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Husqvarna SMQ 450 First Look

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Husqvarna SMQ 450
Husqvarna's new SMQ was revealed at Milan. The entire purpose of the machine is supposed to be something that's easy to ride, maneuver and have fun with.
Husqvarna has recently released a concept machine at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. The SMQ is a street-oriented bike with a very unique stance. A tubular steel frame uses the single-cylinder motor as a stressed member with its minimalist, cradle-less design. A radiator isn’t visible, but cooling tubes emerge from the cylinder and travel up towards the steering head. The left-side engine case is stamped with “450” which could be fairly potent if the bike’s weight is as small as it appears.

Chain driven on the left side, the countershaft sprocket is centered on the swingarm pivot similar to the BMW G 450 X. The exhaust exits from the front of the motor and bends around the right side where it mates to a megaphone muffler, a complete eyesore in our opinion. The bulbous can contrasts the minimalist design and aftermarket companies would have a heyday with titanium and carbon fiber mini versions to clean it up.

Husqvarna SMQ 450
Husky calls the look "vintech" for a mix of vintage and modern technology. It looks sort of like a dirt tracker to to us, but whatever it is, we like it.
Wave style rotors and Brembo calipers are mounted front and rear on wire-spoked wheels which are likely 17-inchers. A lack of fenders is compensated for by a small mud guard on the front and a stinger license plate holder on the rear, vaguely similar to one from Yamaha’s R6. There is really a lack of any significant bodywork. A tiny fairing is built into the front of the fuel cell and a goofy windshield houses a single headlight and miniscule turn signals.

Suspension is in the form of an inverted fork on the front end. Though it’s hard to tell from photos, if our pictorial snooping is accurate then the monoshock is mounted directly to the steel swingarm.

We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for more info on the Husqvarna SMQ. Maybe our European connection can round something up for a future Euro Gossip, but if anything else crops up, we’ll let you know.
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scott -WHAT?  January 12, 2009 09:19 PM
why did they put the front fender on upside down? great otherwise.
alex -SMQ  December 11, 2008 12:58 PM
It appears to be a tough, light, versatile machine. People can argue aesthetics until they're blue in the face. This design looks purposeful, like a motorcycle should. Want cute shapes? Buy a scooter.
Dave -Not Pretty  November 27, 2008 06:33 PM
I like the concept of a thumper/street tracker, but the design is certainly not attractive. I'd be a lot more interested if that headlight/radiator assembly wasn't so f-ugly.
andy -husky...oh Boy  November 25, 2008 11:09 AM
Oh Boy ...thats a freaking ugly motorcycle!!..I switsched from the e-bike articel to this and I have to saz the electro is more captive..thats for sure!!
Epic Failure -exhaust...  November 21, 2008 12:08 AM
Dude I must agree that the exhaust on this thing totally ruins the appearance! Appearantly BMW felt the need to follow the damned uglier-than-a-sewer-pipe-exhaust trend...I think this bike would actually look cool with a carbon fiber muffler about half the size of this stock unit!
x2468 -na  November 19, 2008 11:51 PM
funny how they used the bmw and not the husqvarna 450 motor then. if they're going to badge it as a husky. i love the euro companies but eh... Husky managed to beat the ktm 690 duke in the ugliest bike category. shocking
fazer6 -umm...look closer  November 19, 2008 11:45 AM
First off, that IS the motor from the BMW G450X (this concept has been rumored for some months), second it only takes a second look to locate the radiator in the "goofy" windsheild--actually a pretty clever design.
x2468 -na  November 18, 2008 07:51 PM
Is that the BMW 450 motor? or the huqvarna? the position of the crank and angle of the jug/head makes me think it's the beamer.
Todd -SMQ  November 18, 2008 07:03 PM
The exhaust is just like the cans that they had to put on dirttrackers - boom boxes they call them. Very sweet when you look at it that way. A way cool streetracker for sure!
Skippy -OMG  November 18, 2008 06:50 PM
Speechless, really.....somebody kluge that up in their garage?
Eric -Husky SMQ  November 18, 2008 06:32 PM
Husky SMQuasimodo! If you look thru the YUCK there's a hint of potential, ......maybe.