DUAL-SPORT: HUSQVARNA FE450
The stock rear license-plate holder was cut down, the plate was fastened higher and smaller turn signals along with handlebar risers from
RockyMountainATVMC.com were used. Brian swears by the Seat Concepts
saddle, installed a P3 header shield, TM Designworks chainguides and new
gearing from SuperSprox. Kreft Moto fits on new fork adjusters that are
mounted on top, and BP uses the large ODI bolt-on grips.
With the rear damper, Kreft believes that the XPlor
shock has limitations but is a solid platform for development. The mods included a dished main piston, reduced
high-speed compression for square-edge bump compliance and a rebound damping curve designed to control
top-out motion without causing packing. Finally, Kreft
uses a high-viscosity shock fluid for heat stability in the
Another area where Kreft is diligent is in identifying and
satisfying an individual customer’s suspension preferences.
No matter how much information Kreft gathers, it is nearly
impossible to fully understand a rider’s requirements, but
Kreft Moto’s Xplor with Revalve Control helps control the
need for guesswork by offering a wide range of tuning.
ON THE TRAIL,
THE TRACK AND EXPLORING
Brian was impressed with Kreft Moto’s suspension
surgery: “The Kreft folks run a top-notch service. They
do a great job of explaining what they do, both in print
and with online videos. It is important to know that both
the fork and shock should be done to get the bike set up
properly. Once the order is placed, you receive a pre-paid
shipping box with high-quality brochures and packing
materials. This order included a full-suspension re-valve,
spring change, Microfinish coating and an Xtrig rear pre-
“The suspension arrives nicely packed and with a
high-quality brochure and base-settings chart. On this
chart, you simply find your skill level and terrain you plan
to ride and start with the recommended settings. For a
suspension idiot, this is epic. And, it works!
“The first test was tight, slow-speed singletrack, and the
trail base settings were dead-on. The front end responded with a ride that was beautifully plush and glided over
random, unexpected rocks and roots. On sketchy downhill
ruts and in crevices that would normally require a death
grip, the bike blew through it like a Trophy Truck—hardly
fazed. The bike settled in nicely, allowing amazing turning,
and never pushed or tucked.
“The second test was the more open, higher-speed
desert terrain, featuring fast sand washes, whoops and
big hill-climbs. With only slight tweaking from the trail
to desert settings, the front-end plushness remained.