FRIDAY WRAP UP: HUSQVARNA FC450 FIRST RIDE


HUSQVARNA FC450

The 2018 Husqvarna FC450 motocross bike occupied most of this week. Husqvarna check bikes have been briefly provide, and we needed to get as a lot testing executed as potential between photograph shoots and video manufacturing. The bike isn’t closely modified. In truth, there are even fewer modifications than we anticipated. The brakes, for instance, have been alleged to be the brand new Magura items, however apparently that was both misinformation or there’s a provide downside. Both approach, we’re proud of the Brembo brakes.  The bike additionally has some suspension modifications and a brand new, extra highly effective battery. It’s primarily the identical machine that we beloved final yr.

The Husqvarna could be very related, after all, to the KTM 450SX-F apart from a number of elements. It makes use of a Magura clutch grasp cylinder (KTM makes use of Brembo), DID Dust Star rims, a Professional Taper handlebar, a special muffler and an airbox that’s unified with the subframe. Up to now, these variations made the Husky slightly heavier than the KTM, however now the 2 bikes are the identical. On the fabulous Dust Bike scale, the FC450 is 224 with out gasoline. That’s fairly spectacular.  The brand new electric-start Yamaha YZ450 is 239 on the identical scale. The 2018 Honda CRF450R is 240. The Kawasaki is 231. A part of the load distinction could be attributed to the WP air fork (each the Honda and Yamaha have coil-springs), however that’s solely price about 2 kilos.

What we like finest concerning the FC450 is the ability supply. It’s about as simple to handle because it could possibly be, contemplating it makes a large quantity of energy. The Husky, KTM, Yamaha and Honda all have very near the identical peak output for 2018. We haven’t but ridden all of them on the identical day and similar observe, however the general consensus thus far is that Husqvarna has executed the very best job of constructing the ability usable for the common rider. The map swap doesn’t assist a lot with this. The aggressive and normal maps don’t current a lot actual distinction and traction management is inconsistent. We nonetheless love the air fork, and it’s not fairly as stiff feeling with the usual air stress this yr. That’s 10.eight bar (156 kilos), which was an excessive amount of for many riders on the 2017 mannequin. Now that’s about proper. That is the one air fork that we actually like when it comes time for set-up. There’s just one air chamber and it’s not overly sensitive. For the video of the 2018 Husqvarna FC450, click on right here.

HUSKY FX350

We’re simply getting began with the check of the 2018 Husqvarna FX350. That is the off-road racing model of the FC350 MX bike. Up to now, we’ve solely had time for one trip and a photograph shoot. Why does it have the identical quantity because the FC450 above? Typically this stuff occur. We nonetheless imagine that that is the very best off-road race bike, however the KTM 350XC-F, which could be very related. However you’ll want to perceive up entrance that it’s a race bike. The FX line is just about the identical because the motocross line. You get a six-speed gearbox, a kickstand, an 18-inch rear wheel, handguards, completely different suspension settings and a bigger (2.25 gallon) tank. It nonetheless has a really aggressive energy supply.

For actual path driving in tight, sluggish terrain, the 350 is far simpler to deal with than a full-size 450, nevertheless it’s nonetheless quite a lot of motoryccle. The FE350 dual-sport actually is a greater start line for true off-road guys. Search for the complete check of the FX350 within the November situation of filth bike.

GAS GAS & HUSKY PRICES

A lot of the 2018 fashions have been introduced, however not all the costs have been set. Fuel Fuel and Husqvarna simply gave up their official pricing, which wasn’t out there initially. There’s additionally a Fuel Fuel 200 within the line, which wasn’t talked about till now.

GAS GAS EC300: $9299
GAS GAS EC250: $9199
GAS GAS EC200: $8899
GAS GAS XC300: $8999
GAS GAS XC250: $8899
GAS GAS XC200: $8599

HUSQVARNA TC50: $4199
HUSQVARNA TC65: $5099
HUSQVARNA TC85: (17/14) $5899
HUSQVARNA TC85: (19/16) $6099
HUSQVARNA TC125: $7,099
HUSQVARNA TC250: $7999
HUSQVARNA FC250: $8799
HUSQVARNA FC350: $9499
HUSQVARNA FC450: $9699
HUSQVARNA TX300: $9399
HUSQVARNA FX350: $10,299
HUSQVARNA FX450: $10,399
HUSQVARNA TE150: $8299
HUSQVARNA TE250: $9199
HUSQVARNA TE250i: TBA
HUSQVARNA TE300: $9399
HUSQVARNA FE250: $9699
HUSQVARNA FE350: $10,699
HUSQVARNA FE450: $10,899
HUSQVARNA FE501: $11,099
HUSQVARNA FS450: $10,499

FREERIDE R FAREWELL

In case you didn’t know, the two-stroke KTM Freeride R is gone from the road up, changed with the electrical bike. It was a really cool motorbike, however America didn’t fairly get it. This photograph is a throwback to November 23, 2014 with Cody Webb. It was the day after he gained the EnduroCross championship at Ontario. Somewhat than occasion all evening and sleep in, he was up shiny and early driving with us. He’s that type of man.

RALLY NEWS

The Atacama Rally in Chile wraps up as we speak, and thus far Monster Vitality Honda’s Kevin Benevides is the general chief. Something can occur, although, as a result of there have been 4 leaders in 4 phases. That is spherical three of the FIM World Rally Collection, and there aren’t any American entries. Ricky Brabec was injured earlier within the yr and is out of the sequence, however he’s driving the Greatest within the Desert Vegas To Reno, which is occurring proper now. He will likely be driving along with his Honda teammate Joan Barreda, who gained final yr’s V2R. We’re additionally pulling for Dust Bike check rider Troy Vanscourt, who’s the present BITD Professional  primary plate holder and a current graduate from the College of Redlands. Desert riders could be good!

HOW ‘BOUT THAT BROC HEPLER?

TAYLOR ROBERT AT THE CALIENTE H&H

The latest spherical of the Kenda/SRT Hare & Hound Collection was a strong win for Taylor Robert. He missed a couple of rounds and there aren’t any throw-aways for the professionals, although, so Gary Sutherlin appears to be like like the person within the factors race. He was fourth final weekend behind Robert and Axel Pearson. Ricky Brabec made a comeback after damage as effectively, ending fifth.

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