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September 3rd, 2016, 10:45 PM   #1
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I Ride: 86 Honda XLR250R, 08 Husaberg FE 450 'road legal'
Greetings from New Zealand

Hey guys i had been looking for a more powerful bike than my old 86 XLR250R and was looking at wr450r and the ktm exc's but often both of there were thrashed out and or not in the licensing systems and i wanted a bike for dual duties.
Anyway while searching i came across a low km 08 fe450, been sold at a dealers, bounced emails back and forth a bit then they gave me the old owners number and i c gave him a call as the dealers seemed fairly clueless on the bike. Well the old owner is a motorcycle tech and the fe450 had been his personal bike till his injuries meant he had to down size and once i found of the service histroy and modifcations i contracted the dealer and made a deal.
So last weekend at 7am Saturday the bike trans van came up my driveway and delivered a 08 fe450 with 2,700km on the clock and a fresh service new tyres and new WOF (our version of a MOT)
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September 3rd, 2016, 10:57 PM   #2
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I Ride: 86 Honda XLR250R, 08 Husaberg FE 450 'road legal'
It has a WER stablizer, B&B sump guard, rekluse Z start pro, aftermarket blinkers, and a fresh too end.
But has been sitting for 4 years. I rode it last Saturday and found it had a bad head shake at 140kph, and that it had a oil leak, but ran well and i was very happer with the performance.
Si yesterday i pulled the tank off to investigate the oil leak, and found the the breather hose from the tappet cover to the air box (you know the Y shaped one) is perished and causing the oil leak. I also noticed that the rubber intake manifold is on its way out. The dealer i bought the bike off should be willing to supply the parts but as they are 8hours away would rather do the work myself or get a local shop to do the work. Can anyone point me in the right direction of where to find the parts numbers. Also does anyone have any experience in changing the factory steering lock barrel? Is there an easy way ti add a key ignition without cutting wires is there a plug in one haven't looked at the loom yet.
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September 5th, 2016, 03:07 AM   #3
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congratulations on the new bike! I guess there won't be too many warranty claims made over that distance....easy money for the dealer. don't let them off! photos are good evidence.

i can do the lot if you need it.

the ignition barrel is still available and most make a nice bracket for it. the wires will be behind the headlight and we can help sort that out. you need a wiring diagram plus some some simple plans of the back of the pins.

the headshake is unusual so look for the usual stuff: wheel alignment, bearings gone etc. the parts fische is good for sorting out which way round and how stuff fits.

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September 5th, 2016, 04:24 AM   #4
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The fiche finder is down on the right hand side on this page, should help you with the part numbers.

Husaberg fiche finder for spare parts
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September 5th, 2016, 11:10 PM   #5
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Thanks heaps for the replies Taffy And Plumbbob.
The dealers are supplying replacement breather and intake boot, as well as a new steering lock barrel, they are confident they can source the correct parts with out me having to find the parts numbers myself, i was concerned as they are Suzuki and Triumph dealers. There is a cheap generic 3 pin ignition set on our local version of Ebay "trademe" i was thinking of fitting and at the same time fitting a gps tracker remote immobilizer.
I have ridden dirt bike for many years both off road and on along with a few road bikes and the head shake was very scary i have never experienced a tank slapper bofore then. As it has a fresh WOF (mot) i wouldn't expect any bearing issues as they should have check that, I was going to start with ballancing and take it from there.
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September 5th, 2016, 11:14 PM   #6
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I Ride: 86 Honda XLR250R, 08 Husaberg FE 450 'road legal'
One other thing i was thinking of adding a auxiliary oil tankso that on long multiple day adverture trips i don't have to change the oil every day or two, i have search the forum yet but also haven't seen a post about such a mod yet, has anyone got any info or helpful links for a mod like this it would be greatly appreciated
Cheers Hádge

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September 6th, 2016, 12:19 AM   #7
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i have never seen an extra oil tank. just change the oil. you just need a strap to hold the left bar so it leans away from a wall and while it drains you get the next litre ready. it is about 5 minutes work but I know that that is beer time lost and fully accept it is very valuable indeed!

you might miss an all black try - rare as they are....

nothing to do with 'balance'. headrace bearings, tyre pressures, wheel alignment (use string). they are the basics.

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September 6th, 2016, 12:37 AM   #8
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I Ride: 86 Honda XLR250R, 08 Husaberg FE 450 'road legal'
I do love my new to me bike, its a blast, and i am sure once i have done a few lil mods and got myself dialed into it she will do me well. And hopefully for a long time. I have seen one thread (don't think it was here) a guy adverture riding on a 12 fe570 who made his part of his frame into a oil tank and is doing a rtw on it. My main concern with messing with oild system is the potential to lower pressure or strain the oil pump. But with and extra 1.5l of oil i would almost triple the oil change intervils, and rugby isn't really my thing… with a family and "her indoors" getting bike time should be in the saddle as much as possible and not wrenching. Thank again for the input
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September 6th, 2016, 01:16 AM   #9
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Oh one other question that i am sure you can help with Taffy, how powerful is the standard stator, i was thinking of adding a charge port or two, for gps and cell phone when i add a key ignition, and the security tracker /immobilizer.(Do the electrics in one go ya know) i have fabrucatiin experience and was thinking of making a nice brushed stainless steel mount for these. can the stock stator handle this? My local shop says that the stock stator will do fine, but they are not Husaberg people so am deferring to you on this. At some point in the future i hope to swap the incandescent bulbs out for plug in L.E.D's this should help take some strain off the stator, or at least increase the life of my bikes battery.
Thanks again Hádge

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September 6th, 2016, 01:45 AM   #10
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exactly, you need to take the strain off the stator somewhere. the wires can get a bit warm sometimes as well! there are better experts on electrics than me on them though.

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