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2018 Husqvarna FC450 Review

2018 Husqvarna FC450
2018 Husqvarna FC450
2018 Husqvarna FC450
2018 Husqvarna FC450
2018 Husqvarna FC450
2018 Husqvarna FC450
2018 Husqvarna FC450
2018 Husqvarna FC450
2018 Husqvarna FC450
2018 Husqvarna FC450

 

 

MUSCULAR PERFORMANCE.

Strong, yet usable engine performance catapults the FC 450 into contention at the top of the 450 class. The FC 450 has astonishing force from the SOHC engine, incredible handling from the lightweight, cutting-edge chassis, and embodies the core values of Husqvarna. The standard electric start and handlebar-mounted map switch make the FC 450 one of the most advanced Motocross bikes on the market.

MOTOCROSS IS SYNONYMOUS WITH THE VERY CULTURE AND HISTORY OF THE HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLE BRAND.

With over 100 years of continuous production, developing some of the world’s first production offroad machines, Husqvarna are truly the pioneers of the sport as we know it today. Husqvarna Motorcycles continue pioneering cutting-edge technologies by developing motorcycles that are more agile, more powerful and more ergonomically advanced than previous generations. The attention to detail and innovative techniques used by Husqvarna engineers have resulted in continued development year-on-year, delivering premium products to the motocross market.

In model year 2018, Husqvarna Motorcycles look to continue their century-long success and maintain their position as one of the leading players in the segment. To achieve this, they will continue offering motorcycles that are at the pinnacle of performance, design and ergonomics.

Husqvarna Motorcycles’ new motocross line-up consists of eight premium TC and FC models that combine cutting-edge technology with Swedish-inspired design, offering class-leading performance across the range.

For model year 2018 Husqvarna Motorcycles’ engineers focused their attentions on introducing further engine and chassis advances, while presenting a new from the ground up TC 85 machine.

Raising the bar in terms of design, performance and handling, the all-new generation TC 85 shares the same levels of premium quality and advanced technology as found on Husqvarna Motorcycles’ full-sized motocross machines. Featuring an all-new frame and high-tech WP suspension the 2018 TC 85 will allow junior motocross riders to perform with total confidence.

A major upgrade to all full-sized 2018 TC and FC machines are the Magura front and rear braking systems. Utilising a similar layout to the previous design, the new brakes now offer the best in terms of sensitivity and feeling. Additionally, all 4-strokes receive a new Li-Ion battery.

Based on a simple yet distinctive design, new graphics across the 2018 motocross range highlight Husqvarna’s Swedish heritage.

 

 

2018 Husqvarna FC450 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to introduce their 2018 TC and FC motocross machines – a line-up of eight 2-stroke and 4-stroke models that combine cutting-edge technology with high-end componentry to offer riders of all ages one of the most efficient and enjoyable motocross ranges on the market.

Looking to maintain their position as one of the leading players in the motocross segment, in model year 2018 Husqvarna Motorcycles offer an all-new TC 85 together with seven TC and FC models that receive major updates in order to continue offering class-leading performance across the range. With the new from the ground up TC 85 setting new standards in its class, Husqvarna’s full-size TC and FC machines feature a series of upgrades among which are new brakes, a new battery, new graphics and a high-grip seat cover.

Featuring high-tech componentry and rider-focused design, all eight new models are at the pinnacle of performance, design and ergonomics.

 

MAKING STRIDES

Remaining true to their commitment to deliver premium machines, Husqvarna Motorcycles have combined their engagement in top-level racing with extensive testing to further improve their entire motocross line-up for model year 2018. From the TC 50 and TC 65 minicycles to the full-size TC 125, TC 250, FC 250, FC 350 and FC 450 all new models set an even higher benchmark in terms of design and performance. On top of new models, revamped for 2018 Husqvarna Motorcycles´ clothing and accessories collections feature a range of casual garments, functional gear and performance-enhancing parts for all dedicated Husqvarna riders.

For model year 2018 Husqvarna Motorcycles’ engineers focused their attentions on introducing further engine and chassis advances in all full-sized TC and FC models. A major upgrade is the Magura front and rear braking systems. Utilising a similar layout to the previous design, the new brakes offer the best in terms of sensitivity and feeling.

All FC 4-stroke machines feature new compact Li-Ion 2.2 Ah battery with improved output consistency. Based on a simple yet distinctive design, new graphics across the 2018 motocross range highlight Husqvarna’s Swedish heritage.

 

WHAT’S NEW FOR MY18

=>New Magura brake callipers

=>New Li-Ion Battery – better output consistency (all 4-strokes)

=>Mikuni carburettor with updated setting for TC 125/250

=>Bodywork with new colour trim & graphics

=>Extra grip seat cover

 

 

2018 Husqvarna FC450 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Engine

The SOHC engine is the perfect example of the advanced engineering techniques used by Husqvarna Motorcycles. It offers a peak power of 63 hp at an overall weight of just 27.8 kg. Mass-centralisation is key in the engine design, enabling chassis engineers to position the engine closer to the centre of gravity for greatly improved handling and manoeuvrability.

             Mass centralisation → improved handling and reliability

             Performance → 63 hp and only 27.8 kg

 

Cylinder head

The compact SOHC cylinder head has been designed to offer the maximum performance at the minimum possible weight. The camshaft actuates four lightweight titanium valves that weigh only 32 g on the intake side and 28 g on the exhaust. The diameter of the intake valves is 40 mm, while on the exhaust it is 33 mm. Low-friction DLC coating on the rocker arm and low-friction chain guides offer optimum efficiency and reliability.

             SOHC → compact engine design

             Titanium valves → low weight, only 32 g on intake and 28 g on exhaust

             DLC coating & optimised chain guides → reduced friction

 

Cylinder and piston

The lightweight aluminium cylinder is an engineering masterpiece. Featuring a 95 mm bore and a CP bridge-box-type piston that weighs only 320 g. The compression ratio is 12.6:1 for an amazing peak output of 63 hp.

             Lightweight aluminium cylinder → 95 mm bore

             Lightweight CP forged bridged-box-type piston → high performance, reduced oscillating masses

 

Crankshaft

The inertia produced by the crankshaft is carefully calculated to deliver optimal traction and ride-ability from the powerful 450cc plant. The crankshaft is specifically positioned to harness the rotating mass in the ideal centre of gravity, resulting in a lightweight and agile handling feel. A plain big end bearing comprising of two force-fitted bearing shells ensure maximum reliability and durability, guaranteeing long service intervals of 100 hours.

             Crankshaft position → ideal centre of gravity, improved handling

             Plain big end bearing and force-fitted bearing shells → increased durability and service intervals

 

Crankcases

The crankcases are designed to house the shaft arrangements and internals of the engine in the position that offers the best possible handling. Additionally, the position of the clutch shaft keeps the clutch above the oil level resulting in decreased friction and increased efficiency.

High-pressure die-cast production processes keep the overall weight to a minimum, resulting in thin wall thickness while retaining reliability. The historic Husqvarna logo adorns the bronze finished crankcase covers.

             Design → optimised mass-centralisation, increased efficiency

             High pressure die cast production process → thin walls for reduced weight, while maintaining strength

 

Gearbox

The lightweight 5-speed gearbox has a low-friction coating on the shifting fork guaranteeing smooth and precise shifting. The gear lever features a design that prevents dirt build-up and keeps the lever tip in its original position even in the toughest conditions. An advanced gear sensor allows for specific engine maps in each gear.

             5-speed gearbox → smooth and precise shifting

             Integrated gear sensor → specific engine maps for each gear

 

DDS clutch

The FC 450 features a DDS (Dampened Diaphragm Steel) clutch. The exclusive characteristics of this system include a single diaphragm steel pressure plate instead of traditional coil springs. It integrates a damping system for better traction and durability.

The clutch basket is a single-piece CNC-machined steel component that allows the use of thin steel liners and contributes to the compact design of the engine.

             DDS clutch → lighter with better modulation and improved durability

             Magura hydraulic system → perfect clutch modulation

 

 

 

2018 Husqvarna FC450 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in USD

Engine
Design 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Displacement 449.9 cm³
Starter Electric starter
Transmission 5-speed
Primary drive 31:76
Secondary gear ratio 13:48
Clutch Wet, multi-disc clutch, Magura hydraulics
EMS Keihin EMS

 

Chassis
Frame design 25CrMo4 steel central-tube frame
Front suspension WP-USD, AER 48, Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension WP shock absorber with linkage
Suspension travel (front) 12.2 inch
Front brake Brembo twin-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Rear brake Brembo single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Rear brake disc diameter 220 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4″
Steering head angle 63.9 °
Seat height 37.8 inch
Weight without fuel 223.11 lb.
Suspension travel (rear) 11.81 inch
Tank capacity (approx.) 1.85 US gal

 

 

2018 Husqvarna FC450 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in  CDN

Engine
Design 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Displacement 449.9 cm³
Bore 95 mm
Starter Electric starter
Transmission 5-speed
Primary drive 31:76
Secondary gear ratio 13:48
Clutch Wet, multi-disc clutch, Magura hydraulics
EMS Keihin EMS

 

Chassis
Frame design 25CrMo4 steel central-tube frame
Front suspension WP-USD, AER 48, Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension WP shock absorber with linkage
Suspension travel (front) 310 mm
Suspension travel (rear) 300 mm
Front brake Brembo twin-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Rear brake Brembo single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Rear brake disc diameter 220 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4″
Steering head angle 63.9 °
Wheelbase 1485 ± 10 mm
Ground clearance 370 mm
Seat height 960 mm
Tank capacity (approx.) 7 l
Weight without fuel 101.2 kg

 

 

2018 Husqvarna FC450 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £7599 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine
Design 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Displacement 449.9 cm³
Starter Electric starter
Transmission 5-speed
Primary drive 31:76
Secondary gear ratio 13:48
Clutch Wet, multi-disc clutch, Magura hydraulics
EMS Keihin EMS

 

Chassis
Frame design 25CrMo4 steel central-tube frame
Front suspension WP-USD, AER 48, Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension WP shock absorber with linkage
Suspension travel (front) 12.2 inch
Front brake Brembo twin-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Rear brake Brembo single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Rear brake disc diameter 220 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4″
Steering head angle 63.9 °
Seat height 37.8 inch
Weight without fuel 223.11 lb.
Suspension travel (rear) 11.81 inch
Tank capacity (approx.) 1.85 US gal

 

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