Husqvarna launched its 2021 FS 450, a competition-focused supermoto that’s ready to go out and jump over all your challenges. The big changes are things you’ll feel rather than see at first glance, but they’ll definitely make a difference in how the new FS 450 performs. Let’s take a look.
Suspension upgrades are the name of the game here, with some tweaks to make your job riding it go a little smoother. WP XACT forks come with AER springs, as well as a new mid-valve damping system for more consistent front-end performance. There’s a new 22 mm front wheel axle to aid in fork response, as well. In the rear, the WP XACT shock features new low-friction linkage seals for improved traction and refined performance.
For 2021, the FS 450 also has a wheelbase that’s 7 mm shorter to improve your turning capabilities. To make the overall riding experience even better, a new, grippy seat cover helps keep you planted until you want to make a move.
The FS 450 SOHC engine comes to life at a single push of its electric start button, and features a 5-speed Pankl Racing Systems gearbox. For brakes, you get a 4-piston radially-mounted Brembo up front, which works with a 310 mm disc. In the rear, you have a single-piston caliper with a 220 mm disc. Other components include CNC machined triple clamps, a carbon fiber composite subframe, a Magura hydraulic clutch, and Alpina wheels shod in Bridgestone rubber. Both launch and traction control are standard. The entire bike weighs 102.8 kilograms (or just under 227 pounds) dry.
Gallery: 2021 Husqvarna FS 450
This bike will roll into Husqvarna showrooms worldwide in October, 2020, although no exact availability date has been announced. MSRP for this supermoto is $11,299. If you have any questions, check with your local Husky dealer to find out more information specific to your region.