Husqvarna FE501S & FE350S

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  1. Doc Sarvis

    Doc Sarvis Advent-ia before dementia Supporter

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    As a doctor I prescribe giving those stubby check valve gas cap hoses a full circumcision and running a catheter into the frame as God (and I mean KTM) intended.
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  2. soyanarchisto

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    Question for the collective: I was out riding in the desert this last weekend (ambient temps around 95) and dropped the bike on an uphill that was especially difficult (for me). Coolant began spewing from somewhere behind/under the radiator so I turned off the bike and let it cool off for about 3o minutes. I tightened a hose connection that seemed a bit loose, and added about a cup of water to the radiator, but couldnt see anything else out of order. All seemed ok until later that day I did the same thing, dropped the bike in a technical section, super hot out, and the radiator spewed some more.

    Is there some sort of overflow for the radiator that is spewing coolant and this is normal when you drop it in high temps or is something seriously wrong?
  3. Doc Sarvis

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    Beats me. Had an issue with either the T tube or hoses to it inside the frame years back. Almost impossible to tell where the leak is coming from unless you take the radiators off. I remember smelling coolant and it dripping but could not readily see it until I took it apart. Getting that T tube out is one son of beyotch though.
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  4. renogeorge

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    Yep. Overflow tube from radiator cap spigot. Probably nothing to worry about. Coolant should be just covering core. If higher coolant will spit out prematurely when hot. FWIW
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  5. Comanche13

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    A question to Anatolia , this past weekend I ran into a nice couple who bought 2021 KTM 350 enduro bikes , I realize you have the 501 , I was looking at their suspension set ups on their new bikes and no linkage system like the Husqvarna this I knew but never examined in person I have read reviews of the KTM’s , just wondering what your thoughts are as in a yr I’m going to look at a new bike , also the pinch bolts on the KTM triple clamps are located closer to the Center pivot yoke on the triple clamp seem to me that the KTM design would be a stronger clamp , not that a rider of my ability would need beefer clamp but interested in the whole package , the KTM had a lot more ground clearance too compared to the Husqvarna , your bike comparison view would be greatly appreciated .
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    Been moving around to different NF the last month, riding has been really good and too hot really with the humidity for me. So I decided to head north. Just got to Chippewa NF in Minnesota yesterday, need to shop but might ride some instead. Still too early yet to figure out for me. Lol
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  7. soyanarchisto

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    For the type of riding that 99% of these bikes are subjected to (I am going off all these porn shots) the lack of clearance due to the linkage is a non issue. The PDS system is nice on a bike riding extreme enduro constantly but other than that the linkage is better. Put a good plate with integrated linkage protection and don't worry about it. Riding my buddies 2018 500 EXC back to back with my 2018 FE501FE (both upgraded valving etc) the rear is more planted and behaves better on the Husky. The only pita is that the linkage requires periodic greasing (ignore at your own peril).

    Were the KTM triples cast? If so the machined triples on the Husky are stronger. Again for the riding these bikes do it doesn't really matter. Machined looks better lol.

    Unless your miles/hours are getting out of hand I would keep your 501 and buy another bike (either bigger/smaller) and build a quiver. I am leaning towards a 700 Yamaha Tenere to fill out the current 300 2st/ 501 collection.
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    The PDS system is nice in that it takes approx 1.5 minutes to remove the shock if needed and is very quick and easy to replace the single lower bush. From a simplicity and low maintenance angle it's awesome.
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    For sure there is that bonus but other than when first springing the bike and subsequent shock services are you ever removing the shock? I do service the linkage every two years and shock comes out easy then.
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    Fantastic pictures snake oiler , I was riding in 34 degrees cel. 2 days ago in a t shirt , so I could only imagine the temps you ride in but you are climatized to your weather conditions . Keep it up .
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    I had mine apart for a complete suspension rebuild , and greased the linkages was thinking of drilling and tapping out the linkages for grease nipples , but I was ansi to get riding , plus you need to access the nipples , oh well maybe one cold winter project .
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    This might assist you on figuring out where to ride in MN

    I've got some tracks I can send you that are located in the Superior National Forest also..


    https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/map.html

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    When I owned a KLR 650 I saw some instructions on exactly where to put those zerk fittings to be able to service them. KLR's use the same style of linkage system. Maybe a similar placement would work for the Husqy.
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    Wasn't so much the heat but the humidity that got to be the worst. A 100°F in the desert is dry. As long as you drink lots of water you can get by. But the humidity seems to wet you down and the body can't cool itself. I would be soaked head to toe after riding and the only way to get cool was soak in the river.

    I've been waiting to see your country since I thought you were riding. Some beautiful mountains in your parts.

    Thanks. I've been on the DNR sites and found them to be helpful along my travels. And I've been using the gov sites for my camping in the national forest. Way cheaper and some actually have showers so $10-$20/night is worth it to me. I've got a site for the first week in July in the Ottawa NF in Wisconsin.
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    yeah humidity is a bitch and I fixed it for you :)

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  20. OneManWolfPack

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    A good waterproof synthetic grease should last awhile ( a few seasons?) as long as you don't play U-Boat commander all the time. At that point the rear shock probably needs removal and servicing anyhow. The upside to the linkage is that it makes you (well suggests) service the swingarm bearings as well. I get lazy on this with the PDS bikes until it is too late.. Don't forget to remove your adjuster bolts as well and give em some pipe dope. They like to sieze too.
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