Husqvarna Motorcycles has announced their new Husqvarna FS 450 – updating their Championship winning supermoto machine for 2018
Husqvarna engineers have focused their attention on advancing engine performance, while updating the machines design in line with the Swedish brands rich heritage, and competition prowess. Husqvarna claim outstanding performance from the FS 450‘s single-cylinder SOHC engine, which also receives an all-new slipper clutch developed by Swiss specialist Suter Industries – to help prevent instability and hopping when braking hard into a turn, offering maximum control for supermoto-style drifting.
The FS 450 features a handlebar map switch, which is equipped with a nifty launch control feature – which works by limiting the amount of power to the rear wheel, improving traction and preventing loss of control under hard acceleration. It’s also equipped with a 44 mm Keihin throttle body, an exhaust system with inbuilt resonance chamber and a precise 5-speed gearbox.
The engine is housed inside a hydro-formed, laser-cut and robot-welded steel frame, designed by WP Performance Systems. Unique to Husqvarna models, the composite subframe is made of 30% carbon fibre making it remarkably light and particularly strong.
The airbox has been designed with inlet ducts positioned precisely to prevent air deformation, ensuring maximum airflow and filter protection – and its easy to get to without tools, by removing the left side panel.
The FS 450 is equipped with a set of black 16.5” and 17” Alpina spoked, which are matched with Bridgestone 125/80 R420 and 165/65 R420 slick tyres. Stopping power comes from Brembo brakes, featuring a 310 mm front disc with a 4-piston radially mounted caliper for the front and a 220 mm disc for the rear wheels.
The new Husqvarna MY18 FS 450 machine will be available worldwide from July 2017 at all authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers – if you’re interested, click HERE to find your closest dealer.
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