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June 27th, 2004, 01:52 AM   #1
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a special or not?

was at dodington near march yesterday for my first MX practice for 14 months and in the corner of the paddock was a FE501e. turned out jonathan from 'moto x' was there testing a v-twin kawazaki quad and i believe the ktm450 that i raced against him a month ago (see 'lt hadham' in race reports) parked next to the motorhome was the next bike to be tested-a FE 501e.

without a word of a lie the chain was dangling down 2" so i'm glad to say it wasn't tested. who the hell would deliver a bike like that and why?

anyway, i looked at the seat and it said '501' and i thought "the last of the dell orto carb and old ignition models'.

wrong! it had a keihin on it and it had the new ignition cover denoting kokusan etc.

have i got this wrong but i thought that this was the final year of the 501, that it would have the old ignition and carb on it?

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either way i think we can expect a write up in about 2 months.

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June 27th, 2004, 11:36 AM   #2
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No taffy your not wrong I pick up a new 04 501 on wednesday with all the 04 mods can't wait.I'm having the black rims on from the options list and a rhino silencer,what should i do to the jetting to cope with the new silencer.
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i don't know how open the new pipe is compared to the FE501e? is it an MX pipe? if it is i would go up just 5 as i believe the MJ is on the safe side from new.

so your '04 is coming with the keihin and kokusan-yes?

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I know that Husaberg did release a number of 04 FE501's but I was told they had the Keihin carb with SEM ignition.

It would be great if they decided to continue the 501 with the Kokasan ignition.
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Most likely a simple bore reduction to an existing 550 would create an impressive 501. Perhaps said 501 is just that and simply being used to test the 501 market and / or as a means to liquidate remaining 95mm piston inventory.

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June 29th, 2004, 01:17 AM   #6
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any comments in defence?

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June 29th, 2004, 04:38 AM   #7
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There is indeed a 04 limited edition 501.
The bike is essentially a 2004 chassis with a 2003 501 engine. We had about 10 of these bikes. As the engine is a 03 engine they had a SEM ignition with a Dellorto carburettor. Some selected dealers retrofitted the Kehien carby at the pre delivery, but it was not a "factory fit". If you check my gallery there are pics of the carby swap.
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June 29th, 2004, 05:19 AM   #8
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is there anyway that the SEM ignition would be fitted behind the new cover with the wires and stuff coming out at 7 '0 clock instead of at 11 'o clock?

i can believe one but i can't the other?

this just has to be a FE550e or i suppose a 450e with a 501 seat on it. thing is, does the magazine know this!

i got that 'another nerd trying to tell me the model changes' look from one of the magazine writers, indeed he virtually walked off as i was speaking to him so i got the message and left.

this, i'm afraid isn't ethical whichever way i look at it and what with the christian iddon write up last year i can't believe that the dealers and the factory put up with it.

the british factories were famous in the fifties and sixties for the hacks cooperating appropriately when the bikes dropped their guts on the driveway etc but this is just silly.

i bet gary grover wouldn't do this and he's the only british dealer i know who has prepared bikes consistantly for magazines.

that probably leaves only one man!



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The 04 501 is a sleeved down 550 with a 95mm piston as dale has suggested it is a proper 04 bike with all the 04 mods .
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where can i find details on this model? i've been into the official husaberg website, official husaberg literature and it isn't listed.

there is the 'force' special with it's black tinted livery but this bike i saw was a good 'ol fashioned blue and yella!

even the uk dealers haven't heard of it. husaberg say the 550 has taken over from the 'legendary 501'.

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