Husqvarna Motorcycles has unveiled the all-new 2017 FS 450 — a drastically revamped supermoto machine offering a notable leap forward in terms of technology and performance.
The 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 FS 450 ensures supermoto racers and riders alike have the perfect machinery to achieve their goals.
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 aluminum engine mountings further improve 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. Optimized 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. Analyzing 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.
Crafted by WP Performance Systems, the hydro-formed chromium molybdenum frame of the FS 450 delivers superior handling and maneuverability. Showcasing pioneering innovation, Husqvarna continues to feature a composite subframe, made from 30 percent carbon fiber. As well as being incredibly strong, it weighs only 1.4 kg.
Here’s a look at what’s new for the 2017 FS 450:
• All-new WP AER 48 front forks
• CNC-machined upper triple clamp
• New handlebar clamps
• New aluminum engine mountings
• Handlebar switch with selectable mappings and launch control
• EMS with traction control
• New Husqvarna color trim and graphics
For North America, the new MY17 FS 450 will be available in September in limited quantities at selected Husqvarna motorcycle dealerships.