X300 for longer trips. It as a steel subframe and the pillion seat can carry more gear than I would ever need on trips.) But the Berg is still the king of the trial for more backwoods situations. I live is SW Colorado and we have some rough, remote trails! Both bikes are street legal.
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October 20th, 2019, 02:31 AM   #13
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When you drain the oil don't forget to kick the bike over to pump every last bit out. Riding the whole weekend is not a problem for the Berg without oil change....remember you are using the clutch and trail riding not race speed power shifts and revving in bog holes etc. Change oil every race or 500k trail riding...
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