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2017 Husqvarna FE501
2017 Husqvarna FE501

2017 Husqvarna FE501
2017 Husqvarna FE501



2017 Husqvarna FE501 Review

2017 Husqvarna FE501 on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

LIMITLESS ENDURO…

More power than you’ll ever be able to use – but smooth, confidence-inspiring and ride-able enough that you could quite realistically try. The 2017 FE 501’s brand-new 1.7 kg lighter engine is the most powerful in the Husqvarna enduro line-up. Class leading electronics to adjust the 510.4 cc power plant’s delivery while the single overhead camshaft (SOHC) cylinder-head is designed for maximum performance with minimum weight. A new camshaft actuates four lightweight valves, while more stream-lined chain guides increase efficiency and performance. The new compact crankshaft increases inertia without increasing weight, while the new big-end bearing design increases reliability and durability, for long service intervals of 135 hours.


 

2017 Husqvarna FE501 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Husqvarna Motorcycles has today officially unveiled their complete line-up of all-new enduro models at the historic brand’s homeland in Huskvarna, Sweden.

Embodying Husqvarna’s pioneering spirit, each of the enduro machines has been redesigned from the ground up for 2017. Featuring the most advanced technology they set the benchmark in terms of handling, power, weight and aesthetics.

Introducing completely new design, reduced weight, best-in-class handling and dynamic ergonomics, Husqvarna’s 2-stroke TX 125, TE 250 and 300 and 4-stroke FE 250, 350, 450 and 501 models offer the ideal blend of functionality and Swedish-inspired style.

All 2017 models are equipped with new lighter and more compact engines, with the 4-stroke range featuring unique traction control system as standard. Fitted within redesigned frames the engines offer class-leading performance that’s specifically tailored to ensure a next level enduro riding experience.

Designed to blaze new trails, excel in all conditions and deliver a next-level enduro experience the 2017 Husqvarna enduro range represent the next step for the historic brand’s offroad motorcycle range.

MAJOR CHASSIS UPGRADES

Husqvarna’s 2017 enduro models feature new frames, which ensure increased rider comfort and confidence. Manufactured to the highest standards by WP Performance Systems, the lighter frames offer 20% higher torsional rigidity for improved stability and agility, while longitudinal stiffness is reduced by 30% for improved suspension functionality.

Remaining unique to Husqvarna, the composite subframe has been redesigned to fit the new chassis. Made with 30% carbon fibre, the subframe is 1 kg lighter than the previous part. All 2017 Husqvarna models have CNC machined triple clamps with an offset of 22 mm fitted as standard. Completing the chassis package the new swingarm has a specifically machined rear axle that allows for the chain adjuster markings to be seen from above.

A major update in the suspension department are the all-new WP Xplor 48 front forks. Featuring an open cartridge layout with a spring in each leg and split damping functions, all adjusters – including an innovative pre-load adjuster as standard – are situated on top of each fork leg. At the rear WP’s new DCC linkage shock is 0.36 kg lighter than the previous version.

Positioned 6 mm higher than on Husqvarna’s motocross bikes, new self-cleaning footpeg mounts prevent dirt build-up. Along with the new ODI lock-on grips and adjustable throttle assembly (4-strokes), they ensure an improved riding experience.

High quality Brembo callipers and controls combine with GSK discs to deliver optimum stopping power. The rear brake features a 24 mm piston (26 mm on previous models) and a 10 mm longer rear brake lever for better control while braking.

The airbox has a new design with precisely positioned inlet ducts aimed at preventing air deformation and ensuring maximum airflow and protection. The filter cage now features a simple fail proof mounting system for safe and accurate filter installation.

With futuristic new bodywork all models feature Swedish-inspired design and striking blue and yellow colours.

HUSQVARNA MY17 ENDURO CHASSIS HIGHLIGHTS
=>New frame with optimised geometry
=>WP Xplor 48 front fork designed specifically for enduro
=>Three-piece subframe made from composite materials
=>Swingarm design optimised for easy chain adjustment
=>Completely new bodywork with modern colours & graphics
=>Self-cleaning footpeg mounts
=>Longer rear brake lever
=>ODI lock-on grips
=>New airbox design

4-STROKES THAT REACH NEW HEIGHTS

For 2017 all of Husqvarna’s 4-stroke enduro machines feature redesigned engines that reach new standards in terms of performance and reliability. Focused on providing enduro specific and rider-friendly power characteristics, all engines are lighter and more compact. Fitted as standard, unique traction control system allow further adjustment of engine characteristics to perfectly suit rider preference and track conditions.

In repositioning major engine components Husqvarna Motorcycles’ engineers have managed to further enhance both the performance and handling of these new bikes. The 2017 Husqvarna FE models feature reworked cylinder heads, updated cylinders and new crankshafts, which ensure optimum durability and guarantee long service intervals of 135 hours.

The Keihin Engine Management System (EMS) on all 4-strokes is specifically designed to be smaller, lighter and faster at processing data. It integrates selectable engine maps via the switch on the handlebar as well as traction control. Combined with the new gear sensor, power delivery is tailored for each gear.

An all-new Keihin 42 mm throttle body sees its injector placed to provide an even more efficient flow of fuel to the combustion chamber.

All 4-stroke models are also fitted with updated header pipes and shorter mufflers, which are now placed 50 mm closer to the engine. The redesigned enduro-specific gearbox now has a gear sensor that allows for specific engine mapping for each gear.

All the latest updates in the 2017 FE engines have brought significant weight savings, ranging from 0.7 kg to 1.7 kg.

HUSQVARNA MY17 ENDURO 4-STROKE MODELS HIGHLIGHTS
=>New engine design focusing on mass-centralisation
=>Increased power & torque across the range
=>Traction control system as standard
=>Standard map switch
=>Faster data processing Keihin EMS
=>Gear sensor allowing for specific engine maps
=>Revised injector positioning
=>New header pipes, shorter mufflers
=>New crankshafts
=>Longer service intervals of 135 hours
=>Massive weight savings

 

 

 

2017 Husqvarna FE501 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Chromoly steel frame

While keeping the same successful geometry from MY 16, the hydro-formed, laser-cut and robot-welded frame is expertly crafted by WP Performance Systems. The 6mm wider and 2 mm lower steel tubes offer 20% higher torsional rigidity while longitudinal stiffness is reduced by 30%. The increased torsional rigidity improves stability and agility while reducing the longitudinal stiffness creates increased flexibility for better bump absorption and suspension functionality. The new frame weighs only 8.8 kg making it 0.6 kg lighter than its predecessor.

Composite carbon fibre subframe

The composite subframe is a design unique to Husqvarna motorcycles showcasing pioneering technology and innovation. This 3 piece component is made up of 30% carbon fibre making it remarkably light (1.4 kg) saving 1 kg over the previous design. Specific care is taken to create a calculated rigidity for optimal handling and rider ergonomics.

Functional bodywork

Distinctive and futuristic bodywork highlight the impressive leap forward for MY17, while striking pearl blue and electric yellow colours and graphics stylishly adorn the Swedish inspired design. With completely new ergonomics, rider control and comfort are improved allowing the rider to perform at the peak for longer periods of time. The seat has a low profile design with a new high grip seat cover which keeps the rider planted under hard acceleration and in slippery conditions.

Aluminium swingarm

The hollow, cast aluminium swingarm is designed to offer optimal stiffness and reliability while adding the least possible weight. The machining above the rear axle allows the chain adjuster markings to be seen from above for easy maintenance.

Engine

Featuring the latest technology, the FE 501 engine is fully redesigned for MY17. With increased performance, smaller dimensions and a weight saving of 1.7kg as well as a revised cylinder head and class-leading electronics, the 510.4cc power plant is more advanced while weighing only 30.1kg

Cylinder head

The compact SOHC cylinder head is designed to offer the maximum performance at the minimum possible weight. The new camshaft actuates four lightweight valves (titanium intake Ø=40mm 32,6g, steel exhaust Ø=33mm 42,6g) through a very robust rocker arm system. Additionally, the timing drive is revised with a new, shorter timing chain and friction optimised chain guides which reduce drag and increase efficiency and performance. Overall the more compact design is now 350g lighter.

Crankcase

The crankcase is designed to house the shaft arrangements and internals of the engine in a position that offers the best possible centre of gravity. This is achieved by moving the crankshaft 7mm higher and 9mm backwards significantly improving mass centralisation and handling agility.

Crankshaft

The new crankshaft offers 5% added inertia without increasing weight. Additionally, a shorter connecting rod and new crankshaft position improve mass centralisation and contribute to the compact design. A plain big end bearing comprising of two force-fitted bearing shells ensure maximum reliability and durability, guaranteeing long service intervals of 135 hours.

WP Xplor 48

The WP Xplor 48 front fork is a completely new feature developed by WP Performance Systems specifically for enduro type riding. The forks consist of an open cartridge layout with a spring in each circuit and split damping functions. Compression can be adjusted from the left side and rebound on the right via clickers situated on the top of the fork tube. Additionally, with the standard pre-load adjuster, pre-load can be adjusted by the rider without the use of tools making the new system simple and easy to set up.

WP rear shock

The WP DCC rear shock is designed to provide advanced damping characteristics while keeping to a compact and lightweight design. The new rear shock weighs only 3.7 kg which is 0.36 kg lighter than the previous version. With a pressure balance inside the shock, damping is improved resulting in greater rider comfort and handling while the outer contour of the reservoir increases cooling. The component is also fully adjustable and matched to a linkage system with a specific geometry to deliver the best possible traction and absorption.

Wheels and tyres

Black high-strength alloy rims by DID are coupled to CNC machined hubs using lightweight spokes and silver anodised aluminium nipples. Fitted to the wheels are new Metzeler 6 days extreme tyres which offer superior grip on a wide variety of terrain.

CNC machined triple clamps

The 22 mm offset black-anodised CNC machined triple clamps offer premium quality and style standard on all Husqvarna enduro models. The triple clamps have been expertly crafted using superior techniques and materials to provide high levels of quality and reliability. A 2-way handlebar adjustment is standard and allows for customisable ergonomics.

Tool-less air filter access

The new airbox is designed with precisely positioned inlet ducts aimed at preventing air deformation and ensuring maximum airflow and filter protection. The air filter is easily accessed, without tools, by removing the left side panel. Easy maintenance is guaranteed by the Twin Air filter and filter cage design that features a simple fail proof mounting system for safe and accurate filter installation.

Map switch and traction control

The new map switch allows the rider to select between two engine maps. Optimised for easier operation, the map switch also activates a new traction control feature. This can be selected to an on or off position from the switch and functions by analysing throttle input from the rider and the rate at which RPM increases in the engine. If the RPM increases too quickly, the ECU will register a loss of grip and reduce the amount of power to the rear wheel ensuring maximum traction.

Brembo brakes

Class-leading Brembo callipers and controls with high quality GSK discs deliver superior stopping power instilling confidence in all situations. For MY17, the rear brake calliper uses a smaller piston diameter 24mm instead of 26mm, coupled with a 10mm longer rear brake lever the system delivers improved modulation and feeling.

Electric start

Standard electric start ensures effortless and reliable starting that is especially useful in difficult terrain. The system is now coupled with a new Li-Ion battery saving 1 kg over the previous model.


 

2017 Husqvarna FE501 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: See dealer for Pricing in USD

Engine
Design 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Bore 95 mm
Stroke 72 mm
Starter Electric starter
Transmission 6-speed
Clutch Wet, DDS multi-disc clutch, Magura hydraulics
EMS Keihin EMS

Chassis
Frame design 25CrMo4 steel central-tube frame
Front suspension WP-USD Xplor 48 with preload adjuster
Rear suspension WP shock absorber with linkage
Suspension travel (front) 300 mm
Suspension travel (rear) 330 mm
Front brake Brembo twin-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Rear brake Brembo single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Front brake disc diameter 260 mm
Rear brake disc diameter 220 mm
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
Steering head angle 63.5 °
Ground clearance 370 mm
Seat height 970 mm
Tank capacity (approx.) 8.5 l
Weight without fuel 109.3 kg

 

 


 

2017 Husqvarna FE501 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN

Engine
Design 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Bore 95 mm
Stroke 72 mm
Starter Electric starter
Transmission 6-speed
Clutch Wet, DDS multi-disc clutch, Magura hydraulics
EMS Keihin EMS

Chassis
Frame design 25CrMo4 steel central-tube frame
Front suspension WP-USD Xplor 48 with preload adjuster
Rear suspension WP shock absorber with linkage
Suspension travel (front) 300 mm
Suspension travel (rear) 330 mm
Front brake Brembo twin-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Rear brake Brembo single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Front brake disc diameter 260 mm
Rear brake disc diameter 220 mm
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
Steering head angle 63.5 °
Ground clearance 370 mm
Seat height 970 mm
Tank capacity (approx.) 8.5 l
Weight without fuel 109.3 kg

 


 

2017 Husqvarna FE501 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £8049 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine
Design 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Bore 95 mm
Stroke 72 mm
Starter Electric starter
Transmission 6-speed
Clutch Wet, DDS multi-disc clutch, Magura hydraulics
EMS Keihin EMS

Chassis
Frame design 25CrMo4 steel central-tube frame
Front suspension WP-USD Xplor 48 with preload adjuster
Rear suspension WP shock absorber with linkage
Suspension travel (front) 300 mm
Suspension travel (rear) 330 mm
Front brake Brembo twin-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Rear brake Brembo single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Front brake disc diameter 260 mm
Rear brake disc diameter 220 mm
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
Steering head angle 63.5 °
Ground clearance 370 mm
Seat height 970 mm
Tank capacity (approx.) 8.5 l
Weight without fuel 109.3 kg

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