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November 27th, 2007, 09:43 PM   #1
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2006 FE550E Reliable?

I have the opportunity to pick up a brand new 2006 FE550E for a really good price, I currently own a 2002 FE501E which with the exception of two SEM failures has been a good bike, so I am used to the Husaberg maintenance drill.

Here lies the dilemma: I am one of those guys who intends on buying a 2009 Husaberg, probably not the first wave, which means 18 months from now. My 2002 is getting a little long in the tooth, I've replaced rockers/shafts once (didn't really need them) but other than that it hasn't required any engine work..... yet. So my gut is telling me I can pick up this 2006 FE550E, sell my 2002 FE501E and only spend a little more than I'm going to need to dump into the 2002 to keep it going another 18 months. This plan of course would fail if 2006 FE550Es where problematic.

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November 27th, 2007, 10:04 PM   #2
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RE: 2006 FE550E Reliable?

the short answer is a BIG-NO! I have not heard of a single 06 with an issue. the Dirt rider long haul was an 06 i believe, and they abused it and it was running strong at the end. just some water pump seal issues, which are a cheap fix when (if) needed.

buy it and enjoy!
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November 27th, 2007, 10:43 PM   #3
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time for my humble opinion

hey ... that 2002 version sounds reliable , and you know where it's at . in other words you know it's mechanical status , i would keep the 02 .

yep ... and go for the 09 version [ like me ]

now.. if you were not going for the 09 ... i would say grab the 06 , but you are going for the 09 so keep the 02 .

confused ?
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November 28th, 2007, 02:37 AM   #4
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Go the '06 I say. Grab it now with the intention of getting rid of it when the '10 model comes out. You'll have a wickid new bike to ride until then when it only gets better.

Win/Win I reckon

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November 28th, 2007, 03:31 AM   #5
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Keep the '02, buy the '06, and wait till the '10 comes out as well, lets face it older Bergs dont fetch much, so keep a spare, start selling when you get the third one.

I told my wife that when its time and feasable to upgrade, Ill get 'another bike' not a 'replacement bike'

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