Weighing in at only 29.2 kg, the engine in the FE450 engine is not only lightweight, but also features the latest technology available. This results in unequalled performance, ride-ability and reliability in its class. Additionally, the engine is suited specifically for enduro-type riding with an electric start, 6 speed wide ratio gearbox and an array of electronic rider aids as standard.
The lightweight aluminium cylinder features a 95 mm bore and a new lightweight Konig forged bridge-box-type piston. This is perfectly matched to the high compression combustion chamber, producing very little oscillating mass. While the compression ratio has increased from 11.7:1 to 12.75, vibration has been significantly reduced, further increasing rider control and comfort.
More compact, 15 mm lower and 500 g lighter, the new cylinder head on the 450 cc engine delivers improved bottom end performance and responsiveness. This compact design as also allowed for the camshaft to be placed closer to the centre of gravity, significantly improving handling. The new camshaft also features an improved cam surface with new rocker arms. 40 mm titanium intake valves, 33 mm steel exhaust valves and low-friction DLC coating on the rocker arm and shorter low-friction chain guides offer the optimum efficiency and reliability.
The new chrome-moly steel frame is expertly crafted using laser-cut, robot-welded, hydro-formed tubes, ensuring the highest level of precision and quality. While retaining the advanced geometry of its predecessor, it features an increase in longitudinal and torsional rigidity, for improved rider feedback, better energy absorption and increased stability. The cylinder head mountings are made of forged aluminium, further improving handling and comfort. The premium blue powder coated frame features standard frame protectors, providing extra durability.
The WP Xplor 48 front fork is designed specifically for enduro riding. Its open cartridge layout has a spring in each leg with split damping functions. Compression damping in the left leg and rebound damping in the right. Adjustment is via easy-to-access clickers (30 clicks) on the top of each fork leg. For 2020, the standard preload adjusters allow for easier adjustment without the use of tools. The fork’s updated mid-valve piston delivers more consistent damping, while a new setting allows the fork to operate higher in the stroke for improved rider feedback and bottoming resistance.
Featuring a new main piston and updated base setting to match the new frame and front end, the WP XACT shock provides advanced damping characteristics to the new range. The compact and lightweight shock features a pressure balance inside, ensuring consistent damping and superior rider comfort. Using the same linkage progression found in the Husqvarna Motocross range, the rear end now sits lower, for improved control in extreme enduro conditions. The fully adjustable component delivers 300 mm rear wheel travel, as well as unrivalled traction, feeling and energy absorption.