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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Husaberg FE650 is a real beast off-road; and realistically it’s for experienced enduro riders only. It comes with an electric start as well as a kicker, which is a huge bonus. It’s light, quick-steering, rugged and flexible.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Husaberg FE650's liquid-cooled, short-stroke SOHC motor isn’t just a revvy lightweight, there’s excellent torque there, too. It punches hard when given its head, but its still flexible enough for threading through trees, though it lacks the wallop of KTM’s 450EXC. The six-speed gearbox seems like a gear or two too many for off-road use, but on tarmac it definitely counts in its favour.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Husaberg FE650's forks and shock come courtesy of Dutch suspension specialists WP and offer a great range of adjustment and cope well with off-road punishment. It’s extremely light – 5kg lighter than Honda’s popular CRF450X – and very agile, thanks to a steep, 26-degree steering head angle. Though, unlike some of its KTM counterparts you never feel the need for a steering damper. The Brembo brakes are excellent, positive and packed with feel.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

With the Husaberg FE650 you get Brembo brakes, WP suspension that includes high and low speed compression damping at the rear and Magura bars and clutch master cylinder. The dash is a comprehensive digital item with hours of use, speed and trips information

Husaberg FE450 (2003-current)

Detail Value
New price £5,300
Engine size 449 cc
Power 45 bhp
Top speed 90 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
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Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 0
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

Reliability at Husaberg has jumped since 2004, when Austrian off-road giant KTM bought into it. However, you will need to stay on top of basic maintenance – oil and air filters and valve clearances. This isn’t a bike to simply wash and put away.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

The FS 400 is cheap. But buying one can be an expensive gamble – a broken motor can cost as much as £1000. There are better supermotos than this. Find a Husaberg FE450 for sale.


Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

1996: Husaberg 400 Enduro introduced.
2003: More reliable Husaberg FE450 released.

Other Versions

Husaberg FE450C: Four-speed motocross version with stiffer suspension and no lights.


Top speed 90 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 45 bhp
Max torque 33 ft-lb
Weight 109 kg
Seat height 930 mm
Fuel capacity 10.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 28 mpg
Tank range 70 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 449 cc
Engine specification 4v single, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, high and low speed compression, rebound
Front brakes Single 310mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 140/80 x 18

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