News 14 Jun 2017

Bike: 2018 Husqvarna FS 450

Upgraded competition bike revealed by the factory.

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 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.

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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 44mm 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 sub-frame is made of 30 percent carbon fibre making it remarkably light and particularly strong.

Designed with inlet ducts positioned precisely to prevent air deformation, the air-box 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.

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Using top-level supermoto competition as a base for further development, the FS 450 is equipped with a set of black 16.5-inch 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 tyres for maximum grip, traction and agility.

Manufactured to exacting standards, the Pro Taper handlebars are second to none for function and style. Featuring class-leading fatigue resistance it comes with its Pro Taper logos chemically applied and scratch and peel resistant. Exceptional stopping power is guaranteed by Brembo brakes, featuring a 310mm front disc with a four-piston radially mounted caliper for the front and a 220mm 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. The new Husqvarna MY18 FS 450 machine will be available worldwide later this year at authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers. Visit for the latest.