By Troy Siahaan Editor Score: 90.5%
2019 Husqvarna FS 450
Editor Score: 90.5%
The joy and fun of riding supermoto is something I personally love, but apparently this sentiment isn’t shared by most. It’s too bad, really. Supermoto offers all the fun of track riding for a fraction of the cost of taking your sportbike to a trackday. And if you’re a dirt guy, there’s even some of that, too. By their very nature, motocrossers are light, narrow, agile, and come packed with potent engines. Converting them into SuMos isn’t more than a wheel change, brake swap, and suspension tweak away, and yet the apparent demand is so small most OEMs – with the exception of Suzuki and its DR-Z400SM – haven’t taken notice.
Emphasis on most. Thankfully, Husqvarna hasn’t forgotten about us and has graced us with the FS450 supermoto. Based on the FC450 motocrosser, the FS450 is updated compared to last year’s version. A stiffened frame claims to enhance rider feedback – and it’s blue because, well, Husqvarna. A feature unique to Husky, the revised (versus last year) two-piece carbon fiber composite subframe gets a further weight reduction, down 0.6 lbs, making it just over 1 kg, or 2.2 lbs. In all, Husky says the FS450 weighs a mere 227 lbs, minus gas – just four pounds heavier than the FC450 MXer.
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In the MX world of a few years ago, air forks used to be all the rage, wherein the traditional coil springs were replaced with a pneumatic cartridge. On paper there were a few benefits. First, trading springs for air meant a significant weight reduction. Second, adjustments for rider weight or riding style can be …read more