December 5th, 2005, 11:46 AM
Joined: Dec 2005
I've found a 99 FE400 (kickstart-only) that I'm considering buying, supposedly with only 2100 miles. I'm fairly confident it's a good bike; my concerns focus mostly on parts/maintenance/reliability. There's no dealer nearby that I'm aware of (western SC), but I'm a fair shade-tree mechanic.
Does anyone have any tips on that model? Is it especialy expensive to maintain? Are the valves shim or screw-type? Any other components that are prone to failure (seems I read something about stators going bad)?
I don't intend to race it, mostly just trail riding. I found some threads on various other forums, and the consensus there seemed to be that the Husabergs became a lot more reliable after 1999.
I'd appreciate any comments.