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January 15th, 2006, 09:45 AM   #1
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Greetings all. I'm a newbie here and an admirer of the Berg since day one...albeit from a distance until hearing about new found reliability, warrenty, etc! I posted this at Thumpertalk but wouldn't mind running it past an enthusiast audience.

Regards, Dave

<< I have a chance at a very clean FE650E with very little use...still with warranty on it. I would like to replace my current WR400 and dualsported XR650r with it. Use will be everything from tight eastern type woods to fast open forest and cottage roads. I'm a large experienced rider and not looking to be talked into a 450, etc., which I agree might be better for many riders.

I very high performance bike I know, but I'm still nervous about durability and reliability. I don't mind a little more maintenance but I don't want it breaking despite that. Are there still any known failures, quirks or other items I should be looking at with this 2005 machine? Is the (lower revving?) 650 a little more durable then the 450/550's or same difference? Sorry it this has been asked before but I would appreciate any feedback or experience here.>>

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January 18th, 2006, 10:28 AM   #2
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I guess no news is good news?
Or is it "if you can't find anything good to say...."?
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January 18th, 2006, 10:42 AM   #3
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Re: 2005 FE650E

I love my new 06 FE650 !

Light weight , great features !

And the Akrapovic exhaust fits better and is lighter !
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In response, I have a '05 FS650C (motard version) I'm also an "experienced" rider and tip the scales @ 230 LBS. Mine is still fairly new, (6 HRS on bike) But so far so good. It will yank your arms outta the sockets, revs qoickly (for a big single) and does everything better than similar/comparable machines (we know NOTHING REALLY copares to a 'Berg though!) Stay on top of the maint. issues (valves, oil etc.) and ride that bad boy!
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Originally Posted by RockyMt
Stay on top of the maint. issues (valves, oil etc.) and ride that bad boy!
Thanks Rocky, that's basically what I was expecting and hoping for. Just as long as the reliability has come around enough that I'm not kicking my a$$ a few months down the road! Everything else does sound awesome.
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i was apprehensive at first after owning many jap bikes . i have had my 04 650 e for 12 months and it is great . it has character , pin point steering , honestly more power than i can use . husabergs are special but they are a full on competition bike and must be maintained or else.
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Re: 2005 FE650E

The FE650 is not the best for tight woods, but it can be made to work. Overheating will be an issue in the tight stuff in the summer, but there are a few things you can do for that.
As long as you are not in the real tight stuff the 650 is a real kick in the pants.
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i am interested to know what the ' few things are ' in regards to heat in the tight stuff for the mighty 650 .
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I would consider installing 06 plastics and the 06 cooling fan kit. You will have to rig your own switch for the fan. I am considering doing this on my 04, I do not have all of the particulars but assume it should work. I have mounted computer cooling fans to my 04 (see my gallery). If boil overs are an issue I would (and do) run Evans coolant. It has a 370F boil point at zero PSI. Last placing a 14 tooth countershaft sprocket helped dramatically. It allows the motor to turn faster at lower speeds thus increasing coolant flow. As alway's proper jetting helps as well, I run a Lineaweaver jet kit with a 165 main.
So far these combo's have worked for me. Right now it is winter and all is well. The proof will be in the summer when the ambient temp is over 100F by 10am.
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THANKS berger
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