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    fe 250, 350, 450, 501 discuss?

    I don't think a video will help. Even if I post a video of the gnarliest trail in my area, it's impossible to actually understand and compare it to real life. It's no joke that cameras make everything look flat and easy. Let's be perfectly honest here - there is no trail where the 501 will struggle. It's a very capable bike and the weight difference between it and a 250 will not make a difference. TO THE BIKE. The issue with the bigger bikes is they will be harder for YOU to ride. The rotating mass takes more effort from YOU to maneuver them. The extra power and its delivery will be exhausting for YOU to manage. A pro can ride any of these bikes in any conditions. The slower you go/the trail calls for, the more you will notice the good manners of the smaller bores and they're willing to lean, turn and not try to jump out from under you. Whisky throttle is a thing even with experienced riders. Think about how you want to ride. All of the bikes will easily handle logs (if the rider can). Are you riding trails that would be a difficult hike? Smaller is better because you need the manners in such tight quarters. If all you ride is where your buddy on his quad can take you, any bike will be fine so worry about your comfort trail hopping. How about you post pictures/videos of your trails?
  2. Hi folks! I'm trying to find some aftermarket headlight solutions - preferably LED. I had a heated discussion with a tree on the trail this weekend and shattered the lens and housing of my stocker. Not necessarily looking for a performance upgrade as I very rarely ride at night. I think I'd prefer less power usage so I don't kill the battery when I forget to switch the key off on the trail. I think I recall seeing a post with someone who picked up a Harbor Freight/Princess Auto LED lamp and it fit perfectly in the existing headlight hole but I can't seem to find it or any other headlight posts on the forum.
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    fe 250, 350, 450, 501 discuss?

    WR250R My friend It's just that much better than the KLX in every way (power, weight, suspension). Super low maintenance like the KLX and what is needed is pretty easy. Not saying the KLX isn't but I don't have experience. Fuel Injected too. Downsides are that it costs more and seat is higher. Though not nearly as much in both cases as an FE No one can seem to understand why I'm keeping mine after picking up an FE.
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    fe 250, 350, 450, 501 discuss?

    Yep. If you follow manual and do long days, oil change every two rides, valve check every four. 701 service is measured in thousands of km/mi Realistically you can get away with far less frequent valve checks if you're not racing but who knows exactly? I'd still service the oil and air filter often - it pretty cheap peace of mind
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    fe 250, 350, 450, 501 discuss?

    The 501 is really only a few lbs heavier than the 250. Essentially same bike, different engine. Depends on what you want to do but the 701 is pretty much ideal for 'exploring'. It's quite a bit heavier (like a lot) but that weight goes into things like a comfier seat and an engine that is built for long service intervals and smoother operating. I don't know what the 501 is like but the 350 has a bit of a buzz that I would hate on the hwy and both have a seat like a 2x4. If you can, ride them both and see which feels more like what you're looking for. If you're handy with a wrench, maybe checking/adjusting valves isn't an issue for you. If you've got the money to service the 501 and add some comfort bits, go for it
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    fe 250, 350, 450, 501 discuss?

    Just made a similar jump as you're thinking. Been on a WR250R for a while and wanted something lighter and more capable for trails. You'll find even the FE 250 has enough power for your high speeds. The 350 has more than plenty - more than twice the power of the WR which is more than your KLX It's your money but I'd recommend choosing one of the smaller ones if you're doing primarily singletrack. The 350, 450 and 501 have a LOT of power coming from a dualsport and the larger ones tend to feel heavier in the tight stuff. I've had my 350 for a couple weeks now and I'm looking for a throttle tamer to put in while I get used to the new power and lightness...
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    Husqvarna FE350 (2017)

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    Just picked a 2018 up, only taken it on a 2 hour ATV trail ride. So far loving it, coming from a WR250R though it has its idiosyncrasies. Looking forward to getting the stock tires off and Tubliss coupled with decent tires on.
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    Husqvarna FE350 2017

    Just picked a 2018 up, only taken it on a 2 hour ATV trail ride. So far loving it, coming from a WR250R though it has its idiosyncrasies. Looking forward to getting the stock tires off and Tubliss coupled with decent tires on.
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    WR250R Radiator change/removal

    Does anyone have any resources for how to change (specifically remove) the radiator on a WR250R? Mine took a bit of a crunch this weekend. I got the front shroud off but can't seem to remove the rear shroud because the fan wires go through it. Can't remove one due to the other... bit of a catch 22 situation. I know I'm doing it wrong but haven't found anything to help yet. WR service manual just says "remove radiator" 🙄
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    Yamaha WR250R 2015

    Spectacular beginner dirtbike. Legal on the road but enough power and suspension to tackle most features. In the right hands it'll just perform while not punishing the learning rider. Indestructible and I'll never sell mine. Stock tires need to go ASAP and it'll benefit from some lower gearing
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    Yamaha WR250R (2015)

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    Spectacular beginner dirtbike. Legal on the road but enough power and suspension to tackle most features. In the right hands it'll just perform while not punishing the learning rider. Indestructible and I'll never sell mine. Stock tires need to go ASAP and it'll benefit from some lower gearing
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    New member, considering '14 350 EXC-F

    Things are a bit pricier up in the frozen North! A 500 is going to set you back around $15k + taxes in my area. All CAD of course. I wasn't looking to buy this year, but at first this just seemed like too good a deal to pass up. I'm thinking next year or year after I'll pick up a leftover from the previous year. The EFI 2 strokes are also intriguing... Here's the ad in case someone is willing to take a bigger risk than I: http://www.motosillimitees.com/en/powersports/used/ktm-350-exc-f-2014/10135318/
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    New member, considering '14 350 EXC-F

    UPDATE: The dealer told me they wouldn't do any further checks than a visual inspection unless I bought it first. Too many KMs and too little knowledge of how it was treated in a previous life so I had to pass.
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    New member, considering '14 350 EXC-F

    Thanks for the info! I take it the mileage doesn't raise many concerns? With the manual calling for a rebuild every 170hrs, it feels to me like it may be a bit long in the tooth. That said, my experience has always been on bikes where the service intervals are measured in distance, not time! Watch it! I'm keeping my beloved WR
  15. Hi Folks! Sorry if there are a bunch of threads already but I used the site's search function and didn't find anything so far... I just found a decent deal on a '14 350 EXC-F with 11k km (unknown hours). Has a few goodies including skid plate, hand guards and it's for sale for about $2k CAD less than a '16 with 6k km on it. The bike is in showroom condition (appearance) with no indication it has been offroad at all. What would be the gotchas that would make this deal realistic? I'm coming from a WR250R where the engine lasts forever, is 11k street kms high for these bikes? Are there any big defects in the '14s that I haven't dug up yet? With no service records what things should be done, checked, etc?
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