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RECEIVING KEY UPDATES THE 2018 FS 450 CONTINUES TO SET THE BENCHMARK IN DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY & PERFORMANCE

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Husqvarna Motorcycles are 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 ESSENCE 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. Optimised 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 5-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% 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.

Using top-level supermoto competition as a base for further development, the FS 450 is equipped with a set of black 16.5” and 17” Alpina spoked wheels for front and rear. The high-quality wheels are matched with Bridgestone 125/80 R420 and 165/65 R420 slick tyres 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 4-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 FS 450 is further enhanced by a full range of clothing and accessories.

MY18 FS 450 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lightweight Chromoly frame → Offering optimal torsional rigidity
  • Innovative carbon rear subframe → Optimal stiffness & design
  • Cast aluminium swingarm → Complete control & stability
  • Closed cartridge WP fork & CNC machined triple clamps
  • High tech EFI system & 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 & high-quality
  • Bridgestone slick tyres → Optimal handling & performance
  • Radial Brembo brake caliper → Maximum stopping power
  • Functional bodywork → Fits riders of all sizes
  • Standard map switch → Launch control & traction control
  • Quality construction → Maximum efficiency & usability
  • New colours & seat cover → Incorporating traditional Husqvarna style

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

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Powerful engine

The SOHC engine is the perfect example of the advanced engineering techniques used by Husqvarna Motorcycles. With a peak power of 63 hp and an overall weight of 27.8kg, the 450cc powerplant is not only powerful but also compact. Mass-centralisation is key in the engine design, enabling chassis engineers to benefit from greatly improved handling and manoeuvrability. Additionally, the multifunctional counter balancer shaft significantly reduces vibration while also driving the water pump and timing chain.
 
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Compact gearbox

The lightweight 5-speed gearbox incorporates a low-friction coating on the shifting fork guaranteeing smooth and precise shifting while the gear lever features a clever design that prevents dirt build-up and keeps the lever tip in its original position ensuring perfect control. The gearbox also features an advanced gear sensor which selects specific engine maps for each gear and allows the engine to distribute the ideal power delivery.
 
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Chromoly steel frame

The hydro-formed, laser-cut, and robot-welded frame expertly crafted by WP Performance Systems has been designed with calculated parameters of longitudinal and torsional flex. New aluminium head stays provide more efficient engine mounting while retaining a light, compact and strong package. The frame is finished off with a premium white powder coating and standard frame protectors guaranteeing supreme protection and durability.
 
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Carbon fibre subframe

The composite subframe is a design unique to Husqvarna motorcycles showcasing pioneering technologies and innovation. This 3 piece component is made up of 30 % carbon fibre making it remarkably light (1.4 kg) and strong. Specific care has been taken to create a certain rigidity for optimal handling and rider ergonomics.

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Crankshaft

The inertia produced by the crankshaft is carefully calculated to deliver optimal traction and ride-ability from the powerful 450cc plant. The component is positioned to harness the rotating mass in the ideal centre of gravity resulting in lightweight and agile handling. A plain big end bearing comprising of two force-fitted bearing shells ensure maximum reliability and durability, guaranteeing long service intervals of 100 hours.
 
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CNC machined triple clamps

The CNC machined triple clamps incorporate precisely engineered parameters that allows the fork tubes to flex under stress. This gives the rider more feeling under braking. They are designed to evenly distribute the clamping force on the fork leg, maximizing contact area for optimal sensitivity and minimum friction.
 
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Magura hydraulic clutch

The high quality German-made clutch system guarantees even wear, almost maintenance-free operation and perfect modulation in every condition. This means that play is constantly compensated so that the pressure point and function of the clutch remain identical in cold or hot conditions, as well as over time.
 
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SUTER anti-hopping clutch

The SUTER anti-hopping clutch prevents rear wheel instability and hopping when braking hard into the apex of a turn, for maximum control and perfect supermoto-style drifting.

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Functional bodywork

Modern and functional bodywork with traditional Husqvarna blue and yellow accents mark a simplistic yet stylish Swedish design. The ergonomics are tailored to deliver greater control and comfort, enabling riders to perform at the highest level for extended periods of time. The seat has a low-profile and a high-grip cover for superior comfort and control in all conditions.
 
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WP suspension

The 48-mm split air fork features a capsuled air spring and pressurised oil chamber for progressive and consistent damping. The component is easily adjustable via a single air pressure valve for pre-load (on the left leg) and easy access clickers adjusting damping with 30 clicks (on the right leg). Additionally, the air pump needed to adjust air pressure in the fork is provided as standard. The high performance rear shock made by WP features 266 mm travel and is adjustable in rebound and high/low speed compression, guaranteeing excellent stability and world class damping.
 
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Brakes

Exceptional stopping power guaranteed by Brembo brakes, featuring a 4-piston radially mounted calliper and pump in combination with a 310 mm disc at the front. A single piston calliper and a 220-mm disc are fitted to the rear. The perfectly placed controls allow for optimal feel and balance under extreme conditions.
 
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Wheels and tyres

Alpina spoked wheels on the front and rear respectively, are lightweight and strong. They are complemented by Bridgestone 125/80 R420 and 165/65 R420 slick tyres for maximum grip, traction, and agility.

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Map switch

Optimised for easy operation, the map switch can select between two engine maps, activate launch control and operate a traction control feature. Launch control limits the amount of power to the rear wheel, improving traction and preventing loss of control under hard acceleration at the start. Traction control can be selected to an on or off position from the switch and functions by analysing throttle input from the rider and the rate at which RPM increases in the engine. If the RPM increases too quickly, the EMS registers a loss of grip and reduces the amount of power to the rear wheel ensuring maximum traction.
 
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Engine management system

The Keihin EMS is designed to be smaller, lighter, and faster at processing data. It integrates launch control for perfect starts, selectable engine maps via the switch on the handlebar and traction control. Combined with the new gear sensor, power delivery is tailored for each gear.
 
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44 mm throttle body

The FS 450 features a 44 mm Keihin throttle body. The injector is precisely positioned to ensure the most efficient flow of fuel into the combustion chamber. To ensure optimal throttle response, the throttle cable is mounted directly without a throttle linkage providing more immediate throttle response and feeling.

 

 
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Electric start and Li-Ion battery

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TECHNICAL SPECS

ENGINE

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Design

Displacement

Bore

Starter

Transmission

Primary drive

Secondary gear ratio

Clutch

EMS

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1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine

449.9 cm³

95 mm

Electric starter

5-speed

31:76

14:45

Suter slipper clutch, Magura Hydraulics

Keihin EMS

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CHASSIS

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Frame design

Front suspension

Rear suspension

Suspension travel (front)

Suspension travel (rear)

Front brake

Rear brake

Rear brake disc diameter

Chain

Steering head angle

Wheelbase

Ground clearance

Seat height

Tank capacity (approx.)

Weight without fuel

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25CrMo4 steel central-tube frame

WP-USD, AER 48, Ø 48 mm

WP shock absorber with linkage

285 mm

266 mm

Brembo four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake disc

Brembo single-piston floating calliper, brake disc

220 mm

5/8 x 1/4″

63.9 °

1475 ± 10 mm

290 mm

927 mm

7 l

104.8 kg

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