2018 Husqvarna FC450 Rockstar Edition

Husqvarna brought out the red carpet for their all new 2018 FC450 Rockstar Edition in downtown Los Angeles at the OUE Skyspace. Jeff Emig hosted the event to unveil the new machine as well as all of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna riders. Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson have been riding the new Rockstar Edition for just over a month now and both have said that it does feel a lot different from their previous machines they were on. Once both riders got acclimated they noted that the chassis was the most noticeable difference, as front wheel traction was much better through flat corners than the previous models they both raced. There is not an MSRP set yet for the bike at this time so look for that soon. We will be able to hop on one to test in a couple weeks so stay tuned for a full podcast about how the Husqvarna works out on the track. In the meantime here are some photos of the Rockstar Edition FC450 as well as some specs for you all to gander. 

FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION – UPGRADE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Frame offering increased longitudinal rigidity
  • Carbon fiber reinforced skid pate
  • New 2-piece subframe design (0.5 lb lighter)
  • Chain adjustment length increased by 5 mm
  • Mechanical holeshot device offered as standard
  • Stiffer upper triple clamp 
  • Triple clamp protector integrated into the front number plate
  • WP DCC rear shock featuring new piston and updated setting 
  • 260 mm floating front disc with standard front disc protector
  • ProTaper handlebar with new bend
  • New flow-designed resonance chamber
  • Shorter and more compact silencer
  • New generation Li-Ion 2.0 Ah battery
  • Updated cooling system featuring new center tube
  • External fuel line moved inward for added protection
  • More compact SOHC cylinder head (15 mm lower & 1 lb lighter)
  • Gearbox produced by Pankl Racing Systems
  • Billet Rekluse clutch cover
  • Redesigned bodywork

 

 The 2018 Husqvarna FC450 Rockstar Edition 

The 2018 Husqvarna FC450 Rockstar Edition 

                The new Husqvarna comes with a Rekluse Factory Racing clutch cover.

               The new Husqvarna comes with a Rekluse Factory Racing clutch cover.

 No FMF or Akrapovic here. Husqvarna wanted to stick with their own branded production muffler with the new machine. 

No FMF or Akrapovic here. Husqvarna wanted to stick with their own branded production muffler with the new machine. 

                                 An updated floating 260mm waved disk is now used. 

                                An updated floating 260mm waved disk is now used. 

                 A new lower bend Pro Taper handlebar and a top mount that is stiffer. 

                A new lower bend Pro Taper handlebar and a top mount that is stiffer. 

                                             Standard mechanical holeshot device. 

                                            Standard mechanical holeshot device. 

                                              New racing inspired ribbed seat cover.  

                                             New racing inspired ribbed seat cover.  

                                                 Carbon fiber reinforced skidplate.

                                                Carbon fiber reinforced skidplate.

 Updated WP AER fork settings and these cool new lower triple clamp protectors built into the front number plate. 

Updated WP AER fork settings and these cool new lower triple clamp protectors built into the front number plate. 

FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION

ENGINE

Engine type

Single cylinder, 4-stroke

Displacement

449.9 ccm

Bore/stroke

95/63.4 mm

Compression ratio

12.75:1

Starter/battery

Electric starter / Lithium Ion 12V 2.0Ah

Transmission

5 gears

Fuel system

Keihin EFI, throttle body 44 mm

Control

4 V / SOHC with rocker levers

Lubrication

Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps

Gear ratios

16:32 18:30 20:28 22:26 24:24 -

Primary ratio

31:76

Final drive

13:48

Cooling

Liquid cooling

Clutch

Wet multi-disc DDS-clutch, Magura hydraulics

Ignition / Engine Management

Keihin EMS

CHASSIS

Frame

Central double-cradle-type 25CrMo4 steel

Subframe

Carbon fiber reinforced polyamide

Handlebar

Pro Taper, Aluminum Ø 28/22 mm

Front suspension

WP USD, AER 48

Rear suspension

WP Monoshock with linkage

Suspension travel front/rear

310/300 mm

Front/rear brakes

Disc brake Ø 260/220 mm

Front/rear rims

1.60 x 21"; 2.15 x 19" DID

Front/rear tires

80/100-21"; 120/90-19"

Chain

5/8 x 1/4"

Silencer

Aluminum

Steering head angle

26.1°

Triple clamp offset

22 mm

Wheel base

1,485 ± 10 mm / 58.5 ± 0.4 in

Ground clearance

370 mm / 14.6 in

Seat height

960 mm / 37.8 in

Tank capacity, approx.

7 l / 1.85 gal

Weight, without fuel, approx.