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– 2012 Husaberg FE450
2012 Husaberg FE450 Review
The perfect tool for the E2 class: Swedish steel with tremendous power and unrivalled handling. The four-stroke Enduro models, as everybody knows, stand for intelligent technology and consistent innovation down to the last detail.
+ mass centralisation with 70° engine layout
+ optimum positioning of centre of gravity
+ precise power application with EFI
+ harmonic power delivery in every situation
+ traction due to engine characteristics and weight distribution
+ convertibility of engine power into forward propulsion
+ closed cartridge forks
+ unrivalled responsiveness
+ constant damping throughout the entire suspension travel
+ optimised for fast and rutted terrain
2012 Husaberg FE450 Features and Benefits
The latest WP closed cartridge USD fork with 48 mm diameter signifies a new dimension in the field of enduro suspension. The fully adjustable 48 mm fork from WP Suspension ensures comfortable response and large damping reserves. In conjunction with the CNC-machined triple clamps, this guarantees more assured control of the front wheel.
Particularly light and manufactured from high quality aluminium, ensuring that the silencer complies with all statutory noise limits.
The lightweight double-cradle perimeter design guarantees the highest levels of torsional rigidity and assured directional stability. Extremely slim lower tube loops. Minimal overall width. Unbeatable ground clearance.
High-strength aluminium alloy Neken tapered handlebars guarantee the highest levels of stiffness and safety. Mountable in 4 different positions.
Crosslinked polyethylene guarantees the highest levels of strength at the same time as reduced weight. Numerous electronic components are embedded perfectly in the subframe. Now in black.
Classy triple clamps machined from a single piece are fitted as standard to all Husaberg models. This results in precise clamping of the fork tubes, which supports the flawless function of the forks.
Positioned directly behind the tank cap, it is covered by the front part of the seat. The raised airbox position guarantees cool, clean intake air and maximum wading depth. Intake port in direct downdraught from the filter to the cylinder.
The 8.5 litre capacity, slim fuel tank extends way under the seat, providing a favourable centre of gravity, and is equipped with a compact fuel pump as well as a reserve sensor. The transparent polyethylene also allows the fuel level to be determined from the outside.
The integrated stainless steel exhaust manifold offers optimum protection from damage by rocks and prevents all direct contact with the rider.
The latest Brembo front brake for optimum braking performance with a minimum of effort. Effective single-piston rear brake caliper. Ultra-light Wave discs for best possible deceleration
and efficient self-cleaning of the brakes.
Fully adjustable PDS shock absorber with optimised settings for even better traction and stability. Adjustable rebound damping and variable high- and low-speed compression damping guarantee the perfect configuration for the most diverse conditions.
+ sports-oriented compact engine design with revolutionary layout + reduced to the minimum + optimum handling thanks to 70° cylinder angle and crankshaft position close to bike’s centre of gravity + easy starting + the hightest reliability
Starting at the push of a button, in every situation by means of precisely controlled state-of-the-art engine management, no need for a kickstarter, minimum engine weight
42 mm throttle body in direct downdraught + optimum flow from the airbox to the cylinder + 2 alternative mappings selectable (map-select switch available as a Husaberg part)
New valve spring retainers made of stronger material guarantee greater reliability under heavy loads in the highest rpm ranges.
All engine versions are equipped with a perfectly graduated 6-gear transmission, with a narrower spread in the FX.
Designed for extreme loads, hydraulic clutch actuation system from Magura, integrated torque cushion, perfect application, FLEX clutch lever, hinges forwards up to 90°, reduces risk of breakage
For greater stiffness, the engineers have significantly reinforced the area of the frame around the steering head on the 4-stroke models, reduced frame flex at the decisive points, substantially improved stability of the bike at high speeds, absolutely precise control of the front wheel
Super-light cast aluminium swingarm, holds the directly attached PDS shock, greatest degree of directional stability, plenty of traction and comfort
2012 Husaberg FE450 – Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP Price: See local Husaberg dealer for special pricing.
Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement 449.3 cc
Bore/Stroke 95/63.4 mm
Compression ratio 11.8:1
Starter/Battery Electric starter/12V 7Ah/12V 7Ah
Transmission 6 gears
Fuel system Keihin EFI
Control 4 V/OHC with rocker levers
Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Engine Oil Motorex, SAE 10W-50
Primary ratio 33:76
Secondary drive 13:38 (13:52)
Cooling Liquid cooling
Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch, hydraulically operated
Engine Management System Keihin
Frame Double cradle perimeter design 25CrMo4
Subframe Cross-linked Polyethylene
Handlebar Neken, Aluminium Ã˜ 28/22 mm
Front suspension WP-USD Ã˜ 48 mm Closed Cartridqe
Rear suspension WP-PDS DCC shock absorber
Suspension travel front/rear 300/335 mm
Front/rear brakes Disc brake Ã˜ 260 mm/Disc brake Ã˜ 220 mm
Front/rear rims 1.60 x 21” DID/2.15 x 18” DID
Front/rear tires 90/90-21”; 140/80-18”
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
Steering Head Angle 63.5°
Wheel base 1,475 ± 10 mm
Ground clearance 390 mm
Seat height 985 mm
Tank capacitiy approx. 8.5 litres
Weight approx. 114 kg
*Specifications subject to change without notice.
2012 Husaberg FE450 – Press Release
Husaberg model year 2012 is about to hit the trails
For model year 2012 Husaberg will be 100% Enduro and with the addition of a sixth model to the Enduro line-up the Swedish brand once again addresses a completely new target group.
In Model Year 2012 Husaberg clearly focuses on its core competence again – Enduro. From the very beginning back in 1988, when a couple of Swedish Enduro enthusiasts decided to develop and build a radically new Enduro machine, which then became known as the first Husaberg, up until today Enduro was always the brand’s inner core. Be it in terms of sales or in terms of racing success, the FE and TE Enduro bikes have always been the brand’s most valuable assets and therefore the decision was taken to go “back to the roots” and become 100% Enduro again.
A new model for new Husaberg riders
Husaberg wants to open up access to the brand for even more Enduro enthusiasts. Therefore the model range is further expanded by the addition of a new model, the TE 125.
After the bigger-bore 2-stroke models last year which have proven very successful in racing (victory at Hell’s Gate, Tough One, Extreme Lagares and Vice-World Champions title in the Indoor Enduro World Championship) as well as in sales right away, this new addition to the Husaberg model range will attract even more new customers to Husaberg. The passionate 125cc riders on one hand and, even more importantly, the young Enduro enthusiasts and racers from the age of 16 on the other hand. It is the next logical step for Husaberg to become a full range 100% Enduro brand attracting new young customers.
The TE 125 is unbeatable in terms of easy handling and with the top of the range components like the closed-cartridge fork, machined triple clamps and translucent 11 litre tank it shares with its siblings will be an easy choice for all E1 racers who want the best price/performance ratio of the class.
New look, better “Husability”
The look of the 2012 model range has been refreshed not only by new graphics but also by very useful changes and additions. A very convenient change which also contributes to the fresh and light overall appearance of the bikes is the now completely translucent fuel tank for all FE and TE models which makes it even easier to determine the fuel level in the tank. As the yellow coated frame might only look good the addition of very stable MX handguards offers excellent protection and further underlines the high level of equipment offered as standard on the Husaberg models like the frame protection (all models) and the engine protection (all models but TE 125).
Only the best components
Of course Husaberg remains true to its premium standards and therefore all models feature the top of the range suspension with a closed-cartridge front fork and the fully adjustable PDS shock. The fork is held in place by machined triple clamps whereby the upper triple clamp is a new, lighter and more rigid version offering even better clamping characteristics for the 2012 models.
The high performance brakes featured on the 2012 Husaberg models are again supplied by Brembo, the shrouds are manufactured using the latest in-mould technology making them more resistant to wear and the hydraulic clutch actuation and the electric start button (all models but TE 125) are mounted on an extremely rigid Neken aluminium handlebar.
The big-bore 2-stroke models TE 250 and TE 300 receive a new reed valve block for even better throttle response and the TE 300 also features a new cylinder for increased bottom-end power. The standard on-the-fly ignition switch is replaced in model year 2012 by a new, smaller version so far only available from Husaberg’s accessories programme.
Last but not least Husaberg will be expanding the Husaberg Factory Team’s long-standing cooperation with Michelin on to the standard bikes by equipping all models from model year 2012 with Michelin Enduro Competition III tyres.
Value for money
Although still using only the best components available on the market and not compromising any detail when it comes to build quality, focusing on the core Enduro models, complimenting better sourcing terms resulting from a steadily growing sales volume over the last 3 years, Husaberg can now pass on these cost benefits to its Husaberg riders with more attractive retail prices* for model year 2012.
All news and details about the 2012 models are available here on Total Motorcycle website.
* price reductions may vary or not be valid in all countries