Husqvarna never plays when it comes to dirt bikes and if you want further proof check out its 2014 FE 450. This impressive machinery has everything it needs to help you tackle even the toughest tracks without any problems.
It’s backed up by a 1-cylinder, 4-stroke, water-cooled engine with a displacement of 449.3 cc. The unit is brought to life by an electric starter and is kept under control by a six speed, claw shifted transmission. The engine is combined with a Keihin electronic fuel injection and features a 42mm throttle body rewarding you with an impressive throttle response every time you fire it up.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a strong and lightweight chromoly frame that sits on a set of long travel suspensions. Talking about the suspensions system it includes a WP 4CS closed cartridge 48 mm front fork and a high performance rear shock which is completely adjustable for rebound and high/low speed compression damping.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Husqvarna FE 450.
Amazing power and torque characteristics are harnessed by a state-of-the-art chassis that guarantees extreme precision and agility. The robust engine has been tuned to reliably deliver maximum performance season after season of hard Enduro riding in any condition.
The 449.3cc SOHC engine of the FE 450 has a 95mm bore and a 63.4mm stroke and has been developed specifically for Enduro riding in extreme conditions. It is not only easy to use, torquey and powerful, but also efficient and reliable. The die-cast production procedure allows for thinner wall thickness compared to other production processes, reducing weight while maintaining strength, and contributing to the compact overall packaging of the engine/chassis combination. The cylinder head is characterised by a single overhead cam that actuates two lightweight titanium intake valves and two steel exhaust valves. The König bridge-box-type piston is closely related to the FC 450’s piston in order to lower oil consumption and optimise performance. Vibrations are kept to a minimum thanks to the multifunctional counter balance shaft which is situated on the right side of the engine, for a compact and efficient design, cancelling inertia forces and simultaneously driving the water pump and timing chain.
The crank shaft and lightweight con rod are made by Pankl from high-tensile strength steel and have been specifically designed to withstand the high power output and torque of the FE 450, without sacrificing durability and long service intervals. That is why the crank shaft has a plain big end bearing and two force-fitted shells that run directly on the crank pin.
ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS)
The engine features Keihin electronic fuel injection and a 42mm throttle body for great throttle response and engine performance that is optimised for tough Enduro riding conditions. Energy to the electrical systems is supplied by an oil-cooled 196 W AC alternator. The optional Husky Power map switch allows riders to select maps. It is also possible to download engine data with a laptop via a Setting Tool.
Just as on the other 4-strokes in the Husqvarna Enduro line-up, the FE 450 fits an electric starting system. Even at the highest level of competition riders appreciate the peace of mind that comes with the electric start when in a difficult situation.
The powerful 450 engine has been encased in a strong and lightweight chromoly frame that guarantees maximum feedback to the rider in rough terrain, on rocks and in slippery conditions. The precisely engineered longitudinal flex improves rider confidence, speed and race times, and works together with the suspension to absorb impacts from the rear wheel, also giving the rider greater feedback. The torsional rigidity has been calibrated to maximise sharp handling, turn-in and stability in any situation.
The lightweight, three-piece construction of the polyamide rear subframe is more flexible than a traditional aluminium rear subframe. Rider confidence and comfort are enhanced by precisely engineered longitudinal flex that accurately transmits feedback to the rider, making it easier to exploit the phenomenal potential of the FE 450’s handling characteristics. The composite subframe allows the engineers to have unlimited opportunities of integrating features such as the airbox, electronics and rear grab handle.
The one-piece construction of the swingarm guarantees consistent performance by eliminating welding points. The engineers designed specific flex characteristics that optimise traction while feeding precise information to the rider, instilling confidence and improving overall performance. Strong but light, the beautifully styled aluminium cast swingarm provides perfect stability and safety.
WHEELS AND BRAKES
Black DID rims and CNC machined hubs mated to silver anodised nipples add an aggressive and modern look to the newly designed Husqvarna Enduro range. World Championship level performance is guaranteed by Michelin Enduro Competition tyres. The wheels are kept firmly under control thanks to maximum feeling in extreme situations combined with amazing stopping power of the latest generation of Brembo brakes, featuring a new master cylinder and floating calipers. Ergonomically perfect controls allow the rider to accurately gauge braking power to the 260mm and 220mm wave discs at the front and rear respectively.
The WP 4CS closed cartridge 48mm front fork represents the pinnacle of suspension technology. The 4 chamber system unites the performance of a closed cartridge fork with the simplicity of an open cartridge fork and also has the benefit of additional weight reduction of the overall system. It provides a decisive advantage in terms of responsiveness constant damping precision and handling, while maintaining plushness and rider comfort. Matched with CNC machined black triple clamps, the 4CS forks ensure exceptional handling and feel of the front end. Riders of all performance levels can adapt the setup of the fork for different terrain and conditions by changing clicker settings with a simple twist of a dial, obtaining the best performance in terms of rebound and high/low speed compression damping settings.
WP designed the high performance rear shock with the aim of guaranteeing excellent damping characteristics to ensure maximum feedback as well as rider comfort. The shock is completely adjustable for rebound and high/low speed compression damping, allowing riders to tailor the behaviour according to conditions and preference.
WP specially developed a rear linkage system for the MY 2014 Husqvarna Enduro line-up. The DCC (Dual Compression Control) linkage system absorbs big hits and rough terrain with ease, while maintaining optimal feeling and traction on smaller ruts and bumps. The versatile Husqvarna DCC linkage system is sure to meet the needs of riders of all levels, with a consistent, confidence-inspiring and light feeling chassis in every situation.
CNC MACHINED TRIPLE CLAMPS
The beautifully crafted triple clamps on the MY 2014 Enduro models have been developed to deliver maximum feedback to the rider under braking, in rough terrain and on jumps by allowing the fork tubes to flex in a controlled fashion. The rider receives accurate information on the behaviour of the front end and this increases rider confidence. The R&D department’s efforts were focused on ensuring uniform clamping of the fork legs in order to distribute the forces evenly on the fork, maintaining the leg shape, and thus proper damping along the entire stroke.
Man and machine
In order to take full advantage of the towering performance on offer, the bodywork has been designed to perfectly connect the rider to the bike. Exceptional ergonomics play a central role in controlling the bike, while the slim and stylish lines of the side panels and radiator shrouds allow for optimal movement while riding, resulting in faster and safer riding.
The airbox is integrated in the composite rear subframe and is designed to allow quick and easy filter change in seconds without tools. All models fit a Twin Air filter as standard and have dedicated air intake snorkels.
The polythene fuel tanks fit perfectly within the tailor made bodywork and feature an easy opening bayonet-type filler cap. The FE 450 fuel tank has an integrated fuel pump.
The standard equipment levels on the FE 450 are astonishing. Only top-of-the-line products will do, such as the Neken handlebar, handguards and electric starter. For the die hard enthusiasts, riding pleasure is further enhanced by a complete range of Husky Power accessories.
|Engine Design||1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled|
|Starting aid||Electric starter|
|Transmission||6-speed, claw shifted|
|Engine lubrication||Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps|
|Secondary gear ratio||14:52 (13:52)|
|Cooling system||Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc clutch DDS / Brembo hydraulics|
|Ignition system||Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment|
|Frame||Central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing|
|Forks||WP Suspension Up Side Down 4CS|
|Shock absorber||WP Monoshock with linkage|
|Suspension travel||Front 300 mm|
|Suspension travel||Rear 330 mm|
|Brake system||Front Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper|
|Brake system||Rear Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs|
|Brake discs - diameter||Front 260 mm|
|Brake discs - diameter||Rear 220 mm|
|Steering head angle||63.5°|
|Wheel base||1,482±10 mm|
|Ground clearance (unloaded)||345 mm|
|Seat height (unloaded)||970 mm|
|Total fuel tank capacity||approx. 9 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)|
|Weight without fuel approx||113 kg|