2020 Husqvarna FC 450

Husqvarna’s flagship motocrosser offers more rider comfort in 2020.

FC 450 front right
2020 Husqvarna FC 450Husqvarna

After receiving several updates in 2019, namely to the frame, subframe, upper triple clamp, and cylinder head, the Husqvarna FC 450 returns for 2020 with much different suspension settings than its not-so-distant relative, the KTM 450 SX-F. The updated settings are focused on increasing rider comfort, changes that lightweight and vet riders will benefit from most. The softer performance is a give and take; it took away some of the rigid feel of the chassis, but the WP Xact air fork and WP shock are busy, especially on more challenging and rougher tracks.

The FC 450’s power delivery matches the new suspension settings well. Response is soft right off the bottom and builds predictably as revs increase. This makes the bike easy to ride aggressively for the duration of a moto. Two built-in maps and traction control give Husqvarna’s flagship motocrosser excellent tunability as well. Weighing in at 235 pounds wet, the FC 450 is the second-lightest 450cc MXer in 2020. High-quality components in the form of Brembo brakes, a Magura hydraulic clutch, a ProTaper handlebar, and ODI lock-on grips complete what has become a very well-rounded motocross bike.

FC 450 front left
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2020 Husqvarna FC 450 Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

FC 450 right side
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Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $10,099
Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder
Displacement 449.9cc
Bore x Stroke 95.0mm x 63.4mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 37.4 in.
Rake 26.1°
Trail N/A
Front Suspension 48mm fully adjustable; 12.2-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 11.8-in. travel
Front Tire 80/100-21
Rear Tire 120/80-19
Wheelbase 58.5 in.
Fuel Capacity 1.9 gal.
Claimed Dry Weight 223 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 37.6 in.
Wet Weight 235 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 111.1 hp @ 11,910 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 33.2 lb.-ft. @ 6,800 rpm
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A