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Old 11-30-2010, 07:10 AM   #31
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I love the way the '01-'08 bikes look. I like the overall design and they just have a purposeful stance.
They ride even better than they look .

Mine is currently sitting at 105 hours and 2100 miles. Only work has been oil changes and valve checks. The waterpump seal was mostly an excuse to pull the clutch cover and have a look around.
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:30 AM   #32
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Hair- Nice! How many miles was that in total?

Huskyfatman- How many hours/miles on your 650? Have you had the engine apart?
About 900.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:37 AM   #33
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Hair- Nice! How many miles was that in total?

Huskyfatman- How many hours/miles on your 650? Have you had the engine apart?
Don't laugh but I only have a little over 40hrs on it, just checked the valves a few times and change the oil often. I ride three of my five bikes a lot more than the Berg, even though it's the most fun to go fast off road on.

I ride with my GF mostly these days and the 650 is overkill for that. The KDX does great and is low maintence, and my ATK is better on the street and is also low maintence. The Berg puts the biggest smile on my face though, and it makes you ride wheelies on the street!
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:19 AM   #34
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I agree the valves are tight
o contraire mr 'zilla. the decomp does not work when the exhaust valves are loose. generally, the intakes will tighten up as the valve wear / cup, and the exhausts usually will loosen. ("you should have known")
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:02 PM   #35
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Hey Old Man, how ya been
I agree that the decomp dont work when the Ex are loose but I never saw them loosten up and it is always hard to start when the intake are tight. any way they need to be set properly before you start down all the other roads that lead to hard starting the berg
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:24 PM   #36
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here is my 02 501--eng has never been apart, and org clutch with a rekluse. hrs? don't know, had 70 mi on it in oct of 04 when i bought it--has a sparks stator and fcr carb and starts on the button hot or cold. i see you have a tt600 as i just rebuilt one.
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:55 PM   #37
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here is my 02 501--eng has never been apart, and org clutch with a rekluse. hrs? don't know, had 70 mi on it in oct of 04 when i bought it--has a sparks stator and fcr carb and starts on the button hot or cold. i see you have a tt600 as i just rebuilt one.
Hi bergman! It's me, zrxer from TT. Glad to see you here!
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:32 PM   #38
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here is my 02 501--eng has never been apart, and org clutch with a rekluse. hrs? don't know, had 70 mi on it in oct of 04 when i bought it--has a sparks stator and fcr carb and starts on the button hot or cold. i see you have a tt600 as i just rebuilt one.
THAT my friend is THE fastest bike out of a corner bar none. I had a 2001 with 4k miles before it grenaded
I passed some guys in a wash one time and at the next check they were asking "What kind of Suzuki is that can pull a KX500?"
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:53 PM   #39
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My 04 FE650. 649cc of pure fun.
I miss her alot.
dang Tim....I wish you were selling it now.

I'm replacing the 525, and have been looking at TE610's mostly, but the 'berg FE550E and FE650 have my attention now.
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:12 PM   #40
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Hey Bob, thanks for the Jetting specs. I bought a JD jet kit, so I followed the instructions and got it running tonight. I replaced the battery with one of those new 123 lithium batteries and I drained it pretty quick trying to get it started before I jetted it (month ago). I need to buy a low amperage battery charger to get the new battery back up to snuff. I had to hit the start button and kick to get it fired up but it did run. Since it was in the living room, I decided to shut it off though

Seems to be a starter cranking speed issue due to a undercharged battery, unless the starter is junk but I thought I read that the new starters are good?

Anyway, that is one sweet 501, I really want one to tinker on someday!
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:33 PM   #41
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if you get a 01-04 you will be "tinkering" a lot

did you go to the doc at uhe yet"
some had a problem with the torque limiter ( i did) and you can use a transmission shim to get the proper release value. if you starter is cranking and then seems to free wheel that is the symptom
you can also adjust the spring on the cam decomp

I have one of those lithsomething batteries in my 550 and it has been flawless....so far

once you get the few things sorted youll grin

ditch the stock breather. plug the forward hole and add a hose to the rear and run it up to the top of the rad and then back down the right side

i ditched the stock thermostat bs and ran sil hoses. cooled it some what

trail trick for the boingers
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:37 AM   #42
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if you get a 01-04 you will be "tinkering" a lot

did you go to the doc at uhe yet"
some had a problem with the torque limiter ( i did) and you can use a transmission shim to get the proper release value. if you starter is cranking and then seems to free wheel that is the symptom
you can also adjust the spring on the cam decomp

I have one of those lithsomething batteries in my 550 and it has been flawless....so far

once you get the few things sorted youll grin

ditch the stock breather. plug the forward hole and add a hose to the rear and run it up to the top of the rad and then back down the right side

i ditched the stock thermostat bs and ran sil hoses. cooled it some what

trail trick for the boingers

Oh yea, the starter would free wheel at times and do weird things. I'll read the DOC tonight and get that thing shimmed correctly... good call Bob, thanks!

Got any pics of your breather set up Bob? I'm a visual guy
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:42 AM   #43
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Fc470

Here's a couple pics of my old '02 FC470.
I bought it non-running. It had no spark so I got a used Sparks stator and CDI from a couple good guys over on www.husaberg.org and got it fired up. The engine sounded like a box 'o rocks.
I rode it about 50 yards and parked it.

Ended up giving it to a buddy. I'm gonna help him go through it when he gets the dollars together.


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Old 12-04-2010, 01:11 PM   #44
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Question for those more in the know....

What's a fair price for a 2006 FE550E, looks mint and very low hours (54hrs).

I've been ogling one on cl and don't have anything to compare it to pricewise. Not sure if it's reasonable to compare it to an 06 525 EXC, I'd think resale on the KTM would be much more robust, but I just don't know.
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Old 12-04-2010, 02:24 PM   #45
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$3K
I doubt I could get that for mine (well used but maintained) so I just keep riding it and smilling
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