Dual-Sport Diaries: Sicass Racing Dualsport Kit
The first step to making the Husaberg FE390 a legitimate dual-sport bike was to add the necessary street legal hardware. The 2010 Husabergs came with a hi/lo beam headlight, tail light with front and rear brake lights and the wiring for a horn, but that was it. To be fully road legal the ‘Berg would need blinkers, a horn and a mirror, to start. While Husaberg makes the necessary hardware to make the bike fully road legal, the blinkers are large, ugly and prone to breakage under hard off-road use. A quick internet search pointed me to Sicass Racing (www.sicassracing.com) who has become one of the leaders in dual-sport kits for dirt bikes in recent years thanks to their ultra low profile components.
Out testing the Husaberg FE390 dualsport project bike. As you can see, this bike is being used as a real off-road bike and needs products that can withstand the brutal conditions found on the trails of British Columbia.
Sicass Racing is based in Clarkston, Michigan where Steve and Mike Stapula along with John Savoie started out by making cool parts for their personal bikes. In 2003 they formed Sicass Racing after people started inquiring about their bikes on a dualsport ride. In 2007 Steve, John and Mike turned their attentions to Sicass full time and have been steadily growing. Though their specialty is dual-sport kits for dirt bikes, Sicass also makes a few other accessories including their padiator and carries a full line of parts and accessories from Enduro Engineering among others.
For the Do-It-All Project FE390, I’m testing out their dual-sport kit specifically designed for the 2010 Husabergs. As the 390 already came with a headlight, tail light, brake switches and horn wiring, this kit only comes with signal lights, a horn and the Sicass control switch and kill button. One of the great appeals of the Sicass dual-sport kits is that they are ‘plug and play’ and don’t require any soldering or other wiring capabilities. The kit arrived in the mail with all wires, switches, lights and mounting hardware, plus a bag full of zip ties (nice, since I’m always missing mine) and detailed installation instructions.
The Sicass Racing dualsport kit for 2010 Husabergs. Everything you need and nothing you don't.
Installation was very straight forward but took the better part of the afternoon. I opted to leave the Husaberg gas tank on the bike but in hindsight, it would have been easier to remove the tank for running the wires for the tail light. The front LED signal lights bolted right up to the holes on the headlight brace, but the rear signals required drilling a few holes in the tail light assembly. As previously stated, the kit required no soldering and came with the correct connectors already fitted to just plug into the stock wiring harness. As someone with less than stellar wiring and soldering skills, I really appreciated the ease of installation. The only hiccups during installation was finding a good place to fit the horn (in the end I went with behind the headlight shell), making enough room on my bars for the kill switch and lighting switch assembly and finding enough room to run all the wires for the rear signal lights, tail light and license plate light all within the stock rear fender brace. It took some patience, but I managed to make it all fit fairly cleanly.
Now that's some low profile lighting!
Once installed, the bike fired right up and it was all systems go. The lights and horn all worked flawlessly right away and have continued to work great through the past month and over twenty hours of testing. Testing has consisted of everything from running errands around town to gnarly trail rides and even a few off-road races. Throughout this time complaints have been few and far between. But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. First, let’s talk about the good.
|The front signal lights are tucked away nicely yet are still visible to oncoming traffic.|
The Sicass Racing dual-sport kit was easy to install and didn’t require an electrician or electrical engineer to make it work, which was great. This was a minimalist kit and perfect for my needs. The whole kit is very low profile and the signal lights are small, light and tucked away. Despite bashing through the woods over logs, roots and anything else the off-road world has thrown at it, everything still looks like new with zero problems. With other kits it’s commonplace to wipe out the signal lights but these ones, with their low profile design have been great. The flush mount rear signal lights are perfect for off-road use as they are completely out of the way. These are a far cry from the clumsy and easily broken factory lights found on many dual-sport bikes. Moving beyond the signal lights, the switch cluster is great with the horn, signal light and head light switches all easily reached and operated with my thumb. The rear license plate light is compact and out of the way, yet illuminates the license plate and night quite well.
Installation was easy as the Sicass kit connects into the stock wiring harness. No crimping or soldering required!
Now, for the complaints. My biggest gripe is the same switch cluster that is easy to operate. Unfortunately, the switch cluster has a separate kill switch and clutters up my handlebars. Combined with an electric start button, mirror and handguards plus the usual grips, clutch, front brake and throttle, my handlebars are way too crowded and it’s a struggle to fit everything. It would be nice if Sicass could find a way to add the kill button to the switch cluster and free up another 3/4 inch on the handlebars. The included kill switch is also a cheap one, having a separate nut on the clamp. For $275 it would be nice to see a higher quality kill switch included.
Here's the biggest challenge of dualsporting: fitting everything on the bars. It's pretty crowded already and this is without the mirror or any extra switches (ignition map, GPS, etc).
My only other complaints are relatively minor. The horn is a little too quiet for my liking and the same low profile signal lights that don’t interfere with off-road riding are also a little small to clearly indicate a rider’s intentions on the street. In heavy traffic I’ve taken to using hand signals combined with the signal lights to make sure people know exactly what I’m doing and I don’t end up as someone’s hood ornament. The rear license plate LED is supposed to stick to the underside of the rear fender but the Husaberg’s ‘V’ shaped fender tip has not provided a solid mount. I ended up ripping off the LED tail-light at a recent race, but that was more my fault for not making a secure mount for the light. When I get a new one I will probably drill a couple small holes and bolt that light into place to prevent further damage.
Now these are what you'd call minimalist signal lights. They've held up to lots of abuse so far with no damage and are a winner in my books.
Overall I’m extremely happy with the Sicass Racing dual-sport kit and it fits my needs perfectly. The kit in no way hinders the off-road performance of the bike and opens up a whole new world with the ability to ride (legally) on the street. Though the $275 USD price tag isn’t cheap, the kit is well worth the money. Sicass Racing makes kits for a variety of bikes and for more information, check them out at www.sicassracing.com.