2015 Husqvarna FS 450 – Husky Returns to Supermoto

09/04/2014 @ 1:50 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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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.

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Source: Husqvarna

Comment:

  1. paulus says:

    Shame this is built around the MX model and not the EXC/FE
    Enduro based model does not have the rear linkage of the MX, but has a six speed gear box, lights etc and is road legal…. would be a fun canyon tool.

  2. bql says:

    what is that mountain in the background?

  3. Jake says:

    60 HP out of a 450 thumper? Awesome. Would definitely need a light kit to actually ride it somewhere besides a track. Also, does “injection molded subframe” mean it’s made of plastic?

  4. jackie says:

    I’ve had 3 husky supermotos and was lamenting not seeing one in their lineup. I hope they bring it to the states, and put lights on it.

  5. n/a says:

    The style of the pictures looks suspiciously like one’s I’ve seen from KTM before…..

    Those that want it road legal, what’s the point? You wont get far with the 8 liter gas tank! lol

  6. Brandon says:

    I currently have a road legal Husky with a 7 litre tank, gets 70-80kms to the tank and is the funnest thing I’ve ever owned. Please KTM / Husky bring these models to North America again!

  7. MikeD says:

    LOOKING GOOD ! I have no use at all for it (lots of highways, all flat and str8) or the $$$ to splurge but I can appreciate the effort.

    Maybe they’ll make something like this again using the 690 Enduro.

    http://www.arpem.com/motos/modelos/husqvarna/flash/2007/husqvarna-sm-610-ie/husqvarna-sm-610-ie-ld1.JPG

  8. Paul Reiser says:

    I had a 2008 Husqvarna 510 Super Moto that was fully street legal. What a blast to drive on the street. I was foolish to sell it. If they make a super moto street legal again in the US I would be one and get a Timbersled Mountian Horse kit and use it all year long. I will say pray before bed ever night.

  9. paulus says:

    Alternatively… buy the green-sticker legal Husky FE450 or FE501cc Enduro (dual sport) and a set of motard wheels and front brake. Road legal, six speed, lights and everything :)

  10. Bud says:

    I have never lusted so much after any “dirt bike” in my life.

  11. jackie says:

    @n/a
    Some like the girl next door type who’s lovely, trustworthy, and makes a wicked apple pie.
    Some like the girl in the leather mini, with tattoos, who dances and likes her arse slapped.
    One is a little more trouble than the other, but you’d hardly complain about the ride when you’re in the saddle.

    @paulus
    Agreed. The FE501 is a great option. I wish the better brakes and fork lowers were a parts option though.