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January 22nd, 2020, 05:07 PM   #1
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Exclamation Heart broken 2010 Husa FE 450 owner.

TLDR; thought I was dealing with an honest person and getting a good deal. And now wondering if and how badly I got ripped off. in need of expertise.

I bought a 2010 Husaberg FE 450 today. Rode fine. Started fine etc. All was good. Bike recently serviced etc. So while riding some time after in the evening the bike felt rather warm, maybe even hot. thought it was the odd routing of the exhaust as I heard stories of those getting very hot under the seat etc.

Finally get to the bike shop near me and noticed the bike is leaking oil, the skid plate was fairly wet and when i checked the oil level it was below half, maybe even a third. obviously not good. i topped up the oil with amsoil 100% synthetic 10w-40 motorcycle oil (just filled until peep glass was almost full seeing as i never saw any markings on it). After doing this I noticed the bike definitely seemed to run cooler. got it back to my friends house shortly after and let my friend take a ride (maybe shouldnt have, sigh) and the bike wouldnt start when he returned, you would have to jump start (roll at speed and engage second) and it would fire right up and then rode it home. got home then noticed the killswitch doesnt work now as well.

Id really like someone experienced to tell me I wasnt bamboozled or that i didnt mess up the engine running it with oil so low. (not very long maybe 15 or 20 minutes trotting around in 2nd n 3rd, not ripping it- small power squeeze once in a while).

every single person ive met today loves my bike so its really heartbreaking.
i dont have alot of money but id like to fix it but im afraid to be told the engine is fried or the mechanics here who have never even heard of Husaberg may not service it right or charge an arm and leg. i live in the caribbean btw.

my day was literally awesome and now i feel very shitty.

anyone out there willing to help?
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January 22nd, 2020, 05:15 PM   #2
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the small sliver of hope i have is that even though it was hot for a bit, when i refilled the oil it cooled down instantly pretty much. it starts, idles, seems to have power. but it now leaks and the starter n killswitch dont work. someone please let me know it will be okay without major overhaul. sigh. truly heartbroken
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January 22nd, 2020, 06:11 PM   #3
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Where is it leaking oil from?
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January 22nd, 2020, 06:33 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by heidenberg View Post
Where is it leaking oil from?
well when i got home it was completely dark so i didnt pull anything on the bike. so it was kinda hard to pinpoint without removing skidplate. i will go back to my friends house tomorrow or the day after seeing as he has all the tools and work on it there.

in the meantime could someone link official manuals (maybe even a shop manual?). also is there a thread that shows which parts are interchangeable with husky and ktm? especially seeing as the bike is so unique. my friends have reassured me they will help me work on it so im slightly less worried. but still...

ill keep everyone posted in the meanwhile. and thanks heidenberg for the reply, felt like i was gonna have a meltdown and wasnt sure how active this forum is.

ill gladly answer all questions but i have no tools right now to take anything apart to inspect.

i love this bike and plan on keeping it
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January 22nd, 2020, 09:05 PM   #5
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Firstly, kick yourself in the butt for buying a bike that obviously hasnt been looked after.

People here cant help diagnose with such limited info. You first need to go over the bike thoroughly. Filters (all), oil change (use a mineral oil for the time being). Grease, wheel bearings, swingarm and headstem bearings. You need to go right over the bike.

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January 22nd, 2020, 09:35 PM   #6
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I agree with you. But here's the thing....the bike was fine, running good. no leaks etc. and the owner is someone that owns multiple bikes and seemingly imports others to sell. i got his contact from people at a garage as well where i saw a dirt bike and asked if its for sale. so i wasnt expecting at all this issue. I definitely plan on going over the bike, ordering a some kits to refresh/replace the old stuff. (missing bolt under seat etc). But for right now i just want to make sure the engine isnt hurt.

thats why I came to this forum because Husa owners will be the ones to know all the usual items to give problems, what should be changed/upgraded etc. what the bike likes or doesnt like. how to service it properly etc etc. as does every bike have their nuances and little things you might overlook.

like for instance: whats the reasoning for using mineral oil instead of the usual full synthetic with these bikes? is it only during this (refurbishing) stage or all the time?

Again. These are the only issues (at least obvious right now) and either way after 1 day I'm still in love with this Husa! As long as the engine isnt hurt bad (doubtful right? seeing as she'll jump start, idle fine and have power on throttle) Ill make her mint I promise. Bought her in supermoto trim tho.
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January 22nd, 2020, 11:08 PM   #7
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Welcome to the husaberg family

Your engine is very sturdy so it's not a big concern if you did run it with low oil level for a short time.

If it runs hot it can be to lean mixture so it might be a dirty inline fuel filter or injector. It might be something simple as adjusting the TPS.

The kill switch is probably just corrosion. Just spray 5-56 or something and work it. If not check the cables.


So I think you should love your bike because it's worth loving. This forum has plenty of information for you and loads of experienced people. So just start in one end and get it going. Try then to see where the oil leak is. You will find plenty of information on this site. A tip searching is not to use the sites own search but google. That's the way I do it.

As an example write this into the google search field: adjust tps site:husaberg.org
Then google will search this forum for you.

A tip regarding starting your bike; don't give gas. If you give throttle the fuel is cut.
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January 23rd, 2020, 02:09 AM   #8
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there is only one "rubbing" face in a modern dirtbike engine; the piston in the bore. you can be assured that all will be perfect except the piston/bore if things really did go south. it wouldn't need a rebuild. just piston and nikasiled barrel.

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January 23rd, 2020, 02:38 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Taffy View Post
there is only one "rubbing" face in a modern dirtbike engine; the piston in the bore. you can be assured that all will be perfect except the piston/bore if things really did go south. it wouldn't need a rebuild. just piston and nikasiled barrel.

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Don't forget the rocker arm shafts I have seen signs on them before piston/cylinder. I forgot to fill my engine up after draining the oil... hrmmm... The cylinder/piston was all good but the rocker arm axles had visible rubs so I turned them around until I got new ones.
Ljunggren (dealer in Sweden) told me that they can seize before the cylinder if you run with no oil.
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January 23rd, 2020, 03:06 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by jon andersson View Post
Don't forget the rocker arm shafts I have seen signs on them before piston/cylinder. I forgot to fill my engine up after draining the oil... hrmmm... The cylinder/piston was all good but the rocker arm axles had visible rubs so I turned them around until I got new ones.
Ljunggren (dealer in Sweden) told me that they can seize before the cylinder if you run with no oil.
i'm slightly taken aback by that! the idea doesn't make sense to me?

I'd argue with you Jon but your on a green pass ticket!!!!!

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