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Old 09-06-2014, 10:51 AM   #1
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Buying KTM vs new Husqvarna models

Hey all, just wanted to get some input on a possible new purchase. I want a bike that I can plate for short trips on the road, something offroad capable in case I want to do some harescrambles, and also potentially supermoto at a local track when I get a separate wheel setup. Ive had an 08 yam wr250r in the past, and while it was a great bike, it had absolutely no balls. The transmission was great, as I could cruise at 70mph comfortably, but it had no power.

That being said, im looking for a new bike. I am 5'9" 160lbs, so I'm looking for something I can control, as I would consider my offroad skills novice. My shortlist includes the ktm exc 350, and 500 xc-w, as well as the husky fe350, and fe501. Are there big differences between these models? (comparing 350 vs 350, 500 vs 501). Each one of them looks to be listed right at $9800. Does this seem right?

Additionally, they have a new leftover 2011 husaberg fe390 for sub $6k, and a 2014 husaberg fe350 for 8500.

I guess I am just fielding opinions at this point? If you were me, what bike would you consider?
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:06 AM   #2
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Additionally, they have a new leftover 2011 husaberg fe390 for sub $6k...

Grab that FE390! Now!



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Old 09-06-2014, 11:09 AM   #3
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Grab that FE390! Now!



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I think they've been sitting on that one for awhile. Ive had my eye on it for sure, haha. Like I said, its a 2011...
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:12 AM   #4
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I think they've been sitting on that one for awhile. Ive had my eye on it for sure, haha. Like I said, its a 2011...

Yeah, you're right... what was the name of that dealership again?



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Old 09-06-2014, 01:04 PM   #5
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I would scoop up that 390 for sure. But if you feel the newer bike is the better option I would go with the husqvarna. I have a husaberg te300 2013. I love the plastic subframe. Plus everybody has KTM's. I like to set myself apart from the sea of orange. There is a significant difference between the 501 and the 350. I would go with the 501. Weight is not that much of difference between the. And the 501 you could lug everywhere. The suspension always works so much nicer when you aren't revving the shit out of it. Less maintence that way too. The broader power will be so much better if you put supermoto wheels on it. Having said that. Coming from your old bike to even the 350 you are going to have double the power. Plus both the FE's are lighter the your old one.

You could get a two stroke though. Way easier to maintain. My TE300 Husaberg tops out at a indicated 98, 96 gps with no mods and without ringing its neck and at 5000 foot altitude. They are cheaper too and lighter too. The 300 is better than the 4 strokes at tight technical riding but if you go supermoto the 4 stroke would still be the better choice.

I came off a heavily modified CRF 450r, stroked to 470. I loved that bike but my berg is better in every way except sheer peak power.

I have been piecing together a Supermoto kit for my berg but when I get everything I will prob just buy a FE501 husqvarna and have them both. :)


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Old 09-06-2014, 03:17 PM   #6
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My 350 EXC is a great bike. Highly recommended
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:53 PM   #7
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Either of the 350's will work as will the 390. 390 will leave more coin for goodies to set it up.
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:38 PM   #8
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+ 1 Brazilion (lots of zero's) on the 390. Arguably the finest Enduro bike ever built
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:55 PM   #9
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Get the 350, a friend sold his 390 to get the 350. Better resale, aftermarket support ect ect...
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:32 AM   #10
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My TE300 Husaberg tops out at a indicated 98, 96 gps with no mods and without ringing its neck and at 5000 foot altitude.
Do you have the 10 gear model?
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:35 AM   #11
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In the same boat, looking at the new Huskies vs KTM. One of my concerns is the future resale value of the 2015 Huskies if, as has been stated, down the road they will be developing a different off road line and may not simply be rebadged KTM's.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:21 AM   #12
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In the same boat, looking at the new Huskies vs KTM. One of my concerns is the future resale value of the 2015 Huskies if, as has been stated, down the road they will be developing a different off road line and may not simply be rebadged KTM's.
They're not just rebadged KTM's... the suspensions are better (for most) with linkage rear suspension, the newer fcs forks and lower seat height. My TE250 has a seat height of about 37 inches and the suspension is very good in rough terrain, it handles the stutters and such much better than the PDS setup.
I did not want a KTM without the linkage.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:24 PM   #13
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Well will the 2015 Huskys will be KTM's?

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Old 09-16-2014, 06:35 PM   #14
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The Berg 390 is a unique bird, with few of usual drawbacks. Almost all parts are standard KTM. A little heavier than the latest gen., but a very capable bike at a bargain price.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:03 PM   #15
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I would pass on the 70 degree Husabergs.
Too hard to work on.

I explain the 2014 KTM / Husky / Husaberg bikes like this:

(2014) 500

You want a 500 that's street legal right out of the box?
KTM 500 EXC
"Suffer" with the PDS rear suspension and the open chamber forks.

You want a 500 Enduro with PDS and open chamber forks?
KTM XCW 500

You want a 500 Enduro with PDS and 4CS forks?
Husaberg FE 501

You want a 500 enduro with linked rear suspension and 4CS forks?
Husqvarna FE501
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