We’re in the thick of new model season and Husqvarna just released its new FC 450 Rockstar Edition. It’s Husky’s proven premier-class motocrosser and it has received a laundry list of upgrades including everything from updated bodywork, a lighter, more compact motor and a stiffer chassis. KTM’s 2018 450 SX-F Factory Edition was announced earlier this week and we’re eager to see how the Husky stacks up against it. Come January 6th when the gate drops at A1, I guess we’ll see…
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December 7, 2017 – Coinciding with the introduction of the 2018 rider line-up, Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to lift the covers on the FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION – an exciting new model that will be used as the basis of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing machines Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson will compete on during the 2018 AMA Supercross Championship. Collecting feedback from Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders and combining it with extensive testing, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ engineers bring an extended list of upgrades to the FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION.
Featuring engine and chassis advances together with redesigned bodywork, this unique machine sets the benchmark in terms of handling, weight and aesthetics. Paying tribute to a successful partnership with Rockstar Energy Drink that has brought Husqvarna Motorcycles two AMA championship titles, three 450SX class victories and numerous winning results in MXGP World Championship competition, the FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION will be offered in limited numbers solely in the US market.
Remaining committed to innovative product development, Husqvarna Motorcycles have used top-level competition as its base for the development of the new FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION. Offering a series of major engine and chassis advances, this special motorcycle ideally matches a clean and unique design with outstanding on-track performance. Among a series of key engine upgrades, a more compact SOHC cylinder head brings a significant reduction in the external dimensions and the overall weight of the 4-stroke power-plant.
Continuing to set the standard in the 450cc class, the engine features an updated cooling system, a Pankl gearbox and a new exhaust system. Designed with the goal of offering increased rigidity, the stiffened frame works in collaboration with a 0.5 lb (250g) lighter subframe and a stiffer upper triple clamp. A series of special parts such as a carbon fiber skid plate, a Rekluse billet clutch cover, updated ProTaper handlebars and a standard holeshot device strengthen the link to the team’s factory machines.
With redesigned bodywork taking design and functionality to a new level, the FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION combines race-winning performance with unique aesthetics straight out of the showroom. The all-new FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION will be available from February 2018 at authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers solely in North America.
For all details on pricing please refer to Husqvarna Motorcycles North America.
Together with the introduction of the new FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION, Husqvarna Motorcycles are proud to introduce a bespoke series of exclusive clothing. Featuring a selection of motorsport replica paddock wear and a series of lifestyle items, the ROCKSTAR FACTORY TEAM COLLECTION will be available during the first quarter of 2018.
Husqvarna Motorcycles are widely known and respected in the off-road world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna Motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Mattighofen, Austria since 2013.
Husqvarna has continued to expand its professional race team to compete in AMA Supercross, AMA Pro Motocross, AMA National Enduro, GNCC, AMA EnduroCross, and AMA National Hare & Hound championships. Husqvarna team riders are competing aboard 2015 Husqvarna FC 450, FC 350, FC 250, FE 350, TC 250 and TE 300 models.
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