2008 Husqvarna SM Review


The Husqvarna SM was first released in 2005. This motorcycle was in the SuperMotard class of bikes, a designation that denotes, speed, acceleration, and racing style. Of course, like all Motards, Husqvarna SMs are stripped down to a basic chassis, seat, and motor. No frills, accessories, or fancy touches that would add weight to the motorcycle are included in Motard-style bikes. These types of bikes are made singularly for speed.

Three years after the release of the original Husqvarna SM, the 2008 models were released. Husqvarna has three variations of this immaculately styled machine: the SM 450R, the SM 610, and the SM 510R. These motorcycles have more attractive styling than any of the previous SMs. While the appearances of these three bikes vary slightly, they all feature racing-inspired red and black paint with white touches. The exhaust is shiny chrome located on the left rear of the bike. The rims of the Supermoto are matte black with shiny, silver spokes.

Husqvarna is world-renowned for quality engines, creating motors for everything from sewing machines to lawn and garden equipment. The engine of the SM lives up to these high standards. Engineers at Husqvarna took the original engine of the SM and tweaked it to make is even better. They gave it new cam shafts and new titanium valves. These two changes give the SM greater reliability and a better throttle response. Additionally, Husqvarna worked with Mikuni to add a state-of-the-art electronic fuel injection system to the 2008 SM. The 2008 SuperMotard has extraordinary acceleration and speed.

Husqvarna has advertised these motorcycles as dual-purpose bikes, suitable for both commuting and racing. However, test drivers thought that claiming the SM as a commuting bike was quite a stretch. The seat of the SM is virtually non-existent. This works fine for a race, but if a rider is planning on spending any time at all on the bike, he or she will be extremely uncomfortable. However, on the track, test riders reported that their time on the 2008 Husqvarna SM was fabulous. The newly calibrated Marzocchi forks and the Sachs shock absorbers give racers a marvelous experience on this 2008 SuperMotard. The brakes are strong and powerful for secure stopping at high speeds.

New For 2008

  • Husqvarna updated the look of the SM so that it is as attractive as it is fast.
  • For the 2008 SM, designers at Husqvarna reworked the geometry of the frame to ensure a stable ride under any racing conditions.
  • The engine of the 2008 Husqvarna SM was revised for these new bikes. It is a liquid cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine. A new electronic fuel injection system was added to boost performance.

2008 Husqvarna SM Specs

  • Model: 2008 Husqvarna SM
  • Engine Type: Single cylinder, four stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: SM 450 and 510R- 97 millimeters/ 3.81 inches; 60.8 millimeters/ 2.39 inches; SM 610- 98 millimeters/ 3.85 inches; 76.4 millimeters/ 3.01 inches
  • Compression ratio: SM 450 and 510R- 12.9:1; SM 610- 11:1
  • Valve Train: SM 450 and 510R- DOHC; SM 610-SOHC
  • Induction: Mikuni carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Manual, six speed
  • Fuel Capacity: SM 450 and 510R- 7.2 liters / 1.9 gallons; SM 610- 12.5 liters / 3.3 gallons;
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 23.4 kilometers per liter / 55 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Brembo hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Brembo hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin sided, swing arm
  • Wheelbase: SM 450 and 510R- 1445 millimeters/ 56.9 inches; SM 610- 1485 millimeters/ 58.5 inches
  • Seat Height: SM 450 and 510R- 920 millimeters/ 36.2 inches; SM 610- 910 millimeters/ 35.8 inches;
  • Curb Weight: 118 kilograms/ 260.1 pounds; SM 610- 142.5 kilograms/ 314.1 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Pirelli 120/70 R17
  • Tires (Rear): Pirelli 150/60 R17


  • The Husqvarna SM comes with a standard kick stand.
  • The 2008 Husqvarna has digital instrumentation, including a tachometer, odometer, speedometer, and engine diagnostic warnings.

Key Competitors For The 2008 Husqvarna SM

  • 2006 Kawasaki KLR 650
  • 2006 Suzuki DR-Z 400 SM
  • 2006 KTM 640 LC4 Supermoto Orange
  • 2006 MZ Baghira Black Panther