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Husaberg FX 450 and back into green lanes

Rating: 4 votes, 5.00 average.
After a succession of larger adventure bikes and the occasional light green lane experience I really wanted to get back to something nimble and more capable. My last off road orientated bike was a Husky TE510 which although covered ground really well, it did feel a bit of a handful sometimes. After scanning the net and looking at a couple of bikes, some of which were overpriced and in a shocking state I found a Husaberg FX450. I had to do a little research to find out the differences between the FE & FX with the FX being the slightly harder more focussed version both sharing the 70 degree 4 stroke. No cush drive on the rear wheel and no suspension linkage makes for a very direct ride and the engine does feel like it makes a lot of power for a 450 even though I have the variable turned down.
The bike is light and nimble which comes from it's focused design primarily for off road use only but in the past someone had modified mine for road use. Minimal lighting, horn and road registered.
I spent the early part of this year mostly on lanes and the odd run on the TET, the last one being a long day covering considerable distance and working through 3 tanks of fuel, I certainly felt the repercussions of that the next day and Ibuprofen certainly helped, getting old isn't much fun.
My most recent ride out had me looping Salisbury Plain which was hard, dry and dusty and exposed the settings on my suspension as being too hard although it covered ground well and at speed despite the chop from stiff suspension. I've also invested in a trailer as riding longer distances between days out is not fun and the bike is not designed for long hauls on the motorway. The 14/52 gearing and tyres make what is good off road unbearable on road.
My only reservation was the service intervals including the valve clearances which turned out to be surprisingly simple given the 70 degree slant of the engine. This concern has since gone and I'm concentrating on keeping it tip top but also used regularly.
So all in I'm pleased I bought it and look forward to many more days out exploring and I've got my eye on an event to sample an Enduro try/play day and possibly a navigation event or 2 at Sweetlamb.
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  1. g00ner's Avatar
    Got a Berg 390 for green lanes myself. If you fancy a day out in Kent we'll show you around

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