The largest-displacement off-road competition motorcycle from Husqvarna is the FX 450. Although it shares many of its components with the FC 450 motocross bike, the FX 450’s softer suspension settings, larger 2.25-gallon fuel tank, 18-inch rear wheel, kickstand, and Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires make it more suitable for cross-country racing.
Since it was first introduced in 2017, we have tested, dyno’d, and compared the FX 450 against others in the 450cc four-stroke cross-country motorcycle segment. In our review of the 2020 model, test rider Allan Brown had plenty of good things to say about the bike: “The FX 450’s strengths are plenty of smooth and usable power, precise handling, a lightweight feeling, and great ergonomics.”
Its competitors include the 2020 KTM 450 XC-F, 2020 Yamaha YZ450FX, and 2020 Honda CRF450RX. With its suggested retail price of $10,699, the FX 450 costs $100 more than the 450 XC-F, $1,100 more than the YZ450FX, and $1,000 more than the CRF450RX.
New graphics are the only change the FX 450 received for 2020, but the bike was heavily updated the year before with a stiffer frame, updated suspension settings, and a shorter and lighter cylinder head.