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.
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.
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.
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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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.