Husqvarna has just announced the release of its new FS 450 supermoto – and here’s a brief breakdown of what you’ll get if you’ve got ten grand to spend on your next race machine.
Husqvarna’s FS 450 is the only factory-built, single-cylinder competition supermoto machine available on the market – and since its inception, it’s continued to prove itself as a serious bit of race machinery.
Having undergone some major changes for 2019, the 2020 FS 450 hasn’t exactly been overhauled. It still weighs in just shy of 100kg – and continues to be powered by the same compact 450cc engine (which kicks out a claimed 63hp), but it does get a range of subtle updates to make the latest machine better than ever.
It comes with factory-installed launch control and basic traction control as standard. And although that might not sound all that special, particularly against current road bike standards, that’s quite a package for what’s essentially an off-road machine. Suspension components have been changed for 2020 too – with 48mm WP XACT forks replacing the old 48mm AER units that were first introduced to the FS 450 last year, while a WP XACT shock completes the setup at the rear. It also comes with Alpina wheels (16.5″ up front, 17″ at the rear) – and for 2020 they’re clad with Bridgestone slicks right out of the factory. Pretty cool… Oh and there’s also a new blacked out exhaust can too.
TECH SPECS – Husqvarna FS 450
|Engine type||Single cylinder, 4-stroke|
|Starter/battery||Electric starter / Lithium Ion 12,8V 2Ah|
|Fuel system||Keihin EFI, throttle body 44 mm|
|Control||4 V / SOHC with rocker levers|
|Lubrication||Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps|
|Gear ratios||16:32 18:30 20:28 22:26 24:24 –|
|Clutch||SUTER anti-hopping Magura hydraulics|
|Ignition / Engine Management||Keihin EMS|
|Frame||Central double-cradle-type 25CrMo4 steel|
|Subframe||Carbon fibre reinforced polyamide|
|Handlebar||Pro Taper, Aluminium Ø 28/22 mm|
|Front suspension||WP XACT-USD, Ø 48 mm|
|Rear suspension||WP XACT Monoshock with linkage|
|Suspension travel front/rear||285/266|
|Front/rear brakes||Disc brake Ø 310/220 mm|
|Front/rear rims||3.5 x 16.5″; 5 x 17″ Alpina|
|Front/rear tyres||125/600 R16.5; 165/630 R17|
|Chain||5/8 x 1/4″|
|Steering head angle||63.9°|
|Triple clamp offset||16 mm|
|Wheel base||1,475 ± 10 mm|
|Ground clearance||290 mm|
|Seat height||890 mm|
|Tank capacity, approx.||7 l|
|Weight, without fuel, approx.||102,8 kg|
Priced at £9,699, it’s not a cheap bit of kit. If you want to find out more about Husqvarna’s new FS 450 for 2020, click HERE.