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Sep 23rd 2016, 07:10 PM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  North Idaho

Any advice or input

I am seriously considering adding another bike to my garage. I live in Idaho so plating just about anything is super easy. I have my eye on this. 2014 Husqvarna 501

Is there anything I need to look out for on this thing? I have read they are almost KTM's minus the suspension and paint color. I am NOT a hardcore off roader but have a bunch of friends with dual sports and just want to get out there and explore some.


Open to other suggestions, budget is about 6k give or take and currently I want fuel injection and 6 speeds.

Thanks all.
Sep 23rd 2016, 10:31 PM   #2
 Bald Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
I have 5 motorcycles at home and 15 at work.

My advise is always "Buy the motorcycle!"

Dusty
Sep 24th 2016, 07:28 AM   #3
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  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
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Originally Posted by Bald Guy
I have 5 motorcycles at home and 15 at work....
You hiring?

Sep 24th 2016, 07:44 AM   #4
 Texasl's Avatar
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
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Originally Posted by SmokeyMcNug
You hiring?

He probably is, but you have to want to live in the Tri Cities and be willing to stare down the barrel of a brand new, still packed in cosmoline, rookie trainee rider headed straight at you.
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Sep 24th 2016, 09:20 AM   #5
 Bald Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
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Originally Posted by Texasl
He probably is, but you have to want to live in the Tri Cities and be willing to stare down the barrel of a brand new, still packed in cosmoline, rookie trainee rider headed straight at you.
Who is going where they are looking and they are looking straight at you!
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Sep 24th 2016, 10:50 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
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Originally Posted by Bald Guy
Who is going where they are looking and they are looking straight at you!
Which is why I learned to do a sub 4 minute mile pace..............sideways.........for 15 feet.
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Sep 24th 2016, 10:16 PM   #7
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  Mar 2016
  North of CDA

  KTM 950 Super Enduro, Honda XR 650R
Not much help from here Grover!.. That Husky is a good looker indeed. If it needed clutch rebuilding, makes me wonder how many how many hours is on the top end. I looked at a big KTM single and the owner warned me that it needs a top end every 50 hours and it only went about 60 miles on a tank of gas. I assumed he was truthing me but both were negatives to me and I went to a super cherry Honda XR650R and have been happy with it. I cant offer much advice of what would be a better bike, but if you are going to stay on mostly roads, bikes like KLRs and XR650Ls last forever and are some of the worlds biggest sellers. Good luck and if you'd like to look at my Super Enduro 950 give me a message here. It is , for me, exactly what you are describing.
Sep 25th 2016, 07:28 AM   #8
 
  Jan 2016
  North Idaho

I have been researching service intervals and getting a lot of different stories. They seem pretty aggressive for a non race bike, so much so I may very well pass on the European bikes altogether and just and another Yamaha to the garage.

The research continues.
Oct 10th 2016, 02:48 PM   #9
 
  Jan 2016
  North Idaho

Ended up on a nice clean old DRZ 400 (again) $1900 bucks. I couldn't pass it up at that price and condition. ( bars, skid plate, gripper seat 51 tooth rear sprocket and supposedly jetted card are the only mods ) Already checked the valves, in spec and took apart the rear suspension for a new spring and clean/lube everything. So far nothing amiss except for deferred maintenance on the rear suspension

Edited by groverdill on Oct 10th 2016 at 02:52 PM
Oct 10th 2016, 04:05 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
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Originally Posted by Texasl
He probably is, but you have to want to live in the Tri Cities and be willing to stare down the barrel of a brand new, still packed in cosmoline, rookie trainee rider headed straight at you.
The Tri Cities is a wonderful place to live, but please don't tell anybody! It's already big enough and we don't need any more people here.
Oct 11th 2016, 07:28 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Congrats, I had one just like it, great bike!
Oct 11th 2016, 12:29 PM   #12
 Dubnut's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  My Garage

Good choice.
Now you can always source a fork brace, steering stabilizer and a set of Supermoto wheels. Then you wind up with two bikes for the price of one.
Oct 22nd 2016, 04:44 PM   #13
 
  Jan 2016
  North Idaho

All legal!

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Oct 23rd 2016, 06:47 PM   #14
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  Mar 2016
  North of CDA

  KTM 950 Super Enduro, Honda XR 650R
That is a nice bike, great find.
Nov 3rd 2016, 05:55 AM   #15
 
  Jan 2016
  North Idaho

Well that was short lived, sold the DRZ for a small profit.

Put a 2017 701 E on order from specialty recreation

I am excited but waiting sucks, expected delivery is jan-april
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