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April 15th, 2006, 08:06 PM   #1
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FE450e is NOT a Desert bike

Took the bike to Nevada today as my Husky is down for the count with a bad wheel bearing. Sorry Husaberg fans but the Fe450e Sucks in the desert........really bad. Great woods bike and on the few nice single track we had I smiled again but ruf cut wide open blazing trails..no way no power too wide gearing with only a short sweet spot in each gear............it just ain't great. So if you live in the west or Austrailia and have open play and desert and other big riding areas get the Fe550e or the Fe650e. Save the 450 for the woods and tight stuf. It rails in the woods love it there.

I did ride a 550 e out there last month and it is a great open bike.
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I would have to agree my FE400 has to be held on flat out all through the desert once the going gets tough.
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April 15th, 2006, 10:03 PM   #3
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And what if you add a tooth in the front?
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April 15th, 2006, 11:11 PM   #4
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Re: FE450e is NOT a Desert bike

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And what if you add a tooth in the front?
Not enough Balls to pull it. No replacement for displacement
In Nevada ( and out west in general) we let the Big Dogs off the porch and let em run
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April 16th, 2006, 12:36 AM   #5
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Re: FE450e is NOT a Desert bike

You are lucky to have a 450 for the desert. Try riding a dog 250 4-stroke in the desert when everyone else is riding big bikes.
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Re: FE450e is NOT a Desert bike

i live in australia and own the FE650E , the power delivery is fantastic .

the secret is to get the suspension sorted to match the grunt available .
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April 16th, 2006, 07:54 AM   #7
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Re: FE450e is NOT a Desert bike

Originally Posted by LeFrog
And what if you add a tooth in the front?
naw I don't see this doing anything , maybe making it worse. the bike's wide ratio tranny is WIDE and tall to begin with, not complaining I trust Husaberg engineers. I believe the bike's tranny is such for a reason - I mold myself to a bike not the other way around.

part of my problem is me. My Te-510 has a close ratio tranny and I have geared it slightly taller......so it has open top end. When you first ride a Husky you may react negativley in the desert as you seem to shift a lot and then the bike tops out at like 60.........once you gear it taller though, that close ratio tranny is sweeeeeet never in a wrong gear.

The Husaberg wide n tall ratio is all different.....I geared it down a touch from stock added 2 teeth in back. its gappy out in the open, I find in the woods it's not that noticeable and the wide ratio makes me go faster cause I'm using the throttle more to keep up in the next gear............. using 1st-3rd in the ever changing Woods environment and the Fe450e becomes this light powerhouse flickable fun machine. Out on the wide open it's kinda a small dog ( yes a 250? is a girl bike in the desert haha) and I don't mean fire road haull ass 70 MPH desert I mean the trails up and down and hill climb and sand wash and jeep wide sloppy climbing deserty trails..........then I find the bike, my 450, like said above small out of place.

I did later in the day find the sweet spot in the gears and kept the bike in this mid range power zone on some long sweeping trails I really got the 450 going like a thunderbolt the whole way. So with touch and feel and experience the Fe450e can be a fun in the open..............but I miss my Te-510 and I know that 550e is one whale of a big dog bike too

yet I know from my experience with my 510 in the woods, though real nice and from riding a 550e, that I am glad I got the 450. it is a dart in the woods. love it there.
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April 16th, 2006, 08:16 AM   #8
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Re: FE450e is NOT a Desert bike

if i remember rightly your bike was jetted back up a lot. my 400 never had much top end. i kept jetting it down over the seasons. 170-160-152-150, and then one day i fitted a 148. the bike was just a completely different animal. pawing the air and where it had faded at high speeds it actually was like hitting a power boost button.

the tests would be easy to do. just go down and down and feel the bike get faster and faster till it sounded faster but wasn't.

this is the second bike i've had where i've taken the jetting down and down. just when you think you're the only one on this deserted and lonely road, just as you feel you MUST go back, you go lower still and the thing lights up. awesome!

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Originally Posted by Taffy

this is the second bike i've had where i've taken the jetting down and down. just when you think you're the only one on this deserted and lonely road, just as you feel you MUST go back, you go lower still and the thing lights up. awesome!

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April 16th, 2006, 09:47 AM   #10
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Re: FE450e is NOT a Desert bike

oy you!

frued said that you rotate through three stages, anal, sexual and swearing.

looks like i stopped at lego and you stopped at tales of pirates and treasure island. coming from nevada i can see the transparant connection....

oops! off topic

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