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Old 08-18-2017, 07:18 AM
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Question Possibly making the switch.. FE501 to YZ450F?

I ran a Husky 501 last season and really liked it, never skipped a beat. The wide ratio was difficult in the trees, but I figured the bike would be a good all year do everything.. however the kit is still on the bike, and it's almost September. I'm wondering if I should jump to a YZ450F (2012+) for lighter weight, more power, and close ratio.. just don't want any regrets this coming season. It would be dedicated snow bike. The kicker is the only downside I see so far. decisions decisions...
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YZ's are great snowbikes, but I wouldn't even consider a 12 or 13. Get a 14 or newer.
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YZ's are great snowbikes, but I wouldn't even consider a 12 or 13. Get a 14 or newer.
This was the consensus I found.
So I bought a 14.

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Keep the bike you have and buy a PR2 ECU
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This for sure, if don't have one.
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After riding both last season and comparing the Snow Bike fun aspect of the right bike for the job. I would go YZ450F all day long.
The high revving big power and close ratio of the trans all say FUN!!!! The kicker is the main down side, but it is not a big deal for a seasoned rider. When I was new to the sport I dropped my bike regularly and needed electric start. Now 5 seasons later I do not care if it is kick or easy button. I am a much better rider now and do not struggle with needing electric start any more. I think you will find your self in the same position.

I would suggest the 14-18 years. I am not a huge fan of the tornado exhaust of the earlier years. I will be riding the new 18' YZ450F this season to check out the increased power of 13:1 compression and electric start. I love the fact that they put the starter on the clutch and not the flywheel, like the FX. It should give the high end snap we are looking for that the FX could not deliver because of the heavy flywheel.


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I ran a Husky 501 last season and really liked it, never skipped a beat. The wide ratio was difficult in the trees, but I figured the bike would be a good all year do everything.. however the kit is still on the bike, and it's almost September. I'm wondering if I should jump to a YZ450F (2012+) for lighter weight, more power, and close ratio.. just don't want any regrets this coming season. It would be dedicated snow bike. The kicker is the only downside I see so far. decisions decisions...
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IMO get the 18 YZ450 or 16-18 KTM 450 SX or XC.

Otherwise, keep what you have
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Get the YZ, close ratio trans, better airfilter location(for snowuse) and more power.

I will admit that I am an avid hater of the KTM wide ration trans in any application, especially paired with a low rpm machine like the 500.
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Thanks for all the input. What Toby said is what I was expecting to be the case. Now to find the time to pull my kit and prep my bike to sell. I'd love to have the 18 yzf but I don't buy anything new unless its at a big discount. Used KTM's are overpriced around here, but I'll keep my eyes out for an sxf

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