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Thoughts on my new Husky 510

4501 Views 21 Replies 11 Participants Last post by  Eric Landstrom
Well, after some seat time I have come to my opening argument for my new 05 Husky 510. The one thing I find myself saying more often than not is, "I thought it would be faster." Perhaps I have just under-rated my old DRZ. I would have to say that the bike that I rode in Italy had a whole lot more hit to the power. Whe I jumped on that thing and ripped it up the straight I couldn't keep the front wheel down, and that was all the way through fourth gear. My current bike doesn't seem to have that same unbridalled hit of power. I seriously think I was faster on my DRZ. That is on the local Boundary Bay track wich does not favour high speeds. On the up side, the thing really does stop like all hell. I need to do some research on how to tap into the power on this thing, because it seriously isn't at it's fullest potential. For example: I hit the straight away at Boundary Bay in third gear as we turned out from the bus-stop, I was following Silver on her 450, there was no way I could put a wheel on her. Much credit to Holly, she is kicking ass out there, and I was deep in throtle, I didn't have anymore. My point is, that it almost felt as though she was even pulling away slightly. This same thing happened with another friend on thier Honda 450. I do believe, if the straight was longer and I had a chance to use that 6th gear, I would pull most any of those 450s. But on a straight that you shift from 3rd to 4th, there was no way I could get any advantage over the 450s. Perhaps I will start looking into the pipe options. But Silver doesn't have any pipe or mods on her 450, but she is about 60lbs less body mass than myself. In favour of he Husky, it does seem to come out of the turns with much more agression than the DRZ. Another one of the guys that I always mix it up with left me deep in his wake. On my DRZ I would leave him like a bad habbit, now I can't even hang. I do contribute some of this to my orientation to my new bike but still... My final conclusion is, I like the bike but I am disapointed in the pulling power at higher speeds. If anyone has any knowledge on how I can get the power out of this thing... please let me know... in the mean time I think I will take it to a Dyno to see what it is doing. Stay tuned for more observations...
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Just for the record my best mate has a well setup DRZ and I have a stock smr450 and mine eats it every where, so I would be guessing that either your still getting used to it or there is a problem :)
Gasman said:
Unfortunately I didn't get any Air Fuel read out with my Dyno.

I have been reading some mixed reviews with the pipe stuff. Some guys are saying they actually lost power after piping these things, and other claim to get a small gain. I am looking at the Arrow pipes though, at least that is what Seel is running on their factor ride.

Could that Dyno read-out be from the operator cutting the throtle at redline. I know as soon as the bike hit 6.5 RPM, the guy was chopping the throtle. It's not like he was holding it open through the rev limitter.
Other dyno sheets I've seen show the 510 making a nose-dive after peak power but those have all been with the stock pipe. Akropovic has dyno sheet posted on their Euro web site but they aren't showing any of the '05 510s yet.

Anyway, today I thought I'd drill out some rivets and see what can be done with the stock pipe's guts.
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