The FC 450 has a linear powerband that is easy to ride. It has the same character as the KTM, just with a slightly smoother power delivery. The Husqvarna’s bottom-end is the softest of all the bikes, and it builds power as the rpm increase with a plentiful midrange and excellent top-end and over-rev. With this style of powerband, the Husqvarna and KTM can carry a gear longer than any other bike in the test. It revs slowly, some of which is due to its lazy throttle response, and it doesn’t offer a lot of excitement or have a hit in the powerband like the Honda or Kawasaki. However, it is still plenty fast and very rideable, which makes it easy to ride aggressively. The Magura hydraulic clutch has a remarkably smooth pull and helps coax the engine into the higher rpm, where the meat of the power is. It’s also the quietest bike in the test.