The 2016 Husqvarna FC 450 underwent a radical change, dropping nine pounds while increasing horsepower. The completely new 2016 FC 450 and all-new 2016 KTM 450 SX-F are virtually identical dirt bikes, after all they come out of the same factory. The differences? Husky uses a restrictive FIM-compliant muffler, composite subframe, slightly different airbox, Magura hydraulic clutch, different rims and Dunlop MX52 tires instead of MX32 tires. The Husky takes a little longer to get to its peak horsepower due to the muffler and more restrictive airbox, but essentially, one 450 is white, and one is orange.
The minimal differences between the KTM and the Husky do create a slightly different feel on the track. It is difficult to say one bike is better than the other – they are just a little different, but very much the same (makes perfect sense, right?). The Husky FC 450 and the KTM 450 SX-F become even more closely matched when running identical tires. The Husqvarna comes stock with the heavier Dunlop MX52s while the KTM comes with the much more versatile and better performing Dunlop MX32, improving overall performance slightly for the KTM 450 SX-F.
With only minor differences, the choice between the Husky FC 450 and the KTM 450 SX-F boils down to a choice between white or orange. If riders are trying to buy a KTM and can’t find one, the Husky is a muffler and set of tires from being a 2016 KTM 450 SX-F. After the ratings were tabulated, the 2016 Husqvarna claimed third overall, the KTM’s white shadow.
• Nine pounds lighter than last year
• Great overall handling
• Easy to use power
• Electric start!
• Suspension soft for pro level riders
• Plastic looks hammered after a couple rides
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