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March 2nd, 2015, 09:14 PM   #1
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2006 Husaberg fs650e as Commuter??

Hi guys I'm new to the site, looks like it full of great resources.

I have to opportunity to buy a 2006 fs650e with 6,000ks and 100 hours on it.

My question is will this bike be able to handle being rode daily, I know it more of a race bike than a commuter.

I ride about 50ks a day and it would be my only form of transportation, I don't mind doing semi regular oil+oil filter changes.
What would the service intervals be with daily riding.

I'll be going from a klx250s to the fs.

Would a fs650 be up for the job.

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Originally Posted by tasrider90 View Post
Hi guys I'm new to the site, looks like it full of great resources.

I have to opportunity to buy a 2006 fs650e with 6,000ks and 100 hours on it.

My question is will this bike be able to handle being rode daily, I know it more of a race bike than a commuter.

I ride about 50ks a day and it would be my only form of transportation, I don't mind doing semi regular oil+oil filter changes.
What would the service intervals be with daily riding.

I'll be going from a klx250s to the fs.

Would a fs650 be up for the job.

Cheers.
it would be nice if the rear wheel had cush drive but other than that, I reckon you should be good if you don't thrash the tits off it everyday?

gearing is critical and the speed you ride it. a nice cruising speed in 6th saving the engine would be good.

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March 3rd, 2015, 03:45 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Taffy View Post
it would be nice if the rear wheel had cush drive but other than that, I reckon you should be good if you don't thrash the tits off it everyday?

gearing is critical and the speed you ride it. a nice cruising speed in 6th saving the engine would be good.

regards

Taffy
My 2008 FS650 have cush drive. I thought that was normal on FS?
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March 3rd, 2015, 03:56 AM   #4
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some people have converted FE's so it was eaisier to question if you had a cush drive.......

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Originally Posted by Taffy View Post
A nice cruising speed in 6th saving the engine would be good.

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With factory gearing of 16/40, a nice cruising speed in 6th is around 80 mph (not kidding.) It will be laboring the engine to ride anywhere close to legal speeds in top gear.

I recommend changing the gearing to a lower ratio.

I've ran 16/45 gearing for a couple years. It's done many miles. (20,000 +/-)
On the highway, I ride an average of 75mph in top gear.
It will run in 6th at 65 mph, but it seems like the engine is working too hard, it prefers to be at 70-75.

It easily does 85 without revving it's tits off. It's starting to scream at 95 or so.


conversion chart: mph/km
95=152
85=136
80=128
75=120
70=112
65=105

As far as a FS650 as a commuter, you will likely be changing the oil often.
The maintenance cost can be lowered by using Rotella T 15/40, or it's down under equivalent.
I think it's pennrite that makes a diesel oil. Just needs the JASO MA rating which means it's suitable for wet clutches.

Honestly I hate to say it, but for your only transportation, a Husqvarna 610 would be a better choice. Or keep the KLX if you can.

You would only need to change the oil every other month or so, instead of once a week.

Valve checks twice yearly instead of every 40 hours or so.
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March 3rd, 2015, 02:31 PM   #6
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Hi,

Looks like some great advice already shared...

I commuted for about 12 months on my FS650E. I have about a 10KM commute (each way) through heavy traffic.

I ran 15/45 on my bike and thought it was perfect for what I needed - both commute and weekend rips.

Therotically speaking, the bike can commute as well as any bike. Practically speaking (for me) I found it was a bit too raw. Such an awesome bike, but it had no key, fuel light, and the battery/electric start was pretty average - espeically if it ever were to conk out in rush hour

Maintenace was super easy; I did oil every 500kms - takes 10 mins... I ran Road 4's and they were awesome in the wet and dry and got heaps of KM's out of them. Got about 120Kms per tank of 95. Great bike if you can deal with the personality, and if you can track down parts (if ever needed).

Hope that helps
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March 3rd, 2015, 03:08 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Taffy View Post
it would be nice if the rear wheel had cush drive but other than that, I reckon you should be good if you don't thrash the tits off it everyday?

gearing is critical and the speed you ride it. a nice cruising speed in 6th saving the engine would be good.

regards

Taffy

Taffy, what would be a good cruising rpm for a 650 and 570 - one which still leaves some torque for small grades without bogging, and that the motor would be happy sustaining while cruising.

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Tassie rider, I think I know which bike you're buying, I was looking at buying a second one! My fs650 gets used a bit through the streets of Brisbane. Of late I've been using a tarded husqvarna As my daily, but I'd estimate that I've put down 6000 commuting ks on the berg. It goes fine for me, and I maintain it regularly. Oils every 500ks, valves and such.

I'm not sure how hot your area gets, but I'd definitely recommend an aftermarket cooler of some kind. No radiator fans in stationary traffic sends the heat skyrocketting.

Have fun, it's a chalk and cheese comparison to your Kawasaki.
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I recommend 16/46 so I'm not far off. I don't have a great deal of experience though of commuting etc. what I can say is that rear chain slack is critical to reduced judder.

since 1979 I've only ever checked chain adjustment the right way using my CHEST.....

if you have to ask - you've been doing it wrong!

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March 4th, 2015, 04:57 AM   #10
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I run my FS 550 with 14/40 to do about 25km a day (city roads), only when it is not raining or too much cold for me. Previously it had 16/38 and it was way too long for how I ride.
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