HUSABERG FE450 (2003-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A real beast off-road; and realistically it's for experienced enduro riders only"

Husaberg FE450 motorcycle review - Riding

"A real beast off-road; and realistically it's for experienced enduro riders only"

  • At a glance
  • 449cc  -  45 bhp
  • 28 mpg  -  70 miles range
  • High seat height (930mm)
  • £5,300

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

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.

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5

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 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2003
Year discontinued -
New price £5,300
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 45 bhp
Max torque 33 ft-lb
Top speed 90 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 28 mpg
Tank range 70 miles
Specification
Engine size 449cc
Engine type 4v single, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 10.5 litres
Seat height 930mm
Bike weight 109kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, high and low speed compression, rebound
Front brake Single 310mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 140/80 x 18

History & Versions

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.

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