The 2019 Husqvarna FX 450 is the Austrian producer’s flagship cross-country mannequin. It shares lots of the identical elements because the Husqvarna FC 450 motocross bike, however makes use of Magura brakes as a substitute of Brembos. It additionally has a large number of off-road-specific elements reminiscent of a bigger gas tank, softer suspension settings, an 18-inch rear wheel, kickstand, hand guards, and Dunlop AT81 tires. One extra half our testbike was geared up with that doesn’t come inventory was the skid plate, which is offered by means of Husqvarna Technical Equipment.
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2019 Husqvarna FX 450 Engine
Earlier than we started the shootout, we ran the 2019 Husqvarna FX 450 on our in-house Dynojet dynamometer. With a Dunlop D404 avenue tire mounted on the rear wheel, it churned out 52.34 hp at 9,360 rpm and 33.94 pound-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm—primarily equivalent to the KTM 450 XC-F. With these numbers, the Husqvarna ranks third within the horsepower division and first in torque. We then put in a recent set of Dunlop AT81 tires to make sure consistency in traction among the many 4 rivals by means of the length of the check.
The 2019 FX 450’s engine has a linear powerband that could be very usable and sneaky quick. It’s extremely smooth from backside to high and pulls all the best way to the rev limiter. These traits make the Husqvarna FX 450 very straightforward to experience, particularly in tighter, extra technical terrain. It has the least low-end of the 4 bikes within the check, which hinders it when traction circumstances are optimum, however helps it hook up in slick terrain. Its energy supply is barely much less aggressive and slower revving than the KTM 450 XC-F.
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The Husqvarna has a good quantity of engine-braking that’s helpful however not overpowering. The engine vibrates barely, which is felt by means of the handlebar and footpegs. The Magura hydraulic clutch is buttery smooth, constant, and helps the Pankl transmission shift easily and simply. It’s additionally the quietest bike within the shootout.
The 2019 HusqvarnaFX 450 has two maps that may be modified through the swap on the left facet of the handlebar. It additionally has traction management, which can be utilized in both map. Map 2 (aggressive) affords extra low-end torque than map 1 (customary). Map 2 was the popular selection amongst check riders. Traction management made every map barely much less responsive and got here in helpful in tighter, extra technical terrain.
2019 Husqvarna FX 450 Suspension
The Husqvarna’s WP AER 48 air fork and WP shock are softer feeling than the suspension on the Yamaha and Honda. The elements work properly on slower to medium-speed areas with smaller-sized bumps and obstacles. Nevertheless, in faster-paced sections with larger-sized rollers and larger impacts reminiscent of G-outs and bounce landings, the suspension lacked some consolation and predictability compared to the Yamaha YZ450FX and Honda CRF450RX.
The fork rides increased within the stroke than the 2 Japanese bikes, and even with its softer general really feel, it provided good bottoming resistance. Check riders have been pleased with the fork’s inventory 10.1-bar air strain setting, however went in on rebound to alleviate its considerably bouncy really feel and to attempt to get the 2019 Husqvarna FX 450 to experience deeper within the stroke. The shock felt particularly tender. Getting in on the high-speed compression and slowing down the rebound helped it maintain up higher and added extra management when it acquired too low within the stroke.
2019 Husqvarna FX 450 Chassis/Dealing with
The 2019 FX 450 tied the KTM because the lightest bike within the check, weighing in at 240 kilos on our automotive scales. Regardless of that, neither Austrian machine feels fairly as gentle as you’d anticipate judging by its low studying on the size, a few of which has to do with the engine’s mellow bottom-end and ultra-smooth energy supply. Except for the load really feel, the Husqvarna FX 450 is a neutral-handling bike with spectacular cornering capacity and good straight-line stability. Nevertheless, it doesn’t nook as sharp because the Honda and isn’t as secure because the Yamaha. The chassis feels longer than the Japanese bikes as properly.
The 2019 FX 450 has a impartial stance with 105mm of shock sag and is straightforward to maneuver round on with its roomy ergonomics. The radiator shroud space is slim. The flat seat is likely to be straightforward to maneuver round on, nevertheless it’s firmer and barely much less snug than the KTM’s. The 2019 FX 450’s facet quantity plates additionally really feel a contact wider than the 450 XC-F’s. The ProTaper handlebar has extra rise than the Neken bar on the KTM too. The extra rise makes the bar place extra delicate—a bit of too far again they usually really feel like they’ve dropped low in your lap, and for those who roll them ahead, they start to really feel tall.
The Magura brakes provide superb stopping energy, however have a softer chew than the Brembo models on the KTM. The ODI lock-on grips are a check rider favourite as properly. The 2019 Husqvarna FX 450 comes inventory with hand guards; it and the 2019 KTM 450 XC-F are the one two bikes to return with them in inventory trim, which check riders appreciated on bush-filled trails. We want to see it come inventory with a skid plate too, particularly contemplating there are three brackets on the decrease a part of the body to accommodate one.
Why It Ought to Have Gained
It has an extremely smooth but highly effective engine that makes it straightforward to experience, good general dealing with, sturdy brakes, a hydraulic clutch, and is tied for the lightest bike within the check. It’s additionally the quietest.
Why It Didn’t Win
The WP AER 48 fork falls wanting the efficiency of the inventory suspension elements on the Yamaha and Honda. The engine vibrates greater than it ought to, and is barely much less aggressive and slower revving than the KTM 450 XC-F. The ergonomics are a contact much less snug than the KTM’s too.