( 5) Subframe. The lightweight polyamide subframe of
the FC450 has been reinforced with an additional screw
on the left side that improves fitment and the airbox
( 6) Handlebars. Renthal FatBars have been replaced
by Neken bars, but the bend is identical to last year’s.
The plastic hand guards have been stiffened up. Neken
makes the triple clamps for KTM and Husqvarna. The
triple clamps are unchanged for 2015, but they get a new
O-ring support for the bottom steering-stem bearing, and
the steering-stem bolt is now 17mm instead of 27mm.
( 7) Seat cover. The seat-cover material is completely
( 8) Frame cross tube. The cross tube that the shock
linkage mounts to has been changed from a tube with
welded-on brackets to a one-piece-forged cross tube for
( 9) Oil pump O-rings. The oil-pump suction screen
gets new O-rings to help it seal better against impurities.
( 10) Tires. Every 2015 Husqvarna will be equipped
with Dunlop Geomax MX52 tires front and rear.
Q: WHAT PARTS ARE HUSQVARNA ONLY?
A: The proprietary Husqvarna parts are: (1) The
polyamide subframe. ( 2) The molded plastic parts,
including the fenders, gas tank, hand guards and side panels.
( 3) The seat cover. ( 4) The D.I.D DirtStar rims (as opposed to
the Excel rims on the KTM). ( 5) Two-position map switch on
Q: ARE THE 4CS FORKS BETTER THAN LAST
YEAR’S WP BLADDER FORKS?
A: Yes. There is no real comparison. The previous bladder fork was light on mid-speed compression and rebound
damping, felt harsh in the mid-stroke, and
delivered a buckboard-style ride quality. The new 4CS forks
are not the best forks on the track (that honor goes to
Yamaha’s SSS forks), but compared to last year’s WP forks,
the 4CS forks are a big step in the right direction. We think
they are a little too firm for the average rider, but lowering
the oil height can iron that out.
Nationwide: There are Austrian, Japanese, French,
Italian and Dutch parts on the FC450. But, try as we
might, we couldn’t find anything from Sweden.