Best Enduro Bike: Husaberg FE450e

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Best Enduro Bike: Husaberg FE450e - Ten Best Bikes 2009

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It’s been a long time since we’ve seen such outside-the-box thinking in the Enduro segment, as conventional four-stroke Singles have pretty much dominated this category lately. But that was only until Husaberg came along and quite literally turned everything upside-down. This small builder’s genius was to take a conventional 449cc Single, flip over and rotate the engine so that the cylinder is at a nearly horizontal inclination, which placed the crankshaft mass—and therefore its gyroscopic forces—as close to the bike’s center of mass as possible. Result? Incredibly light, precise steering and an enduro that is easier to ride fast than anything else on the trail. Top-quality components, fuel-injection and a comparison-test win against Honda’s reigning-champ CRF450X settled the score.