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April 13th, 2013, 02:37 AM   #1
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70deg obsolete but they are still awesome

Riding today in the forest today it dawned on me that my 70 deg FE450 is actually still a great bike.

For instance, there has been very heavy rain here in QLD over the past two days, but i went out for a blast in the forest anyhow. I came across a few creek crossings that were up pretty high, no problem. But then, there was one that i didn't recall had a pretty deep mid section, water up over the seat and take, but the Bergmarine just power thru.

After getting to the other side slightly impressed i pulled the seat off and filter. Looking at the air intake flute i got to thinking, even if some water got past that filter it still has to be higher than the flute entry point before it can get in the engine. Bloody clever.

If i was on the new FE350 for example i'd be screwed.

Still a really relevant bike, shame it isn't being made anymore.
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Re: 70deg obsolete but they are still awesome

i would say its going a bit far to say that the 70deg design is obsolete especially when the real reason for the change of machinery has more to do money than any technological advances.

how much tech that was first tried with the berg is now on the new ktm / bergs?

plastic subframes and FI are the obvious 2 but i would imagine there are others.
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Bought my 2010 FE570 and I have never regretted buying this great bike
My 2013 TE250 IS A GREAT TWO STROKE but is not even close to the fun factor of the 570 HUSABERG( a real HUSABERG)
It is a shame the great design of the 70* bikes has been beat down and thrown under the bus for financial grains by KTM and there BOSS the India motorcycle company, but that's real business of the big companies when production cost is high because of a great quality built bike.
KTM enjoyed the great reviews of the Husaberg for three years, all the while never making a single improvement on the totally new design. This is unheard of on a new design!!
Maybe there is a wealthy motorcycle enthuses out there that's not concerned with big profits who will buy the production rights to the real Husaberg and start production with a few improvements, I can DREAM can't I !!
In the mean time I will just keep riding both bikes but I will Have the biggest grin under my helmet when riding the FE570.
Have a great ride
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April 13th, 2013, 02:59 PM   #4
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Re: 70deg obsolete but they are still awesome

Bought my 570 in '10 to replace my stolen XR650 and glad I did. Up to that point I'd never even heard of a 70 deg engine so, tempted by a good deal, I took a chance on this 'new technology' and took the plunge. Can't really say if the 70 deg setup handles any better than a modern conventional setup KTM etc, all I know is it's a great bike to ride.
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Re: 70deg obsolete but they are still awesome

Originally Posted by cypher
i would say its going a bit far to say that the 70deg design is obsolete especially when the real reason for the change of machinery has more to do money than any technological advances.

how much tech that was first tried with the berg is now on the new ktm / bergs?

plastic subframes and FI are the obvious 2 but i would imagine there are others.
Obsolete = No Longer produced.

Unless they (70deg models) are still being made (which they are not) i don't think it is going a bit far to say they are obsolete.
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Re: 70deg obsolete but they are still awesome

Originally Posted by Haskell
Bought my 2010 FE570 and I have never regretted buying this great bike
My 2013 TE250 IS A GREAT TWO STROKE but is not even close to the fun factor of the 570 HUSABERG( a real HUSABERG)
It is a shame the great design of the 70* bikes has been beat down and thrown under the bus for financial grains by KTM and there BOSS the India motorcycle company, but that's real business of the big companies when production cost is high because of a great quality built bike.
KTM enjoyed the great reviews of the Husaberg for three years, all the while never making a single improvement on the totally new design. This is unheard of on a new design!!
Maybe there is a wealthy motorcycle enthuses out there that's not concerned with big profits who will buy the production rights to the real Husaberg and start production with a few improvements, I can DREAM can't I !!
In the mean time I will just keep riding both bikes but I will Have the biggest grin under my helmet when riding the FE570.
Have a great ride
Haskell in Idaho
I was going to sell my FE450 after a recent rebuild, but i think i'll just keep it and rebuild when needed.
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Re: 70deg obsolete but they are still awesome

I purchased a pristine '09 570 a year and a half ago. After fixing the overheating issue, this bike has proven to be very reliable. To this day there is no other dirt bike I would rather own. Deep water crossings are only one of this bikes strong points! Owning a 70* Husey is an exclusive club! Ride On!
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Re: 70deg obsolete but they are still awesome

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Originally Posted by cypher
i would say its going a bit far to say that the 70deg design is obsolete especially when the real reason for the change of machinery has more to do money than any technological advances.

how much tech that was first tried with the berg is now on the new ktm / bergs?

plastic subframes and FI are the obvious 2 but i would imagine there are others.
Obsolete = No Longer produced.

Unless they (70deg models) are still being made (which they are not) i don't think it is going a bit far to say they are obsolete.
Ha.

As I was writing my first entry I thought " he'll just quote the dictionary definition back at me"

In the real world most people read obsolete and take it to mean out date technology.

And as we live in the real world not a dictionary ...
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Originally Posted by monstermaniac
I purchased a pristine '09 570 a year and a half ago. After fixing the overheating issue, this bike has proven to be very reliable. To this day there is no other dirt bike I would rather own. Deep water crossings are only one of this bikes strong points! Owning a 70* Husey is an exclusive club! Ride On!
I'm with you man. Just took her out for another blast this afternoon in the forest. I'm starting to wonder how long i might keep this bike, it is just perfect.
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I love mine, I can't imagine life without it, and I am happy! I guess I'm in a committed bars, seat, and peg relationship. No seriously, the bike is absolutely awesome, after a long boring day yesterday, ten minutes of riding it elevated my spirits dramatically. Of course that probably had to do with the wheelies and what not. Awww...., I do love my Hussyberg. She really is the "Other Woman."
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