2021 Husqvarna FE 501

The 2021 Husqvarna FE 501 pairs big-bore power with comfortable suspension for a serious off-road racer.

2021 Husqvarna FE 501

2021 Husqvarna FE 501. (Husqvarna/)

Ups

  • Strongest Husky enduro with 44.5 hp on tap
  • Suspension comfort that is suitable for a wide range of riders
  • Quality components such as durable skid plate and hand guards
  • Larger tank capacity is not noticeable between the legs

Downs

  • Power does sign off lower in the rpm range than the FC 450 motocrosser
  • Consider the extra mass when braking downhill

Verdict

Dialed-in WP suspension offers remarkable comfort and the 511cc four-stroke engine delivers big-bore power and torque. Looks like a long, comfortable day of riding and/or racing ahead.

2021 Husqvarna FE 501.
2021 Husqvarna FE 501. (Husqvarna/)

Overview

The 2021 Husqvarna FE 501 is the Austrian brand’s big-bore four-stroke enduro that shares many of its components with its dual sport sibling, the FE 501s, but is more of a competition-spec enduro model. The FE 501 is 50-state legal and California green-sticker eligible, and is fit for high-level enduro riders who aim to use it on long-distance, open-trail rides or as a starting point to modify it for racing events such as long-distance enduros.

Updates for 2021

Restyled graphics are the only change seen on the FE 501 for 2021.

Pricing and Variants

The 2021 FE 501 is priced at $11,299.

Competition

This enduro has a competitor in the family: its cousin, the KTM 500 XCF-W. Other competition includes the Honda CRF450X and Yamaha WR450F.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

A wide-ratio, six-speed transmission is housed within the 511cc four-stroke motor. The engine is based on the FC 450 motocrosser, but has a longer stroke to boost its displacement. With a 12.75:1 compression ratio the FE 501 has ready power, but compared to the 450 motocrosser, “the powerband signs off much lower in the rpm range, likely due to its longer stroke and engine modifications made for it to meet EPA requirements,” we covered in our review of the bike.

On our in-house dyno, the FE 501 churns out 44.5 hp at 8,400 rpm and 31.6 pound-feet at 6,900 rpm, making it Husqvarna’s most powerful enduro motorcycle.

2021 Husqvarna FE 501.
2021 Husqvarna FE 501. (Husqvarna/)

Handling

The FE shares its chromoly steel frame and composite carbon fiber subframe with its motocross counterparts. It has a 48mm WP Xplor fork with compression damping and rebound damping adjustability. Its WP Xact shock offers spring preload, high-/low-speed compression damping, and rebound damping adjustability. Both ends have 11.8 inches of travel. With stock settings, the suspension caters to comfort; its plush ride will suit a wide range of riders, but stiffening both ends is advisable for more advanced riders to help the components ride higher in the stroke.

Plush suspension along with its 511cc engine “delivers a planted feeling along with much more traction than you would expect. Riding the bike with both feet on the pegs, standing as much as possible, you can use its torque to get through obstacles that would normally require much more effort,” we wrote in our full test.

Brakes

Braking is handled by Magura two- and one-piston calipers with 260mm and 220mm discs, front and rear.

Weighing at a Cycle World-measured 253 pounds, there is a little more weight to account for when going down hills. During our testing we found that this requires “you to think about your braking zone a little earlier than on a smaller-bore machine.”

2021 Husqvarna FE 501.
2021 Husqvarna FE 501. (Husqvarna/)

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Tank capacity is 2.2 gallons making this enduro’s tank 0.3 gallon larger than Husky’s FC 450.

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

Although tank size is larger, its dimensions are not noticeable whether sitting or standing. This bike features four-position-adjustable handlebar mounts, a ProTaper handlebar, and a non-gripper seat. The Cycle World-measured seat height is 37.4 inches.

2021 Husqvarna FE 501.
2021 Husqvarna FE 501. (Husqvarna/)

Electronics

The motorcycle fires to life with an electric starter and is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Traction control and two engine maps are standard. A multifunction odometer provides useful information via several trip, speed, and fuel consumption displays.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The FE 501 has a 30-day warranty.

Quality

Quality components like a durable skid plate and hand guards are a couple of the niceties of an overall well-designed machine. The FE 501 requires very few adjustments to make it comfortable for most enduro riders, and has potential to be a competitive racebike with some relatively minor modifications.

2021 Husqvarna FE 501.
2021 Husqvarna FE 501. (Husqvarna/)

2021 Husqvarna FE 501 Claimed Specifications

MSRP: $11,299
Engine: 511cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled single-cylinder; 4 valves
Bore x Stroke: 95.0 x 72.0mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection w/ 42mm throttle body
Clutch: Wet, multiplate Damped Diaphragm Steel (DDS); hydraulic actuation
Engine Management/Ignition: N/A
Frame: Central double-cradle chromoly steel
Front Suspension: 48mm WP Xplor fork, spring preload, compression damping, and rebound damping adjustable; 11.8 in. travel
Rear Suspension: WP Xact shock, spring preload, high-/low-speed compression damping, and rebound damping adjustable; 11.8 in. travel
Front Brake: Magura 2-piston caliper, 260mm disc
Rear Brake: Magura 1-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Wheels, Front/Rear: Spoked wheels; 21 x 1.60 in. / 18 x 2.15 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Dunlop Geomax AT81; 80/100-21 / 110/100-18
Rake/Trail: 26.5°/NA
Wheelbase: 58.5 in.
Ground Clearance: 14.2 in.
Seat Height: 37.4 in.
Fuel Capacity: 2.2 gal.
Dry Weight: 239 lb.
Contact: husqvarna-motorcycles.com

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height: 37.4 in.
Wet Weight: 253 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower: 44.5 hp @ 8,400 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque: 31.6 lb.-ft. @ 6,900 rpm
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2022 Suzuki Hayabusa

Founder and leader of the Ultimate Sport category, the Hayabusa’s rule is legendary. For 2022 it sees a long list of changes.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa (Metallic Matte Sword Silver & Candy Daring Red). (Suzuki/)

Ups

  • Revamped, finally!
  • Still distinctively Hayabusa
  • Boom! Legendary firepower from the 1,340cc inline-four
  • Engine can still accommodate aftermarket go-fast upgrades
  • Remarkable handling for a big bike
  • Great front Brembo brakes

Downs

  • Beefy with a claimed 582-pound wet weight

Verdict

The Hayabusa maintains its legendary status all while being revamped for the times. Better and faster? We will have to determine that when we get a test unit in.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa (Glass Sparkle Black & Candy Burnt Gold).
2022 Suzuki Hayabusa (Glass Sparkle Black & Candy Burnt Gold). (Suzuki/)

Overview

When it comes to listing legendary sportbikes, one can’t ever forget the Hayabusa. Since its introduction in 1999, it left a significant impression on the motorcycling world with its explosive power, competency, and distinctive styling. Suzuki claimed it even introduced a new motorcycle category, Ultimate Sport, a claim that was supported with gusto. The legend returns for model year 2022 with updates made to the electronics, engine, and chassis.

Updates for 2021

A number of years have passed since the Hayabusa has seen any changes, but now there are many, Suzuki claims 550 new parts. The engine sees internal revisions as well as a reconfiguration to meet Euro 5 emissions standards. Be sure to read Kevin Cameron’s in-depth article on these Euro 5 changes and his piece on the engine details. In addition to the mass amounts of engine changes, the bodywork has been redesigned, a quickshifter incorporated, chassis upgraded, and new electronics added.

The chassis sees a 1.5-pound-lighter subframe, refined KYB suspension, new seven-spoke cast aluminum alloy wheels and Battlax Hypersport S22 tires, new Brembo Stylema front calipers with new 320mm brake rotors, and new floating handlebar mount with revised handlebar placement (12mm closer to rider).

Electrical changes include a new dash with a TFT centered between analog gauges, redesigned handlebar switches, LED lighting, new dual-core 32-bit ECM (for engine management), and its Suzuki’s electronic rider aid suite, Suzuki Intelligent Ride Suite (S.I.R.S.) is managed by a Bosch six-direction, three-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).

Pricing and Variants

The price for the latest Hayabusa is $18,599, which is $3,800 more than the previous model year.

Competition

Kawasaki’s ZX-14R serves as the ‘Busa’s primary competitor.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The renowned 1,340cc DOHC inline-four engine powers the Hayabusa with “eyeball-flattening performance,” test rider and Cycle World Editor-in-Chief Mark Hoyer said in his first ride account. With a relatively easy pull on the clutch lever and a conventional shift of the six-speed gearbox (or clutchless shift of the bidirectional quickshifter), power is delivered with authority.

The Hayabusa’s inline-four is synonymous with high-performance. In early Cycle World dyno tests, this engine produced 161 hp and 100 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheel. It’s currently claimed 187.74 hp at 9,700 rpm and 110.6 pound-feet of torque at 7,000 rpm is certainly nothing to sneeze at, even if it is slightly lower than last year’s claimed numbers. After his trackday testing, Don Canet concluded, “It remains one of the ultimate GTs on the road, and one of the most highly modified machines for strip and land speed racing efforts. As for this salty dog, it’s rejuvenating to learn that a mature and battle-hardened friend still exemplifies fire and grace.”

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa (Metallic Matte Sword Silver & Candy Daring Red).
2022 Suzuki Hayabusa (Metallic Matte Sword Silver & Candy Daring Red). (Suzuki/)

Handling

There’s no hiding the claimed 582-pound wet weight. It’s a beefy ‘Busa. Its heft is noticeable on the tighter, twisty roads of Malibu, California, where the press launch was conducted, but Hoyer wrote that “on straightaways, you’ll think the bike is weightless.” He also wrote that it handles remarkably well considering its weight and its dimensions make for “a fine combination of agility and stability.”

Brakes

How to stop a 582-pound beast? The ‘Busa is equipped with two four-piston Brembo Stylema calipers and 320mm discs (front) and one single-piston Nissin caliper and 260mm disc (rear) to get the job done. Hoyer reports that the front offers great feel and power.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa (Pearl Brilliant White & Metallic Matte Stellar Blue).
2022 Suzuki Hayabusa (Pearl Brilliant White & Metallic Matte Stellar Blue). (Suzuki/)

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

During the press launch, Hoyer noted that fuel economy listed on the TFT was 31.4 miles per Imperial gallon (or 26.2 mpg). Exact numbers to come once we put miles on a test unit.

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

As mentioned previously, the reach to the handlebar will be slightly easier, seeing as the handlebar position has moved 12mm closer to the rider. Suzuki claims the seat height has decreased to 31.5 inches as a result of chassis and bodywork revisions.

Passenger accommodations include the higher passenger seat and reshaped grab rail, but if the rider is going solo, an optional color-matched seat cowl is available to complete the look.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa (Glass Sparkle Black & Candy Burnt Gold).
2022 Suzuki Hayabusa (Glass Sparkle Black & Candy Burnt Gold). (Suzuki/)

Electronics

Lean-sensitive ABS and traction control, ride modes, wheel lift control, launch control, engine-braking control, cruise control, hill hold control, speed limiter, and an up/down quickshifter are all included. Navigating the menus on the new TFT display can be done on the revised handlebar controls.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

A year-long unlimited mileage limited warranty is included. Options to extend are available through Suzuki Extended Protection.

Quality

The Hayabusa remains true to its heritage in being a stonking fast sportbike. Its restyling and suite of electronics aid in keeping it up to date, but has it been softened by these additions? More to come from a more comprehensive test.

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa (Glass Sparkle Black & Candy Burnt Gold).
2022 Suzuki Hayabusa (Glass Sparkle Black & Candy Burnt Gold). (Suzuki/)

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa Claimed Specifications

MSRP: $18,599
Engine: 1,340cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four
Bore x Stroke: 81.0 x 65.0mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ 44mm throttle bodies
Clutch: Wet, multiplate assist/slipper; hydraulic actuation
Engine Management/Ignition: Ride-by-wire electronic
Frame: Twin-spar aluminum
Front Suspension: KYB 43mm inverted fork; fully adjustable
Rear Suspension: KYB shock; fully adjustable
Front Brake: Brembo Stylema 4-piston caliper, twin 320mm discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake: Nissin 1-piston caliper, 260mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: N/A
Tires, Front/Rear: Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22; 120/70ZR-17 / 190/50ZR-17
Rake/Trail: 23.0°/3.5 in.
Wheelbase: 58.3 in.
Ground Clearance: 4.9 in.
Seat Height: 31.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gal.
Wet Weight: 582 lb.
Contact: suzukicycles.com
Source : Motorcyclist More   

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