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October 16th, 2011, 06:43 AM   #1
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My first week with the Husaberg

Well, week one is past, and it was good. My new Hussy-berg has definately lived up to expectations. I call it the Hussy because that is the name my wife gave to it when I dropped the old KTM for the new Hussy. I like it, and I think I'll keep it.

The Hussy and I did almost 500 miles this week and got our first oil change out of the way. The oil change went smoothly, and was far easier than the same proceedure on the KTM used to be. The Hussy's gearing was a little high, so I ordered and installed a new 13 tooth countershaft sprocket. It will be a while before I've decided if I still need to change the rear also.

Riding impressions were overall great. I need to do a little fine tuning on the suspension settings. Right now, I'm leaving them alone for a few more miles to allow them to get a little broken in and then I'll start messing with them. Overall, the biggest issue seems to be the rebound setting on the rear shock. It really chatters and skips on hard braking into corners. Overall, the bike has a very light feel that I like and it handles great. I had to get used to turning a lot later because the bike actually turns immediately upon getting rider input.

Control functions are all pretty good. I've already experienced the dragging clutch that a few of you have complained about. I will wait an appropriate amount of time and see if this goes away with time. I'm considering the fast way foot pegs to lower the pegs a little. They feel a little high and the riding position is a little jockey-ish. I've already raised the bars, and I think lowering the pegs by 5/8 inch would solve that issue.

Problems are basically none right now. The shifting is a little notchy, but I figure it will loosen up with more miles. Basically, it is just the 5th-6th change that feels long and slightly notchy. I even hit one false neutral between these two gears. I've read no other posts with this issue, so i'm hoping it is not a problem. The second oil change is coming up at 600 miles, so I'll check the filters and screens especially well to see if there is any loose metal in there. The first oil change looked good. I had some small fibers and little flakes and bits of metal in the screens and a couple really light flakes in the filter when I cut it apart. If the second change looks as good, I'll be happy.

I've noticed that the air filter stays really clean being that high up on the bike. I like this alot, since I ride long distances quite often.

My biggest gripe is the lousy headlamp and the inability to put the fender brace on the S version. I run a fender bag with a spare tube on the front fender, and without the brace the front fender contacts the front tire with every big hit. Since the headlamp is such a joke, I believe I'll probably order and install the brace, then put an aftermarket HID light on so that I will be able to actually see at night. The high beam selection on the bike is hillarious, everything goes black in front of you and the light disperses to the side. Whoever designed this headlamp should be forced to ride with it at night in deer country. The only other equipment issue is the factory tires. The FIM tires come at about the half life height of most other knobbies, and at 500 miles of fairly fast off road riding, I'm in need of new tires already. A better tire should come on a bike this expensive. That FIM stuff should get thrown in the trash.
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October 16th, 2011, 08:19 AM   #2
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Re: My first week with the Husaberg

What bike are you referring too?
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October 16th, 2011, 08:33 AM   #3
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Re: My first week with the Husaberg

Originally Posted by dazzabb
What bike are you referring too?
Ditto.
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October 16th, 2011, 08:54 AM   #4
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Re: My first week with the Husaberg

ditto

and only the last word told us even which continent...

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Re: My first week with the Husaberg

Sorry, 2011 FE570S. Hope that helps.
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November 27th, 2011, 09:33 PM   #6
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Re: My first week with the Husaberg

Do the Fastway pegs for the KTM's fit the Husaberg as well?
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Re: My first week with the Husaberg

Yes, they do.

I felt like they gripped a little too much, so I removed a few of the "teeth".
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