RIDING THE HUSQVARNA FE501 DUAL-SPORT
The Husqvarna FE501 was an all-new bike in 2017, and the largest design objective for the bike was to satisfy all of the EPA and DOT requirements legitimately, with none measures that the client must disable or work round. Husqvarna began with the identical motor format used on Jason Anderson’s 2017 manufacturing unit Supercross bike–it’s a single overhead cam, four-valve engine that makes use of lots of the similar castings. One massive exceptions is the displacement. The 501 measures 510cc due to an Eight.6mm improve within the stroke. One other distinction is the supply for a kickstarter. The FE501 doesn’t have a kickstarter as delivered, however not like the motocross motor, there’s a place to place one in the event you needed. Additionally, the FE501 has a wide-ratio six-speed gearbox, whereas the MX bike has a five-speed.
The Husky FE501 dual-sport is the one off-road oriented 500cc four-stroke within the present Husqvarna line.
With a view to meet the sound requirement, Husqvarna invented some fascinating know-how, together with using a reed valve between the air filter and throttle physique. The engineers say that this dramatically reduces consumption noise with the bonus of a slight improve in torque. As for the chassis, as soon as once more it’s similar to that of the MX bike, apart from suspension. The WP shock is mounted to linkage within the rear and a WP Xplor 48 fork is used up entrance. The brakes are Magura and the tires are Continental TKC80s.
Husky did an incredible job of creating the bike run correctly in inventory kind. It begins simply, it doesn’t pop and barely stalls. And it’s loopy quiet. That’s an unbelievable accomplishment. When it comes to horsepower, the bike nonetheless runs like a 500cc four-stroke, nevertheless it’s nowhere close to as highly effective because the FC450. It runs about like an open-class path bike ought to, and most riders won’t ever want extra except they need to go racing. That received’t be an uncommon demand for this bike as a result of there’s no off-road model in Husqvarna’s line. There’s solely the FX450, which is sort of similar to the motocross bike and an excessive amount of motorbike for many riders to take off-road.
Earlier than messing with the motor, most riders will want higher tires and stiffer suspension. The Conti tires are made primarily for the road. The Suspension is comfortable and cozy at a path tempo, however most off-road guys will want stiffer fork springs on the very least. Getting extra energy out of the FE is extra tough as a result of in the event you simply exchange the pipe, the mapping might be too lean. A gasoline modifier just like the one from JD jetting makes the bike technically unlawful for the highway, however opens the door for modifications. Take a look at the story within the June, 2018 print subject of Dust Bike.
HUSKY GOOD OLD TIMES: ARNE KRING
The Husky Good Outdated Instances Weblog has an incredible function on Arne Kring this month. Kenneth Olausson put the highlight on the Husqvarna rider from the early ’70s who had the excellence of profitable a World Championship GP in his first try. Kring was additionally one of many Husky riders who got here to America when motocross was in its infancy right here. Click on the hyperlink above to examine it.
DIRT DON’T HURT
The blokes at Reply put collectively the Dust Don’t Damage mission as a method to advertise their new off-road gear line, referred to as OPS. The idea was created round two mission bikes constructed by Evan Scott of Iron Cobra Fabrication. Examine them out. Right here’s what Reply says about OPS:
OPS is an expansive vary of off-road attire and equipment geared towards rugged circumstances the place efficiency, consolation, and sturdiness are non-negotiable. By way of collective a long time of off-road using, our crew has recognized areas by which progressive product can elevate the rider’s expertise. We seen most off-road gear is re-purposed mx gear. So we determined to include light-weight and sturdy Cordura Stretch materials, warmth resistant aramids, Cooling materials from 37.5, excessive denier nylons, waterproof/breathable laminants, and purposeful storage options leading to probably the most purposeful, snug, and hard assortment of goal constructed product we may think about. By specializing in the precise wants and real-life conditions the rider might face on the path, we’re in a position to create excellent product that’s all the things you want and nothing you don’t.
TWO-STROKE TUESDAY: KDX UPDATE
On Two-Stroke Tuesday this week, we featured the 1988 Kawasaki KDX200 that I rebuilt final yr. It was an incredible mission that was initially conceived as a way to experience the ISDE within the new Revo class. It by no means made it to the Six Days, however I did race it within the Massive 6 GP sequence and earned the quantity 2 plate within the Revo class. The unique advert that includes the bike was used as a free information as to what the bike ought to appear to be. Ultimately, I gave it a extra trendy look. It was a enjoyable mission.
FROZEN WORLD ENDURO OPENER
The FIM is outwardly a really imply group of grumpy French males. The primary spherical of the World Enduro GP was held in Finland final week. Studs had been allowed, however solely the native riders may cope with the loopy winter circumstances. Beta’s World Champion Steve Holcombe was the highest non-Fin, and naturally Eero Remes was on high. The video is nice enjoyable.
WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES
The Crimson Bull Arduous Enduro sequence has morphed into the World Enduro Tremendous Collection. There was some discuss of placing the Tennessee Knock Out on the schedule for 2018, nevertheless it didn’t occur this yr. Possibly in 2019.
WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES – 2018 SCHEDULE
Rnd 1. Excessive XL Lagares (Portugal) Might 18-20
Rnd 2. ErzbergRodeo (Austria) Might 31 – June three
Rnd three. Trefle Lozerien AMV (France) June Eight-10
Rnd four. Crimson Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 24-28
Rnd 5. Crimson Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland) September (Date TBC)
Rnd 6. Gotland Grand Nationwide (Sweden) October 26/27
Rnd 7. Crimson Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands) November 10
That’s all for now,
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