Hey guys I seriously need advises in my current addicted situations with Husqvarna. Almost every minute the 2006 450SMR is on my mind and I've very strong intentions to buy it when it comes to Singapore in 2 months time.
I'm very much a stranger to these bikes as its still much based on dirt bikes and my first dirt bike only came Sep05, after 8 years of riding, which is a DRZ400E and its on motard setup now. Pretty much stock DRZ400E with just a 320mm oversize brake rotors, WISECO high comp piston and RM250 forks. Motard wheels of coz. DRZ is my only means of commuting around Singapore where I have to travel 60miles, where mainly consist of highway cruising of 60mph, daily. I used it for 4 rounds of carpark races yearly. I will be doing some offroad on it too. Maintenance is low on DRZ and insurance premium are cheap. I'm not going to take it to track as I feel its much harmful to the single cylinder engine to keep it in high revs all the time. Anyway I have a CBR1000RR in race configuration to let go these high speed steams.
Lately 06 Husqvarna SM450R caught my eye as I always wanted a 450 and this bike comes ready to race and road legal. There isn't any other road legal 450 around unless you soup up one or the KTM 450EXC. I've tried the 2005 TE510 motard, and I'm very impressed by the bike. Yes its too powerful for most people but the bike just handles. The suspensions really are good and the light weight of the bike just makes it willing to flick around and accelerate out of corners fast. The lighter weight and stronger brakes compared to my DRZ, also makes the brake markers I used for my DRZ become way too early. Is the new 450SMR going to be even better? Power should be lesser than TE510 right?
Buying this bike would probably means having loans all over again and the insurance premiums will be 3 times what DRZ cost me annually. These wasn't that big problem but whats holding me back is whether the bike is going to be problematic due to many parts spoiling fast given my high usage. If its just the normal maintenance stuffs like engine oil or even valve shim its still ok with me. 450SMR got to take over DRZ duties and I really need advises on whether Husky is going to be just as durable and what to expect.