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Old 02-12-2019, 12:38 PM   #16
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I think Iíve settled on a Ď17 Husky fe501. As usual thanks so much for the help brah.
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Hopefully the mods and upgrades I mentioned in the other "I want a bike" thread are done.
- real dirt tires, intake and exhaust unplugged, ideally jd tuner, suspension for your weight (as you aren't 160#), 14/50 or 52 gearing, etc.

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Old 02-19-2019, 11:59 AM   #17
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To add to the choir and to help others down the road:

A few years back I replaced my 07 TE510 with a barely used 14 Beta 520rs (498cc) for a do everything (light dual sport, trail, Baja) bike. Never, ever, ever looked back. I don't miss the Husky at all.

Everything OF4i said about the Husky matches my experience. At the time it was the lightest used plated dirt bike I could find and I bought it without much research or even riding one... Great motor (except vibes/close tranny ratios), crap forks. I never gelled with the handling (non expert rider). It was reliable, never let me down except! losing the water pump impeller nut and had to replace piston due to overheating.

Oh...and always had issues with clutch drag on that bike...finally nearly fixed it when I sold it.

The newer KTM's and Beta's get stellar reviews and have lots of happy riders.

Andrew,who has ridden the 501 and now owns a 350 Husky, says go smaller for mostly trail riding.

I'm hoping to swing purchasing a 2 stroke Beta (250/300) for pure trail riding and keeping my well set up Beta 520 for Sheetiron, dual sport, Baja, LAB2V, light adv, buddy trail bike.

Italian Huskies..just not worth the hassle from my experience.

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Old 02-19-2019, 12:56 PM   #18
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To add to the choir and to help others down the road:

A few years back I replaced my 07 TE510 with a barely used 14 Beta 520rs (498cc) for a do everything (light dual sport, trail, Baja) bike. Never, ever, ever looked back. I don't miss the Husky at all.

Everything OF4i said about the Husky matches my experience. At the time it was the lightest used plated dirt bike I could find and I bought it without much research or even riding one... Great motor (except vibes/close tranny ratios), crap forks. I never gelled with the handling (non expert rider). It was reliable, never let me down except! losing the water pump impeller nut and had to replace piston due to overheating.

Oh...and always had issues with clutch drag on that bike...finally nearly fixed it when I sold it.

The newer KTM's and Beta's get stellar reviews and have lots of happy riders.

Andrew,who has ridden the 501 and now owns a 350 Husky, says go smaller for mostly trail riding.

I'm hoping to swing purchasing a 2 stroke Beta (250/300) for pure trail riding and keeping my well set up Beta 520 for Sheetiron, dual sport, Baja, LAB2V, light adv, buddy trail bike.

Italian Huskies..just not worth the hassle from my experience.

Best of luck

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I second the 350 plated 4T. Seriously underrated. I prefer the 2T for anything non-dual sport related but if I needed something to cover some range or dual sport, I wouldn't look past the 350 (coming from a previous owner of a 450).
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:07 PM   #19
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You might just check out the Beta 500. Why? The Betas are still coming in as boutique manufacturers and don't get stuck with the same standards as the Husky.
They come stock with Voyager GPS instrument cluster, spark arrester and don't need to be piped and mapped to deliver performance.

We have a 500 and a 430 at home. Personally I think the 430 is more vesitile than the 500 and can deal with slow speed stuff without flaming out.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:47 PM   #20
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Interesting that the big bore version is more likely to flame out, I'd have expected a little more torque. Wonder if it's just meh fueling or what.

Do you know if they changed anything other than bore? Valve sizes etc.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:58 PM   #21
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I think they're mapped differently. I know some of the KTM folk experience the same thing on the large bore pumpkins.
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