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July 14th, 2004, 10:33 PM   #1
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FE650? Too much for the dirt?

Hello finally got my 1986 TE510 running,still hard too start though.I really want a new edition and I am something of a power freak.Granted I'm faster on the smaller one's, the BIG one's are just too much fun! So has anyone rode or own one of these 650's that can give me some first-hand feedback?Thanks
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July 15th, 2004, 02:20 AM   #2
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Hi,

a few years ago I was also a power freak.
The bigger the bore the better it was.
But today I´m also racing MX and enduro and this stuff
I found out that sometimes a bit less power is better.
Formerly I had a 600ccm Husaberg, it was fun on really great areas
but not on the tracks. The bike is much more heavier
in steering and it makes you tired.
For me, right now, the 501 is perfect. Not too much and not
too less power. Great steering character.
For riding street and SuperMoto the 650ccm engine is quite fine
but not in the dirt.

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July 16th, 2004, 05:36 PM   #3
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On trails and two tracks I haven't topped the
470 out.In the desert a 600 might work,but
here in Michigan they would be a handfull.
PM enforcer4 ,he just went from a 600 to a 520.
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July 17th, 2004, 08:03 AM   #4
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Hi t-jet-tim,

what kind of change is that?
He doesn´t only change from 600ccm to 520ccm
but also from Husaberg to KTM?
tststs, it´s not comprehensible for me.

I´m only joking, a KTM is not a worse bike,
but we´re on a Husaberg site, or not?

But we see, the trend is going to less cubic capacity.

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July 17th, 2004, 09:10 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by hribman

The bike is much more heavier
in steering and it makes you tired.
For me, right now, the 501 is perfect.hribman
I wholeheartedly agree with hribman. My 470 feels way lighter and so much more flickable than my 600. The 470 is only marginally slower than the 600. The only place the 600 excels is a wide open long desert wash where nothing can keep up with it. My next bike, whenever that may happen, will be right around 500-550cc's. If the 501 is still being made at that time I would consider it the perfect choice.
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I replaced my Yam WR400 with a 650FE mid 2002 and it's been a huge improvement for my riding pleasure. The smoother power of the 650 makes it easier to negotiate slippery hills and the extra top end hauls my lardy arse (225kg) up big sandhills which were impossible for me on the 400. Sure I hardly ever need all the power when riding in the forest but its great fun when the trail opens out or the hills get long and steep.

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The way I see it. When you ride a big bike with a lot of power. Then jump on a small bike. You can usually go wide open everywere and be faster on the smaller bike. I personaly am a power freak. There is never enough power.
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Hey, just buy the FX470e I have in the classifieds! Totally rebuilt/updated and cheap!

(shameless plug)
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July 18th, 2004, 02:29 AM   #9
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Hi guys,

my opinion is:
A bike with 600 - 650ccm brings a lot of fun, also
in the woods, but
when you are trying to ride at maximum speed, round by round
on a mx track and most of the time with full throttle you really
get tired and worn-out after 2 or 3 laps, maybe a Joel Smets won´t, but most of the hobby riders will. I bet.
When you are riding alternately fast and slower on some seections, you will get much fun on the big bike, but in my opinion not when you´re on a race.
Why nobody rides in the enduro or mx world championship a 650?
I think the answer is clear. I can´t believe that a 650 is really effective in the dirt.
Sorry, can´t describe it better in english.

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I thought you described it quite well.Racing a large
bike is always more tiring.Look at offroad woods
racing.There are a lot of 200cc bikes in the top
ten at the end of the race.
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