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April 25th, 2020, 06:37 AM   #1
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Adventurizing a 08 FE 450.

So here is my reasoning. Iíve been riding for about 8 years. Both small and larger bikes. For me, I like bikes that offer what I find in my Berg. It offers a rear sub frame, high air intake, good ground clearance, low end grunt, simple and easy to get at maintenance, and a kick starter. I know it has a small oil capacity. So do most light weight dirt/ dual sport motorcycles. I can live with this. I need a little help fabricating a rear rack. Iíve done a few in the past. Which is part of the fun. Iím a shady tree mechanic/ fabricator. Iíd like to see examples of what others have made!! My Berg is a long term project. Iíd also like to come up with a bit more fuel. Front tank holds just under 2 1/2 gal. Iím looking for another 1 gal or more. Iím not afraid to carry a rotopax on the rear rack. Done that on other bikes. I read of others who have an extra fuel cell under the seat? Like to see that!

I hope you all are well. Iíll be posting pics as I go along this transformation



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April 26th, 2020, 01:06 AM   #2
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Clarke Tanks of the USA did a high capacity fuel tank, they removed the rad shrouds and so if you fall off it is on the tank. Yes there is a 2L underseat tank you can buy, all will be used now and also fit the older 00-03 frames so just a little tweak for the bols is needed (not too bad).

Some had success putting a fuel 'half satchell' under the right side seat pan. I ran the 2L tank and so fuel comes down equally back and front rather like the Works Yamaha M1 does today. in a boomerang shaped V so the weight distribution is always the same.

I even converted the spine of the frame and used a cone air filter. another 2L.

it's all fun!

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April 26th, 2020, 08:07 AM   #3
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Clarke Tanks of the USA did a high capacity fuel tank, they removed the rad shrouds and so if you fall off it is on the tank. Yes there is a 2L underseat tank you can buy, all will be used now and also fit the older 00-03 frames so just a little tweak for the bols is needed (not too bad).

Some had success putting a fuel 'half satchell' under the right side seat pan. I ran the 2L tank and so fuel comes down equally back and front rather like the Works Yamaha M1 does today. in a boomerang shaped V so the weight distribution is always the same.

I even converted the spine of the frame and used a cone air filter. another 2L.

it's all fun!

Taffy

Thanks for the info Taffy. Really appreciate it!! Iíll look into the Clark tank first.


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April 26th, 2020, 10:20 AM   #4
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I Ride: '07Exc 525 & '07 FS 550.Just sold ' 08 Ktm 450 sxf.
You can have up to 3 liters of engine oil in a Husaberg. I have doubled the capacity in my Husaberg. You can do wet ignition as Bushmechanic did. It's not too difficult. If you combine his idea with mine you end up with about 3L oil. Just google 3 liters of oil in a Husaberg.
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May 2nd, 2020, 03:02 AM   #5
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Step 1: I dropped my bike off at ďBossĒ Husaberg/Ktm motorcycle shop for him to go over the bike. Rick does a great job of making you feel at home. Very knowledgeable and quick to get work done! Great guy. I pick it up today !

When I purchase the Berg it came from the original owner. Very nice. The FE 450 is plated in Oregon. I asked Rick to replace the mixed colored rims with a set of Excel silver rims using original hubs. Iím more or a fan of silver rims. They donít chip like black ones do when changing tires. A set of T63 tires. He is also going to swap out the aluminum rear sprocket with a steel 48 tooth. Looks like both wheels need new bearings, carb needs a rebuilt kit, water pump needs a new seal, and whatever else Rick finds.

Step 2: I plan on replacing the aftermarket head light with a more powerful Baja designs led setup. Seeing where Iím riding is a nice thing!!

Replacing the stock bars with a set of flex bars with Scottís steering stabilizer. I already have the steering stabilizer. My wrists are getting older and could use a little help while Iím off road

Iím finding a larger fuel tank is not easy to find. A friend is willing to loan me his for a long trip I have planned for this summer. Iím very grateful for this. If anybody reading this knows of one for sale, please let me know.

I hope anyone who might be reading this is well and can get out and ride. Take care!!


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May 3rd, 2020, 08:03 PM   #6
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I Ride: 2014 KTM 300 XC, 2014 KTM 250 XC, 2007 Husaberg FE450, 1999 RM125
Steve's old Husaberg....

I ended up with an old Bike Barn Husaberg too, I got an aux tank that I put under the seat.
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May 4th, 2020, 06:32 AM   #7
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Better jump on this tank quick. They're rare!
https://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/m...111848507.html
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May 7th, 2020, 05:32 AM   #8
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Better jump on this tank quick. They're rare!
https://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/m...111848507.html

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May 7th, 2020, 05:48 AM   #9
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Update of my Berg. Just received it back from ďBossĒ motorcycles Portland Oregon. New excel rims, carb kit, heavy duty tubes, dual rim lock on rear wheel, used T63 tires in good shape, rear 48t sprocket, 15 t front, lithium battery, grips, and hand guards. Waiting on gasket kit for water pump. Bike is running good!

Next up is setting the sag. Purchasing a reckless 40L and tank bag from Mosko moto. (Great company).



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May 7th, 2020, 01:40 PM   #10
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A successful first ride! Was able to adjust clutch and front brake levers to be comfortable while standing. Rear brake peddle was to low. Easiest adjustment Iíve ever used! Just loosen the nut and adjust thread with my fingers. Surprisingly the seat was fairly comfortable. Iím sticking with it. I canít get over the squirrel noise that comes out of the air box. Too cool....The 450 has great torque! Perfect for off road hill climbing and flowing single track. Very happy thus far



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