FIRST PLACE: HUSQVARNA FX450: No one
should be too surprised. The FC450 motocross bike
was a close second in our motocross shootout two
months ago, and the FX450 is almost the same bike.
The milder power output that was blamed for that narrow defeat actually worked in the Husky’s favor this
time. The kinds of racecourses we see out west typically have an EnduroCross section that rewards the
Husky’s smoother nature.
SECOND PLACE: KTM 450XC-F: For now, KTM is
inseparable from Husqvarna. We can talk about how the
two brands have separate identities and are developing
separate traits, but we haven’t seen a shootout where they
didn’t finish back to back since the two brands merged.
The fact that both names have done so well in tests this
year can be attributed to one factor above all—the WP AER
48 fork. It changed the way we think
about air forks and made the KTM a
much more competitive motorcycle.
450 OFF-ROAD SHOOTOUT:
ON THE TRACK
Beneath a thin veneer, these are all motocross
bikes at their core, so it isn’t surprising that they all
worked so well on the racecourse. All have superb
power and suspension for motocross. The finishing
order for this portion of the test was extremely close.
fork. It changed the way we think