Husqvarna FE501S & FE350S

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  1. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Right on bro! Look what Graham Jarvis does with an off the showroom floor bike. I'd better leave it at that...
  2. TigerTanker

    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    Farkles .... a great water cooler subject. Performance, looks, or “pleasure enhancement”???
    See you at the water cooler thread for this one.
  3. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    I look forward to it.
  4. EnduroAmerica

    EnduroAmerica Worldwide Adventure Guide

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    Preliminary testing complete. Definitely stiff like motocross suspension. Soaks up the big chop much better than our stock pogo sticks. Tested at my usual technical riding area so not 100% done yet.
    Put this together for high speed desert craziness. Hopefully this week I'll be able to get out and actually ride some whooped out desert terrain and provide relevant input.
    Overall I think I'm really going to like the Ohlins setup on this machine.

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  5. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Looks great. Really nice.

    Bring it here next weekend. I'll have my 500. You'll get a good test here.

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  6. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Crush whoops and cancer simultaneously!
  7. Clemons

    Clemons Adventurer

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    So I ordered a set of motoz mountain hybrids for my 17 fe501. Based on the oem tire size on multiple websites which is

    80/100-21
    110/100-18

    When I went to Ride today I checked the size that is on my bike from the factory and it has

    90/90-21
    120/90-18

    What size should I run? And is there a chance they put the incorrect size on my bike when it was new?
  8. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    I'd go with the latter larger sizes.
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  9. 1 lunger

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    I know those weren’t cheap! You must have had the explore suspension stock, right? Have you tried to ARE? I’m not a desert guy, I’m east coast woods 100% and love the ARE. The Ohlins must be magic!


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  10. ztrab

    ztrab Long timer

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    Wickenberg good and gnarly test bed for this new ohlins !
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  11. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

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    You can run 110, 120, 130 and 140 on your bike depending on brand and model, 110 vs 120 can be a big debate on smaller bikes like the 300. The mountain hybrid is one of the heaviest tires ever made....You may like the smaller size. Go tear it up and try 120 next time...
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  12. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    D8497F4D-9391-40D5-9A40-F720EB789B4F.jpeg Today we brought one of everything to enjoy sunshine and single track. I enjoyed swapping bikes with new friends. A KTM 500 XCW with recluse clutch and Lhrb was super easy and confidence inspiring to ride. The classic Honda XLR 250 reminded me why it remains a classic. The trophy went to the Husqvarna 701, the only bike not trailered to the mountain. Chad took it everywhere, even greasy, rooted, single track hillclimbs without ever putting it down. I was in awe. 9F56C885-7007-4DD6-9B2E-C901DDF6F105.jpeg 1075B099-9140-44B3-B254-DFF0A237AB27.jpeg
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  13. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Beautiful! Why wasn't i invited to this old-fart fest? Did you ride the 701?
  14. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    No. Chad ‘s bike was like new and was nicely set up. Check out the rally tower, rack, and Kreft suspension. He had to leave his 690 at home. Some of the turns on the route were tight on my 300. I don’t know how he got around them without cheating over the edge. Impressive skills.
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  15. ONandOFF

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    When i first saw the 701, I thought, there's my dream adventure bike. Looks like it could haul some stuff and a pillion, and still rock some degree of gnar. But some reported it was a pig in the dirt, per their opinion. If you do get to ride it, I'm interested in the opinión of someone whose i know i can trust.
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  16. TigerTanker

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    Dan had a 690 when we first met. I tried the bike at Cap Forest, wasn't impressed, it was much like my Triumph Tiger 800 XCX, ....looks like a dirt bike, but is really a street bike/gravel road rider. The modern 450/500 is just soooo much more. Now, if I was 6'4" plus, weighed 250, full of muscle, had massive amounts of off road experience...??

    Dan, Eldon, and Baja Dave all had 690 bikes...they all dumped them. I do recall seeing Baja Dave at the Jeep Trail in epic muddy wet conditions handle the thing pretty darn good, but he's an unusually good rider. And now he has the 2017 KTM 500 and makes it look like he's on a 125.
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  17. Sidehil

    Sidehil Been here awhile

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    I’m waiting for another ralley ride to Deadhorse AK but not on a 250 again, 501 hauling ass up the haul road next, then maybe a 701 after that......... first have to relearn how to ride thou
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  18. ram1000

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    90/90 ans 120 is what came on my 2017 FE501 in Wa. I will go to a 140/80-18 next time and stay with the 90/90 on the front. The 140 is the same or slightly smaller in diameter than the 120. I like the wider tires for desert riding to protect rims and offer a slight increase in traction floating over sand. I suspect the narrower stock tire would work better for mx riding.
  19. Sidehil

    Sidehil Been here awhile

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    I forget most of you don’t like bugs and bears.... Baja sounds nice but you need to walk the hot coals to understand :)
  20. TigerTanker

    TigerTanker Husqurducycle

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    It wasn’t hard for me to ride favoring my left foot. If I got to something complicated, I’d eyeball it first to figure out how to bail. A few times last summer I asked a person to take my bike to cross something extreme. I did tear my calf under my knee cap but that was a fluke and after a few days I was not in excruciating pain.