2017 Husqvarna FS 450 Puts the “Super” in Supermoto

06/20/2016 @ 1:32 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

2017 Husqvarna FS 450 Supermoto

The 2017 Husqvarna FS 450 is the most advanced factory-built supermoto on the market, full stop.

That’s not exactly saying much, considering there are few factory-built supermotos on the market these days, but that doesn’t make the Husqvarna FS 450 any less impressive…nor does it make our desire to have one, any less.

A refinement to the machine we saw debut last year, the 2017 Husqvarna FS 450 sees the Swedish supermoto upgraded with air forks, proper traction control, and a list of other enhancements that will help you demolish your local kart track.

While not officially listed on Husqvarna North America’s website, American riders looking for some supermoto in their garage should be able to make arrangements at their local Husqvarna dealership.

On the the details, the big news for 2017 on the Husqvarna FS 450 is the addition of WP Suspension’s AER 48 forks, which are 3.65 lbs lighter than their predecessors. Husqvarna is even throwing in the required air pump, for free on the deal.

The other big improvement is the traction control system, which like on the MX model, has a rider-controllable switch right on the handlebar for easy adjustment while racing. Two engine maps are selectable, as well as a launch control feature, from the same switch.

This appears to be a more sophisticated application of traction control than Husqvarna’s two-second “torque limiter” found on the 2016 model, but details are so thin right now on this model (at least in the US) that we can’t be 100% certain.

What we do know is that Husqvarna says that its new CNC-machined triple clamps allow the fork tubes to flex more while under load, and that the upper triple clamp has a new design that’s visually more appealing.

Also, the engine now uses aluminum mounts, which increases rigidity and decreases overall weight.

Tubeless Alpina wheels remain for the 2017 model year, with a 16.5″ wheel up front, and a 17″ in the rear. They are shod with Bridgestone 125/80 R420 and 165/65 slick tires. The fuel tank is race-sized 1.8 gallons (7 liters).

Built for track-use only, the Husqvarna remains the pinnacle of supermoto riding, straight from the factory. Hopefully some other brands will get in on the action, and we’ll see even more of a resurgence of the sport in the United States.

Americans can expect to see the 2017 Husqvarna FS 450 at their local Husqvarna dealerships in September 2016.

2017 Husqvarna FS 450 Supermoto

2017 Husqvarna FS 450 Supermoto

2017 Husqvarna FS 450 Supermoto

Source: Husqvarna

  • paulus

    She is a sweet ride. I don’t know about US race regs but a belly pan/catch can is required in our region. Seems strange the pan does not come as standard (it is in the range). Not a big fan of TC on Husqvarna’s but this is the 1 model where it makes partial sense.

  • n/a

    These new white KTM’s look pretty good.

    Traction control and 2 different maps on a supermoto though, wtf?

  • paulus

    I switched from a KTM 500EXC to a Husqvarna FE501… they are subtly but surprisingly different. The different linkage rear made a big difference to the personality of the bike. The subframe makes the airbox volume smaller and it can be felt in a different reaction when rolling on/off the throttle. The wiring is simpler and less complicated in its routing. Different bodywork curves also make the bike feel different from the saddle. Whilst it is essentially the same… it is different enough to be a separate model in its own right… kind of like a wife’s sister :)

  • They should put that in the marketing materials.

  • del1878

    Im guessing your wife has a hot sister! Great comment haha

  • Johnny

    So it’s exactly the same, but different :-)

    Nice comment though, Jensen’s right, you should be quoted in the sales brochure.

  • 2taktforum-at

    well husqvarna is allways a good option ..but advanced is not all , more important is the opportunity to become a better one for the same price . and this is tm racing . a very small company but with heart and great Experience at work. and the reward ??
    Supermoto World Champion S1 (450 cc )
    in 2009-2010-2012-2013-2014 – 2015 and at the moment leading in by the races in 2016 ….take a test drive than you feel the difference
    greets!

  • TM makes great bikes. They are hard to find in the USA, and when I say hard, I mean next to impossible.

  • 2taktforum-at

    thats true no much dealers…but certainly not impossible there is one main dealer – importer in USA and also one in Canada. by the way every good motorcycle work shop can do the service (if you cant do by your self) and the parts to order it in times of internet realy no problem.i think so : Where there is a will, there is a way
    greets!

  • To be fair, it’s not a brand on my radar. I was surprised to see that there’s an importer in the US, and even a dealership here in Portland. I’ll have to go check them out this weekend.