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Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge In-Helmet Review

Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge Review Summary
The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge is a grand expression of “Katoom” (KTM) fanboy fanaticism, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you bleed orange and black, this is for you!
This fancified Packtalk Edge isn’t just a pretty face either. It boasts excellent battery life, premium JBL speakers, Dynamic Mesh intercom, wireless firmware updates, and best of all, unmatched voice command control over all functions.
It’s expensive, still suffers from the occasional glitch or two, intercom audio interference can occur, and the Air Mount longevity is unknown, but overall I think this is the safest and the top in-helmet communicator I’ve used to date.
Ease of Use
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Accurate voice command system (~95% accuracy)
Bluetooth can connect to Sena and other off-brand devices for intercom needs
Excellent battery life
Mesh and Bluetooth communication systems work well
JBL speakers have clear, above-average sound quality
USB C charging cable
Over-the-air updates are super convenient
The Cardo Connect app has a great selection of settings
Waterproof, dustproof, and resists cold/heat well
The magnetic “Air Mount” is ingenious and holds securely
Also available in a Honda-branded version
Some microphone placement issues were encountered during testing
The control buttons can be difficult to locate while wearing gloves
Voice control accuracy is affected noticeably by how noisy your helmet is
The charging indicator light turns off when the battery reaches 100%
That KTM badge sometimes costs $30 US more to buy than a standard Packtalk Edge device
The Air Mount protrudes outwards more than competitor devices
Air Mount long-term durability?
Connecting multiple riders in the app should be simpler

Review Summary:

  • The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge is a bluetooth helmet communicator with great battery life, premium speakers, and Dynamic Mesh technology. It also offers excellent voice control.
  • The Cardo Packtalk Black offers many of the same features with a lower price tag, but the KTM Packtalk Edge is a superior device by virtue of its advanced technology like wireless firmware updates.
  • It’s relatively expensive compared to other intercom systems, but if you’re looking for a premium helmet communicator, the KTM Packtalk Edge is one of the best we’ve ever reviewed. It’s also available in a Honda-branded version.

First Impressions of the KTM Packtalk Edge

The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge box.
The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge box.

Open the box of the Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge and you’ll be dazzled by the eye-popping, bright orange housing this aesthetically enhanced communicator wears. The orange pops visually when compared to the comparatively drab grey-colored housing found on the base model Packtalk Edge.

As everyone knows, putting the KTM logo on anything adds 10% more horsepower, but detractors claim it also negatively affects reliability. For die-hard KTM riders, I’m sure that’s a price they’re willing to pay.

The Cardo KTM PT Edge in its box.
The Cardo KTM PT Edge in its box.

On a serious note, this device seems well-built, although everything I can touch on it is entirely made of plastic with a bit of rubber on the rotary switch and charging port cover. That makes it lightweight, but will it also be durable? Will it degrade and fall apart after long-term exposure to UV light, rain, cold, heat, dirt, dust, and mud? Is it even made for adventure riding?

The Cardo KTM PT Edge in its box.
Cardo says they wouldn’t have printed KTM on it if it wasn’t.

The Testing Conditions

In order to properly field test the KTM Edge, my plan was to take it on a long and taxing adventure trip in the real world. Specifically, on a 5000-mile (8100 km) ride from Canmore, Alberta, Canada southwards, keeping mainly off-road along the Continental Divide Trail before ending at the Mexico border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, will all be featured as beautiful backdrops along the way as well.

The north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona was a beautiful sight to see.
The north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona was a beautiful sight to see.

That’s exactly how it went.

Temperatures during my testing ranged from a low of 41 Fahrenheit (5 Celsius) to a high of 102 Fahrenheit (39 Celsius). The KTM Edge braved high winds, plenty of dust, and heavy rain at times, but the elements proved inconsequential to its performance over the 18 days used to complete our journey.

Thank You Cardo!

Five friends at the Mexican border safely thanks in large part to the Cardo Packtalk Edge.
Five friends arrived safely at the Mexican border thanks in large part to the Cardo Packtalk Edge.

Our Cardo contacts Kasey and Zach were so confident in the Edge they sent us 5 more base model devices at no cost to equip the rest of my riding group for this trip of a lifetime. This way we could not only stay safer by keeping the 6 of us connected verbally using the Dynamic Mesh intercom feature but also allowing a wider sample of the product for testing. In my mind, that yields more accurate results.

Installing the KTM Packtalk Edge in Different Helmets

Klim Krios Pro

The lineup of jackets and helmets used on the long ride south to the Mexico border.
The lineup of jackets and helmets used on the long ride south to the Mexico border.

Three members of our team (myself included) wore Klim Krios Pro helmets on this trip. The Edge was an excellent fit in all three sizes (Medium, Large, and XL). I popped it in my helmet and stuck the velcro-backed JBL speakers directly to the microsuede-lined speaker pockets.

A JBL speaker installed in a Klim Krios Pro helmet.
A JBL speaker installed in a Klim Krios Pro helmet.

The Krios Pro has a perfect location right above the chin bar vent to mount the button-style microphone and there’s a hole in the neck roll to route wires from the Air Mount bracket on the exterior to the interior where the speaker and microphone connections are housed. Installation took about 15 minutes.

The Cardo Packtalk Edge button microphone installed in a Klim Krios Pro helmet
The Cardo Packtalk Edge button microphone installed in a Klim Krios Pro helmet.

My helmet and the Cardo KTM Edge paired up especially well from a visual perspective since it has the Loko Striking Grey pattern which mirrors the orange/black KTM Edge colour scheme. It was a match made in heaven!

The Klim Krios Pro in Loko Striking Grey is a perfect match for the Cardo KTM PT Edge.
The Klim Krios Pro in Loko Striking Grey is a perfect match for the Cardo KTM PT Edge.

Scorpion EXO AT950

There were two Scorpion EXO AT950 modular helmets (ADX-2 outside North America) in the group. The owners equipped the boom-style microphone in lieu of the button-style mic in their flip-front lids. Again, no issues with mating the Cardo with these helmets.

The Cardo PT Edge installed in Greg’s Scorpion AT950 helmet.
The Cardo PT Edge installed in Greg’s Scorpion AT950 helmet. Photo by Greg Phillips.

Unfortunately, one of the boom mics was non-functional right out of the box, but we had 3 spare, unused ones from the Krios Pro wearers’ kits. A warranty claim was made through the usual Cardo channels and a replacement mic arrived 4 weeks later. That wasn’t the most stellar example of a speedy replacement, to be sure, and I hope Cardo improves on it.

Arai XD-4 (Tour X4)

The Arai was the only helmet that gave us issues with the Edge installation.

Ian’s Arai XD-4 helmet had too much airflow coming in the chin bar vent for the boom mic to handle.
Ian’s Arai XD-4 helmet had too much airflow coming in the chin bar vent for the boom mic to handle.

We just couldn’t find a good location for the microphone to sit where it wouldn’t be picking up some wind noise at highway speeds. We tried both the boom and button mics to no avail, and in the end, we all just learned to live with the whistling wind noise constantly accompanying Ian’s witty banter out on the road.

The same issue was there with the Sena 10C Evo microphone I experimented with in my own Arai XD-4, so I’m positive it’s a characteristic of the helmet and not a fault of the Cardo.

Quality of the Boom Microphone

We found the microphone quality to be exceptionally clear and good once the correct level of sensitivity was dialed in using the Cardo App, but the boom mics need to be placed almost inside the user’s mouth in order to be top-shelf clear.

On the Great Divide Trip, the boom mic in Ian’s Arai XD-4 was a constant struggle to position ideally because the Edge’s built-in Noise Canceling technology would inadvertently lower the volume of his speech while working to cut down the wind noise being transmitted to the rest of us.

If you have an Arai helmet you may need to invest in a better wind muffler for your microphone regardless of whether it is a Cardo Edge or something else.

A Synopsis of What Works As Advertised on the Packtalk Edge

The back of the Cardo KTM PT Edge box lists an impressive suite of features.
The back of the Cardo KTM PT Edge box lists an impressive suite of features.

Here’s a summary list of the features we found to work very well on the Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge and base Packtalk Edge.

  • It connects to my iPhone 13 Pro Max and other phones immediately once set up
  • It’s slow to connect to the Cardo phone app on Android & Apple devices, but once connected, it works very well and there is a multitude of useful settings to fine-tune performance
  • Firmware updates wirelessly execute when connected to WiFi or cell data
  • The battery charges to full in less than 2 hrs and lasts all day even when used continuously except when using Mesh, which cuts battery life to just over half of Bluetooth levels (12+ hrs for BT and approximately 8 hours for Mesh). If you turn off the Edge when having lunch or other breaks, the Mesh intercom lasts 12+ hours as well
  • The battery still reports at 50% after sitting unused for 15 days
  • Installs easily in every helmet I’ve attempted to install it in
  • Plays music, radio stations, podcasts, and any audio coming from my phone perfectly
  • Makes and takes clear phone calls
  • Activates Siri on my iPhone every time I request it verbally or using the phone button
  • Connects to navigation apps or devices that work concurrently with music playing in the background
  • Connects via Bluetooth intercom to other Cardo and even Sena devices
  • Performed as intended in temperatures as low as 41 Fahrenheit (5 Celsius) to a high of 102 Fahrenheit (39 Celsius)
  • Handled exposure to rain, dust, and dirt without issues

Those are the things that worked well on the KTM Packtalk Edge, but in the rest of this review, I’ll dive into the things that really set it apart and the areas it could improve upon.

The Cardo Packtalk Edge installed in a Klim Krios Pro.
The Cardo Packtalk Edge installed in a Klim Krios Pro. Photo by Owen Lush.

Over-the-Air Firmware Updates

The first thing to do when you remove the KTM Packtalk Edge from the box is to charge it fully, although mine arrived that way.

The second thing to do is update the firmware wirelessly… which I found to be an absolute piece of cake. Unlike other devices, you don’t need to plug it into a laptop to do this and it’s entirely painless to use WiFi or even cellular data for it.

Updating firmware wirelessly using WiFi or cell data is easy on the Cardo KTM PT Edge.
Updating firmware wirelessly using WiFi or cell data is easy on the Cardo KTM PT Edge.

The Cardo Voice Command Feature

Some things are so freaking good that once inserted into my life that I can’t imagine how I got by before having them. The Cardo Voice Command is one such thing.

My first Cardo device (a Freecom 4X) also had this feature and it showed me that I should never need to take my hands off the handlebars again to poke at the buttons on an in-helmet comms device.

Since that Freecom 4X, I’ve not touched a Cardo button other than when turning on or off the device’s power… with one lone exception while riding by an airport in Montana!

Airports vs. Cardo Devices

Airports are the Kryptonite of Cardo devices.

I’ve no idea what happened when I was riding home from Sturgis in July 2022, but the airport in Billings, Montana shut down all voice command functionality on my Edge. I can’t explain why, but after rebooting the device things were back to normal.

Overall the Voice Command has operated at roughly 95% accuracy in my Krios Pro helmet. Even when I mumble or fake a Scottish accent—it’s nearly flawless.

Voice Command?

This feature allows a rider to verbally manage all of the Edge functions.

You can even activate Siri or Google to do things like making a phone call. The photo below shows the list of available Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge commands.

The list of available voice commands for the Cardo PackTalk Edge.
The list of available voice commands for the Cardo PackTalk Edge.

The Safest Communication Device

The Edge is safer to use than other similar in-helmet devices because it’s the easiest to control verbally.

As mentioned above, my hands stay on the bars instead of fumbling around on the helmet while attempting to find the volume wheel or phone button.

The new Sena 50 series devices also have a good voice command feature on them which can accomplish the same thing, but the user has to make a distinct pause between activating the voice command feature (“Hey Sena”) and issuing the command (“stop music”).

With the Cardo Edge, you can string both parts together into one, run-on sentence. A minor difference to be sure, but it’s easy to appreciate when you’re trying to quickly shut off your music when your significant other, or a police officer is trying to speak to you out on the road.

USB C Charging Cable

Another small advantage the Cardo KTM Pactalk Edge has over the competition is its USB type C connector which can plug into the device both ways.

The USB C-type charging cable from the Cardo Packtalk Edge.
The USB C-type charging cable from the Cardo Packtalk Edge.

My Sena devices sometimes frustrate me when I’m attempting to get the charging party started because its USB mini connector only fits in one way without damaging the charge port.

The PackTalk Edge Intercom Connects Easily to Sena Devices

The Cardo Edge is a cut above the competition when it comes to playing nicely with non-Cardo devices. It can trick my Sena 10C EVO and 20S devices into thinking it’s a smartphone when it comes to establishing a Bluetooth intercom grouping. Doing that makes the Sena devices pair up immediately when asked to make a Bluetooth intercom connection between them.

The way to do it is to initiate a standard Bluetooth intercom connection using the Cardo app and then activate the phone pairing feature on the Sena. They’ll link up and you can chat while out on the road.

This is a huge draw if you ride with friends who don’t own a Cardo device because getting earlier Cardo and Sena devices to connect successfully has been so difficult that I’d just give up after multiple attempts.

The JBL Speakers in the Cardo KTM PackTalk Edge

40mm JBL speakers come with the Cardo Packtalk Edge.
40mm JBL speakers come with the Cardo Packtalk Edge.

Cardo 40mm JBL speakers and Sena’s HD speakers sound comparably close in quality and clarity, but I give the JBLs the “edge” at higher volume.

It’s possible to upgrade the 40mm speakers to JBL’s 45mm speakers for $90 US if you’re a complete and utter audiophile who insists on having the best of the best. I haven’t yet tried the 45mm speakers, but thus far the 40mm ones have met or exceeded my requirements.

Charging the KTM Edge While in Use?

No problem charging on the fly with the KTM Packtalk Edge. This is a big deal if, like me, you ride 10 to 12-hour days… or on occasion forget to charge the night before.

The Packtalk Edge “Air Mount” Mounting Plate

The KTM PT Edge housing will jump through the air and attach itself to the Air Mount cradle when moved within 2 inches of the intended landing strip thanks to the power of magnetism.

Magnets draw the two halves together but it’s a plastic latch that securely bonds them as one. Never once over the 5000 miles ridden over rough and smooth terrain did any of my riding group’s Edge devices separate from the Air Mount. Cardo did an excellent job with this design even though I worry at times I’m about to break the plastic latch when releasing the device from the Air Mount. The latch feels on the flimsy side but thus far refuses to break or bend.

In fact, removing the Edge from the Air Mount is a two-handed endeavor for my clumsy meathooks.

The Air Mount Might Become An Issue Over Time

You can see traces of dust that started accumulating under the Edge between it and the Air Mount cradle.
You can see traces of dust that started accumulating under the Edge between it and the Air Mount cradle.

Each time I charged my KTM Edge, I removed it from the cradle and cleaned the two surfaces to prevent wear and tear on it. The two halves are installed so close together that they seem flush but I found traces of fine dust inside. Water will get in between them as well (as seen in the photo above).

It’s my observation that the members of my riding group who followed my lead (cleaning when charging) versus those who left the devices coupled when charging them experienced fewer electrical glitches.

Interestingly, the dust and water never did manage to invade the electrical connectors on my device thanks to the improved seal Cardo put around them.

Electrical Glitches?

Electrical issues were few and far between on the 6 Edges tested on the Continental Divide Ride my group completed, but I’ll mention the examples found here anyway. This is in addition to the airport phenomenon already mentioned.

On the way home from the Mexican border.
On the way home from the Mexican border.

Intercom Issues

The intercom usage in our group was 100% of the Dynamic Mesh variety because Bluetooth wouldn’t allow 6 of us to be linked together all the time. We found riders 4 through 6 in the group wouldn’t hear complete sentences from rider 1 if there were hills or other large barriers between the front and back of the group. It was necessary to have rider 3 repeat important information and only then would the signal be clear for all.

Occasionally the gap between the front and back of the group would grow too large and someone would drop out of range, but the Mesh pairing would instantly heal anytime line of sight was re-established. The range astounded us at times! We easily could have 2 miles between the front rider and rear rider with crystal clear audio if there weren’t too many large barriers in the way.

Boom Microphone Issues

As mentioned one boom mic didn’t work at all out of the box, but the same rider also had an isolated issue with the replacement boom mic in his Scorpion AT950 helmet at the two-week mark.

The faulty boom mic from Greg’s Cardo PT Edge
The faulty boom mic from Greg’s Cardo PT Edge.

We don’t know why, but at the beginning of the day, his mic simply wouldn’t work at all until we unplugged the 3mm connector and rebooted the Edge device (switched off then back on). Not a huge problem in reality, but worthy of noting along with the fact that none of the button-style microphones experienced any issues whatsoever.


Noise wasn’t a problem with any of the devices as it has been with some of my Sena 10C EVO, 20S, and 30K devices. These Cardos just seem to do audio better overall although I haven’t tried the Sena 50 series yet to comment on the latest generation of comparable Senas.

How Can The KTM PackTalk Edge Be Better?

Charging Light Indicator

The charging light indicator glows red while the device is charging but then switches off entirely when the battery reaches full. I’d prefer it to glow green when fully charged to let me know it was successful with a glance.

Alternatively, I’d like a visual battery life gauge on the device, even though whenever the Edge is switched on or off the battery status is verbally announced to the wearer.

This green light glows red while the Edge charges and green when connected to a phone.
This green light glows red while the Edge charges and green when connected to a phone.

Microphone Wind Muffler

The microphone has a foam wind muffler on it but this is largely inadequate for helmets like the Arai XD-4 which channel wind at the wearer’s mouth and muck up the audio quality. A “dead cat” style muffler would help deal with this problem.

Connecting Intercom Groups

The Cardo App is better than the Sena App in almost every way except one: connecting intercom groups. Cardo should copy Sena and have an individual QR code on each person’s phone app that gets scanned using the camera on the group creator’s phone to establish the desired connections.

Charging Port Seal

The charging port seal is easy to accidentally leave open when charging is finished. Once properly closed it stays put to keep water and dirt out at least.

The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge charging port seal tends to stay open if not carefully closed back up.

The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge charging port seal tends to stay open if not carefully closed back up.
The charging port seal tends to stay open if not carefully closed back up.

Backwards Compatibility

The Edge will connect with older Packtalk Bold and Black devices for intercom, but in order to do it the newer Edge will need to create the group and then have the older devices connect to it. Doing the inverse has resulted in frustrated Edge owners due to incompatibility. I confirmed this with a couple of my friends who own Bolds but it wasn’t an issue for me to be the intercom group creator. YMMV of course.

Final Thoughts on the Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge Communicator

The KTM Pactktalk Edge is a device for people like me: KTM fans who don’t already own a Cardo Packtalk Bold or Black. The wireless firmware updates and awesome voice command features set it above all competitor devices I’ve used and the KTM livery is the exclamation on the “love it!” recommendation I am happy to label it with.

Somewhere in New Mexico using my phone as a GPS and my KTM PT Edge to verbally transfer directions to my ears. Photo by Ian Clark.
Somewhere in New Mexico using my phone as a GPS and my KTM PT Edge to verbally transfer directions to my ears. Photo by Ian Clark.

The only good reason I can think of to buy a Sena or other brand is if you want a built-in camera on your helmet communicator. That’s where the new Sena 50C might have the advantage or edge over the Edge, if you know what I mean.

Hopefully, Cardo will soon build a device to compete with Sena in that regard.

Cents and Sense: The Value of the Packtalk Edge

The KTM PT Edge is (sometimes) $30 more expensive than the base model PT Edge.  This is annoying, but understandable since KTM isn’t in the habit of letting their logo get used for free. Although at the time of this writing I see Cardo has dropped the price of the KTM Edge to $389 US making it the same price as the base model Edge.

The KTM Packtalk Edge is impressive but not the best value in Cardo’s lineup.

People looking for the best value should instead cast their gaze towards the Cardo Packtalk Black.

The Packtalk Black can be had for $350, has the upgraded 45mm speakers, still has Dynamic Mesh, Voice Command, and the majority of the same features as the PT Edge. The Black lacks the unnecessary but nice-to-have Air Mount but so what? The only real downside to it is the missing wireless firmware updates, thus having to use a Cardo-specific cable to upgrade the software on it using a laptop.

Food for thought…

The Cardo Packtalk Black: Photo from Cardo.
The Cardo Packtalk Black. Image Via: Cardo

For myself, I’d wait for an end-of-the-season sale and buy myself a KTM Packtalk Edge because it’s far too easy to misplace the original charging cable for the Black. Apparently, only the original cable or specific ones like it can be used to update the Black and Bold.

Maybe I’m just too fancy for my own good, but I’d pay $40 more for wireless updates and an orange housing.


  • Manufacturer: Cardo Systems Ltd
  • Price When Tested: $389 US
  • Assembled In: Ukraine
  • Colors: Orange/Black
  • Review Date: September 2022

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Accessories range revealed ahead of Husqvarna Norden 901 arrival

Husqvarna Norden 901 Accessories

Husqvarna have revealed an extensive range of technical accessories for the Norden 901 that are manufactured exclusively for the new model.

The range is designed to allow for tailored customisation to suit all forms of exploration, including high-quality luggage systems, rider aids, and protection parts.

Husqvarna Norden 901

Norden 901 Touratech Cases and Top Case

Encouraging unrestricted adventures, with a combined total of 114 litres of storage space the Touratech panniers are designed specifically for long-distance travel. Constructed of high-strength aluminium with strong and pliable silicone seals, anything placed inside the panniers is always protected, even in the most extreme weather conditions.

Norden 901 Touratech Cases and Top Case
Norden 901 Touratech Cases and Top Case
Norden 901 Side Bag Set and Luggage Bag

Seamlessly integrating with the aesthetics of the Norden 901, the easy to install Side Bag Set and Luggage Bag are expertly assembled from waterproof material and welded seems to ensure all belongings remain safe and dry. For all-round usability, the effective roll closure design allows for fast and easy access.

Norden 901 Side Bag Set and Luggage Bag
Norden 901 Side Bag Set and Luggage Bag
Norden 901 Ergo Rider’s Seat and Ergo Pillion Seat

Creating an enriched riding experience for both rider and passenger in colder climates, the Ergo Rider’s Seat and Ergo Pillion Seat offer three easily selectable temperature settings. With day-long comfort assured, the elegant, uncompromising finish subtly enhances the unique overall design of the Norden 901.

Norden 901 Heated Grip Kit

Complimenting the Ergo Rider’s Seat and Ergo Pillion Seat, the Heated Grip Kit is another essential Technical Accessory, which allows for uninterrupted winter exploration. Operated by a simple-to-use handlebar-mounted switch, the Heated Grip Kit offers four heat settings for personalised comfort throughout every adventure.

Norden 901 Akrapovič “Slip-on Line”

Providing a significant weight reduction over the standard exhaust, the Akrapovič “Slip-on Line” is manufactured from high-grade titanium and assembled with the highest levels of craftsmanship. Complete with two protective heat shields, the lightweight system produces a sporty sound with the overall appearance inspired by the Husqvarna Factory Racing rally machines.

Norden 901 Akrapovič “Slip-on Line”
Norden 901 Lowering Kit

For shorter riders or those focused solely on the open road, the Lowering Kit includes all the components and hardware required to lower the Norden 901. Designed to offer unaltered riding dynamics, the Lowering Kit provides a 22 mm lower seat height than standard.

Norden 901 Windshield Spoiler

Providing a simple solution to extending the standard component, the Windshield offers improved protection from wind and reduces any potential strain on neck muscles. Particularly effective during longer days in the saddle, the Windshield can be installed in a matter of minutes.

Norden 901 Diverse Protection

Adding valuable protection to the Norden 901, three Technical Accessories have been developed to ensure non-stop exploration. Designed for challenging offroad conditions, the Engine Protection Grille provides an extension to the original skid plate to prevent mud build up around the exhaust header, ensuring optimal engine temperatures at all times. Protecting the lights, the Auxiliary Lamp Protection and Headlight Protection are easy to mount and offer effective defence against stone damage for uninterrupted riding adventures.

Norden 901 Diverse Protection

Husqvarna Motorcycles’ highly awaited 2022 Norden 901 will be available from March 2022 onwards at authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers in Australia and New Zealand.

A pre-order process will be in place for this highly anticipated model, with customers encouraged to contact their local authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles dealer for more information.

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 due in Australia in March
2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 due in Australia in March

Source: MCNews.com.au

New Husqvarna Vitpilen 1301 prototype spied during testing

2023 Husqvarna Vitpilen 1301…?

Images S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Husqvarna is testing a new prototype on the road in southern europe and we’ve got the first spy shots.

2023 Husqvarna Vitpilen 1301 protoype

We believe that this is the new Husqvarna Vitpilen 1301 for 2023.

2023 Husqvarna Vitpilen 1301 protoype

What we can see is that they have taken a KTM 1290 Super Duke R and put a Husqvarna spin on it.

2023 Husqvarna Vitpilen 1301 protoype

The Brembo brake system features brake ventilation á la MotoGP which we have also seen at the KTM RC890 prototype. The design of this prototype is adapted to the current Husqvarna model line up.

2023 Husqvarna Vitpilen 1301 protoype

The headlight in particular leaves no doubt that this is a new high-flyer from Husqvarna.

2023 Husqvarna Vitpilen 1301 protoype

A couple of body parts are still camouflaged to hide the final design.

2023 Husqvarna Vitpilen 1301 protoype
2023 Husqvarna Vitpilen 1301 protoype

Source: MCNews.com.au

KTM invites riders to ride out days

Motorcycle companies are aware that they don’t just sell motorcycles and hope you come back for servicing.

These days they have to provide customers with events, social clubs and “experiences”.

Harley-Davidson has historically been the best at this with their HOG chapters and rallies.

Now many other manufacturers are onboard with similar events such as BMW’s long-running GS Safaris.

KTM Australia has been organising adventure and dirt bike riding events in recent years and has announced their calendar for next year.

And it’s not just limited to KTM riders, either,

Since KTM Australia also imports Husqvarna and GASGAS dirt bikes, their Ride Out Moto Weekends are open to adult riders who own a KTM, Husqvarna or GASGAS off-road motorcycle (enduro, MX or cross-country) and to their kids on any brand of kid’s bike.

The weekend events will take place across three states in 2022.

Each event is a two-night, two-day recreational adventure on private property and is designed to be a non-competitive, family-friendly experience.

The first is in Stroud (NSW) on March 25-27, followed by Cooby Dam (Qld) on April 8-10, with the final weekend taking place in Wangaratta (Vic.) on April 29 to May 1.

Each weekend features a custom-cut 20km trailride loop, a grasstrack, an easy hillclimb and a newbies/kids track.

You can ride as much or as little as you want over the two days, making the most of all the tracks and set-ups on offer.

The registration fee is $299 per adult rider, $50 per child rider (aged 5-15) or $499 per family (two riding adults and two riding kids). An extra non-riding family member can attend for $30. Each event includes two nights of camping and two days of riding on an exclusive private property.

Also on offer, the latest range of 2022 KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and GASGAS off-road models will be available to test on a 10km test ride loop, along with live music, American-style BBQ cook-offs, catering, coffee, partner stalls, giveaways (including rider goody-bags), plus special guests and mechanical advice.

Numbers are limited and registrations open next Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 12pm AEDT.

However riders are encouraged to contact their local authorised KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles or GASGAS dealer for priority registration information.

Riders must either have a Motorcycling Australia (MA) competition licence, or an MA recreational licence, which is available to purchase at time of registration.

To find out more about each Ride Out Moto Weekend, contact your local KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles or GASGAS authorised dealer.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 Revealed

The Husqvarna Norden 901 is finally here. The adventure tourer based on its sibling, the KTM 890 Adventure, was first showcased as a prototype at EICMA 2019. Now that it’s here, it looks more than equipped to become one of the most desirable ADV tourers in our market.

Husqvarna has teased the arrival of the Norden over the last few months and even released a couple of videos with what appeared to be the production-spec bike. It’s nice to see that very little has changed in its design, from the prototype we first saw in 2019. Elements like the round LED headlamp and predominantly flat surfaces and straight lines on the tank and body panels are typically Husqvarna. This is a bike that certainly looks the part. That said, what’s got us excited is what lies under all that bodywork.

The Norden 901 shares its frame with the 890 Adventure. It’s suspended on an adjustable 43mm WP Apex USD fork and a monoshock at the rear, offering 220mm and 215mm of travel, respectively. Braking hardware, meanwhile, comprises components of 320mm floating discs at the front and a 260mm disc at the back, sourced from J Juan — the KTM offers Brembo hardware. We’ll know how much of a difference this has on braking performance only once we’ve gotten a chance to ride the Norden 901.

The bike rides on a 21-inch front wheel and an 18-inch rear wheel, shod with Pirelli Scorpion STR tires. 

It also comes with a comprehensive electronics package that includes traction control, cornering ABS, cruise control, and three ride modes – Street, Rain, and Off-road. 

Lastly, the Norden 901 is powered by the same 889cc, DOHC, parallel-twin engine from the 890 Adventure. Autocar India reports that peak power and torque figures stand at 105hp at 8,000rpm and 73.7ft-lb of torque at 6,500rpm. A bidirectional quick-shifter comes as standard. 889cc, DOHC, parallel-twin engine from the 890 Adventur

Essentially, what you’re getting with the Norden 901 is a differently styled KTM 890 Adventure. Considering the slightly lower-spec hardware, we also expect it to be more affordable. 

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Husqvarna Norden 901 full reveal

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901

Whilst the Norden has KTM DNA forming its structure Husqvarna has really differentiated this model from its KTM 890 Adventure sibling. Norden really has that pukka rally look thanks to the front end treatment which incorporates a fairing, decent screen and fog-lights as standard.

Definitely got a bit of the Dakar style Rally look going on

And as far as farkles go, the Norden will launch with a huge range of accessories and riding apparel, many of which you can see in images throughout this piece.

A full range of accessories and apparel will be available for the Norden

If not for the plague we would have already ridden the machine in Europe, but alas we will have to wait until early next year before we can sling a leg over this newest kid on the adventure block. Australian dealers are expecting delivery of the Norden around March, 2022. Pricing has been set at a RRP of $23,250 or $25,050 Ride Away.

If not for COVID we would already have got up to these sorts of shenanigans on the Norden

The smooth and torquey 899 cc, 105 hp parallel twin engine that powers the Norden 901 is already well proven as a willing performer.

889 cc parallel-twin / 105 hp at 8000 rpm / 100 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm

Riding on a 21-inch front (90/90-21) and 18-inch (150/70-18) rear it is clear that off-road performance was high up the list of priorites and that is backed up by 252 mm of ground clearance and 220 mm of suspension travel.

Fully-adjustable WP APEX 43 mm forks

The WP APEX open-cartridge 43mm forks are fully-adjustable while the rear shock, which is PDS on this model, is adjustable for rebound damping and has hydraulic assisted pre-load.  A steering damper is also standard.

A PDS (no linkage) shock is used on the Norden

Switchable Bosch Cornering ABS with Street and Offroad modes is standard. Husqvarna Motorcycles’ lean-angle sensitive Cornering Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) is also there to assist, with particular attention having been paid to its levels of off-road assistance.

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901

The five-inch TFT display adapts to changes in environmental light. All ride mode and ABS settings are immediately visible on the screen. Additionally, a configurable shift light blinks to indicate when to change gear. With the Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles App, a smartphone can be connected to the bike through the optional Connectivity Unit for turn-by-turn navigation, to accept phone calls and listen to music.

An integrated 12 V connector allows for easy charging of handheld devices mounted to the handlebars or on the mounting point above the main dashboard.

Norden 901 offers three selectable ride modes as standard (Street, Rain, Offroad) and an optional Explorer mode has nine different traction control settings.

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901

A quick-shifter facilitates clutchless changes up and down the six-speed gearbox while a Power Assist Slipper Clutch (PASC) maintains rear wheel composure under sudden deceleration.

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901

Husqvarna promises ranges of up to 400 kilometres from the 19-litre fuel cell but previous experience with this engine suggests that 300 km is a little more real world. The main volume of the fuel is stored ahead of the riders knees to help keep the weight down low.

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901

The two-piece seat is adjustable in height between 854 and 874 mm. An optional lowering kit can push that down to a lower 832 mm and Husqvarna claim that their lowering kit does not affect handling dynamics. although it is hard to see that there is not a trade off in ground clearance and/or suspension travel.

Seat height is quite reasonable for a machine with such massive ground clearance and suspension travel

Norden 901 features a state-of-the-art Husqvarna branded J.Juan braking system. Up front, four-piston, radially mounted brake calipers and two 320 mm brake discs provide plenty of stopping power.  The rear brake features a 260 mm brake disc actuated by a two-piston floating caliper.

Definitely got a bit of the Dakar style Rally look going on

We can’t wait to get our hands on one, and I am sure plenty of Aussies will be putting deposits down on the first shipment well ahead of that expected March delivery date.

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 Specifications

  • Engine 899 cc, four-stroke, DOHC parallel twin
  • Bore/stroke 90,7/68,8 mm
  • Power 77 kW (105 hp) @ 8000 rpm
  • Torque 100 Nm @ 6500 rpm
  • Compression ratio 13.5:1
  • Starter/battery Electric starter/12V 10Ah
  • Transmission 6 gears
  • Fuel system DKK Dellorto (Throttle body 46mm)
  • Control 4 valves per cylinder / DOHC
  • Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
  • Primary drive 39:75
  • Final drive 16:45
  • Cooling Liquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger
  • Clutch Cable operated PASC Slipper clutch
  • Engine management/ignition Bosch EMS with RBW
  • Traction control MTC (lean angle sensitive, 3-Mode, disengageable, Explorer mode optional)
  • Frame Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
  • Subframe Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis, powder coated
  • Handlebar Aluminium, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm
  • Front suspension WP APEX-USD Ø 43 mm
  • Front adjustability Compression, Rebound, Preload
  • Rear suspension WP APEX-Monoshock
  • Rear adjustability Rebound, Preload
  • Suspension travel front/rear 220 mm / 215 mm
  • Front brake 2 x 4-piston caliper, radially mounted, brake disc Ø 320 mm
  • Rear brake 2 piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 260 mm
  • ABS Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and Offroad mode, disengageable)
  • Wheels front/rear Tubeless Aluminium spoked wheels 2.50 x 21”; 4.50 x 18”
  • Tyres front/rear Pirelli Scorpion Rallly STR 90/90 R 21; 150/70 R 18
  • Chain X-Ring 520
  • Silencer Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer
  • Steering head angle 64,2°
  • Triple clamp offset 30 mm
  • Trail 106,9 mm
  • Wheel base 1,513 mm ± 15 mm
  • Ground clearance 252 mm
  • Seat height 854 / 874 mm
  • Tank capacity (approx.) 19.0 litres
  • Weight without fuel (approx.) 204 kg
  • ABS Modes Street (cornering sensitive) / Offroad
  • Ride Modes Street, Rain, Offroad (Explorer – optional)
  • Engine Management Systems MTC, MSR, Easy Shift
  • Cruise Control Original Equipment
  • Connectivity Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Call-In, Music Selection
  • Technical Accessories Connectivity Unit, TPMS, heated grips & seats
  • Available March 2022
  • Priced at $25,050 Ride Away

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
2022 Husqvarna Norden 901

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Husqvarna announce new 2022 Moto3 rider line-up

2022 Husqvarna Moto3 efforts taking shape

Having achieved wins in Italy and the UK since a re-introduction to Moto3 in 2020, Husqvarna Motorcycles is currently chasing a top three championship ranking in the division thanks to the efforts of Romano Fenati.

Romano Fenati has delivered for Husqvarna in 2021 and will move back up to Moto2 in 2022

The Sterilgarda Max Racing Team leadership of Team Principal Max Biaggi and Team Manager Peter Öttl will overhaul their line-up and will welcome the sharp pace and potential of 20-year-old Ayumu Sasaki into the unit for 2022 as well as the Grand Prix winning experience of John McPhee, with the 27-year-old making the move from Honda machinery to the KTM derived Husqvarna FR 250 GP.

Ayumu Sasaki moves to Husqvarna from Red Bull KTM Tech3
Max Biaggi – Sterilgarda Max Racing Team Principal

This year we again managed to bring the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand to the top of the podium, which was a source of pride for the Max Racing Team working group. Having ambitious goals is our nature and for the 2022 season, together with Husqvarna Motorcycles and Sterilgarda, we wanted to internationalise our project to reach new targets. The combination of John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki represents experience combined with perspective; the hope is to work with both riders to have consistency of performance that allows them to enter the top positions of the Moto3 world championship.”

Husqvarna FR 250 GP

McPhee had his first taste of the world championship back in 2010 and pre-Moto3. He made four appearances in the old 125cc class before becoming a full-time member of the Moto3 grid from 2013. He has steered three different brands of motorcycle in his nine seasons to-date and boasts proven pedigree with 14 podiums and 3 wins.

Husqvarna FR 250 GP
John McPhee

I’m really excited to be joining the Sterilgarda Max Racing Team and Husqvarna Motorcycles for 2022. The team has done incredibly well in their short time in the world championship and with the likes of Max himself and Peter Öttl [Team Manager] looking after me I feel like it’s a great opportunity to really get the best from myself. The FR 250 GP has been impressive this season so I’m excited to see what’s possible on board something new.

John McPhee joins Husqvarna from the Honda powered Petronas Sprinta outfit

Sasaki made his Grand Prix debut in 2016 and has already appeared on the rostrum twice in four full terms of Moto3 and a comprehensive learning period. The rider from Yokosuka, 50km south of Tokyo, recently claimed a trophy – his first of 2021 – at the Gran Premio Tissot de Aragon, around MotorLand in Spain. The Japanese brings speed to the team and undoubted competitiveness.

Ayumu Sasaki

I am really happy to announce that I will race with the Sterilgarda Max Racing Team next year. I hope to be able to do well right from the start and exploit the full potential of this team, which in its third year in the world championship has already achieved important results. I want to thank all those who have made this agreement possible.”

Husqvarna FR 250 GP

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Husky give the TE300i and FE350 the Rockstar treatment

2022 Husqvarna TE300i and FE350 Rockstar Editions

2022 Husqvarna TE300i and FE350 Rockstar Editions
  • New Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing graphics
  • New Factory Racing approved Brembo hydraulic clutch and brake system
  • New Galfer brake discs front and rear
  • Black powder coated frame
  • Blue CNC machined triple clamps
  • Black seat cover with additional ribs
  • Front disc protector
  • Michelin Enduro tyres
  • Blue Supersprox rear sprocket
  • Blue chain guide
  • Grey ODI grips
  • Accessible Twin Air premium air filter for tool less maintenance
2022 Husqvarna FE350 Rockstar Edition

Headlining the revisions for MY22, both the TE 300i Rockstar Edition and FE 350 Rockstar Edition now feature high quality, Factory Racing approved Brembo parts. With the clutch system delivering reliable, fade-free performance, stopping power is also improved thanks to the Brembo brake master cylinders and calipers working in unison with the all-new Galfer discs, guaranteeing consistent braking, even in the most extreme conditions.

Black seat cover with additional ribs

Both models are carefully assembled with many components from the Technical Accessories range, used by the race winning Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing enduro team.

2022 Husqvarna FE350 Rockstar Edition

Leading the upgrades, blue anodised CNC machined triple clamps, Michelin enduro tyres, a Supersprox rear sprocket, softer ODI grips, and a high-grip seat cover enhance both the handling and the durability of the TE 300i Rockstar Edition and FE 350 Rockstar Edition models.

2022 Husqvarna TE300i Rockstar Edition

In addition, the chromium molybdenum steel frames of each machine are finished with a tough, black powder coating for a true race team look.

2022 Husqvarna TE300i Rockstar Edition

The TE 300i Rockstar Edition continues to set the bar for high-level 2-stroke enduro machinery. Delivering low maintenance costs, impressive engine torque, and tipping the scales at just over 106 kg, the TE 300i Rockstar Edition is the racers choice when it comes to competing in physically demanding events, or the perfect bike for anyone looking for a highly reliable motorcycle that delivers unrivalled performance.

2022 Husqvarna TE300i Rockstar Edition

Offering incredible versatility and allowing riders to master the toughest of terrain, the FE 350 Rockstar Edition leads the way when it comes to premium offroad motorcycle engineering. With a 350 cc DOHC 4-stroke engine that creates a broad spread of usable power, a handlebar mounted engine map switch allows riders to quickly and easily adjust performance, including the option of selecting traction control for improved grip in slippery conditions.

2022 Husqvarna FE350 Rockstar Edition

Both machines are scheduled to arrive in limited numbers around December this year, 2021, with pricing to be announced closer to arrival.

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Father’s Day gift ideas from Husqvarna

Husqvarna inspired Father’s Day gifts

Husqvarna have you covered for Father’s Day as it fast approaches, and have put together a full gift guide, covering a selection of Husqvarna apparel from casual wear through to the bike gear. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights, from the Accelerate casual jacket, through to the Gotland off-road shirt, iTrack Origin gloves and Moto 9 Flex Railed helmet.

Everything is available to purchase in authorised Husqvarna Motorcycle Dealerships Australia wide, shop now!

Husqvarna Accelerate Jacket

The Husqvarna Accelerate jacket features a breathable, wind-resistant outer with reflective prints, alongside extended cuffs and Ragan sleeves. Construction is 92% nylon and 8% elastane, with the jacket available for $190.00 RRP under part # 3HS21001310X.

Husqvarna Accelerate Jacket
Husqvarna Accelerate Jacket
  • Breathable, wind-resistant material
  • Extended sleeve cuff
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Four-way stretch
  • Reflective print
  • 92% nylon / 8% elastane

Husqvarna Gotland Shirt

A light, robust off-road shirt, the Gotland shirt features perforated ventilation zones and mesh inserts for plenty of breathability. Foam padding in the elbows offers extra protection, with taped sleeve cuffs and a 100% polyester construction. The Husqvarna Gotland Shirt is available for $90.00 RRP under part #3HS21003280X.

Husqvarna Gotland Shirt
Husqvarna Gotland Shirt
  • Perforated ventilation zones
  • Mesh inserts
  • Foam padding on elbows
  • Taped sleeve cuffs
  • 100% polyester

Husqvarna iTrack Origin Gloves

The iTrack Origin gloves are a pair of lightweight performance gloves, with perforated palms and mesh between the fingers for high levels of breathability. Silicone print improves grip, with neoprene cuffs and touchscreen function meaning gloves don’t need to be removed to use a phone or GPS. The Husqvarna iTrack Origin gloves are available for $55.00 RRP under part #3HS2100550X.

Husqvarna iTrack Origin Gloves
Husqvarna iTrack Origin Gloves
  • Lightweight performance gloves
  • Perforated palms
  • Mesh between the fingers
  • Silicone print for better grip
  • Neoprene cuffs
  • Touchscreen function

Husqvarna Moto 9 Flex Railed Helmet

The Moto 9 Flex Railed Helmet by Bell runs a lightweight Tri-matrix outer shell of carbon, Kevlar and fibreglass, with a Velocity flow ventilation system and integrated ventilated mouthpiece, including EPS lined chin-area.

There’s a flex inner shell, with Magnefusion cheek padding and emergency removal system, plus magnetic belt holder, alongside double-D ring fasteners. There’s also a flying bridge visor, with venting, and Quick Flip peak screws. The XT-2 removable liner is also washable and the helmet weighs in at 1400 g (+/- 50g). The Moto 9 Flex Railed Helmet is available for $1,000.00 RRP, part # 3HS21003140X.

Husqvarna Moto 9 Flex Railed Helmet
Husqvarna Moto 9 Flex Railed Helmet
  • Race-proven premium helmet
  • Velocity flow ventilation system
  • Lightweight composite carbon shell
  • Double D-ring fastener
  • Quick Flip peak screws
  • 1,400 g (+/- 50g)

Check out the full Husqvarna Father’s Day Gift Guide

Check out the full 2021 Fathers Day Gift Guide for more inspiration.

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Husqvarna FS 450 hones its competitive edge for 2022

2022 Husqvarna FS 450

Husqvarna have revealed an updated FS 450 supermoto for 2022, offering an all-new Brembo hydraulic clutch system, alongside a new colour scheme, while carrying across the existing high spec’ platform seen before. The updated bike is currently expected to arrive in Australia in November.

2022 Husqvarna FS 450
The 2022 Husqvarna FS 450 receives a new Brembo hydraulic clutch system

The new Brembo hydraulic system is claimed to offer improved clutch action and control, alongside the Suter slipper clutch which is designed with supermoto style drifting in mind.

The new addition in 2022 is the Brembo hydraulic clutch system
The new addition in 2022 is the Brembo hydraulic clutch system

The heart of the FS 450 is a SOHC single-cylinder powerplant which weighs just 27.3 kg and produces 63 horsepower. The camshaft is kept close to the centre of gravity, aiding handling agility, with lightweight valves actuated by a rocker arm and timing focused on torque and responsiveness.

The aluminium cylinder runs a 95 mm bore to the 63.4 mm stroke, alongside a CP forged bridged-box-type piston weighing 320 g. Compression is 12.75:1 and fueling via a Keihin EFI with 44 mm throttle-body. Helping save weight is high pressure die-cast crankcases, with thin walls without sacrificing strength.

2022 Husqvarna FS 450
On the 2022 Husqvarna FS 450 styling is also updated with new livery

The gearbox is produced by Pankl Racing Systems and is a five speed unit with integrated gear sensor, tied into specific engine maps for each gear. A map switch activates launch control when pressed in conjunction with the TC button, as well as selecting between two maps, with traction control switchable between on and off.

A vulcanised right grip also features an integrated throttle mechanism, with easy free play adjustment and a swappable cam, so throttle progression can be altered.

2022 Husqvarna FS 450
The 2022 Husqvarna FS 450 produces 63 horsepower and weighs just 103 kg without fuel

The stock exhaust system includes a flow designed resonance chamber integrated into the header pipe, with a compact silencer in aluminium helping minimise weight. However there’s also a full Akrapovič Evolution Line titanium exhaust available as seen in some of the action shots, as well as a FMF Factory 4.1 RCT silencer and Megabomb header combo, for those looking for more power, less weight and more bark.

The 2022 Husqvarna FS 450 runs a chromium molybdenum steel frame
The 2022 Husqvarna FS 450 runs a chromium molybdenum steel frame

On the chassis side of things, the FS 450 runs a chromium molybdenum steel frame tuned for longitudinal and torsional flex characteristics for maximum feel, feedback and stability, while also running frame protectors as standard. The frame also incorporates cooling system routing, helping reduce hoses for the high strength aluminium radiators.

2022 Husqvarna FS 450
2022 Husqvarna FS 450

The sub-frame in comparison is a carbon-fibre unit, made in two pieces and weighing just over 1 kg, while a hollow cast swingarm also contributes to the overall low weight. The FS 450 is only 103 kg without fuel.

Suspension is provided by WP, with XACT fork and shock, with a split-air fork offering preload, compression and rebound adjustability. A pump for adjusting the fork’s air pressure is standard with the bike. Holding the forks is a set of CNC machined triple-clamps, with standard protector on the lowers. Four-way handlebar adjustment is also included, with ProTaper bars fitted, as well as handguards.

WP provide the XACT suspension on the 2022 Husqvarna FS 450
WP provide the XACT suspension on the 2022 Husqvarna FS 450

At the rear the XACT rear shock is fully adjustable and run via a linkage, with 266 mm travel compared to 285 mm on the front.

Wheels are Alpina spoked units, with a 16.5-in front and 17-in rear, running Bridgestone rubber as standard, with a 125/80 front and 165/65 rear slick for maximum grip.

Wheels on the 2022 Husqvarna FS 450 are Alpina spoked units with Bridgestone slicks, and Brembo provide the brakes
Wheels on the 2022 Husqvarna FS 450 are Alpina spoked units with Bridgestone slicks, and Brembo provide the brakes

Brakes are, like the clutch hydraulic system, provided by Brembo, with a 310 mm front rotor with four-piston radial caliper, while the rear runs a 220 mm rear rotor with single-piston caliper.

Other features include an air filter accessible without tools via the left side panel, and provided by Twin Air, while a seven litre fuel tank includes a threaded filler cap.

2022 Husqvarna FS 450
2022 Husqvarna FS 450

Bodywork as mentioned features new livery, with less yellow and more blue, including a flat high-grip seat, easy movement on the bike thanks to slim design and of course overall comfort. Seat height is 890 mm.

The 2022 FS 450 will be available in limited numbers in Australia and New Zealand from November 2021 in authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles dealerships. The FS450 is not suitable for road registration.

2022 Husqvarna FS 450 highlights

  • New Brembo hydraulic clutch system
  • Mid-valve damping provides consistent fork performance
  • Low-friction linkage seals for smoother shock action
  • High-grip seat cover texture for exceptional comfort and control
  • 22 mm front wheel axle for improved fork response
  • Engine – 63 hp and only 27.3 kg
  • Frame – perfect flex characteristics, advanced rider feedback
  • Carbon fibre composite subframe – lightweight and robust
  • Swingarm – optimal stiffness and reliability in a lightweight construction
  • WP XACT front fork – progressive and consistent damping
  • WP XACT rear shock – 266 mm wheel travel
  • Black 16.5”/17” Alpina spoked wheels and
  • Bridgestone slick tyres – top-level performance
  • Bodywork – distinctive looks with a functional, modern design
  • ProTaper handlebar – class-leading function and style
  • Launch control – maximum traction for perfect starts
  • High performance Brembo brakes

2022 Husqvarna FS 450 Specifications

Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement  449.9 ccm
Bore/stroke  95/63.4 mm
Compression ratio 12,75:1
Starter/battery Electric starter / Lithium Ion 12,8V 2Ah
Transmission 5 gears
Fuel system Keihin EFI, throttle body 44 mm
Control 4 V / SOHC with rocker levers
Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Gear ratios 16:32  18:30  20:28  22:26  24:24  –
Primary ratio 31:76
Final drive 14:45
Cooling Liquid cooling
Clutch SUTER anti-hopping, Brembo hydraulics
Ignition / Engine Management Keihin EMS
Frame Central double-cradle-type 25CrMo4      steel
Subframe Carbon fibre reinforced polyamide
Handlebar ProTaper, Aluminium Ø 28/22 mm
Front suspension WP XACT-USD, Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension WP XACT Monoshock with linkage
Suspension travel front/rear 285/266 mm
Front/rear brakes Disc brake Ø 310/220 mm Brembo
Front/rear rims 3.5 x 16.5″; 5 x 17″ Alpina 
Front/rear tyres 125/600 R16.5; 165/630 R17 
Chain 5/8 x 1/4″
Silencer Aluminium
Steering head angle 63.9°
Triple clamp offset 16 mm
Wheel base 1,461 ± 10 mm
Ground clearance 290 mm
Seat height 890 mm
Tank capacity, approx. 7 l
Weight, without fuel, approx. 103 kg

Source: MCNews.com.au