Grippy racing slick tires, a flickable and confidence-inspiring chassis, and serious power is what makes closed-course supermoto so damn fun. And that’s exactly what Husqvarna had in mind when building the FS 450. Sharing the same engine and frame as the Husky FC 450 motocrosser, the FS takes already potent performances and dedicates itself to Supermoto competition with 16.5-inch and 17-inch wheels made to fit slicks.
Cycle World Senior Editor Justin Dawes rode the 2019 supermoto and found, “Right out the gate, the chassis felt balanced and stable on the short and choppy track. Knee down or leg out or a combination of both—the Husky doesn’t care how you ride it; it just hooks a corner with massive grip and exceptional feel. Transitions from side to side are instantaneous and snappy.”
The FS 450 is the only competition-specific supermoto on the market, but other supermotos include the Suzuki DR-Z400SM, KTM 690 SMC R, Ducati Hypermotard 950/SP, and Aprilia Dorsoduro 900.
No major updates were made for the 2020 model.