Husqvarna Shows the 2019 FS450 Supermoto for Circuit Thrills

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Taking on a supermoto course is impossible without a proper machine sitting between the rider's legs. And there are plenty such machines to go around, some more attractive than others.
For 2018’s season, Husqvarna’s proposition for mixed-course tracks is once again the FS 450, a bike built from the ground up “to offer unmatched closed-circuit supermoto performance,” as the company states.

“Showcasing Husqvarna Motorcycles’ pioneering development direction, fresh and distinctive new bodywork matches advanced ergonomics with a pure yet effective Swedish-inspired design,” said the Swedes in a statement.

The Supermoto is, in fact, a variant of the Motocross version of the 450 and it has been created as a redesigned chassis and engine platform. The frame is a touch more rigid than the version currently on the market, to provide better straight-line stability. The weight of the composite carbon fiber subframe has been reduced and is now 0.6 lb lower than the outgoing version.

Taking care the bike doesn’t break apart on the demanding course is the 48mm AER air fork, paired to DCC rear shock and improved suspension.

Powering the Supermoto is a single-cylinder SOHC power plant that comes with a redesigned cylinder head. The engine develops only 63 horsepower, but considering they’re meant to push forward a 60.2 lb motorcycle, that’s more than enough.

The power of the engine is transformed into motion with the help of Alpina spoked wheels, sized 16.5 inches for the front and 17 inches at the rear. Both use Bridgestone slicks to get the most out of each piece of dirt or tarmac.

The new FS 450 Supermoto will be made available starting this September. The price for the new model has not yet been announced. In the document attached below you can find the entire range of modification envisioned for the 2019 version of the bike, as listed by Husqvarna.
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