HUSQVARNA SMR450 (2004-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Very much the supermoto fantasy made metal"

Husqvarna SM450R motorcycle review - Riding

"Very much the supermoto fantasy made metal"

  • At a glance
  • 449cc  -  48 bhp
  • 32 mpg  -  70 miles range
  • High seat height (910mm)
  • £5,994

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

2005 was the last year the UK importers officially brought in the Husqvarna SM450R. Which is a shame as it’s an unbelievably good bike, but it was felt that the 510SMR (road bike) and SM450RR (race bike) serviced all our needs between them. Slim, fast, agile and desirable the SM450R is very much the supermoto fantasy made metal.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

With just a nine-litre tank you won’t be going far from a petrol station with the Husqvarna SM450R. Not far enough to feel the vibes and thin seat at any rate. The handling is top drawer stuff, thanks to the huge 45mm Marzocchi forks and sophisticated Sachs shock. Between them they keep the Husky composed even when the action’s red hot. The pre-’06 bikes four-piston Brembo front brake is simply staggering, while the later models’ radial items will pop your eyes out if used hard enough.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Husqvarna SM450R's liquid-cooled DOHC motor is a tiny thing of beauty. It’s deadly rapid, though to get the best from it you need to be cruel and really wring the throttle. The 41mm Keihin carb feeds the motor with perfect fuelling. Keep it away from long straights or you’ll stress it without seeing any benefits.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Husqvarna back their road products with a two-year warranty, reduced to three months if you race it. However, the SMR is fundamentally a highly-strung motor, which requires frequent oil and filter changes to keep it happy.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

Prices for the Husqvarna SM450R are low, for the quality of what’s on offer. But Husabergs are better value now and KTMs are slightly better built. Additionally, Husky’s own 510 is similarly priced and offers even more mental performance. Find a Husqvarna SM450R for sale.

Insurance group: 10 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

With the Husqvarna SM450R what you see is what you get; pure, undiluted supermoto with top quality components, but little in the way of fripperies. Not even an ignition key.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their HUSQVARNA SMR450 (2004-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 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
5 out of 5

real supermoto for the road not a soft jap version

30 August 2013 by barrypursey

what you get is a real supermoto with bare bones equipment,nimble chassis and with brembo brakes the engine produces exelent power for its size and shifts are flawless it can easly be also driven in traffic. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2004
Year discontinued -
New price £5,994
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 10 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 48 bhp
Max torque 34 ft-lb
Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.86 secs
Average fuel consumption 32 mpg
Tank range 70 miles
Specification
Engine size 449cc
Engine type 4v single , 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Seat height 910mm
Bike weight 122kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Single 320mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2003: Husqvarna SM450R introduced.

Other versions

None.

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