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Intrigued by the newer Husqvarna 401 street bike, but the dealer is quite a ways from where I live. Wondering about reliability of this brand (I am totally unfamiliar with it personally) since bringing it to the dealership for work, if I bought one, would be a bit of a challenge. Anyone here have a Husqvarna?
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If it's anything like their chainsaws and lawnmowers it should be great. But that's a big "if".
Next to Harley Davidson, they have produced bikes almost as long:surprise:

When I raced semi-pro, in CA deserts and all types of track events and in Baja MX, they had a terrible rep for reliability but maybe that has changed--hopefully:surprise:

Sam:nerd:
The Husqvarna 401 looks to be same motor as my KTM RC390, 373cc single. My 2015 RC390 has over 7000 miles on it and no problems, but...鈥︹︹︹..there have been problems with blowing head gaskets and the engine does get hot if ridden in stop and go traffic. I ride mine strictly in the mountains and never in the city. I think KTM updated the head in 2017 to stop any further issues. I will also say most of the head gasket issues I read on the RC forum are on bikes that are raced or track days.

If you were to buy the Husqvarna I would recommend a aftermarket pipe, PCV, and a dyno tune, that's what I did to my RC and it runs so much freer than stock it's unbelievable and I now have 42 RWHP.
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The first question I have is, where is it made? If it's made in India alongside those new little KTM Dukes, I would pass. If it's made in Europe then it's probably very good. There were a lot of Husqvarnas at the motocross races I just went to and everyone really liked them, but that may be apples to oranges.
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