The 2006 Husqvarna SM is a Supermoto-inspired motorcycle that then Italian-owned bike manufacturer Husqvarna Motorcycles release for the 2006 model year. As the second model year of the SM brand there were no changes made to the 2006 version. Although overshadowed by offerings from more popular manufacturers, the 2006 Husqvarna SM is a well-crafted and decently performing dirt bike.
The 2006 Husqvarna SM was designed as a Supermoto bike, inspired by motorcycle racing on a three-track racing circuit. This consists of flat track (oval track racing) motocross (racing in enclosed off-road circuits) and road racing (racing on paved roads). Thus the Husqvarna SM is good as a dual-purpose machine, with the ability to ride on all sorts of terrain: whether rough or smooth, paved or unpaved.
The 2006 Husqvarna SM is officially called the “2006 Husqvarna SM 610.” The three-digit number is in reference to the engine displacement, which is actually 576.3 cubic centimeters (cc) but rounded up to 610 cc. The engine that powers the 2006 Husqvarna SM is a four-stroke single-cylinder with four intake valves, a bore and stroke of 3.85 by 3.01 inches (98 by 76.4 millimeters), and a compression ratio of 11 to 1. It pumps out 52.3 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 38.4 lb-ft of torque at 6500 rpm. A fan is installed on the engine to cool its hotter parts and thus help prevent malfunction due to overheating. A 41-millimeter Keihin carburetor is in place to blend air with fuel for the engine, which can be started with the conveniently electric ignition (as opposed to a kick starter). The engine on the Husqvarna SM is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
The 2006 Husqvarna SM is available in two two-tone color schemes: Blue / Yellow or Dark Gray Pearl. Like other Husqvarna bikes, the frame of the SM is made of aluminum and steel, thus making it relatively light while still retaining the sturdiness it needs for balance and endurance. A kick stand is provided for parking the motorcycle. Covering on the bike’s frame includes front and rear fenders, upper fairing, fork and heel guards, a side cover, and a skid plate for protecting its underside. There’s a rear rack for storage, and the digital instrumentation at the front consists of a clock, tachometer, trip odometer, speedometer, service reminder, and temperature and fuel level warning light indicators. Halogen headlights and side mirrors are installed to give the rider greater visibility.
Surpassing the braking prowess of lower-level bikes with all-wheel drum brakes or a front-disc-brake/rear-drum-brake layout, the 2006 Husqvarna SM uses front 12.6-inch (320-millimeter) and rear 8.7-inch (220-millimeter) Brembo® discs. A robust 45-millimeter (1.8-inch) Marzocchi inverted fork comprises the bike’s suspension at the front, while a Sachs twin-sided swing arm brings up the rear: great for absorbing bumps during rougher rides.
Each 2006 Husqvarna SM is 81.8 inches in length, 32.3 inches in width, and 46.9 inches in height. The wheelbase is 58.5 inches, and on each bike are 17-inch aluminum wheels with Pirelli® Diablo tires. The bike’s one-piece vinyl seat, which can accommodate a driver and a passenger, is set at a height of 35.8 inches (910 millimeters). Ground clearance of the Husqvarna SM is measured at 9.6 inches (245 millimeters), and its dry weight is 313 pounds (142 kilograms). Peak fuel capacity for each Husqvarna SM bike is set at 3.2 gallons (12 liters).
With its light build, sharp handling, wide handlebars, and explosive response, the 2006 Husqvarna is optimally designed for off-road cruises. Also, you do not need to use it for racing to experience and enjoy what it has to offer; a simple pleasure ride is more than enough.