Husqvarna FE501S & FE350S

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by trailrider383, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. MCoupe99

    MCoupe99 Adventurer

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    I'm 5'7" and was pleasantly surprised with how well I fit on the 2020 model with the sag set correctly. I can touch my toes on both sides while stationary, helps too that the bike is so light weight (for a 510 cc bike). I can see how the ergos could feel a little cramped for the 6' plus crowd.
  2. OneManWolfPack

    OneManWolfPack Been here awhile

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    Husky is going to try to appeal to the biggest cross section of riders that it can and for the most part it is easier to expand the triangle than shrink it after the fact. My biggest complaint with high pegs is that my knees have nowhere to grip the bike if standing.
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  3. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum Super Supporter

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    I am 6'2" and went with MotoBau lowered pegs, bar risers, and a Seat Concepts tall seat. Now it fits. I did one ride with the stock setup and came back pretty sore from the awkward standing position.
  4. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    Isn't the new 20/21 frame a direct descendant of the Husky/KTM motocross frames. Seems most pro moto-x riders are all under 6' tall and lighter weight. Seems to have simplified frame production for the manufacture while rewarding some of the riding/performance benefits at a cost to fitment for taller/larger riders.

    I'm not able to dual flat foot my MY14 but was surprised when looking at a new MY20 I was able to dual flat foot, which is a huge benefit in rough single track terrain.
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  5. Xcelite

    Xcelite Been here awhile

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    As with any racing, the smaller/lighter racers have an advantage. Case in point, the average motocross racer is 5'10'' and 157 pounds.
    https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/motocross-riders-vs-motogp-riders-at-peak-performance/

    Me being 6'4'' and 250lbs, I'm forever stuck modifying things to fit me, and nothing is good enough out of the box.
  6. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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  7. Xcelite

    Xcelite Been here awhile

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    I added 4" of yoga mat and had a custom cover made for my old KTM 950 Adv S. It was heaven for the height but yoga mats don't make great seat foam.
    My 501 came with a seat concepts tall seat that was meant for a 500. It works fine but i'm still craving another 1-2" of seat plus some dropped pegs. The handlebars are up and forward 2" already.
  8. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Everyone has their cockpit fit. Sounds like you know what you are looking for. I’m only 6’ 2” so stock everything works great. Stock bars no risers. Rik took two 500 seat foams and had a cover made.
  9. dogsslober

    dogsslober No neck tie, Ti neck

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    Jeez looks like a truck spring on his shock ,lol
  10. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum Super Supporter

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    Surprised it fits you stock. Maybe my 6'2" is more legs.
  11. OneManWolfPack

    OneManWolfPack Been here awhile

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    Yeah at 6'2" I had to make numerous mods.

    Made a gear mod too. After tearing my ACL I am now the proud new owner of some POD K8 braces. Damn pricey but they appear like they will help and not get in the way too much. Aging sucks.
  12. massholejim

    massholejim Been here awhile

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    Aging sucks, but much better than not aging,it all starts when you start getting called sir.
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  13. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    I will add that lowered pegs make for so much of a more comfortable riding position. But that’s not why I’m posting. Has anyone had any success with having their crank rebalanced for less vibes? I remember back in maybe 2015, some of the 500 motors were not balanced correctly at the factory and some shop became the go-to place to have it done if you had one of those bikes. I haven’t had a chance to ride mine back to back with another 501, but I’m assuming it’s in the normal range and I’m just getting less willing to tolerate it. I understand that you can’t have your best balance at all rpm ranges, but I’d like to think that a craftsman working by hand with a production line to feed could do a better job. Has anyone had an experience with a shop capable of this?
  14. OneManWolfPack

    OneManWolfPack Been here awhile

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    How lowered? I have the Fastways which drop about a 1/2" and 1/2" back and I notice they hang up on ruts etc. Not sure I would want to go lower.
  15. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    Mine are -30mm. It’s a lot, but it means a huge difference in my ability to be on the bike instead of off it complaining about my knees hurting. I’ve really only hit something because of it only once that I am sure of.
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  16. OneManWolfPack

    OneManWolfPack Been here awhile

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    Whatever keeps you riding is a good mod.
  17. tokig

    tokig 20 Husqvarna FE501s Supporter

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    Barely enough size mods (learned from 3yrs on a 701e) on my 2020 501s.
    pegs 50/20 down/back
    bars 40 up (not enough)

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  18. Bearded Hooligan

    Bearded Hooligan Moto Addict

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    Anyone have some insight into on finding the wiring harness map for a 2015 501s? I am going through the new to me 15 and there are some plugs that were taped over and zip tied to the frame. I would like to just go over everything and make sure it is all correct and wont give me problems in the future. I know posting links to manuals is not a good idea, so send me a message if you have a copy of the wiring diagram. Thanks!
  19. new2adv

    new2adv Converting gas into wheelies since 1974

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    The wiring diagram is in the factory service manual. You can buy the manual on CD from your local dealer. It’s about $30 and totally worth it.
  20. Sidehil

    Sidehil On any Sunday

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    They are awesome bikes! 57E5FEB3-72EE-4F04-97F7-0F43483BF85E.jpeg