IS THE 2014
A: Yes, but mainly because
there was no FC450 in 2013. Since
its glory days, Husqvarna has
changed ownership several times.
The Swedes sold it to Cagiva in
1987, then BMW took it over in 2007,
and finally KTM bought it in 2013.
Thus, the 2014 Husqvarna shares
no genes with any previous Husky,
which is a good thing given that the
last Husqvarna 450cc motocross
bike was a Rube Goldberg-device
conceived by a group of BMW
engineers who had obviously never
ridden a dirt bike.
If you are asking if the 2014
Husqvarna FC450 is better than the
BMW version, a kid’s tricycle would
be better than the 2011 TX449.
Q: IS THE HUSQVARNA
FC450 A TOTALLY UNIQUE
A: No. It is a KTM 450SXF
Q: WHY DIDN’T KTM USE
THE EXISTING HUSQVARNA
FRAMES AND ENGINES?
A: The kindest way to say
this is that KTM’s engineering
department was not enamored with
the Italian designs. Plus, KTM’s
management didn’t like the idea of
dealing with Italian unions, nor did
CEO Stefan Peirer buy Husqvarna in
order to sell the same old thing.
2014 TEST RIDE