Husqvarna Motorcycles introduces new FS 450 Supermoto

Receiving key updates, the 2018 FS 450 from Husqvarna continues to set the benchmark in design, technology and performance

New 2018 Husqvarna FS 450 Supermoto bike.

The new Husqvarna 2018 FS 450 machine will be available at select North American Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers September 2017. — Husqvarna Motorcycles photo

Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to unveil the new 2018 Husqvarna FS 450—an updated supermoto machine that successfully carries Husqvarna’s world championship winning pedigree into a new era. Remaining committed to innovative product development, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ engineers have focused their attention on introducing further advances in engine performance, together with a fresh design that remains true to the brand’s Swedish heritage.

Featuring high-tech components that have been successfully tested on tracks all-around the world, the new FS 450 offers unmatched performance ensuring that all supermoto riders will have the ideal machinery to achieve their competition goals.

The essense of supermoto

Embodying the pure essence of supermoto, the new FS 450 matches clean and functional design with outstanding performance from the single-cylinder SOHC engine. The updated MY18 engine receives an all-new slipper clutch developed by Swiss specialist Suter Industries. Preventing instability and hopping when braking hard into a turn, the clutch ensures maximum control for perfect supermoto-style drifting.

To further modify the updated engine’s characteristics, the FS 450 features a handlebar map switch. Optimized for easy operation, the map switch also activates the launch control feature. By limiting the amount of power to the rear wheel, the system improves traction and prevents loss of control under hard acceleration. Working together to ensure maximum performance are a 44-mm Keihin throttle body, an exhaust system with inbuilt resonance chamber and a precise five-speed gearbox.

The updated engine is housed inside a hydro-formed, laser-cut and robot-welded steel frame that has been specifically designed by WP Performance Systems with calculated parameters of longitudinal and torsional flex. Unique to Husqvarna models, the composite subframe is made of 30 per cent carbon fibre, making it remarkably light and particularly strong.

Designed with inlet ducts positioned precisely to prevent air deformation, the airbox ensures maximum airflow and maximum filter protection. The air filter is easily accessed, without tools, by removing the left side panel. Easy maintenance is guaranteed by the Twin Air filter and filter cage design that features a simple fail-proof mounting system for accurate installation.

The FS 450 uses top-level supermoto competition as a base for further developement; it is equipped with a set of black 16.5- and 17-inch Alpina spoked wheels for front and rear. The high-quality wheels are matched with Bridgestone 125/80 R420 and 165/65 R420 slick tires for maximum grip, traction and agility. Manufactured to exacting standards, the ProTaper handlebars are second to none for function and style. Featuring class-leading fatigue resistance, it comes with its ProTaper logos chemically applied and scratch and peel resistant. Exceptional stopping power is guaranteed by Brembo brakes, featuring a 310-mm front disc with a four-piston radially mounted caliper for the front and a 220-mm disc for the rear wheels.

The FS 450 gains a renewed look for model year 2018 with a new graphics design, together with an extra grip seat cover. Complementing these changes, the 2018 FS 450 is further enhanced by a full range of clothing and accessories.

2018 FS 450 highlights

  • Lightweight Chromoly frame → Offering optimal torsional rigidity
  • Innovative carbon rear subframe → Optimal stiffness and design
  • Cast aluminium swingarm → Complete control and stability
  • Closed cartridge WP fork and CNC-machined triple clamps
  • High-tech EFI system and reliable electric start
  • New SUTER anti-slip clutch → Maximum control under hard braking
  • Lightweight Li-ion battery → Easy starting in all conditions
  • Alpina tubeless spoked wheels → Lightweight and high-quality
  • Bridgestone slick tires → Optimal handling and performance
  • Radial Brembo brake caliper → Maximum stopping power
  • Functional bodywork → Fits riders of all sizes
  • Standard map switch → Launch control and traction control
  • Quality construction → Maximum efficiency and usability
  • New colours and seat cover → Incorporating traditional Husqvarna style

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