2014 Husqvarna FE 501 PreviewThe FE 501 is the largest motorcycle offered in Husqvarna’s 2014 four-stroke enduro (FE) lineup. The FE 501 is also the largest motorcycle offered across the entire 2014 lineup, which includes the FE, TE (two-stroke enduro), TC (two-stroke cross) and FC (four-stroke cross).
Speaking of the FE 501, Husky says “the big power of the FE 501 is housed in a 510.4cc SOHC engine, optimized for extreme enduro use. The DDS clutch system and Brembo hydraulic clutch make the wide power-spread of the FE 501 easy to use while DLC-coated rocker arms ensure excellent durability. The König bridged-box-type piston is closely related to the FC 450’s piston in order to lower oil consumption and optimize performance.”Like the entire 2014 Husqvarna lineup, the FE 501 features an aluminum swingarm built from the single component casting process, WP suspension, and a polyamide rear subframe.Husky, which reunited with Husaberg after 25 years *, says “uniquely housing the airbox and electronics of each model, the high-tech composite construction of the polyamide subframe is designed to offer optimum rigidity while also allowing more flex than a traditional aluminum structure. The unique three-piece fiberglass-reinforced subframe also provides an ideal grab handle, and gives the bike greater impact resistance (polyamide will bend back into place unlike aluminum).”Following are the highlights and specs for the 2014 Husqvarna FE 501.2014 Husqvarna FE 501 Highlights:
510.4cc SOHC four-stroke engine with König bridged-box-type piston
4CS closed-cartridge 48mm WP fork with easy on-the-fly adjust
CNC-machined triple clamps with four handlebar positions
*After 25 years apart, Husaberg and Husqvarna have come back together, reconnecting the heritage, classic style and innovative craftsmanship that introduced motocross to America. The first generation of this revitalized brand reflects a time that both Husaberg and Husqvarna can trace their roots back to – a time when blue, yellow and white Swedish-bred bikes ruled the off-road world. Husqvarna is now proud to recapture the spirit of this dominant era with the 2014 line of Austrian-built motorcycles, and return the iconic brand to the highest ranks of off-road competition.
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