We don’t cover a lot of dirt biking here at A&R…maybe it has something to do with the name, I dunno. What helps change that though is when a manufacturer puts some 17″ racing slicks on their dirt models, and makes a proper supermoto out of it — as Husqvarna has just done.
Announcing the 2015 Husqvarna FS 450, the Swedish brand is making a return to the supermoto segment, thanks to its new Austrian owners. Based on the Husqvarna FC 450 motocross bike, the new supermoto model is of course a reworked KTM in disguise, though we doubt anyone will be too bothered by that fact.
The Husqvarna FS 450 features a chromium molybdenum frame, three-piece injection-molded subframe, and cast aluminium swing arm for the chassis. Umpf comes from the 450cc SOHC thumper, which makes a cool 60hp and has a five-speed gearbox mated to it. An electric starter and Adler slipper clutch complete the engine package.
Suspension is done by WP, unsurprisingly, and features fully adjustable 48mm closed cartridge forks and rear shock. Brembo brakes, Metzler tires, and Kiska’s fairing and color designs round out the machine.
The 2015 Husqvarna FS 450 will be available in Europe starting in October 2014, where it will be priced at €9,895 (in Germany). No word yet if Husky/KTM will bring the machine to the US, and if so for how much.