So, anyone who knows me knows that I go through motorcycles faster than most people go through shoes – I’ve had four in the last year. I get itchy feet and am forever on the hunt for my perfect motorcycle. In keeping with that tradition, I recently sold my 2007 Speed Triple to buy a 2008 Husqvarna SM610. I’ve always wanted a Supermoto, and this one came along at a price I couldn’t resist, so I pulled the trigger.
If you don’t know about Supermotards, they’re basically a dirt bike that has sport bike wheels and stiffer suspension. The class was started in the late 70’s as a sort of mash-up for professional Superbike and Motocross riders to race each other on a bike that somewhat melds the two worlds. Since, the Supermoto class has gained a ton of success and has a pretty respectable international racing class today.
Aside from the crazy hybrid bike design itself, Supermoto’s handle quicker and are typically faster than most other bikes due to their Horsepower/Weight ratio and distinct riding style – they do a lot of sliding/drifting on asphalt. My Husky weighs 290lbs, has 55 horsepower, and 44 ft.lb. of torque. If you do the math, the HP/Weight ratio is nearly unbeatable (until about 80mph).
I took the bike out for a decent ride this weekend through Chester County’s tightest to feel it out. This thing is hands-down the funnest motorcycle I’ve ever driven. It rips, it turns, it runs over shit, road surface means nothing, mid-corner gravel is now fun, it’s comfortable (the seat sucks after about four hours), it sounds like a chainsaw on steroids, and it’s just plain quick as hell. I can’t wait to get it on the track…
6 responses to “Husqvarna SM610”
Published - Feb 7, 2011
Our philly winter has delayed the 360 terrorizing the streets but it’s built and…. in my living room. I’ll be loading it up in the back of the toyota for the trip up to Ricky’s Joint for a proper tune up soon enough.