QUIKSPIN: Husaberg FE570 - Point and Shoot

13 November 2012
When Husaberg released its FE570 in 2008, the off-road realm changed forever. In a market dominated by Japanese born and bred machines, Husaberg found the perfect blend of endless power and stability. The new big-bore was soon crowned king of the bush, making it one of the most popular trailbikes on the market, and the new benchmark in the off-road world. 
For the 2012 range, the major upgrades are a yellow powder coated frame, a fresh set of decals, clear fuel tank, handguards, frame guards and a new triple-clamp. The clear tank makes checking fuel levels a breeze and the CNC billet triple-clamp, which was the same clamp used on the late FX ‘Bergs, has been designed to flex with the fork preventing friction on the inner tubes. As for the yellow frame, while it is the first thing to catch your eye, it’s as though Husaberg was unsure of the sex of its next Enduro monster so, instead of picking blue or pink, it went with yellow. It adds no performance advantages and is likely to become a bike of myth regaled in pub banter by “remember that ‘Berg range with the yellow frame – that was weird”. 
The FE570 is master and commander of the Husaberg hierarchy. The 570 is designed for those few riders who can’t get the satisfaction they need from the 450 or 300 two-stroke, producing more power than any other hard-core off-road Enduro bike. However, the stupid amount of horsepower it produces isn’t the standout feature for the FE570, instead it is its ability to contain and convert it into a light, well-balanced, tight-steering trail machine. 
Husaberg’s FE570 typifies the phrase ‘mass centralisation’. The 70-degree engine provides the perfect blend of stability and balance which is most notable through the bike’s steering. On most bigbore bikes, the extra power usually becomes more work than it’s worth, as you try to tuck the bike into tight turns without the front end lifting and blowing through the apex of the corner. However the FE570 manages to condense the effect of inertia over the steering by keeping the front wheel grounded accurate, with the back wheel following suit. It really is as simple as point and shoot. 
Despite its hair raising 570 cubes the ‘Berg manages to deliver the power in a smooth action from the moment you open the throttle to end of the RPM range. This broad, linear spread of power means the FE570 is not restricted to expert riders, instead it lends itself to intermediate riders capable of controlling themselves when it comes to twisting the throttle.
Configuration Single cylinder
Cylinder head SOHC, four valves per cylinder
Capacity 566cc
Bore/stroke 100 x 72mm
Compression ratio 12.2:1
Cooling Liquid
Fueling EFI, 42mm Keihin throttle body
Type Six-speed
Clutch Wet
Final drive Chain
Frame material Aluminium
Frame layout Double cradle
Rake 26.5?
Trail Not given
Front: 48mm USD fork, fully adjustable,
300mm travel
Rear: Monoshock, fully adjustable,
335mm travel
Wheels D.I.D Wire-spoked rims
Front: 21 x 1.6 Rear: 18 x 2.15
Tyres Michelin Enduro Comp
Front: 90/90R21
Rear: 140/80R18
Front: 260mm disc, two-piston caliper
Rear: 220mm disc, single-piston caliper
Weight 114.5kg (dry, claimed)
Seat height 985mm
Max width Not given
Max height Not given
Wheelbase 1475mm
Fuel capacity 8.5L
Monster acceleration
Balance and stability
Light weight
Odd-looking yellow frame
Sub-standard trail tyres
Pointy-end pricing