2018 Husqvarna FS 450 Supermoto | First Look


Husqvarna Motorcycles announces an updated supermoto machine, the new 2018 Husqvarna FS 450 (click here to check out last year's FS 450).

Here's the scoop from Husky on new Supermoto bike: Husqvarna is focused on introducing further advances in engine performance and a new design with high-tech components aboard their 2018 FS 450.

The new FS 450 is a single-cylinder SOHC engine with an all-new slipper clutch developed by Swiss specialist Suter Industries. The slipper clutch gives ease on controllable slides and offers a smoother & more precise response. It prevents instability and hopping when braking hard into turns and allows for maximum control for perfect supermoto-style drifting. Allowing for more advanced control of engine settings, the FS 450 offers an easily accessible mapping switch on the handlebar. The switch also initiates the launch control which limits the amount of power to the rear wheel and permits what Husqvarna claims as improved traction & eliminates loss of control during hard acceleration. A 44 mm Keihin throttle body, an exhaust system and 5-speed gearbox work in synergy to create maximum performance.

The updated engine is housed inside a hydro-formed, laser-cut and robot-welded steel frame that has been specifically designed by WP Performance Systems with calculated parameters of longitudinal and torsional flex. Unique to Husqvarna models, the composite sub frame is made of 30% carbon fiber making it remarkably light and particularly strong.

Designed with inlet ducts positioned precisely to prevent air deformation, the airbox ensures maximum airflow and maximum filter protection. The air filter is easily accessed, without tools, by removing the left side panel. Easy maintenance is guaranteed by the Twin Air filter and filter cage design that features a simple fail proof mounting system for accurate installation.

The FS 450 is equipped with a set of black 16.5” and 17” Alpina spoked wheels for front and rear. The wheels are matched with Bridgestone 125/80 R420 and 165/65 R420 slick tires for maximum grip, traction and agility. The supermoto bike is equipped with a Pro Taper handlebar and Brembo brakes’ 310 mm front disc with a 4-piston radially mounted caliper for the front and a 220 mm disc for the rear wheels.

The FS 450 gains a fresh look for model year 2018 with a new graphics design, and you won’t slide off with the extra grip seat cover holding you on.

The 2018 Husqvarna FS 450 will be available at a Husqvarna dealership near you come September 2017. Price is yet to be announced.

2018 Husqvarna FS 450 Supermoto Highlights:

  • Lightweight Chromoly frame → Offering optimal torsional rigidity
  • Innovative carbon rear subframe → Optimal stiffness & design
  • Cast aluminium swingarm → Complete control & stability
  • Closed cartridge WP fork & CNC machined triple clamps
  • High tech EFI system & reliable electric start
  • New SUTER anti-slip clutch → Maximum control under hard braking
  • Lightweight Li-Ion battery → Easy starting in all conditions
  • Alpina Tubeless spoked wheels → Lightweight & high-quality
  • Bridgestone slick tires → Optimal handling & performance
  • Radial Brembo brake caliper → Maximum stopping power
  • Functional bodywork → Fits riders of all sizes
  • Standard map switch → Launch control & traction control
  • Quality construction → Maximum efficiency & usability
  • New colors & seat cover → Incorporating traditional Husqvarna style
2018 Husqvarna FS 450 Specifications
Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement 449.9 ccm
Bore/stroke 95/63.4 mm
Compression ratio 12.75:1
Starter/battery Electric starter / Lithium Ion 12V 2.2Ah
Transmission 5 gears
Fuel system Keihin EFI, throttle body 44 mm
Control 4 V / SOHC with rocker arms
Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Gear ratios 16:32 18:30 20:28 22:26 24:24
Primary ratio 31:76
Final drive 14:45
Cooling Liquid cooling
Clutch SUTER Anti-hopping clutch, Magura hydraulics
Ignition / Engine Management Keihin EMS
Frame Central double-cradle-type 25CrMo4 steel
Subframe Carbon fibre reinforced polyamide
Handlebar Pro Taper, Aluminium Ø 28/22 mm
Front suspension WP USD AER Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension WP Monoshock with linkage
Suspension travel front/rear 280/266 mm
Front/rear brakes Disc brake Ø 310/220 mm
Front/rear rims 3.50 x 16.5" Alpina black, aluminum/5.00 x 17"Alpina black, aluminum
Front/rear tires 125/80-16.5"; 165/65-17"
Chain 5/8 x 1/4"
Silencer Aluminum
Steering head angle 26.1°
Triple clamp offset 16 mm
Wheel base 1,475 ± 10 mm / 58.1 ± 0.4 in
Ground clearance 290 mm / 11.4 in
Seat height 890 mm / 35 in
Tank capacity, approx. 7 l / 1.85 gal
Weight, without fuel, approx. 104.8 kg / 231 lb