HUSQVARNA SM610 (2005-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A 'real' supermoto for the road"

Husqvarna SM610 motorcycle review - Riding

"A 'real' supermoto for the road"

  • At a glance
  • 576cc  -  52 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  110 miles range
  • High seat height (910mm)
  • £5,899

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Husqvarna SM610  is a ‘real’ supermoto for the road. Forget Japanese look-alikes such as the MT-03 or FMX650. Husqvarna is one of a handful of European manufacturers making far lighter, more powerful machines most of which are for race only. The Husqvarna SM610 has been civilised somewhat to make a banzai if impractical road bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

It’s bizarre than bunging road wheels and tyres on a lightly modified dirtbike can make a machine that handles well - but on the Husqvarna SM610 it works. Wide bars, light weight, a slim, manageable motorcycle on firm, if long, suspension mean an experienced rider on the Husqvarna SM610 can turn into corners faster than a sportsbike. Great brakes too. Twisty road heaven.

Engine 4 out of 5

If you’ve never ridden a big single, you’re in for a surprise. There’s stacks of poke just off idle and plenty of vibration too. Midrange is strong on the Husqvarna SM610. Then when most Japanese singles run out of puff, the Husqvarna SM610 has a bit more to come. Below 80mph it’s rapid, above that Bandit 600s and Focus diesels may come past the struggling Husqvarna SM610.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

All components are top-spec. Husqvarna mainly build race bikes (well, actually they mainly build chainsaws) and that means you can spend hours drooling over the Husqvarna SM610 components and details. Big mileage longevity from the Husqvarna SM610 may be doubtful.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

Not cheap but Husqvarna builds the Husqvarna SM610 to a spec, not a price. Running costs may be steep, especially as mileages get higher. Husqvarna SM610 insurance is cheap for such a single-minded dedicated nutter tool. Buying a Husqvarna SM610 outside warranty is for the brave. Find a Husqvarna SM610 for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

Don’t expect luxury from the Husqvarna SM610. Big features on a track-bred motorcycle like this are things like a locking fuel cap. Unlike Husqvarna’s race engines there’s a balance shaft to tame vibration but don’t expect much more than the bare minimum. Long distance comfort’s poor on the Husqvarna SM610, as is the fuel range.

Owners' Reviews

6 owners have reviewed their HUSQVARNA SM610 (2005-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.2 out of 5
Engine 3.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 2.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

I like this one but it aint perfect

24 February 2011 by Anonymous

Got an 07 model with arrow race can, wet racing front tyre and now a liberated air box. The Handling is excellent and you can carry more speed round corners than most other bikes. The saddle is narrow and not the most comfortable but not the razor... Read more blade that others claim. The front brake is good and rolling stoppies are easy but it can be prone to warping with hard use. Torque from the engine is good and it can loft the front on the power in first but you have to be quick with the gear change as revs can run out quickly. The clutch is very responsive and fairly light. The engine can be a little vibey if you're used to multi cylinder engines but against other road singles its smooth. The exhaust pipe can catch the inside of your left hand trousers and singe them slightly. I wrapped mine in heat resistant ceramic tape and now don't have the same problem. The low fuel indicator is taken from the fuel tap and this can work slightly loose. This can sometimes mean the low fuel light doesn't work so keep an eye that its not loose. Fuel economy seems to be reasonable at around the 40's to the gallon. The rims and swingarm can start to look tarnished if not looked after but other than that the finish is good (the husqvarna stickers can however peel slightly if you ride at higher speeds for a while). For me however its definately one of the most fun bikes I've ridden. It encourages a style of riding that feels utterly illegal but at speeds that wont get you too noticed. I think the styling is brilliant and its one bike that always brings a smile to my face even on a hum drum commute.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

sm810ie 2008

29 November 2008 by akairipper

kicks arse,headturner poky and light,strong ,dropped it twice, 20 metre slide no damage ( acerbis hand guards a must)i still dont understand which bits of the bike are sliding down the road!! 2000 miles so far, starts on the button. sits in the rain... Read more and cold no worries, tyres suck wearing them out rapid so i can put on some with some grip. best thing about this bike is its a real bike, no b/s. good mpg i think!? seat was uncomfortable for an hour now is all good. did i say the tyres are shit? cant locate the panniers that allegedly exist, dont feel the need to upgrade or trick out this bike, unlike all my others, which is good, only things i have put on are acerbis handguards and r&g fork and swingarm protectors(after drops) change the tyres before you take it home, change the oil.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Madness uncorked

21 November 2008 by jackthompson1985

I owned a 2006 model from new last year that i used to courier on in central london. Comfort is not as bad as most say but you have to stand up every 20 mins or so without fail to allow for bloodflow .. ;-) The engine is amazing fun for it's sheer... Read more lairyness. I have yet too find a more fun and easy bike to wheelie if you should so please. The bike is physically large but thin and very responsive making filtering a joy. I once filtered on the back wheel for over 200 metres through moving traffic on this bike (I wouldn't have been able to on any other bike i've owned). If you fancy a laugh and to be kept entertained on every ride then thias bike is great. It's wet weather handling is also a lot better than you might believe but expect the back end to spin up and you'll be fine. Only wish i could still do without the poor motorway manners as this bike dosen't like large motorway mile munching though tucking in helps and can easily cruise at 100.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Uncomfy

05 August 2008 by Mjollnir

Ok let's get the bad stuff out the way. This has to be the second most uncomfortable I have ever riden, it is like sitting on two razor blades, I certainly couldn't ride it for more than about twenty minutes. The engine was also a little gutless... Read more for road use. However, where this bike really excels is in the fun factor, it is a loot. you can have real fun in the corners. With the right tyres on I an sure it would handle quite well off road too.

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
5 out of 5

BMX for grown ups

02 March 2008 by Anonymous

I got into supermoto’s after starting a family, as a speed junkie I liked the fact that I could still have some fun with out the outright speed of a sports bike. This is my second supermoto, first being a DRZ400. The DRZ was fun but expensive to... Read more bring it up to a good spec. I brought a sm610 2006 with 2000miles on the clock for £3500. The sm610 looks stunning and is very good standard spec except the engine does not get enough breath. Sort this little issue out and you have one fantastic everyday road going supermoto. You will find yourself for ever fighting the front wheel on acceleration and doing the opposite on breaking. When I ride this bike I feel like when I was 15 on my BMX. The bike has so much feel and it just begs you to go into every corner sideways. If you hate road humps get one of these and you will soon be looking for the biggest ones around. As long as you’re not going to be doing ANY motorway miles you can’t get much more fun then one of these. The bike has been very reliable for me so far. I have dropped it a couple of time but these off road based bikes are so tuff you just pick them up and off you go again. That’s another bonus over expensive fairings. Very highly recommended, I would not change this bike for anything right now. I gave it a one for equipment, but it has a throttle, clutch, breaks, lights and a speedometer that sometimes works. What else do you need?

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 1 out of 5
3 out of 5

fun but not for long

13 April 2007 by KWAK6ftRider

A fun bike to ride, but the seat is like two parallel razor blades. It get uncomfortable very quickly. The engine also feels very underpowered for riding any distance. however, for short stints and town riding it is great fun. Read more

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 6 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued -
New price £5,899
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 10 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 52 bhp
Max torque 38 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Specification
Engine size 576cc
Engine type 4v single, 6 gears
Frame type Steel tube cradle
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Seat height 910mm
Bike weight 142kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, high/low speed compression
Front brake 320mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1998: Husqvarna SM610S released. One of the first practical road going European supermoto style motorcycles.
2005: Husqvarna SM610 released – lighter, more powerful and a big improvement over the Husqvarna SM610S

Other versions

Husqvarna SM610S: older, heavier, less powerful (46bhp) version of the Husqvarna SM610, different bodywork.

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