1. 4 Stroke Husqvarna Motorcycles Made In Austria - About 2014 & Newer
    FE = 4st Enduro & FC = 4st Cross

FE/FC Bought a new left over 18' FE 450

Discussion in '4st' started by DPete, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. DPete Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    Farmington, Ca
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 WR250 76' 360 WR 18' FE 450 17
    Other Motorcycles:
    Yam wr250r - Suz DRZ400s - 2 Harleys
    Pulls good for a Cali smog motor, I have all the Blais Racing trick stuff sitting in my shop, thought about waiting until the warranty expires. Also have an Acerbis 3.1 View attachment 94492 drz big tank 004.JPG
  2. KIM750 Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    Maryland's Eastern Shore
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1977 360WR 1974 250WR
    Other Motorcycles:
    Ducati M750
    I have a KTM 300xc and was looking for another bike that was street legal to DS and ride fire roads with maybe some light single track thrown in. I tried a KTM 500 excf, and the vibes through the pegs while riding on the street were just too much. I wound up getting a WR250R. I've since been reading that the Husky 450 is the bike to get--much smoother motor. Its tough to get test rides. I'd really appreciate your thoughts on what the 450 is like, especially since it looks like you also have a WR250R. And I sold my 1977 WR360 last fall--stupid decision.

    Beautiful bike.
  3. DPete Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    Farmington, Ca
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 WR250 76' 360 WR 18' FE 450 17
    Other Motorcycles:
    Yam wr250r - Suz DRZ400s - 2 Harleys
    It vibrates more than the wr250r at low speeds at higher rpm you don't really notice it. It is geared to high stock, 6th is quite high the bike would probably do 90 easy in 6th, going down a tooth on the countershaft and up 5 teeth on the rear should make it more useable. It pulls good stock though most guys desmog and add a tuner which I plan on also. The maintence is high compared to the wr250, first valve check at 1 hour then about every 30 hours. I have not ridden it much as the weather just now turned nice. It has a KTM engine I'm sure the same as the EXC450.
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  4. KIM750 Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    Maryland's Eastern Shore
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1977 360WR 1974 250WR
    Other Motorcycles:
    Ducati M750
    Thanks. Good luck with your bike. Looks great
  5. JonXX Administrator

    Location:
    Bill's Motorcycles Plus
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    360CR 360WR SM610 TC450 TXC250 TC250
    Other Motorcycles:
    Hondas, Harleys, Yammys & a squid
    If you keep your air filter clean you shouldn't have any need to touch your valves for thousands of miles.

    Check the valves when it gets hard to start.

    Everyone should keep in mind that the service schedule in the owner's manual is based on top level professional racing conditions. Granted, if you follow every word of it, you'll never ever have any issues, but you'll also spend a lot of time and money that you really don't need to spend.
  6. DPete Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    Farmington, Ca
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 WR250 76' 360 WR 18' FE 450 17
    Other Motorcycles:
    Yam wr250r - Suz DRZ400s - 2 Harleys
    At the 1 hr check 3 of 4 valves were tight, glad I checked as per manual.
  7. SSPhoto Husqvarna
    B Class

    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2017 Husqvarna FE450
    Other Motorcycles:
    2010 Husaberg FE390

    I have a 2017 FE450 that I've put 243 hours on since I bought in 2017. Can't say enough good things about the bike. Desmogged and remapped it before it was even started, been almost bulletproof besides the slave cylinder seal biting the dust at 200 hours. Easy fix though, got a different spec o-ring and all has been good. I had a 2010 Husaberg FE390 before this bike. The 450 is super smooth and in my opinion, the best all around enduro bike. It is softer off the bottom than the 500/501 and vibrates a little less, making it easier to ride. It still rips and pulls hard all the way to the rev limiter. Super light, great handling, highly recommend it.
  8. SSPhoto Husqvarna
    B Class

    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2017 Husqvarna FE450
    Other Motorcycles:
    2010 Husaberg FE390

    I had to re-shim one valve at the first service. Now at 243 hours and the valves haven't budged since. My 2010 Husaberg 390 (similar valve train) was equally bulletproof. Tore that motor down at 400 hours and everything looked brand new still. I'm expecting this 450 to be similar. KTM/Husky really nailed it on these bikes. Zero complaints.
  9. KIM750 Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    Maryland's Eastern Shore
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1977 360WR 1974 250WR
    Other Motorcycles:
    Ducati M750
    I sold the WR and picked up a lightly used FE 450 a couple of months ago. Great bike.