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October 23rd, 2005, 12:05 PM   #1
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Austrian made H'berg reliability

Owners of '04 / '05 / '06 'bergs, please tell what you think about their reliability. I have been closely following the UHE over the last year and have noted that other than the Baja attempt on a fe550e, no Austrian 'bergs have broken! Is this true? Have the ignition failures of the past gone to the wayside? BTW, is the new ignition an oil bath? Are the counterbalancer failures just a bad memory? Has the 'berg achieved KTM like durability, with superior performance?
My Husky 125 is a hoot to ride (the suspension is amazing) and has been stone reliable, but I miss the feeling of chugging thru the tight trees on my 'berg, and I miss the ability to wheelie at 45+ mph.
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i'm not an owner but

yes they are more reliable.

no ignition is not oil bath(Jap KOKUSAN rather than SEM)

there are still some main bearing failures floating around - haven't heard much about CB bearing failures tho.

i'm sure each of these topics has been discusssed in greater detail.

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October 24th, 2005, 07:55 AM   #3
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So, over 75 views and no one has confirmed that a UHE member or someone they know has broken an '04/05? That is good, go over the TT and view there forums, there would be wailing and nashing of teeth by now. So anyone got over 100 hrs on said models?
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I've got 30 hours on a 05 450 with no problems at all. I don't ride much in the summer but lets see if I can break it this winters desert season
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Come on guys, Do the newer ignitions last longer than 25 hrs? $375 for a part I replace everyother valve adjustment. If I make the plunge and get a new one$7.5K, will it be more reliable than my 00?
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Re: Austrian made H'berg reliability

04's , 05's and 06's are a new breed.....a new chapter

Of course I'm biased, but i also track warranty claims, and flog new models frequently.

The yellow and blue bikes come of the same production line as the orange ones, just with their own unique personality.

Since production has been in Austria we have seen significant quality control and reliability acheivements.
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Re: Austrian made H'berg reliability

Originally Posted by Jedi
04's , 05's and 06's are a new breed.....a new chapter

Of course I'm biased, but i also track warranty claims, and flog new models frequently.

The yellow and blue bikes come of the same production line as the orange ones, just with their own unique personality.

Since production has been in Austria we have seen significant quality control and reliability acheivements.
No surprise here. Jedi, thanks for responding, someone that track warranty claims and parts sales is the best one to answer. The FORCE continues to build strength.
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Re: Austrian made H'berg reliability

30 hours on an 05? shoot I'll have 30 hours on my new 06 FE450 by Thanksgiving. I ride every weekend Sat and Sun, being a single guy who has the FEVER to ride and living in weather good California means I ride a bunch. thats why I need two bikes. 8 months of Husky ownership = 2000 miles all dirt, 120 + hours. 4 valve checks and the valves have not moved. Husqvarna quality is proved to me, Now I'll prove the Husaberg quality yes, no or maybe. Stay tuned. I'm puttin some hours on this $8000 racing rocket..... you can count on it.
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Re: Austrian made H'berg reliability

I have rode a 450 all summer and 4 enduros this fall, not one problem! That's over 700 miles, everytime I check the valves they check out good, oil changes and filter cleanings are it! I'm a believer. Now I want a 06 model
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Re: Austrian made H'berg reliability

Originally Posted by bergy
I have rode a 450 all summer and 4 enduros this fall, not one problem! That's over 700 miles, everytime I check the valves they check out good, oil changes and filter cleanings are it! I'm a believer. Now I want a 06 model
so you have an 05? what about jetting? do you run the stock jetting or have you made changes, why and what altitude?
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