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Mar 12th 2018, 05:48 PM   #1
 Neverseenrain's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bremerton, WA

  Anything with two wheels.
Husquvarna 501FE: High maintenance love affair.

2018 501:

This is literally the best bike I have ever ridden. 90% + of my offroad riding is standing up. The suspension is so smooth that rocks and roots feel like I'm riding on a cloud. It prances like a gazelle over and onto obstacles.

Road riding? Ok it gets me to where I want to go.

Peninsula Moto Group is going out of business. Eff...but still love the bike. My last two dirt bikes were a KDX 220 and a KTM200xcw which I rode exlusively in little Naches, Teanaway ect... THis bike has them beat(well KTM was good at high elevations. Husky needs jets adjusted for that...blah blah lots of details to ague over.)

Here is the real problem. The nearest Husky dealer is in Tacoma and this bike is a high maintenance lover. I only ride this to local putt putt destinations Green Mountain, Tahuya so there is a lot of street getting to the fun. My riding is a little faster than average on singletrack but not the fastest by far. I like to pop onto rocks and over logs when possible.

I don't mind the high maintenance but have been told that if I'm not balls out racing then I can put a few more than the 15 recommended hours before I
Take it in. I know there are closet dirt lovers on this forum. I would love feedback. Thanks
Mar 12th 2018, 06:10 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1, Aprilia RSV4 R
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THis bike has them beat(well KTM was good at high elevations. Husky needs jets adjusted for that...blah blah lots of details to ague over.)
Up front, I don't know that bike personally. That said. FE 501 is FI, what do you mean the jets needs to be adjusted for high altitude?

After looking at the maintenance schedule the only "real" thing that a shop would be doing at the 15 hour mark is an oil change and checking the fuel screen. I don't know about you, but it might be a hell of a lot cheaper to just do the oil changes yourself.

Now at 30 hours they recommend a valve check. If you're not comfortable with that, by all means take it in. Checking a SOHC engine valves is a piece of cake with basic tools, but that's up to you.

Crank is guaranteed for 135 hours too, so bottom end work will be very minimal.

It's a 4T man. Change the oil, check the valves and run it. Just my opinion.
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Mar 12th 2018, 08:06 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton, WA

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great feedback thanks!
Mar 13th 2018, 08:23 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton, WA

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Jets.

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Up front, I don't know that bike personally. That said. FE 501 is FI, what do you mean the jets needs to be adjusted for high altitude?

After looking at the maintenance schedule the only "real" thing that a shop would be doing at the 15 hour mark is an oil change and checking the fuel screen. I don't know about you, but it might be a hell of a lot cheaper to just do the oil changes yourself.

Now at 30 hours they recommend a valve check. If you're not comfortable with that, by all means take it in. Checking a SOHC engine valves is a piece of cake with basic tools, but that's up to you.

Crank is guaranteed for 135 hours too, so bottom end work will be very minimal.

It's a 4T man. Change the oil, check the valves and run it. Just my opinion.
I dun re-thunk the question about the "jets". The fuel injection needs to be adjusted for elevation changes. Although I would be cautious to bring this bike abouve 5000 feet in washington. Unlike the Rockies, we start at sea level here.
THe new Husqu 250 has fuel injection that adapts for altitude and temerature though.

Again, thanks for the feedback. I am a shitty mechanic but try my best. Jelly of all those who have that capability.
Mar 13th 2018, 11:08 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1, Aprilia RSV4 R
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I dun re-thunk the question about the "jets". The fuel injection needs to be adjusted for elevation changes. Although I would be cautious to bring this bike abouve 5000 feet in washington. Unlike the Rockies, we start at sea level here.

THe new Husqu 250 has fuel injection that adapts for altitude and temerature though.



Again, thanks for the feedback. I am a shitty mechanic but try my best. Jelly of all those who have that capability.


The 501 doesn't have a lambda/O2 sensor that adjusts trim?


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Mar 13th 2018, 09:24 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
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The 501 doesn't have a lambda/O2 sensor that adjusts trim?


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Hmmm. Let me check!
Mar 14th 2018, 04:54 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
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I dun re-thunk the question about the "jets". The fuel injection needs to be adjusted for elevation changes.
Where did you get this information from? Was it in the owners manual or is it Urban Legend among Husky Owners? To better understand your bike you really need to purchase the Factory Shop or Repair Manual. At the very least most Electronic Fuel Injected Engines will have Air Inlet and Engine Temperature Senders plus an o2 Sensor. Without the manual you don't know what the bike has.

Basically your ECM has Fuel and Timing Maps programmed into it. The Fuel Map has three regions, Closed Loop, (CL) Open Loop, (OL) and (WOT) Wide Open Throttle. Most of your riding is done in CL. In CL the o2 sensor tries to maintain “Stoch” (Stoichiometric Air Fuel Ratio) of 14.7:1. This automatically adjusts and compensates for elevation changes.

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Again, thanks for the feedback. I am a shitty mechanic but try my best.
Does Not Compute.

*Young man purchases motorcycle
*Young man may or may not have any mechanical/electrical training or experience
*Motorcycle purchase plus 6-months; young man has become a pretty fair wrench twister!

I think many of us went through a similar scenario. Remember: The more you do, the more you can do.
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Mar 14th 2018, 05:09 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
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*Young man purchases a POS motorcycle, because that is all he can afford.
*Young man may or may not have any mechanical/electrical training or experience
*Motorcycle purchase plus 6-months; young man has become a pretty fair wrench twister!
Changed to reflect my personal experience.
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Mar 14th 2018, 12:35 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton, WA

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More like middle aged man without mechanical/electrical training.

The service manager at the dealership told me about the fuel injection. At the time I didnt give it much thought because of the boner i had for the silky suspension, sweet curves and the way she jumped when i rode her.

she is expensive but worth it. Ill look into the service manual. she comes with a decent one but... Thanks again
Mar 14th 2018, 12:35 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton, WA

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More like middle aged man without mechanical/electrical training.

The service manager at the dealership told me about the fuel injection. At the time I didnt give it much thought because of the boner i had for the silky suspension, sweet curves and the way she jumped when i rode her.

she is expensive but worth it. Ill look into the service manual. she comes with a decent one but... Thanks again
Mar 14th 2018, 02:48 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
The owners manual is not the shop manual. Though informative it doesn't supply the information to actually work on and perform the general maintenance required to keep the bike running.

Husquvarna is owned by KTM which was once owned by BMW. European products and especially BMW are not inexpensive. The more you can do yourself the better your wallet will like it. Besides if you have the shop manual you can ask better questions on the forum's.
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Mar 14th 2018, 06:35 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1, Aprilia RSV4 R
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The owners manual is not the shop manual. Though informative it doesn't supply the information to actually work on and perform the general maintenance required to keep the bike running.

Husquvarna is owned by KTM which was once owned by BMW. European products and especially BMW are not inexpensive. The more you can do yourself the better your wallet will like it. Besides if you have the shop manual you can ask better questions on the forum's.


IDK man. It's two fold. I've owned a KTM and a Gas Gas and still own an Aprilia. Yes, the Katoom was expensive, especially the older LC4 with two oil filters. But on the other hand both the Gas Gas and the Aprilia have been extremely reasonable. The stator and flywheel for the RSV4 were less than half of that for my FZ1.


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Mar 14th 2018, 08:02 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
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http://http://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/globalassets/manuals-pim-data/dok_bike_bed_18_3402177_en_om__sen__aepi__v1.pdf

The owners manual is pretty detailed as far as regualr maintenance. Probably not the best bike for mech newbies in the middle of changing careers. Bike was a little on the expensive side. : )
Mar 15th 2018, 03:38 AM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
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Originally Posted by equinity
IDK man. It's two fold. I've owned a KTM and a Gas Gas and still own an Aprilia. Yes, the Katoom was expensive, especially the older LC4 with two oil filters. But on the other hand both the Gas Gas and the Aprilia have been extremely reasonable. The stator and flywheel for the RSV4 were less than half of that for my FZ1. Sent via iPhone
My second bike was a 72 R75/5. I bought it for long distant touring and loved it. Compared to today's bikes it would be considered low performance and easy to work on. I still own it but the engine grenaded itself with over 243,000 miles a few years ago. It is a tired old machine and needs to be completely rebuilt. Beemer parts, even aftermarket are ridiculously expensive, so it just sits in my basement. Wasn't implying that European bikes wern't good machines, just costly.
Mar 15th 2018, 06:32 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton, WA

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Do you still have your duel sport? MMcN49?
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