Husqvarna continues to refine its popular FS 450 supermoto with a 2023 machine upgraded to improve handling and given the capability to fine-tune power output and road feel. The 2023 updates follow on the heels of a chassis tweak in 2021 and a clutch update in 2022.
Editor’s note: We test rode the modern version of Husqvarna’s purpose-built racer during the 2019 Husqvarna FS 450 Supermoto First Ride Review article and video.
The latest track-spec 450 comes with a new hydroformed chromium molybdenum frame designed to reduce squatting behavior. The main frame is complemented by a new aluminum-polyamide subframe with enhanced rigidity, along with new WP Xact suspension front and rear. The 48mm fork comes with AER tech and provides more progressive damping at the end of the stroke. The shock features tooless adjustment and an optimized piston. Along with revised bodywork that promises to make on-bike movement easier, the FS 450 is poised to be an even better handling bike than before.
Husqvarna kept smoothness at the top of its list of priorities when making changes to the 449.9cc single, which has been repositioned to further optimize mass distribution and centralization. The bike gets a new multifunctional engine map switch that also activates its quickshifter, traction control, and launch control. A new quickshift sensor improves upshifts, and elements like the previously improved Brembo clutch contribute to light, responsive feel during gear changes. The bike comes equipped with Brembo brakes, Alpina wheels, ProTaper handlebars, and electric starting powered by a li-ion 2.0Ah battery.
The improved 2023 FS 450 Supermoto is now available at authorized Husqvarna dealers.