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February 27th, 2008, 08:12 PM   #1
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Hey All!

It's likely been a year or more since I made noise on this site. Previously, I did a ton of reading through loads of new and old posts for technical info and rider feedback about Bergs. I also launched several questions on the site and got good straight answers from you lot on everything I was wondering about.

Then I did the unlikely and odd move of picking up a DRZ400 dual sporty to get around my neighborhood on and perhaps also get me back out in the Canadian Alps (OK...Rockies) and some base level old fart racing.

Well, neither time nor I have been sitting still since then and, while the DRZ is a swell little machine that I will own for a very long time, I simply was not satisfied with it's overall mediocrity and my lust for a "real" off road bike continued to rage.

I am writing this evening to inform all that I no longer have to hang my head and cower in the background as a pretender when I enter this site. Life being far too short to be Bergless any longer, I laid down cash for a shiney new (still in the crate) 2007 FE650E.

Too say that I'm stoked to be getting back on a neck snapping, steriod belching open class bike is a severe understatement. That the bike is a Berg has my head spinning.

I have had the good fortune and benefit of getting to know Fryguy directly over the last year and have collected a nice list of starter setup tips. I have placed a sizable order for personal bike setup hardware. ....and, not like this particular machine needs more in the way of performance, but I am also eyeing some carb mods (beyond jetting) to make it run cleaner and stronger as well as some possible suspension work to make the plush even plusher.

Looking forward to getting the bike built, and muddy, and even bent and scraped a little so I can feedback my thoughts on riding this monster torquer.

If any of you happen to have any cool or worthwhile setups, add ons, or "watch out for" items that you care to pass along to help a brand new Berg guy setup his brand new '07 FE650E....I'm all ears (and smiles).

As I learn to tune and ride this wonderous beasty over the next while, I'll return as much as I can to the forums here and, hopefully, some of it may be of use to others as well.

Guess what Mom?! Guess what? I got me a Husaberg!!!!!
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February 28th, 2008, 02:07 AM   #2
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Holy shite, from Chevette to Corvette. That's quite the jump.
I know that you will be more than pleased with your choice.
Have fun and post up some pix.
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March 6th, 2008, 08:26 PM   #3
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Shite indeed!

I recall jumping onto my kid brother's KX500 back in about '86 having been off the open class racing hardware for about 18 months while at school ( although having raced big Maicos and Yams for years prior). I was lost with the power and not able to "see" fast enough to keep it pinned except in short spurts, nearly endoed the first time I had to semi-panic stop since I had not owned a bike with a front disc brake (actually was caught completely off guard by the stopping urgency and slightly twisted a thumb and wrist simply having it bent back & under due to the stopping force)....then I wheelied both his practice KX500 and his brand new KX500 over backwards about 40 minutes apart snapping off both rear fenders. A fine day!

Now, I have been off bikes of any real intent for more than a decade....and I have slipped this FE650 under my ass. Let the wide-eyed shreaking begin!

I'm heading up to my local Husaberg shop in 2 more sleeps, only an hour away lucky for me, to dig my beast out of the shadows and cobwebs, peel open the crate, and slide & snug all the brand new bits together. First new bike since...ummm...1987. This really is Christmas!

Then I'm going to bring it home and take it apart again to send away my suspension and carb for upgrade work....cause everyone knows these new FE650s are pretty slow out of the crate....yeah, that and Ricky Carmiechal can't ride fast....

I'm just treating myself to the best made better for the first time in my riding life....and getting prepared to terrified spitless everytime I jump on this bike for some time to come. Now that's what I call FUN!
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March 7th, 2008, 01:05 PM   #4
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Me Too!

I just bought an 07 FE650 yesterday as well . The 07 is the freakin' hottest looking Berg ever made.

I'm so stoked to go riding, but there's still 3 feet of snow up here. I don't pick my bike up for another 1-2 weeks, so hopefully it's all melted by then (yeah right).

Where'd ya buy yer bike? I'm from alberta too, but I got mine in the States (slightly used).

Congrats on the ride!

AJ
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March 7th, 2008, 06:12 PM   #5
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DRZ? What a turd? I thought Suzuki was a piece of raw fish! Really tho, I sense a bit of excitement and may I venture, a bit of sarcasm when explaining your true need for speed. I being of more mortal make-up ride a lowly 07 450 that more times than not will enter time warp at my beckon call. May we co- exist with our new steeds in peace and harmony and not meet each other too soon in the hereafter...in other words, keep the rubber side down!
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March 7th, 2008, 08:07 PM   #6
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Gentlemen; pictures please. New bikes are soo exciting. Even when they're not yours.
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March 7th, 2008, 09:08 PM   #7
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I should have some pic's of the roost machine to submit in a few days...
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March 9th, 2008, 06:28 PM   #8
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DRZ turd......I owned a DR 350 for 60 miles once. By the first 30 miles I had the paint on every weld flakes off and the primary drive blew up. The repair lasted another 30 miles, and the bike was never rode again. BBB you are going to love this new bike. ( Big Bad Bill or Canaberg ) Just to get your blood flowing, i may be riding without spikes on dry ground by the weekend. What are you doing?
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Sorry Fryguy, didn't mean to bring back bad memories...Randy Hawkins once suggested that I might like DR 350 like he was riding at the time and I only had to remind him of the issues he had during the sixdays a few years back...got a shy smile return!
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March 10th, 2008, 06:49 PM   #10
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When I had bought the bought, I had visions of being Randy, and off course being from the sticks, didn't hear of the dilemmas being experienced by those guys. You have to have those poor rides to make the good one better.

and yes, I get the willies when I think of it pinging and flexing... LOL
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