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Old 09-09-2014, 09:56 PM   #1
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2015 Husqvarna FE350S vs. 2015 KTM 350 EXC-F

I'm looking for a new bike and I'm considering the 2015 Husqvarna FE350S or the 2015 KTM 350 EXC-F.

Originally I wanted the 350 EXC-F Six Days - until I found out it can't be made street legal where I live.

Any thoughts on how the FE350S compares with the EXC-F?

Looks like the FE350S, much like the Six Days, comes with 4CS forks, black rims, radiator fan, skid plate, and different body work. And unlike both EXC-F versions, the FE350S has the linkage...

Anything else to consider?

Are the new Husqvarna's close enough to their KTM cousins to swap out Husky parts with KTM parts when needed?
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:19 AM   #2
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According to the web sites the Husky has a 9.5 l tank and the the KTM has an 8.5l tank. One more litre of of fuel capacity is a bonus!
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:36 AM   #3
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As they are essentially the same bike, I would buy the one that has better dealer/parts support in my area... Personally I think the Husky looks pimp as fuck!
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:23 PM   #4
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Well the KTM dealer is closer, but if I get the Husky I was hoping the bikes are similar enough that I could just put KTM parts on the bike when needed (since the KTM parts are more convenient to get). If that doesn't work then hopefully official Husqvarna parts will be easy enough to get. Since Husqvarna recently found a new owner again, I'm not sure what to think.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:30 PM   #5
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Do you want linkage or not?
Pretty much everything interchanges except the plastic and subframe.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:37 PM   #6
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Did Husky bother to certify their bikes for street use?
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:52 PM   #7
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They're both going to be great bikes. I have the KTM 350.
What ever looks best to you will be the choice to make in the end.
I prefer the PDS for hard core technical riding but for dual sport, the linkage would suffice just fine.
All the parts should be readily available now that everything is made and/or sourced by KTM.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:00 PM   #8
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Did Husky bother to certify their bikes for street use?
yes they will have the S model for 15.
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yes they will have the S model for 15.

350/501? Same engines as KTM has certified?
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350/501? Same engines as KTM has certified?
Yes, pretty much except badging and colors on covers, etc..
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yes they will have the S model for 15.
Thats correct, Put a deposit down on a FE350S yesterday! Going to be a long winter...
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