The FE 450 features class leading power, technology and premium components standard. The new chromium molybdenum frame is a stand out feature on the 2020 model and is expertly crafted to offer the ideal combination of precision and agility out on the ride. The powerful engine has been further refined and features shaft arrangements aimed at improving mass centralisation and handling. With all the enhancements on the new 450, together with innovative electronics, WP suspension and an enduro specific rear linkage, the new FE 450 pushes the boundaries of progression to a whole new level.
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.
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.
CYLINDER AND PISTON
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.
The crankcases are designed to house the shaft arrangements and internals of the engine in the best possible position, centralizing masses for a lightweight handling feel. High-pressure die cast production processes results in a thin but reliable wall thickness and keeping weight to a minimum.