Beautiful and sleek are not adjectives used to describe Husqvarna’s SM series of motorcycles. Instead, try words such as rude, uncomfortable, and, more importantly, fun to ride. But what can one expect when a motorcycle manufacturer’s nickname is Husky? Husqvarna offered two SM models for sale in the United States in 2005: the SM 450 R and the SM 510 R, though 125 cc- and 610 cc-sized engines were available in other countries. The SM 450 R was introduced in 2003, while the SM 510 R is new for 2005. Both are supermotards. Perhaps more than other motorcycles, these bikes carry a rich international history. Husqvarna began manufacturing weapons back in the late 17th century in Husqvarna, Sweden. It manufactured its first motorized bicycle in the early 20th century. In 1987, it became part of the Italian Cargiva family, along with MV Augusta, a motorcycle powerhouse, with manufacturing moved to Varese, Italy. BMW, a German manufacturer of autos and motorcycles, acquired Husqvarna in 2007, with manufacturing remaining in Italy.