2009 Husaberg FE450e Road Test Review- Husaberg Enduro Bike Reviews

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Test: 2009 Husaberg Out of Bounds: Husaberg turns the upside down with its FE450e.

Husaberg’s engineers have never read the handbook on How to Build an Off-Road While the Swedish company’s have always been a different and sometimes pretty the all-new FE450e breaks the of conventionalism altogether.

But what is stunning about the new FE is that Husaberg’s rep for building unique and the fact that the machine is completely different than a enduro, the FE450e doesn’t at all quirky or even the least bit It is a revolutionary design—from the completely engine layout to the unusual rear subframe—and it really a radically changed bike the Japanese should be taking on.

Which makes it all the more that the bike was conceived and in just two years. That is a short time-frame, especially you consider the rather protracted It goes like this: The concept came from home office in Sweden; the of said concept in the metal took place in Austria at KTM; after that, the details like suspension and engine tuning were by the Swedes; finally, the bikes are produced in Mattighofen alongside

After taking delivery of the FE, I sat and over the entire machine. The is very clever, and it is plain to see the FE450 was designed by people who a passion for riding dirtbikes and have enough experience—and importantly, guts—to try something to make the riding experience

How interesting is the FE to look at? I pulled the off four times (using the cable release) just to at the intricate fit of the airbox, fuel and subframe. It all comes together a 3D puzzle and even gives a to most of the bike’s electrical

Most intriguing is the fact the subframe is all plastic, made up of polyethylene, obviously considered and strong enough for such The design also incorporates grab handles; a good yes, but they are placed a too far forward if you really need to the rear end up high.

The fuel is a peculiar shape, although it look pretty standard as it around the perimeter frame. you can’t see with the seat in is that the airbox and filter are smack dab in the middle of the tank. The 2.3 of fuel is actually spread along the sides of the FE and channeled closer to the bike’s center of under the seat.

This also helps to the ergos slim.

Removal of the air (a simple job requiring no tools) a glimpse straight down to the system’s 42mm Keihin body. Interestingly, this allows the rider to hear a lot of noise when riding and is noticeable when sitting the back of the seat; the clatter and can actually seem louder the exhaust!

But the note coming out of the is not at all obtrusive thanks to its very nature. A major issue, is that there is no spark the ‘Berg is sold as a closed-course motorcycle. For California, that it is a non-emissions-certified red-sticker bike, riding opportunities only to times of the year.

Adding the of a sparky to the already high price tag puts the ready-to-trail-ride closer to $10 Gs, and that’s before and registration. Ouch!

That high price get you a radical motorcycle. The new 70-degree configuration (denoting the slope of the horizontal cylinder) is no gimmick. flipping an ordinary layout, the positions the crankshaft very to the bike’s overall center of

This puts the engine’s rotating component at a neutral in the chassis, result being the big four-… motor’s mass is noticeable to the rider.

The sohc Single’s internals are very to those of the KTM 450 EXC. Being in KTM’s factory, the Husaberg has a that runs deep orange! Slight differences distinct part numbers ultimately, the two use essentially the same piston, crank, gearbox and gear.

The camshaft, however, has timing and profiles to suit the

Despite the different cam, output is much like of the KTM 450 XC-W cross-country racer, but because of the FE’s use of fuel-injection—a based on the one used for the KTM 690 Enduro.

that bike, the FE450e has a switch to select among standard and aggressive EFI maps. Husaberg didn’t tell us the switch (located behind the plate) until after we testing! In the standard setting, the delivers power very and with zero hesitation. build slowly and the bike tractors out of corners.

Husaberg FE 450 E
Husaberg FE 450 E

The upside is it doesn’t have racy snap that can unwanted wheelspin or get you tired too but the downside is that the midrange is a flat.

The light-effort Magura clutch works sweetly and has engagement. With the clutch and chuggable engine, the ‘Berg get through just about any section of trail. If the FE ever the engine re-starts easily.

The starter (no kick lever) fired the bike right

Housing the new engine is a chrome-moly frame with slim rails that are swept (thanks to the engine position) and to the bottom of the crankcase to get the most ground clearance. Suspension up is a KTM-familiar 48mm WP open-cartridge held in place by 19mm-offset triple-clamps. A cast aluminum and WP PDS no-linkage shock use the same as that of KTM’s Enduro

Riding position is natural only the slightest Euro to it; the rear end is set up higher than of the Japanese competition. Suspension front and rear is superb, plush, consistent damping. The is Cadillac-smooth over choppy and terrain, but damping still up enough to maintain control blitzing desert whoops.

all great, but where this new really excels is agility, to its unique weight distribution. The FE is more flickable side-to-side a KTM of similar size. This is the comparison because the two bikes a lot of the same components but have different designs. Steering is brought to a new level.

The front feels stuck to the ground in the possible way. I could into corners with a lot of and the front would never to push or tuck. It just the bike turning.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say the FE like a two-stoke, because the is all four-…, and you can still feel the dry weight when lifting the over a downed tree or jumping.

But it does feel on the trail than any other 450 in its which is why I wouldn’t be surprised to see manufacturers using the Husaberg’s design concept on dirtbikes in the especially one in the color orange. The line is that the FE450 like an enduro bike but better. It’s quick, handles awesomely and turns on a

For the money, though, it should off the showroom floor in a more form: Give it a green spark arrestor or—even it street-legal, and Husaberg has a dirtbike to the world. The Swedes have the rulebook.

Husaberg FE 450 E
Husaberg FE 450 E
Husaberg FE 450 E
Husaberg FE 450 E
Husaberg FE 450 E
Husaberg FE 450 E
Husaberg FE 450 E
Husaberg FE 450 E

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