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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by trailrider383, Sep 11, 2014.
Bad Ass, they make a fine dualsport:)
Sunday we are doing TT'S famous MT Clifty from Greenwater unless the snow gets deep, riding season is coming to the end but turbo sled needs a workout:)
Thanks for the information offered from my last post. Thank you also dirtrider for your feedback.
I will try another angle for info.
I thought I was pretty well decided on the 350.
But it is my limited understanding that between the 350 and 450, the 450 is considerably easier to ride than the 350. Easier in the sense more forgiving. I would prefer to be able to lag the motor more. I was hopeful the 350 would make a very impressive low end. But if its power really lays more in the upper range over 5k than I would be less interested.
I know I'm not going 501.
The dealer is pretty reluctant to let test rides on this series. I get it. Rounds the edges of the tires easily.
So that limits me.
I would love to be hooked on the 350, but my concern is the motor. I absolutely prefer low end.
The dealer/salesperson suggested that the 450 makes even better low end than the 501. That the 350 s power is found more in the upper end.
As much as it pains me to ask the noob questions, I must at least make the effort.
The choice would be even easier if there was a considerable weight difference.
Any insight into those two models would be greatly appreciated....... Thanks in advance.
From what you have said the 450 is the obvious choice. You will love it. I would go for the new gen (2017 on) chassis for sure. The whole package has been significantly upgraded and all works together in a way that has to be experienced to be believed. The drawback is that the new gen bikes are more difficult to modify fueling, if that is a concern. The factory mapping is very good for how lean the EPA now requires. I don’t believe the part about the 450 having more bottom end than a 501 though. The 450 is the sportier bike vs the 501. I love both, you can just be lazier with the 501.
Thanks Anatoli. The only thing that lent any credence to his opinion was he had a 350 and 501 on the floor in front of us. Despite this he was selling me on the 450.
That InReach Explorer holder/holster you have there, where did you purchase that at??
I've been looking for one so I can carry mine on my person instead of my bike and its very difficult to do sometimes if I'm not wearing a jacket with a pocket to clip to.
501 if your gonna dual sport, 350 if all you do is trails, I'm some day gonna get that 2 smoke for serious riding I have seen the light, more bikes more options:) they are like all the sail boards and skis I used to own, it's all about selection for a certain day, 501 does it all good till tight steep switch backs but I'm old(55):)
Prepping for snow, heated jacket and gloves I think to cross Naches pass more to come...TT is probly sweating his nut sack:)))
De smog but you have to add fuel or it gets worse as in lean , mine off the floor had a nice bright red pipe on first ride, tps and a new map solves it period, but I can't say best dual sport with out being called an idiot so good luck, I got a euro map before the clamp down, get a vortex ecu, my buddy put one on his new 500 KTM same motor same factory, we are neck and neck, I may yet get the vortex ecu for fun and to waste some more money
$12,900.00 OTD for an 18 450.
Would a 17 350 at $2,000 less be a better deal even with less motor. They have one down south for $8900.00 base price.
But is the 450 worth the extra 2,000. and a year newer?
Thanks for any help...
I think that is way too much to pay. I would stick with the 450/501 choice. Look on Cycle Trader. Should be able to find a 450 for around $9000 plus tax/ license. 2017 is almost identical to a 2018.
Anyone installed an altrider hemisphere on their husky?
Bought a lightly used one on a whim the other day. Looks great but I'm thinking I'll have to dremel out a notch for the rear hooks to sink into on the subframe (right behind where the seat ends).
Anyone got any pictures of how theirs is attached at the back?
I used these hooks by Giantloop to mount my bags. I just threaded the strap through the hooks.
I like it... Not going anywhere!
giant loop tracker packer.
FE350 and 501
Spent a few hours prepping these two girls for a good friend.
HDB Handgaurad with billet dash guard
CEV rally switch
Front disc guard
Fastway linkage guard
Extra grease, locktight, and anti-seize then torqued to spec.
Riding them back to back they feel really similar in weight. Even the rotational mass was marginal. Makes me wonder if the 500 would have really been much a handicap in the gnarly singletrack.
It's not. Just a tad harder to hold up if it tips over too far.
Here's my buddy Dan riding my old bike up trees
Haha now that takes a special skill level!
DanMan has the skills, and big pair of brass ballzZz. We call him The Punisher, because if you follow him around McNutt all day you will certainly feel some punishment. Seriously though, Dan is a first class guy, and I'm fortunate to have him as my friend