The name Husqvarna was ushered into the American motorcycling vernacular in the 1960s with the Swedish manufacturers’ exotic machines serving as ambassadors for the freshly imported sport of motocross. The marque (renowned for proudly displaying its nation’s flag) was sold to Italian Cagiva in 1986. Thankfully, the new owners maintained Husqvarna’s revered off-road presence, launching an equally formidable assault on the burgeoning arena of supermoto.
This purpose-built SM450RR supermoto racer is rumored to be one of only 50 built. Proof of the Italian’s devotion to uphold Husqvarna’s reputation as serious race metal, owner Steve Storz of Storz Performance says, "Aside from the Scotts Steering Stabilizer, this is straight out of the box." Despite the bike’s scarcity, Storz thrashes it regularly on circuits around Southern California. (Click image to enlarge)