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2010 Husaberg FE 390 First Ride Photo Gallery

Husaberg is now offering a smaller version of its groundbreaking enduro motorcycle with the idea that less is sometimes more. The 2010 Husaberg FE 390 is a mixed breed motorcycle that caters to a different dirt bike crowd. Read the full story in our 2010 Husaberg FE 390 First Ride

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Can less really be more with the radical Husaberg design?
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Off-cambers and slick sections are where the 390 shines. Actually, it excels at anything technical and you can ride all day without getting worn out – trail riders take note.
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I rode the bike using the most aggressive of three available fuel map settings, but the power was still extremely smooth and linear.
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Engineers installed a new crank with longer connecting rod that shortened the stroke from 63.4mm to 55.5mm. The 393cc engine uses a new piston with revised squish characteristics and slightly less compression.
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Since it already had a superb-handling equation, Husaberg went the other direction with the 390 and tried to boost that 'rideability' factor by increasing inertia.
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I enjoyed the extra ground clearance in the endurocross sections, but also on the trail where I crossed several slimy logs and the occasional misstep sent the 390 over a trailside object.
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It doesn’t bounce or deflect, and the only handling issue I had to adjust to was an overabundance of traction – not exactly something to complain about.
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The 'Berg just isn't made for this.
Try the FX 450 if you want to take
flight.
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The front end sticks - everywhere.
So does the rear, for that matter.
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Even though it weighs the same, it feels lighter than the 450 while riding. Tip it over, however, and the ‘Berg shows all of its claimed 251 ready-to-ride pounds.
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All the FE models are green-sticker legal with a headlight, taillight and permeated 2.25-gallon fuel tank.
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The FE 390 is geared toward extreme enduro riding, but we managed to overheat it during a photo shoot.
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The pipe is away from crash-damage harm and the only time I melted my pants was when I manhandled it from the side and stuck my knee against the header. My leg never touched it during normal use.
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Getting under the seat is quick and
easy, and the airbox/fuel tank
layout gives better weight
distribution and deep-water
potential
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A new black-anodized 22mm-offset triple clamp (up from 19mm) keeps handling very precise without being oversensitive, and the front tire offers as much grip as the rear.
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The engine is really where the difference is at. A smaller stroke turns this ride into a much smoother, manageable version of the 450 machine.
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It likes to play in the nasty stuff. In fact, it just likes to play period.
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Washington provided plenty of technical riding to test the FE 390.
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We would love to have this bike in the garage, because there isn't much else that competes as an all-around trail bike for our needs.
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Priced at $8898, there are plenty of enduro riders who will find this bike attractive at all levels – especially those who embody the fun-first attitude.