Husqvarna has announced its FC450 Rockstar Edition for 2023. This is an annual tradition that takes place a month prior to the beginning of the Supercross season. Some years, the bike is completely new and different from the standard model. That was the case one year ago. For 2023, there are very few changes, and no FC250 Rockstar Edition was announced. The official press release follows:
Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce the new FC 450 Rockstar Edition. A proven model that is continually evolving, the latest version is enhanced by a selection of race-tested components to provide all motocross riders with a competitive edge.
The latest factory team replica machine is equipped with a new silencer, wheels, protective parts, and revised suspension settings, which give riders of all abilities a definitive on-track advantage. Retaining its class-leading performance, the FC 450 Rockstar Edition is finished with the latest Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing graphics.
Revised shim stack settings inside the WP XACT 48 mm front forks and XACT rear shock enhance the balance of the FC 450 Rockstar Edition to ensure improved stability at high speed without effecting its proven cornering agility. This considered refinement boosts self-confidence, allowing all levels of riders to master the racetrack with complete confidence while consistently posting faster lap times.
All riders can easily customize how the 450cc SOHC engine performs depending on either their preference or track conditions by using the handlebar-mounted Map Select Switch. The intuitive, multifunctional instrument houses clearly marked buttons to engage one of two pre-set engine maps, activate launch control and traction control, and enable Quickshifter for seamless upshifts, even when under heavy load.
The FC 450 Rockstar Edition is expertly assembled and comes complete with an extended list of competition-focused Technical Accessories. Adjustable Factory Racing triple clamps, an FMF Racing Factory 4.1 silencer, and Factory Racing wheels headline the hardware with a Factory Start device, GUTS Racing high-grip seat cover, ProTaper handlebar, and soft ODI grips offering assured comfort and control.
2023 Technical Highlights
- New Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing graphics
- New Factory Racing wheel set with EXCEL Takasago rims and black anodised CNC machined hubs
- New FMF Racing Factory 4.1 silencer
- New 2K Carbon composite skid plate for extended engine and frame protection
- New 2K Carbon composite front brake disc guard for added protection
- Updated suspension settings for improved balance and comfort
- Bodywork designed to encourage easier rider movement on the motorcycle
- Hydro-formed chromium molybdenum frame for improved anti-squat behaviour
- Die-cast aluminium swingarm provides strength and flex at a low weight
- 450cc SOHC engine provides class-leading performance
- Quickshift functionality ensures seamless up-shifting
- High-performance Brembo hydraulic clutch system
- Aluminium-polyamide hybrid subframe construction provides specifically calculated rigidity and advanced durability
- WP XACT 48 mm front forks with AER technology offer more progressive end-of-stroke damping
- WP XACT rear shock designed with CFD optimised main piston and tool-free adjusters
- Multifunctional map switch which activates the Quickshifter, traction control, and launch control
- Factory Racing CNC-machined triple clamps with adjustable offset [20 – 22 mm]
- Pre-installed Factory start device
- Soft, grey ODI lock-on grips for comfort
- GUTS Factory Racing high-grip seat cover
- Premium-quality ProTaper handlebar and bar pad
- Electric starter powered by a lightweight Li-Ion 2.0 Ah batteryEnsuring all riders are fully equipped for their next event, a concise, high-quality selection of race-team inspired casual clothing has been created. With two styles available within the range of t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and headwear, riders can choose to express their passion for Husqvarna Motorcycles or replicate the same pit presence as Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing.
The 2023 FC 450 Rockstar Edition will be available from February 2023 in the United States and in selected markets worldwide through authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles dealerships. Availability may differ from country to country. For all details on pricing and availability, please refer to your national Husqvarna Motorcycles subsidiary or importer.