Husqvarna has announced an updated FS 450 supermoto machine for 2017, featuring new components and advances in engine management. The front fork is now a 48mm WP air fork that is 3.5 pounds lighter than its predecessor, and the fork is held with new CNC-machined triple clamps that allow a certain amount of flex under load. Interestingly, new engine mounts are also said to improve suspension function. A switch on the handlebar allows the rider to select from two engine maps, as well as activate the new traction control system.
The FS 450 will be available at US dealers in September of this year. The full text of Husqvarna's press information follows.
HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES INTRODUCES THE 2017 FS 450
NEW SUPERMOTO MACHINE ADDED IN HUSQVARNA’S 2017 STIRRING MOTORCYCLE LINE-UP
Carrying Husqvarna’s World Supermoto Championship winning pedigree into the future, the new FS 450 features updated and top-of-the-line componentry, further advances in engine management and a fresh design that stays true to Husqvarna’s heritage. Combining state of the art technology with unparalleled on-track performance the all-new FS 450 ensures supermoto racers and riders alike have the perfect machinery to achieve their goals.
What’s new for 2017
Reaching new heights in terms of suspension technology the 2017 FS 450 is equipped with WP’s revolutionary AER 48 forks. Offering progressive and consistent damping characteristics, the new split air forks are 1.66 kg lighter than their predecessors. They also offer unprecedented ease of access for adjustment, with the necessary air pump provided as standard. The CNC-machined triple clamps allow the fork tubes to flex under load. For 2017 the upper triple clamp has a new design to perfectly match the characteristics of the new forks. A new set of aluminium engine mountings further improves suspension functionality while reducing the overall weight.
The FS 450 features a new handlebar map switch, which allows the rider to modify the engine characteristics in the blink of an eye. Optimised for easy operation, the switch allows selection between two different engine maps and also activates launch control for maximum traction at every start. Taking a big step forward the 2017 FS 450 introduces a revolutionary traction control system, which can also be engaged via the new map switch. Analysing a series of parameters the system is able to modify the amount of power delivered to the rear wheel ensuring maximum traction in all conditions.
True to the brand’s Swedish roots the bike features a minimalistic but striking design with the new model getting new graphics. Added to the low-profile, high-grip seat cover tailored to deliver superior control and comfort, the advanced ergonomics allow riders to perform at the highest level for extended periods of time.
Attention in every detail
Crafted by WP Performance Systems the hydro-formed chromium molybdenum frame of the FS 450 delivers superior handling and manoeuvrability. Showcasing pioneering innovation Husqvarna continues to feature a composite subframe, made from 30% carbon fibre. As well as being incredibly strong it weighs only 1.4 kg.
Offering optimal stiffness at the least possible weight, the cast aluminium swingarm is another mark of exceptional quality. The swingarm is connected to a high performance WP DCC rear shock with specific supermoto set-up providing advanced traction and bump absorption.
A set of black 16.5”/17” Alpina spoked wheels are matched with Bridgestone’s 125/80 R420 and 165/65 R420 slick tyres for maximum grip and agility. Precisely positioned inlet ducts in the airbox prevent air deformation, ensuring maximum airflow and performance. The air filter is made by Twin Air and can be easily accessed without tools.The ODI lock-on grips come together with a unique throttle assembly offering easy free-play adjustment and the ability to alter throttle progression. Finally, the 7-litre polythene tank and the ProTaper handlebars with its new mounting clamps further ensure the 2017 Husqvarna FS 450 among the most sophisticated supermotos on the market.
Maximum performance guaranteed
Setting the benchmark in terms of performance, the new FS 450 features the most powerful 450 cc supermoto engine ever developed by Husqvarna. Designed to be smaller and faster at processing data the engine is controlled using a Keihin Engine Management System which also integrates launch control, selectable engine maps and the new traction control for 2017. Together with the gear sensor, the EMS is capable of correctly tailoring power delivery for each gear. The throttle cables are mounted directly to the Keihin 44 mm throttle body without the use of a linkage making throttle input more direct and response more immediate. Delivering the best possible performance while complying with the FIM noise limits, the FS 450’s exhaust features an integrated resonance chamber in its header pipe. An APTC slipper clutch prevents rear wheel hopping when braking hard, with the Magura hydraulic system ensuring perfect clutch modulation.
HUSQVARNA FS 450 HIGHLIGHTS
What’s new for the MY17 FS 450
- All-new WP AER 48 front forks
- CNC-machined upper triple clamp
- New handlebar clamps
- New aluminium engine mountings
- Handlebar switch with selectable mappings and launch control
- EMS with traction control
- New Husqvarna colour trim and graphics
Overview of the FS 450 features
- Most powerful Husqvarna 450 supermoto engine ever developed
- Chromoly frame design, optimised for light weight and optimal torsional rigidity
- Innovative, lightweight carbon composite rear subframe for optimal stiffness and design
- Lightweight cast aluminium swingarm for complete control and stability
- High tech EFI system and reliable electric start
- Lightweight Li-Ion battery
- APTC clutch for maximum control under hard braking
- Premium quality Alpina Tubeless spoked wheels
- Bridgestone slick tyres for amazing performance and optimal handling
- Radial Brembo brake caliper for maximum stopping power
- Functional bodywork with carefully designed and engineered ergonomics to fit riders of all sizes
- Quality construction and reliability, for maximum efficiency and usability all season long
The new Husqvarna MY17 FS 450 will be available from July 2016 at authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers.
For North America, the new MY17 FS 450 will be available in September 2016 in limited quantities at selected Husqvarna Motorcycle Dealers.