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March 2nd, 2005, 07:37 PM   #1
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2004 vs. 2005 FS650

I have decided on the Husaberg 650 supermoto. There are a couple of new 2004 FS650E's and the 2005 FS650C's available. I have found very little on the differences, although it seems like there are some suspension and brake upgrades.

Does anyone know why no FS650E's (ones with the street trim) are available this year?

Also does anyone have more details on the differences and which one would you get?

Thanks for the advice....
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i believe the stroke has been shortened, reducing capacity to 630cc on the 2005 models amongst other changes.......

but i'm not really an expert.

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Re: 2004 vs. 2005 FS650

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I have decided on the Husaberg 650 supermoto. There are a couple of new 2004 FS650E's and the 2005 FS650C's available. I have found very little on the differences, although it seems like there are some suspension and brake upgrades.....
The suspension and front brake changes are pretty significant, but if you're not looking for a race bike, it won't make a diference, you're right.



Does anyone know why no FS650E's (ones with the street trim) are available this year?
It's quite simple for your dealer to "make" you an "e" model.
I'm not really sure why we didn't bring any in, but the parts are interchangeable. So go for it

Who will you be buying the bike from, Menards ?

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I opted for a new 04 over an 05, as the differences were not great enough to warrant the extra cash. I tested both (both e models) and my bike is a race bike. There are internal motor changes, but externally theres the obvious graphics, 5'' rear rim, exhaust, suspension and radial front brakes...although I always found the beringer 6 potters too much anyway....some people just HAVE to have to newest model though so I recommend testing both
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im not sure but do not the 05 fs have an adjustable steering rake aswell
and this is my 2c if you have the money buy the 05 as plain and simple it will be newer for longer

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What about the power output? (630cc vs 650cc)
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Who will you be buying the bike from, Menards ?

Menards is the closest dealer to me in Montana and they are who I have been talking to. However, as always it will come down to price.
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The suspension and front brake changes are pretty significant, but if you're not looking for a race bike, it won't make a difference, you're right.

The bike is mainly for fun, but who wouldn't race when given the opportunity. My biggest concern is that my other bike is a 2002 Yamaha R1 and I'm used to performance with a capital P. So, I'm willing to dish out when it makes sense to do so.
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...2005 has the 5'' rear rim...

What is on the 2004 for rims then, I definitely want to be able to put a 160 rear tire on?
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....some people just HAVE to have to newest model though so I recommend testing both

Ride them, I wish. The dealer has to special order them, I don't even get to see them before I decide. That is why I'm soliciting advice from this site.

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The 04 has a 4.25 rear rim, I run 160, 165 and I've had a 170 on. I do have 2 spare sets of wheels, both with 5'' rears but I use the standards for running my wets as it gives me a better tyre profile and side contact patch.
As for the power output, using my sphincter dyno the was no real power difference in fact my 04 felt quite a bit livelier, then again it is kitted with a FP Ti pipe whereas the 05 was standard. The test was on a damp track, not allowing full throttle testing.
As pointed out...the 05 does have adjustable head angle.
I think the USA dealers are expecting a great deal of faith from you guys if they want you to shell out that amount of cash without trying it first.. I wouldnt do it
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I think the shortening of the stroke is a major difference. I bought an 04 recently since the price was right- I have about 40 miles on it (on sandy, icy, northeastern roads) and while so far I love it I have been afraid to wind it up since I know they did not shorten the stroke for no reason... Other manufacturers have opted for 630cc displacements as well even though the class is 650cc. The extra cash may be worth it as not to live in fear of the big bang-- hopefully I will get over it.
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If I had one in trail/ enduro/ dirt trim I'd be afraid to open it fully too...not from fear of blowing though but just from standard fear...these are faaaaast. Mines a sm racer and theres no doubt in my mind, berg make the fastest straight from the crate motor in the open class. I've not heard anything about 04's blowing up the only problem I've heard about is the crank bearings collapsing and locking up due to excessive end float, this happens when the bike is on tickover. The Uk importer has a modification for this and mine was done before I picked up the bike
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