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April 27th, 2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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Reliable Starting?

Hi all, I'm new here and to Husaberg, so new in fact I don't even own one :P

I'm looking at buying the 2012 FE570 but am slightly concerned about the lack of kickstart. I assume the stock ignition and battery set-up is reliable? If you have to do several consecutive starts in the bush/woods does the battery show signs of losing power?

I had an 2008 KTM 450 and whilst the starter was pretty good on that bike it did let me down a couple of times and I had to use the kickstarter to get going again.

Whilst I have had a look around the site I haven't really seen much talk of upgraded batteries, so I assume it's not really needed, unless you're after the weight saving.

Can the bikes be started with a dead battery?
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April 27th, 2012, 06:23 PM   #2
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Re: Reliable Starting?

I am in Canada.I bought a new 09 and have not yet had a problem. Rode over 50 times last year. Bike sat in sub zero temps for 2 winters now with no problem.
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April 27th, 2012, 11:58 PM   #3
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Re: Reliable Starting?

there are no starting issues with the Husaberg, we may have had a one-off problem here and there but the default setting is an easy starting bike.

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April 29th, 2012, 05:49 PM   #4
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Re: Reliable Starting?

Cheers for the responses. I see it as a big drawback of the bike not having a kickstarter which is part of my concern. Being stuck miles form anywhere and unable to even to try and kick it over is a concern.

Other than that it looks like one sweet ride and I'll probably end up on a 570 soon I reckon :P
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April 29th, 2012, 09:38 PM   #5
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Re: Reliable Starting?

I bought a Shorai battery with some extra capacity. Was a bit nervous of starting the bike with -15C at an event with a Li-ion battery. Li-ion is known for poor starting at lower temperatures.

It started at the first touch of the button, but I did pull the choke.

My 390 does not have any starting problems whatsoever. I do put a tiny bit of Startron every now and then in the tank when the bike has to sit for a longer time.
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April 30th, 2012, 07:54 AM   #6
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Re: Reliable Starting?

I purchased a 2011 FE570 new in December of 2011. I have suffered from slow cranking speeds and even a dead battery (after only a couple weeks of not riding it-I went to a battery tender after this). Yesterday I ran in the Pine Ridge enduro and ran the battery down trying to start the bike when it stalled (it didn't take much at all to run it down). I ended up with a DNF and two guys doing a push start to get it started. I talked with several KTM guys in attendance and all of them recommended the Shorai battery for way improved cranking speeds and starting power.
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April 30th, 2012, 07:54 AM   #7
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Re: Reliable Starting?

I purchased a 2011 FE570 new in December of 2011. I have suffered from slow cranking speeds and even a dead battery (after only a couple weeks of not riding it-I went to a battery tender after this). Yesterday I ran in the Pine Ridge enduro and ran the battery down trying to start the bike when it stalled (it didn't take much at all to run it down). I ended up with a DNF and two guys doing a push start to get it started. I talked with several KTM guys in attendance and all of them recommended the Shorai battery for way improved cranking speeds and starting power.
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April 30th, 2012, 08:23 AM   #8
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Re: Reliable Starting?

Never have had any issue with my Fx450 or Fe450 starting. Its not something I really thought about cause I've never seen anybody have trouble with. For what its worth in 2nd they bump start fairly handy.

Tom A new battery is not going to fix your problem it's more likely a cable or part that's not charging your battery
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April 30th, 2012, 05:58 PM   #9
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Tommythe rockers experience is what I was concerned about. I ride in some pretty nasty terrain that may mean frequent starting trying to get my bike out of gully (half carrying it) and I have flatted a battery on 2 different bikes a few times....and quite easily.

Looks like a Shorai may provide a little more peace of mind. Do you guys leave your stock batteries on a trickle charge when not in use? I've never done this but may well have to to ensire I don't get stuck somewhere.

I still think it's a stupid idea not to even offer a kickstarter as an optional extra.
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