STORY SHANE BOOTH PHOTOGRAPHY MATT BERNARD
Big-bore enduro bikes are no longer the huge, heavy beasts they once were. In the past, if you decided on a high-capacity four-stroke to ride in the bush, it was a given you’d also have to deal with a heap more weight and a slightly agricultural feel below you. Those days are officially gone. The Husqvarna FE501 is an impressive bike in stock form so to get the chance to ride one that belongs to Husqvarna Off-Road Racing Team’s Lachlan Stanford was an exciting prospect. This FE501 has been tested and developed in house at Husqvarna Australia specifically for the Australian Off Road Championships and Lachy Stanford has already bagged some class victories and top-five outright results.