Earlier this month, KTM announced the return of its most potent supermoto bike: the 450 SMR. Being a sister company, it was only a matter of time before Husqvarna came up with their own version of a track-only supermoto based on the 450 SMR platform.
Husqvarna just revealed the FS 450 supermoto. Like KTM’s version, the FS 450 also houses a compact 64 Ps engine within a lightweight frame and modern bodywork. The FS 450 also features revised suspension settings that deliver enhanced handling and damping characteristics for incredible on-track riding experiences.
For 2021, the FS 450 features WP XACT forks with AER technology and a new mid-valve damping system that ensures more consistent front-end suspension performance, similar to the KTM 450 SMR. Further enhancing the machine’s maneuverability, a new 22 mm diameter front axle and a 7 mm reduction in the base offset of the forks sharpens turning and overall agility. Refinements to the easily adjustable WP XACT shock improve rear-end damping performance with new, low-friction linkage seals delivering a refined suspension response.
The FS 450’s functional bodywork delivers ergonomics designed for exceptional comfort and is further enhanced by the addition of a high-grip seat cover to improve control in all conditions.
Enabling balanced and powerful braking, a 4 piston radially-mounted Brembo brake caliper and pump work in conjunction with a 310 mm disc to deliver exceptional front wheel stopping performance. A single-piston brake caliper and a 220 mm disc are mounted at the rear.
The FS 450 features premium components, including CNC-machined triple clamps, Alpina wheels and Bridgestone tires, a carbon fiber composite subframe, and a Magura hydraulic clutch, ensuring unrivaled, top-level supermoto performance.
Will it be landing here in the PH?
News of the Husqvarna brand coming here in the country have been circulating since last year, but the coronavirus pandemic may have stalled the project until a later date. The latest news from industry insiders, however, suggests that the Ayala-backed KTM Philippines will finally open its Husqvarna showrooms by November this year. As for the 450 SMR, there is no official word from KTM Philippines as of this writing.