2014 Husqvarna FE501
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2014 Husqvarna FE501 Review
2014 Husqvarna FE501 on Totalmotorcycle.com
Speed through superior power…
Everything about the FE 501 is about smooth, accessible and infinite power, from low-down all the way to the top of the rev range. Maximum performance is the main objective, and superior power is the way to get there.
With a full range of 2-strokes and 4-strokes for all rider levels and preferences, the 2014 model range of motocross bikes brings the glorious brand back in contention at the very top.
2-strokes have always had a central role in the Husqvarna range, and 2014 is no different with the range of TC models (TC –Two-stroke Cross), starting with a brand new competition level 85 cc mini bike and a powerful yet agile and superlight 125.
With 300 cc 2-strokes getting a European Motocross Championship class in 2014, there is no better bike available to tackle the
competition with than the super-powerful TC 250 fitted with the 300 cc transformation kit available in Husky Power.
As a pioneer of 4-stroke motocross bikes, Husqvarna reinforces its strong 4-stroke history with 3 brand new models that cover
all the possible needs of every rider, from expert to amateur.
The state-of-the-art 250 cc, 350 cc and 450 cc engines in the FC range (Four-stroke Cross) are encased in a light and agile
chassis for maximum performance and wrapped in sharp bodywork and new white, yellow and blue colours for a stylish look on the race track.
Where do we come from?
In March 2013, Husqvarna entered the KTM family. Model Year 2014 marks a historic moment for Husqvarna, a return to its glorious origins, characterised by state-of-the-art technology and a blue, yellow and white colour scheme …
Husqvarna is the original name of a town in southern Sweden, where a metalworking business was founded in 1689 to produce muskets for the Swedish Army. Production of motorcycles began in 1903, making Husqvarna one of the world’s oldest motorcycle
manufacturers with uninterrupted production. The first Husqvarna motorcycle completely developed and produced in Sweden was
launched in 1918. As early as the 1920s and 1930s, Husqvarna motorcycles were being built for the road, but were also entered
for prestigious racing events such as the Tourist Trophy.
Its commitment to international competitions made Husqvarna famous throughout Europe.
In the post-World War 2 years the Husqvarna motorcycle range was limited to lightweight two-stroke models, which, in modified
form, were also used in the offroad sports that were becoming popular in the mid-1950s.
In the years that followed numerous competition machines with two and four-stroke engines were developed; and between 1960 and 1963 the first five Motocross World Championship titles were won in the 500cc and 250cc classes. Among the high-profile Husqvarna riders in the successful era of the 1960s and 1970s were Torsten Hallman, Malcolm Smith and Hollywood film actor Steve McQueen.
Racing continued throughout the ‘80s and saw Gualtiero Brissoni win the European Enduro Championship for the first time for
Husqvarna in 1982 in the 250cc class, followed by authentic Swedish heroes like Sven Erik Jonsson and Thomas Gustavsson.
In 1983 Husqvarna marked yet another milestone with its 500 4-stroke model. The exceptionally light and easy-handling offroader
with all-round lubrication and air cooling became the forerunner of a generation of four-stroke motorcycles for offroad use. By 1977 the entire Husqvarna business had already become part of Sweden’s Electrolux Group. Then, in 1987, the Husqvarna motorcycle division was sold to the Cagiva MV Agusta Group and the company headquarters and production transferred to Varese in Italy. In 2007, Husqvarna Motorcycles was acquired by the BMW Group.
What belonged together, belongs together!
After 25 years of independence, 2013 marks the date in which Husaberg returns to Husqvarna and forms the “new” Husqvarna –
excellent bikes with a unique story. A mixture of tradition, history, style and racing.
A quarter of a century is how long Husqvarna and Husaberg followed separate paths. Based at opposite ends of Europe, the
two brands were to trade paint on the most demanding offroad courses around the world, as well as in the marketplace.
On the one hand Husqvarna, with its centennial history, backed by enthusiastic Italian flair and sporting knowhow, went on to claim
over 60 World titles between motocross, enduro and supermoto.
On the other hand, Husaberg spawned from Husqvarna and followed a path of growing commercial success, backed by considerable sporting triumphs, with 20 titles and countless victories. Husaberg brings back to Husqvarna much more than just
technical know-how. As a young, strong and dependable brand, Husaberg’s innovative approach to product development has been
matched only by its reputation for reliability and clear understanding of its consumers needs.
In recent years Husaberg grew to almost match Husqvarna.
Now, the two once competing brands come together. The Swedish origins of Husqvarna and Husaberg are to be reunited and based in Mattighofen, Austria, under the watchful eye of one of the most successful motorcycle manufacturers the world has ever seen.
110 years offroad
Husqvarna is one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in the world – pioneers of the motocross segment. The combination of tradition, a 110-year company history, added to state-of-the-art technology and devotion to detail offer a very special brand experience. The offroad brand with the most fascinating history, coupled with style and technical details. This makes Husqvarna one of the most serious contenders in the offroad market.
Husqvarna today is in the privileged position of being able to take advantage of one of the most technologically advanced manufacturing hubs in the motorcycle industry. The Mattighofen area is home to several companies that belong to the largest and most important motorcycle manufacturer in Europe. High-tech manufacturing facilities find their place alongside cutting-edge research and development centres. The highly automated production methods of group company WP ensure that frames, radiators, suspension and exhausts are produced to the highest quality standards. Two efficient and flexible engine assembly lines in Munderfing cater for all displacements and engine types, and follow just-in-time production processes, with tested engines being delivered on a daily basis to the main production facility in nearby Mattighofen, where four assembly lines pump out hundreds of motorcycles a day to exacting standards.
Husqvarna’s revamped model strategy is focused on offroad, with over a dozen high-tech, class-leading motorcycles to tackle the enduro and motocross segments head-on. The competitive range of 2-stroke and 4-stroke enduro bikes are present in every category, from the light and super-agile TE 125 2-stroke to the full-on power of the FE 501 4-stroke. As pioneers of motocross, Model Year 2014 reflects Husqvarna’s intentions of returning to the top of the category, with a vast selection of displacements and engine types ranging from the light and agile 85cc 2-stroke to the super-power of the TC 450. Sharp and modern bodywork is wrapped tightly around high-tech engines and chassis, while the white, yellow and blue colours highlight the amazing attributes of the MY 2014 Husqvarnas.
The push for success means that no stone will be left unturned, and for 2014 Husqvarna will be back in the main offroad competitions of the world. Factory teams in both the MX1 and MX2 categories, as well as the World Enduro Championship, are to carry the 110 years of Husqvarna heritage to the pinnacle of offroad motorsport.
2014 Husqvarna FE501 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Completely new frame design, optimised for light weight and optimal torsional rigidity
Innovative polyamide rear subframe for optimal stiffness and design flexibility incorporates all electronics and airbox – first time ever on a production 2-stroke motocross bike
Lightweight and strong chromium molybdenum frame
Lightweight cast aluminium swingarm for complete control and stability in all track conditions
High quality closed cartridge WP fork and CNC-machined triple clamps for best comfort
New high-tech 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines take Husqvarna back to the top of the performance charts
High tech EFI systems and electric start on all 4-stroke models
Stylish, sharp and modern bodywork
Quality construction and reliability
Standard equipment includes handguards and map switch
Class-leading performance in both 4-stroke and 2-stroke categories
Carefully designed and engineered ergonomics to fit riders of all sizes
Top quality components, innovative solutions and top standard equipment
2014 Husqvarna FE501 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The FE 501 shares most of its engine components with the FE 450, the main difference being the 72mm stroke of the 510cc engine. The SOHC engine has been developed to offer extreme but accessible performance in typical Enduro riding conditions. The amazing torque enables riders to tackle the most extreme terrain and always rely on superb reliability. The cylinder head is characterised by a single overhead cam that actuates two lightweight titanium intake valves and two steel exhaust valves. The KÃ¶nig bridge-box-type piston is closely related to the FC 450’s piston in order to lower oil consumption and optimise performance. Vibrations are kept to a minimum thanks to the multifunctional counter balance shaft which is situated on the right side of the engine, for a compact and efficient design, cancelling inertia forces and simultaneously driving the water pump and timing chain.
The crank shaft and lightweight con rod are made by Pankl from high-tensile strength steel and have been specifically designed to withstand the high power output and torque of the FE 501, without sacrificing durability and long service intervals. That is why the crank shaft has a plain big end bearing and two force-fitted shells that run directly on the crank pin.
ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS)
The engine features Keihin electronic fuel injection and a 42mm throttle body for great throttle response and engine performance that is optimised for tough Enduro riding conditions. Energy to the electrical systems is supplied by an oil-cooled 196 W AC alternator. The optional Husky Power map switch allows riders to select maps. It is also possible to download engine data with a laptop via a Setting Tool.
Just as on the other 4-strokes in the Husqvarna Enduro line-up, the FE 501 fits an electric starting system. Even at the highest level of competition riders appreciate the peace of mind that comes with the electric start when in a difficult situation.
Extreme power harnessed in super-strong and lightwieght chromium molybdenum steel. The precisely engineered longitudinal flex of the frame improves rider confidence, speed and race times, and works together with the suspension to absorb impacts from the rear wheel, also giving the rider greater feedback even in the most extreme conditions. The torsional rigidity has been calibrated to maximise sharp handling, turn-in and stability in any situation.
In order to exploit the extraordinary potential of the FE 501, a high-tech rear subframe with precisely engineered flexing characteristics was developed. The lightweight, three-piece construction of the polyamide rear subframe enhances rider confidence and comfort by accurately transmitting feedback to the rider. The composite subframe allows the engineers to have unlimited opportunities of integrating features such as the airbox, electronics and rear grab handle.
The one-piece construction of the swingarm guarantees consistent performance by eliminating welding points. The engineers designed specific flex characteristics that optimise traction while feeding precise information to the rider, instilling confidence and improving overall performance. Strong but light, the beautifully styled aluminium cast swingarm provides perfect stability and safety.
WHEELS AND BRAKES
Black DID rims and CNC machined hubs mated to silver anodised nipples add an aggressive and modern look to the newly designed Husqvarna Enduro range. World Championship level performance is guaranteed by Michelin Enduro Competition tyres. The wheels are kept firmly under control thanks to maximum feeling in extreme situations combined with amazing stopping power of the latest generation of Brembo brakes, featuring a new master cylinder and floating calipers. Ergonomically perfect controls allow the rider to accurately gauge braking power to the 260mm and 220mm wave discs at the front and rear respectively.
The WP 4CS closed cartridge 48mm front fork represents the pinnacle of suspension technology. The 4 chamber system unites the performance of a closed cartridge fork with the simplicity of an open cartridge fork and also has the benefit of additional weight reduction of the overall system. It provides a decisive advantage in terms of responsiveness constant damping precision and handling, while maintaining plushness and rider comfort. Matched with CNC machined black triple clamps, the 4CS forks ensure exceptional handling and feel of the front end. Riders of all performance levels can adapt the setup of the fork for different terrain and conditions by changing clicker settings with a simple twist of a dial, obtaining the best performance in terms of rebound and high/low speed compression damping settings.
WP designed the high performance DCC (Dual Compression Control) rear shock with the aim of guaranteeing excellent damping characteristics to ensure maximum feedback as well as rider comfort. The shock is completely adjustable for rebound and high/low speed compression damping, allowing riders to tailor the behaviour according to conditions and preference.
A rear linkage system was specially developed for the MY 2014 Husqvarna Enduro line-up. The linkage system absorbs big hits and rough terrain with ease, while maintaining optimal feeling and traction on smaller ruts and bumps. The versatile system is sure to meet the needs of riders of all levels, with a consistent, confidence-inspiring and light feeling chassis in every situation.
CNC MACHINED TRIPLE CLAMPS
The beautifully crafted triple clamps on the MY 2014 Enduro models have been developed to deliver maximum feedback to the rider under braking, in rough terrain and on jumps by allowing the fork tubes to flex in a controlled fashion. The rider receives accurate information on the behaviour of the front end and this increases rider confidence. The R&D department’s efforts were focused on ensuring uniform clamping of the fork legs in order to distribute the forces evenly on the fork, maintaining the leg shape, and thus proper damping along the entire stroke.
The demands of such a high performace motorcycle require extreme control and perfect comfort. The FE 501’s bodywork is tightly wrapped around the mechanical components for exceptional ergonomics that perfectly connect man and machine. The slim and stylish lines of the side panels and radiator shrouds allow for optimal movement while riding, resulting in faster and safer riding.
The airbox is integrated in the composite rear subframe and is designed to allow quick and easy filter change in seconds without tools. All models fit a Twin Air filter as standard and have dedicated air intake snorkels.
The polythene fuel tanks fit perfectly within the tailor made bodywork and feature an easy opening bayonet-type filler cap. The FE 501 fuel tank has an integrated fuel pump.
The standard equipment levels on the FE 501 are astonishing. Only top-of-the-line products will do, such as the Neken handlebar, handguards and electric starter. For the die hard enthusiasts, riding pleasure is further enhanced by a complete range of Husky Power accessories.
2014 Husqvarna FE501 – Totalmotorcycle.com International Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in CDN
1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
6-speed, claw shifted
Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Secondary gear ratio
Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Wet multi-disc clutch DDS / Brembo hydraulics
Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
Central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing
WP Suspension Up Side Down 4CS
WP Monoshock with linkage
Suspension travel Front
Suspension travel Rear
Brake system Front
Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper
Brake system Rear
Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Brake discs – diameter Front
Brake discs – diameter Rear
Steering head angle
Ground clearance (unloaded)
Seat height (unloaded)
Total fuel tank capacity approx.
9 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx.
Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.