Husqvarna continues to be the only motorcycle manufacturer with a race-ready supermoto, straight from the factory, and what a machine it is, the Husqvarna FS 450. For the 2018 model year, the Swedish brand has added more updates for the Husqvarna FS 450, keeping it at the pointy end of technology.
The big changes come in the form of a new slipper clutch from Suter, and brand that any MotoGP team should be familiar with, along with a new map switch control on the handlebar, which continues to toggle on and off the bike’s traction control, dual engine maps, and launch control features.
The last change of note for the 2018 model year that Husqvarna wants us to share is that fact that there is a new graphics package…this year, the seat is blue.
At the core of the 2018 Husqvarna FS 450 supermoto is the same 449cc single-cylinder thumper, which puts out a claimed 63hp and is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The wet weight also remains, at 231 lbs without fuel, making for a potent package in terms of its power-to-weight ratio.
Like the rest of the 450cc Husqvarna line, the FS 450 uses a composite rear subframe, 30% of which is composed of carbon fiber. Love them or hate them, the WP AER forks return, with the springless design, and are paired with a conventional rear shock, also from WP Suspension.
Tubeless Alpina wheels remain for the 2018 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).
Husqvarna says that we can expect to see the 2018 Husqvarna FS 450 dealerships worldwide in July 2017. US pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but we would expect it to be similar to last year’s model, which was $10,200 MSRP.