All-new for 2023 Husqvarna FS 450 supermoto is expected to arrive in Australia from October in very limited numbers. Finished with new bodywork and improved ergonomics for 2023, the FS 450 runs white and grey graphics for a distinctive look. We think you will agree that it looks sensational.
Powered by a new 450 cc SOHC 4-stroke engine, the performance characteristics of the FS 450 can be fine-tuned using the updated map select switch mounted on the ProTaper handlebars.
This device allows for full customization of the machine as it controls the activation of launch control, traction control, and the new quick-shifter, for seamless upshifts.
The 2023 Husqvarna FS 450 gets a new frame. The hydro-formed frame is still made of Chromoly steel. The ’23 gets new geometry designed to reduce squat on acceleration.
The subframe is a new aluminum-polyamide hybrid, which replaces the carbon-fiber/polyamide subframe used for years. Husqvarna tells us that the new subframe is more durable and has specific rigidity properties that enhance the main frame.
Expect more acceleration from the new motor. The basic SOHC architecture remains, but Husqvarna claims “class-leading performance and low weight” from the mill. The exact engine placement has also changed in the new frame.
The quick shifter gets a new sensor. According to the Husky, the change is intended to improve upshifts—more acceleration, again.
Your left thumb is now the master of electronics. The new switch, mounted on a ProTaper handlebar, controls traction control, launch control, and the quick-shifter setting.
The WP Xact suspension on the 2023 Husqvarna FS 450 gets major changes. The 48mm fork is new, with a focus on increasing the progressivity of the damping to prevent bottoming. The air function remains, supplanting a spring. The shock now requires no tools for damping adjustments, and the main piston is updated.
Moving around the motorcycle should be easier, thanks to the new bodywork.
You won’t have to wait long for a 2023 Husqvarna FS 450—they’re supposed to be in dealers without delay. We don’t have an MSRP yet for the new supermoto racer.