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March 25th, 2007, 10:28 AM   #1
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Well I thought I had a Berg....03 Fe501e that was listed here which was local for me. However it sold before I could get to it.

I test rode it and I loved it. I still have a good chance at getting a 99 Fe501 for a very good price. Owner says it runs good, but does not have a great history. He has done all the maintanence on the bike, but does not know how it was maintained before him.

I loved the ride on the 03, loved the power, the balance of the bike was great. How different would the 99 model be. I know that the frame and suspension is completely different, is the ride that different? I am a big guy 6'4" 245, but the guy that owns it is bigger than me. So I don't really know how it is set up.

What are my suspension options....can I get race tech springs or WP springs or is there another company for fork springs? How about the rear shock, rebuild, replace, who what and where?

How about mundane parts for the 99 like brake pads, brake lines, ignition, etc....is that available from Husaberg?

Anyone know of any good deals out there on a used Husaberg???? I am on a budget, that is why I am so bummed about the local one. It was a great deal.

I am located in Flagstaff AZ.

I would consider a 610 as well. What other bikes should I consider....Huskies (510, 570,610???), KTMs???????

Any help would be greatly appreicated.

Darrin
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Darrin,
I take it that it was Tomas's bike you tried to buy. If not there is another one in Flagstaff.
I have an 03 501 that may be for sale if I can contact the owner. I would say it is in roughly the same condition as Tomas's bike. I also have a 05 TE450 Husky for sale that is a really well equipped low hour bike.

As for your questions about parts. I would say that almost everthing is readily available for the 99 and up bikes.
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Darrin,
welcome to husaberg.org. Last year I bought a 99fe400e. i absolutley love the bike. i do miss the sound of a 2 stroke but this bike has more usable power than i think I can use. I ride single track here in central/southern ohio. I was on a budget too, but found this bike on ebay, I got it for $500 but it was a frame with wheels and 3 boxes of motor and engine parts(pics are in my gallery). thanks to dez i got a tank and shrouds for it......a local mechanic here that is familiar with euro bike charged me $400 to put it all together. I have found alot of things i need are on ebay. not much there now, but ya need to check it everyday. if you have a husaberg/ktm dealer near you, he may be able to cross reference the part number to a ktm part. any problem i have had I have been able to solve through the help of the guys on this sight or alittle inguinuity on my part. I would like a new berg, but as you know when your on a budget, there are more important things you need to get first. but i wouldn't hesitate again to buy an older model berg. I am 6'3" 240 lbs and have never used all my suspension, and I will tell you the older models have a soft ride with the 50mm forks, I cannot speak for the newer suspensions.
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Yes, it was Tomas's bike. I test rode it and I fell in love. I was just not quite quick enough. Seemed like a fair price and that is the top of my budget range. There is a 99 model in Vegas, but the owner does not know the history. I don't know enough about the Huskys but I am sure that you are going to want a fair price for your Husky which would be out of my price range. Let me know about the Husaberg. Thanks for the help.

Darrin

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Darrin,
I take it that it was Tomas's bike you tried to buy. If not there is another one in Flagstaff.
I have an 03 501 that may be for sale if I can contact the owner. I would say it is in roughly the same condition as Tomas's bike. I also have a 05 TE450 Husky for sale that is a really well equipped low hour bike.

As for your questions about parts. I would say that almost everthing is readily available for the 99 and up bikes.
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Darrin, What is your price range ? There may be a 2000 FE501 E for sale soon in Montrose, CO one owner meticulously maintained. If interested PM me and I will give you the details. Do you know Sethro here at the UHE? He and his wife Elf live in Flagstaff too. If you get a Berg or a Husky he is a really good guy to know (he owns both) also he is well versed and good at suspension set up.

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PM Sent.

As an aside, I tested a 00 Honda XR 650R today. It seems like a decent bike. But I have to say it did not make me giddy inside like the Berg did. I don't know if I should take that to heart. I mean the XR had really good power, and well it is a Honda so parts are like water. But I just can't get it out of my head, the Berg made me feel giddy, like a little kid. I think that says something for the bike.

I appreciate all the help, keep it comming.

Darrin

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Darrin, What is your price range ? There may be a 2000 FE501 E for sale soon in Montrose, CO one owner meticulously maintained. If interested PM me and I will give you the details. Do you know Sethro here at the UHE? He and his wife Elf live in Flagstaff too. If you get a Berg or a Husky he is a really good guy to know (he owns both) also he is well versed and good at suspension set up.

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Dude, I have a 2000 Fe 501 and I can SMOKE my friend's XR650R's I know exactly why you like the Berg!
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I totally believe that, I am interested in several bikes, but I have only ridden the 2. I just wrote Sethro a pretty detailed message. I have talked with him over at Adv Rider site, though we have yet to meet.

Damn this is tough. DR leaves tomorrow and I don't have a bike. Well hopefully this will allow me to find close to exactly what I want.

Darrin

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Dude, I have a 2000 Fe 501 and I can SMOKE my friend's XR650R's I know exactly why you like the Berg!
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Originally Posted by drdfblackm
Well I thought I had a Berg....03 Fe501e that was listed here which was local for me. However it sold before I could get to it.

I test rode it and I loved it. I still have a good chance at getting a 99 Fe501 for a very good price. Owner says it runs good, but does not have a great history. He has done all the maintanence on the bike, but does not know how it was maintained before him.

I loved the ride on the 03, loved the power, the balance of the bike was great. How different would the 99 model be. I know that the frame and suspension is completely different, is the ride that different? I am a big guy 6'4" 245, but the guy that owns it is bigger than me. So I don't really know how it is set up.

What are my suspension options....can I get race tech springs or WP springs or is there another company for fork springs? How about the rear shock, rebuild, replace, who what and where?

How about mundane parts for the 99 like brake pads, brake lines, ignition, etc....is that available from Husaberg?

Anyone know of any good deals out there on a used Husaberg???? I am on a budget, that is why I am so bummed about the local one. It was a great deal.

I am located in Flagstaff AZ.

I would consider a 610 as well. What other bikes should I consider....Huskies (510, 570,610???), KTMs???????

Any help would be greatly appreicated.

Darrin

Hello Darrin, I am the person whom bought the bike from Tomas, I live in Vegas. I found a nice KTM and spoke to the guy on the phone here in Vegas that I had for one of my plan B options, if I did not end up getting the fe501e Hope this helps, here is the link to the ad:

http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/mcy/298238690.html

otherwise try checking out craigslist in Phoenix, there are 2 entire pages of KTM's for sale there !! which was plan C for me.
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Re: Need help with picking a bike

Damn yoooozzzzz, damn yoooooozzzzz straight to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No seriously, thanks for the heads up, I think that I want something bigger than a 400. There is a Husky Te570 that I am looking at and there are a couple of people looking out for Bergs for me. So it will kill me to wait but I will do what I have to do.

Thanks again and no worries. Have fun with that damn thing.

Darrin


Originally Posted by pc2mac]

Hello Darrin, I am the person whom bought the bike from Tomas, I live in Vegas. I found a nice KTM and spoke to the guy on the phone here in Vegas that I had for one of my plan B options, if I did not end up getting the fe501e Hope this helps, here is the link to the ad:

[url="http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/mcy/298238690.html
http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/mcy/298238690.html[/url]

otherwise try checking out craigslist in Phoenix, there are 2 entire pages of KTM's for sale there !! which was plan C for me.
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