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April 18th, 2006, 10:52 AM   #1
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Dirt Rider 24 Hr Article.

It's all good.
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April 18th, 2006, 11:28 AM   #2
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Re: Dirt Rider 24 Hr Article.

2nd place is great but it ain't pretty to look at? Was Bobby Innes standing near the bike?

I'll take that as a thumbs up from DR.
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April 18th, 2006, 11:44 AM   #3
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Giant thumbs up! Jimmy had it first, but with all riders comments combined in average we drew 3rd........awesome. and ours was stock! Congrats Brett and Boss and the Fe550e team and the factory - great reviews! gonna sell a ton of 06 and 07 bikes off this DR story

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I talked myself in and out of this choice so many times I can't remember, but when the prices came in I thought this bike was worth the extra $1,000 over the other bikes based solely on engine performance, and since the suspension and handling were straight up my alley, all I ended up doing was the small stuff to lightly customize it. I could do any kind of off-road racing on it, especially out West. Downs: Turning radius, worsened by the radiator grills (fixable), and the slightly heavy feel compared to smaller bikes." - Jimmy lewis
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April 18th, 2006, 12:00 PM   #4
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Re: Dirt Rider 24 Hr Article.

Since there is not a lot of aftermarket, wasn't the berg a basically stock bike competing with major modified bikes? If thats the case

OH YEAH BABY \/

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WARRANTY
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April 18th, 2006, 12:08 PM   #5
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Re: Dirt Rider 24 Hr Article.

I hadn't gone to the DR site yet to get the final tally so thanks for posting brett.

The one comment that really caught my eye in the magazine (I just bought it yesterday) was in the What's hot section "Putting durability woes in the past". I believe it said something like that last year as well.

Of course, it goes without saying that having the "editor" of the magazine rate it first, not withstanding said editor is an extremely competent off road racer/rider.

GREAT JOB YOU GUYS!!
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Re: Dirt Rider 24 Hr Article.

Dick Burleson: "it vibrates a little too much for some of the testers."
DB states the 550 vibrates a bit much?
Compared to what? LOL

Truth be told it is likely balance drive gear noise being perceived as vibration.

Prior to becoming educated / acclimated Jimmy Lewis was once convinced a new Husaberg to be damaged goods and consequently parked it.

Perhaps a "noise" warning label is in order for these steeds.

All in all a stellar review!

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Re: Dirt Rider 24 Hr Article.

Last year it was the 450 and now the 650 and 550 are getting killer reviews.
Just a few years ago Husaberg would have been lucky to even be invited. They forgot to mention we had the best hospitality set up also.

I'm very impressed guys.
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Re: Dirt Rider 24 Hr Article.

And Dirt Bike won't even test the bikes. I will never subscribe to Dirt Bike again and will be changing to Dirt Rider. One needs to be fair and give them all a chance. Also, great job on the set up guys! Didn't read anything negative about jetting or suspension woes.
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Re: Dirt Rider 24 Hr Article.

Originally Posted by dsducati
And Dirt Bike won't even test the bikes. I will never subscribe to Dirt Bike again and will be changing to Dirt Rider. One needs to be fair and give them all a chance. Also, great job on the set up guys! Didn't read anything negative about jetting or suspension woes.
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Hey Brett, what's up with Dirt Bike anyhow??
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Re: Dirt Rider 24 Hr Article.

I think it is really good.

First, the top 3 bikes are not Japanese. Ahah!

Second, many people will read this and realize that the FE550 was stock. Had this been a "stock bike 24-hour torture test" who could have won? Well.. Hmmm...

Third, some of these testers lowered their score because the bike is "different". In the mind of many people, this will resonate as a plus. Call it the Macintosh effect, whatever.

Fourth, it is said that reliability has improved. And this totally negates the #1 anti-Husaberg argument.

The only minus is the lack of aftermarket parts, like a desert tank and we can only wish that Mr Acerbis or Clarke will read this article and think "hmmm... I smell a market..."

As far as aftermarket parts, they are not right because many KTM parts fit this bike, and that most of the Husaberg-specific parts are carried by the KTM network. Also this bike does not need a lot of aftermarket part. It is not, unlike a WRF (tell me about it) a work in progress.

I am going to go buy Dirt Rider and send a subscription form.
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