Husqvarna 450 vs 501..

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  1. Sixgun

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    Hello all,
    I can buy a 18’ 450 for $9500 out the door vs a 19’ 501 for $11,000. Both brand new.
    Anyone tell me if there is a huge difference between the two. 50 cc can’t be a big difference, Right?
    1500 bucks buys a lot of aftermarket goodies or is the 501 worth it extra coin.
    Any help is greatly appreciated.
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  2. windyhill

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    450 is what I'd do, use the extra cash for mods, some of which make a pretty big difference in performance. I got the 17 501, and for me it's a bit much, especially in the tight stuff. I would have liked to try the 450.
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  3. BaddAndy

    BaddAndy Been here awhile

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    I got an 18 FE 450, I don't ride it on pavement much, mainly single-track. It replaced a well tuned DRZ400. Happy I didn't get the 501.
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  4. Cartera

    Cartera Been here awhile

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    Get the 450. 500's vibrate more, the 500 produces more TQ but the 450 has more HP.
    I own a 500.
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  5. Sixgun

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    Wow, thought for sure everyone would say go 501.
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  6. mike621s

    mike621s n00b

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    I have a 501 also, from what I’ve read the 450 is better in the dirt, feels lighter, more flickable. The 501 if you plan on a lot more pavement. I haven’t road a 450 , but set up right I think it would be a blast to ride, and for that price you can go wrong. Good Luck.
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  7. Cartera

    Cartera Been here awhile

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    If dealerships were to let you demo each back to back, they would have a hard time selling the 500's.
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  8. simplemind

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    From what I've heard, might be true of the FE350 also. Probably depends on your riding elevation and carrying weight. No?
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  9. Cartera

    Cartera Been here awhile

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    I've heard almost all positive about the 350.
    I guess it's rider to rider. I'm almost sure I'd buy the fe250 if I were to get another 4 stroke.
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  10. OrangeYZ

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    If they were the same price, probably. Or if they were KTMs where the 450 is the more expensive 6-Days version, yes.

    But those two are almost the same bike and one of them is a lot cheaper.
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  11. Proud Highway

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    Same for me, except on the KTMs. I've owned the 350, 450 and 500. All very good, but the 450 was the best. The extra 60cc of the 500 is stroke not bore.
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  12. Sixgun

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    Thanks fellas!
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  13. timeOday

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    I thought the 450 had more aggressive cams, which I would consider a negative for singletrack. Untrue?
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  14. BaddAndy

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    I can only compare to a DRZ, I geared both down to the same overall ratio and both lug as low as I could let them. 14/47 DRZ - 14/51 FE.
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  15. Norty01

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    Kicked around the local Husky dealership last Saturday. They had the complete line up of bikes. Kinda wish I asked to demo the 350 and 501. Didn't even consider the 450, but now I think I might take the look at it. My use will be SoCal desert riding like I used to do when I was more serious about riding/racing these silly things. Anyway, it seems a plate is necessary for the most desert access nowadays. Therefor, I looking at bikes that weigh as little as possible, within reasonable cost. And that have decent power. Yup, I gotta have power!
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  16. AUSSIEADV

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    Interesting. I’d go the 500 and consider big boring it.

    I have a 450, a 570 and a 570 taken out to 610cc.

    If I sell one off these bikes which is a good chance it will be thee 450.
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