What to Pay?
Back in 2009 a new FE450 would’ve set you back £6395, with the 570 £100 more. By 2012 those prices had risen to £6995 and £7095, respectively, and £6895 for a 390. The closed-course FX initially retailed for £6345, the supermoto FS £7395.
Unlike earlier Husabergs, this generation have held their money well and, unlike a Cypriot bank account, you needn’t worry about losing a large chunk of the money you invest in it…
When it comes to individual models, the value follows a similar pattern to the new bike prices. So a 390 will be worth rough £100-200 less than a 450. In years past, the 570 probably would’ve been the least desirable of all, only now it’s commanding something of a premium thanks to finding favour with hobby rally racers. Expect a decent one to be a few hundred quid more than an equivalent aged 450.
A similar story applies to the FS570. There’s not that many out there, and if you want one you can expect to pay reasonable money for it. Remember, they were well over seven grand new.
On any bike, accessories are good at tempting buyers and quality parts do add value. For example, an Akrapovic end can adds a couple of hundred quid over a bike wearing the standard silencer.
And the FX model? Well, they were the cheapest of all the bikes in the range, and given their lack of roadkit they had limited appeal. The 19in rim was off-putting too. All of which means that if you really want one then don’t pay over the odds for it. It’s worth a good deal less than a road registered FE, and bargain hard if it’s still wearing that MX-size rear rim!
Why you want one?
Because they’re a fantastic ride, that also looks very different to every other bike out there. The 70-degree Berg is almost certainly going to be a future classic, given the fact that it is a well-constructed example of innovative engineering, that sold in big enough numbers to have a decent following yet small enough to make them kinda exclusive.
It was a sad day when KTM opted to discontinue the engine in favour of giving Husaberg the EXC engines, not just because the bikes felt different to ride but also because it enriched the dirtbike market, furthered the technology within the off-road scene and underlined the brand’s off-the-wall approach. Perhaps Stefan Peirer will buy the design off Husaberg and use it in his new Husqvarnas..?
• David at independent Husaberg specialists Taffmeisters 01353 723883 www.taffmeisters.co.uk
• Mark and Jason at Husaberg dealership The KTM Centre 01442 255272 www.thektmcentre.co.uk