One of Dirt Bike’s guest testers, a longtime off-roader and a go-faster
in his 50s, has an itch in his craw about
KTMs. It’s a 35-year-old scratch that has
never healed. Last week, during a well-lubricated ride in our soaked hills, we
offered him our 2015 Husqvarna FE501 S.
Because it’s not orange, he acquiesced,
taking little time to adapt, adjust or dink
with the machine. He bolted, hard and
fast, aggressively handling the technical
trails like he’d been born on the machine.
For 20 miles we chased him, finally getting
our bike back from our buddy, who was
“So this is what you guys have been
drooling over ever since the orange guys
came out with a plated dirt bike. I would
never have guessed that a street-legal
bike could handle our trails. It feels and
handles like a racer!” That’s the new dirt
bike world shrunken down to a minimalist state—a tarmac-legal off-road racer.
And the stunning news? Husky has upped
the ante with its new FE501 S, a machine
graced with KTM heritage and technology
but blessed with suspension and refinements that add to its prestige.
THE MULTIPLE-PERSONALITY MACHINE
One more giant step for mankind…
FE501 DUA L SPORT
Ten years ago the thought that you could
have a real dirt bike that was street-legal
was a pipe dream. Husky’s FE501 S has
proven that you can have the best of both