Originally Posted by trailbug
I just like to say that all you long time Husaberg riders that write in and ask how to fix thing on your bike, that is great .BUT, thats not giving potential new buyer a good image of the bike itself, so I'd ask that some of you that have had a good experience with there husaberg to write in about it and let guys like me that are thinking about buying one know how good they are (or bad if that your experience) I know that early models had some issues and that the later one have soughed them out, and how close to a KTM are they
Lets talk about how good they are and not how to fixed all the time .
seems I'm famous for something around here, there and everywhere. I am in the 2007 Husqvarna world Riders Brochure ( full page picture of me on my 05 TE510) probbaly because I am enhusiastic about my dirt bikes and post bold internet comments about them.
Though I am an engineer, I am no more then a weekend warrior beginning mechanic and definitely not an experienced wrench hand at all. Regardless I ride every weekend and I can afford the best. So I ride other prople's bikes often and post my reviews and I buy and ride the best dirt bikes I can find for my ride areas, age and skill. I usually put on about 3000 dirt miles and about 120 hours on my dirt bikes per year here in Sunny California. I suppose if I lived in dirty foggy raining cold England, I might be more pessimistic about the world and those who occupy space in it and post their sunny side reviews on this web site forum.................. but that's not me.
I traded in my 06 Fe450e for an 06 Fe550, because the good trade in deal was there on a price reduced left over 06 Fe550e and because the 450 though fast, nimble and reliable to a T, has annoying gappyness in it's power range in the wide ratio gearing in the open trails for this 6'5" 250lb rider. On single track woods trails, it's sweet and a great reliable fast enduro machine.
Of the 500+ bikes. I rate them like this:
1.) Fe550 light fast , loads of smooth fun power with little engine breaking making it less tiring in the woods and more flickable in the woods, then the TE510. Reliablity - is EXcellent. My Fe450 went 140 hours - no problems except a coolant seal failure at 140 hours. It even eats pencils for lunch
2.) Te510 a close second, better rear suspension, great egos, power to spare, close ratio bike. Turns great and has a marveloous planted feel - Reliability is excellent though it did loose a clutch slave cylinder and front wheel bearing in 2500 miles. so reliability is ever so slightly less then my Husaberg in my experience
3.) KTM 525 exc - I have rode two of them , never owned one, Its a distant third in my view - rides heavy and grunty.
"all I want to do is sing another love song........and what's wrong with that?" - Paul McCartney Circa 1973