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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 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.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2

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.

Husqvarna SM450R (2004-current)

Detail Value
New price £5,994
Engine size 449 cc
Power 48 bhp
Top speed 105 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 2
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 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.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 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

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Model History

2003: Husqvarna SM450R introduced.

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Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.86 secs
Max power 48 bhp
Max torque 34 ft-lb
Weight 122 kg
Seat height 910 mm
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Average fuel consumption 32 mpg
Tank range 70 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 449 cc
Engine specification 4v single , 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Single 320mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • real supermoto for the road not a soft jap version


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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.

    30 August 2013


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