HUSABERG FS400 (2001-2003) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A very raw experience, with a terrific induction noise from the airbox"

Husaberg FS 400E motorcycle review - Riding

"A very raw experience, with a terrific induction noise from the airbox"

  • At a glance
  • 399cc  -  39 bhp
  • 28 mpg  -  870 miles range
  • High seat height (870mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

Overall Rating 2 out of 5

Until recently the Husaberg FS400 was one of the few over-the-counter supermotos available. It’s a very raw experience, with a terrific induction noise from the airbox, which nestles between the frame tubes right under the seat a barking exhaust note and furious acceleration. However, it’s not the most reliable bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

In this supermoto trim the Husaberg FS400 is highly agile. Shift your backside to outside of the seat, lean it over with the wide Magura bars and let the tinkle of abraded footpeg be your lean indicator. The brakes are simply awesome – easy rolling stoppies are just a finger’s squeeze away, thanks to an excellent four-piston Beringer caliper and 310mm disc.

Engine 3 out of 5

Although the Husaberg FS400 only stretches the dyno to about 35bhp at the back wheel as standard it only has 112kg to push along, so it feels much more. Essentially a two-stroke bottom end mated to a four-stroke top, Berg motors of this vintage are powerful but fragile. The carb-fed SOHC single cylinder motor comes with a bar-mounted switch that lets you toggle between full and reduced power depending on the conditions. Replacing the CV carb with a pumper item transforms the delivery.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

Reliability is a definite issue with pre-2004 Husabergs. Some run forever, others seem to have problems. Motors are the weak point; the lubrication is rudimentary, the single cylinder vibratory and powerful – grenaded engines are not uncommon. You’ll need to keep the battery on trickle charge if you want the electric start to be reliable. The left-hand kicker takes practice to master.

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5

The Husaberg FS 400 is cheap. But buying one can be an expensive gamble – a broken motor can cost as much as £1000. There are better supermotos than this. Find a Husaberg FS400 for sale.

Insurance group: 11 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The Husaberg FS400 components are all top quality – WP suspension, Beringer brakes, and Magura bars. But there’s not even an ignition key, the seat’s a slim race pad and the lights are unusable after dark.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2001
Year discontinued 2003
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 39 bhp
Max torque 27 ft-lb
Top speed 90 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 28 mpg
Tank range 870 miles
Specification
Engine size 399cc
Engine type 4v single, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Seat height 870mm
Bike weight 112kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake Single 310mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x17
Rear tyre size 120/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1996: Husaberg 400 Enduro introduced.
2003: More reliable Husaberg 450 released.

Other versions

None

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