2006 Husqvarna SMR450 - who's ridden one??
Posted July 24, 2006 - 05:28 PM
I'm dying to hear some news about this thing. Did anyone have trouble making it street legal as claimed?
Does it make as much power as the Honda?
Posted July 24, 2006 - 07:17 PM
Posted July 25, 2006 - 12:37 PM
Posted July 25, 2006 - 03:55 PM
That being said, I must say that I live near the mountains over Malibu and the roads near me are perfect for the bike -- tight, twisty and often dirty. The thing just works.
Would I be as happy with a KTM or modded Jap bike? No doubt. But if you do the math, you can't touch the package Husky offers for anywhere close to the money. And being street legal from the manufacturer in California is a huge plus.
Even though I'm an old codger, I still do track days, American Supercamps, even the occassional offroad race at Glen Helen. Grange is next as soon as it drops below 100 degrees out there. Not bragging, just trying to let you know that I don't just put around. I ride the thing hard. And so far --1,200 miles -- the Husky has been bulletproof.
Two thumbs up.
Posted July 25, 2006 - 08:48 PM
So far I can tell you the the brakes and the handling are superb and since I am actually doing a proper break-in I can't tell yet if the power is the same as my KTM 525SX/SM. As for the street (and much to my suprise) its way better then my WR400 was ...can't wait to pin it!
Posted July 25, 2006 - 08:52 PM
Posted July 28, 2006 - 08:01 AM
Someone a Shannonville suggested that they are tempermental bikes, and very sensitive to environmental changes and carb settings. Would you agree?
Posted July 28, 2006 - 10:01 AM
Posted July 28, 2006 - 10:24 AM
You mean your doing the "Manufacturer recommended break in". I wouldn't call it proper. Not to get too far off topic....
and since I am actually doing a proper break-in I can't tell yet if the power is the same as my KTM 525SX/SM. As for the street (and much to my suprise) its way better then my WR400 was ...can't wait to pin it!
I haven't even tried the Husky. I'd like to one of these days. But I have ridden the Aprilia 450. Now thats a bike worth waiting for to come out in street legal trim if you can wait for 07. Absolutely amazing and loads o fun. Don't cross it off your list. Its not much more money. Sounds like you need a test ride on a Husky though.
Posted July 28, 2006 - 09:21 PM
Posted July 28, 2006 - 09:23 PM
Still getting to know my 06 .. can't seem to ride it as fast as my 04 ... perhaps I'm still getting to know it. don't know what to bring to the track this Sunday the 04 or the 06 ? it's not a bad bike...
Siam, slap you '04 plastic, seat, and tank on it. The narrower seat makes the bike feel so small that its a toy.
Posted July 29, 2006 - 10:53 AM
Posted July 31, 2006 - 06:07 PM
Posted August 05, 2006 - 12:57 AM
The seat is a little hard yet it didn't give me a sore bum, just kinda felt hard and that was it. Handling is amazing, just turn your head and she'll follow.
I've had a lot of supermotos and was a little worried about the tight maintenance schedule to begin with but really, an oil change takes 20 minutes, so no big deal (however, synthetic racing oil is expensibe 'down under').
The thing to remember is that the R&D guys at Husky and MV Augusta really went to town on the SMR 450 for the 06 year model and are justifiably proud of bringing out a "formula 1 with number plates" that is both reliable and very involving to own.
My son has a DRZ400SM and had one ride of my SMR450 and was last seen trading in his toy Suzook for a Husky!!
Get one, you'll really love it!