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August 16th, 2006, 08:07 AM   #1
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07 550 cases bolster?

Has anyone got any idea why only the 550 has re-inforcing around the crank in the new case design, but not the other bikes in the range???
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Re: 07 550 cases bolster?

Where did you get this bit of information?

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Re: 07 550 cases bolster?

Some 2nd hand, gossipy type internet based rumour :

One Husaberg dealer supposedly refused to sell any more 550s in his area as a high percentage of them were suffering crank/bearing failures.
The type of useage was sustained high rpm/WOT/heavy loading for long periods.

The said dealer would happily sell you a 650, as they didnt appear to suffer the same fate as their smaller brother, probaly because you didnt need to twist the 650 at the same RPM- ie shift it up a gear and use the 650 torque.

Thats the story I was told- and it may be just that .

However, the fact that Husaberg have reinforced the cases around the 550s mains might just mean the above is totally correct.............
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Re: 07 550 cases bolster?

Originally Posted by AUSBERG
Some 2nd hand, gossipy type internet based rumour :

One Husaberg dealer supposedly refused to sell any more 550s in his area as a high percentage of them were suffering crank/bearing failures.
The type of useage was sustained high rpm/WOT/heavy loading for long periods.

The said dealer would happily sell you a 650, as they didnt appear to suffer the same fate as their smaller brother, probaly because you didnt need to twist the 650 at the same RPM- ie shift it up a gear and use the 650 torque.

Thats the story I was told- and it may be just that .

However, the fact that Husaberg have reinforced the cases around the 550s mains might just mean the above is totally correct.............
Please see if you can find out if the failure was on the clutch side of the crank shaft only. whether the case failed also, and about the number of hours that the bike failed.

Thank you for your help,

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Re: 07 550 cases bolster?

I do not believe a word of it, and I think you should disclose the dealer that said it! My friend Chester Martinmose is one of the owners of NMS in Nevada and he has mentioned no such problems. He has a 05 or 06 550 as well as myself, and he is faster on two wheels than most people you will ever ride with and he has had no such problems. He also turns a wrench quite well, and all he can say these days is that the newer Bergs give nothing up to KTM on reliability. He was open and honest when the Bergs had problems so I have no reason not to believe what he just said recently. Wile having a beer after a three hour ride recently he said he believes that the newer Bergs are as reliable as anything made.
A rumor is all it is, as all of us on this forum would know by now!
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Re: 07 550 cases bolster?

I can concur with the 550's and 450s having problems in AUST.

If you want to hear more I shall enlighten you.

The terain here is alot of deep heavy sand with alot of tight going and plenty of open giong as well.

The 550s that have been around here seem to flex the crank, could be because of the wide open spaces and Full noise ridiing. Have heard one particular story ( and i know the guys brother and it is factual) where a local bought a 05 550 after a week or a month it done the mains. Bike was repaired under warranty and continued to ride for awhile longer mains went again this time nearly putting the rider in hospital. The ruder then asked for a complete new bike from Berg Aus as he no longer wanted another rebuild etc and instead he got a 650.

I also ride at an even up in the mountains called the Amtra High Country Ride while there i came across a bloke who had 2 x 05 450's (one for him one for daughter) with only minimul kms on them and he was saying before his 12 month warranty was up he was splitting cases to replace mains etc).
not sure why anyone would do it on a brand new bike with probably lucky to have 1500kms on it in a years time. Anyway food for thought....

I bought a 650 05 cause it has the new Crank and little end compared to 04 650 much better. I did not want to tempt fate on a 04 550 or 05 550.
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Re: 07 550 cases bolster?

just my 2 cents worth

the conrod on my 04 650 had a tiny amount of wear on the small end , the big end was excellent

inspected at 165 hours .
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Yeah absolute weapon the 650
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Re: 07 550 cases bolster?

Hi, back on the site and note the comments. The 07 informaition I found on the net, by simply searching for husaberg 07. It confirms other informaiton in this forum and appears straight up. I will hunt for the web address and post it. The main things that took my attention were the new frame geometery and this bit about the 550 cases. I would say the 07 bikes look like they have tightened up on things and problems...water pump, bearings etc.

I must say the threads below about the 550 and 450 have shocked me!!! The 450 have appeared to escape most problems due to the smaller motor and is what I was aiming at for 07 (although it revs more). The bergs I have had in the past have required little maintenance I usually do many km. I was questioning why only the 550 had new cases, but it seems to have opened a can of worms.

It was my understanding the 550 was the pick of the bikes. Perhaps over reving is the problem and it does not surface as much with a 650 for obvious reasons?
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Re: 07 550 cases bolster?

http://endurouk.com/content/view/744/74/

This is the link I used to find the 07 details. Take a look at the comment about new counter balancer for all bikes.....but that 550 new crankcase???

all I did was go google search : husaberg 07.

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