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2011 Husaberg FS 570 Review


by Pascal Bastien ,

The FS 570 rides on a set of super-light 17-inch aluminum wheels that reduce gyroscopic effects, making the bike easier to steer. The efficient mix also includes a firmer suspension setup than on the true off-roaders, with adjustable preload, rebound, and low- and high-speed compression. The top class Magura braking system includes braided steel brake lines, a 320-mm disc with 4-piston caliper up front and a 220-mm disc in the back squeezed by a Brembo (!) caliper, to produce more stopping power than you could ever need on the road or on the track – be careful not to fly over the handlebars!

More great kit from our favorite designers. (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/

Dual-purpose ergonomics
The Husaberg FS 570 isn’t suited for all body types due to an 895mm high and narrow, MX-style seat. On the other hand, the soft padding will ease the pain on the road, as will the freedom of movement on the track. You can remove the seat easily without tools to access the air filter and the electronics, including a port to link to your PC. You can easily reprogram the ECU or simply retrieve data about the bike or your riding to make things better.

The compact instrument panel features a pair of trip meters and a speedometer along with turn signals, headlight, oil pressure and fuel reserve lights, as well as a running hours meter.

Race-ready yet (almost) easy to tame
Riding the FS 570 is made easier thanks to the fully upright riding position, lightweight construction and precise throttle response, gearbox and brakes. But make no mistake: this thing is a real beast on supermoto tracks. It can win races straight out of the factory and overwhelm less experienced riders.

The powerful yet flexible engine obviously plays a key role in delivering such performance. You can string corners together in the same gear and then wick it up using the ample torque to shoot back onto a straightaway. The ECU-limited engine braking makes low-speed riding and corner entries easier, a huge plus in entering tight corners.

A smart layout for off-road bikes and their close cousins such as Supermotos. (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/
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