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May 6th, 2005, 10:15 AM   #1
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Dirt Rider "Bike of the Year" article.

In the latest Dirt Rider mag, they nominated both the FE550 and the FE450 in their Bike of the Year voting. And of course, the Honda won (even though we received more first-place votes in the head-to-head test, go figure). But I think that this is a good indicator of how much progress Husaberg has made in the past couple of years.

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May 6th, 2005, 11:37 AM   #2
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bike of the year!

yes brett, where did they learn math?


I say in the hunt, A!




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Congratulations Brett, BMG and all those whom worked hard to insure good press.

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I feel bad for the employees of Dirt Bike Magazine. They must continually invent things to praise Japanese bikes for or potentially lose their job. Its now bike of the year. Not MX bike of the year or Offroad bike of the year but just plain old bike of the year. I guess its a safe overall win for Honda as this winner is in a non category that is subjective beyond subjective.

I suppose what irritates me most about the favoritism they practice is that they think the consumer is stupid and therefore can continue to get away with their misinformation.
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if it smells like an ad.....

well sir, people still buy the magazine, so we will allow you to draw your own conclusions towards the magazine buying public as a whole

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I am thinking about cancelling all but Cycle News.

Congrats to Brett and all who worked hard around him (Fryguy and the others, sorry to forget your name).
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Originally Posted by LeFrog
I am thinking about cancelling all but Cycle News.

Congrats to Brett and all who worked hard around him (Fryguy and the others, sorry to forget your name).
I've received more useful information here than any other single source period.
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Glad to see Husaberg up top. Cycle World boned out and didn't include Husaberg in their 450 off road shootout this month. Funny, they picked the Yamaha as the best.
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On the 24 hour test, 5 of the 7 riders picked the KTM as their first choice, the CRX only got 1 vote for first place. I don't ride a KTM, but do the math, 5 out of 7 = first place, (or it should).
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My first dirt bike was a Husky 360 and I have been ridding in the dirt ever since and had all different brands and displacements. By far and way beyond all others the 2001 Husaberg 501 was the best and fastest thing I ever had out of the box. I did very little to the bike and almost nothing aftermarket and rode the wheels off it for three 1/2 years. If I had had this bike when I was racing I would have more gold on the mantel than I do now. All the complaints I really had about the brand were due to a poor distributer. My 501 has only been gone 6 hours and the money is burning a hole in my pocket to go get another one the choice is between the 4 fiddy and the 5 fiddy.

If you read between the lines the "Winners" always have to have something done to them like a major suspension job at the tune of $800-1000, different bars, add good wheels,better seat cover, different pipe or at least a different silencer AND spark arrestor, ad vomit . Bottom line no matter if you are a novice or an expert you can take a berg off the show room floor break it in, set the sag, dail the clickers on the front and rear, throw on a skid plate and go race and do well. Why do you think there is not much stuff for the berg aftermarket. There are enough bikes to justify building it but you don't NEED it!

But you know what that wouldn't sell any aftermarket stuff or make the major ad PAYER'S happy!

We should only care about the winners when we want to have a higher resale value. That is the only place the berg is hurting. Ok maybe a bigger gas tank.
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