The flagship of Husqvarna’s new line is
the result of genetic splicing
OFF-ROAD TEST: HUSQVARNA FX450
>If you know about the new Husqvarna FX450—if you know what it is, what it does and why it’s here—then congratulations; you’re one of an elite few. But before
you spread the word, or perhaps even write a five-dig-
it check to purchase one, you had better ask yourself one
thing: Are you sure you know?
If you’re not 100 percent clear, we can help. Let’s start by
explaining what it isn’t. The FX450 is not a trail bike. It’s not
a replacement for the FE450 that more or less held the same
place in the Husqvarna line last year. To be frank, it’s really
not an off-road bike—at least not in the traditional sense.
The FX is a racer with DNA that is 90 percent identical to
that of the Husky FC450 motocross bike. It’s imported in the
closed-course competition category of motorcycles and isn’t
approved by the EPA, the USFS or CARB.
Here’s what it is: a race bike. This is a motorcycle designed
for elite off-road racers who go very fast. It is a powerful
piece of brilliant engineering with a race-tuned motor, race-
bred suspension and race-worthy components.