Vintage Husqvarna Motorcycle Review

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Vintage Husqvarna Review


Malcolm Smith

(Heikki Mikkola Replica)

Smith was famous for riding a 250 and just running away the entire pack of competititors. to the frustration of all the Open class Lesson learned was — It how many cc’s your has, just how you train as a to use them.

Same holds today.

The 1972 Husqvarna properly prepared to stock with a good Femsa a Motoplat), updated rear and a small motocross tank is of kicking … big time on other motorcycle eligible for any class. It’s hi performance are to none! If you think you need bike, please consider more; you’re on the wrong This model is inexpensive to buy and to maintain!

It’s left shift may cause temporary problems for unfamiliar riders, but worth the practice! Actually model can be converted to right shift with the only needed being a left brake pedal assembly you can fabricate in a home shop ). If you are a weight rider (more 220 lbs), then an MJ 400 CR or WR Husqvarna also be a best choice. should be little reason to not an AHRMA … bike the amount of fantastic Husqvarna available for sale.

MJ series is the first year for different tanks on different models. as the Orange on 400CR, 450CR and Lion Yellow for 125 CR and WR. Red for the 250 CR. The 360 enduro 4 was carried over thru year to serve as the Enduro

MJ frames are distinquishable by their of outer swingarm support like you will find on MK Also the practice of putting number on the tank was replaced by it on a chrome sticker on engine case, which is visable in the photo. Silencers were with all models for the first and this MJ style silencer was used this model

They look similiar to 73 but not the same. The alloy fenders supplied on all MJ models and gave a beautiful and functional appearance. The tended to be Magura 305, cable style.

The rims lip style Akronts, Trelleborg tyres, Magura levers straight style), concentric 54 Bing used on all except Motoplats on CR’s, Femsa on the Husky rubber flap great!

World class Torlief Hansen, Heikki Bengt Åberg, Arne Gunnar Lindström. Christer J. Teuwissan, Jack van Velthoven, Wolsink, Torsten Hallman, Uno Kalevi Vehkonen were on Huskys. The USA heros were and included Malcolm Smith, Martino, JN Roberts, Bill Mitch Mayes, Gary Bob Grossi, Brad Lackey, Burleson, Jake Fischer, Ron Ed Schmidt, Ben Bower, Carl and more.

Many other were part of this exciting era.

1946 Husqvarna modell 24

Immediately following WWII, was able to tool up and supply a quality, affordable, inexpensive to 2 … street bike. particular bike is owned by Kråksberg in Karlskrona. Sweden and is a quality example of this He writes:The mod.

24 Svartkvarna was in 1946. It had an 118 cc engine with 3,5 hp and 3 The Svarkvarna became a legend the small motorcykles and was known for its It was used by many people day for transport to work. The cykel was among the models 27-32 to

The last in the family was mod. 32 1957. The modell 24 was the first motorcykle produced in Sweden the second world war.

For its it was an well constructed bike, it had an rubber seat and a nice paralellogram fork. The price was 960 SEK. It doesnt sound so today, but an average salary of a worker then was 12 SEK.

model also has painted/striped hand shift (right of tank), sprung seat, box. package carrier.

Husqvarna 250 Works Motocross Replica

The 1966 Husqvarna 250 was the competition Husky that Dye imported and of the 300 total 250 cc motocross 76 were imported to the USA. The HVA also made 50 each models and only 10 of these imported! The ’66 250 Husqvarna was a … weapon in 1966 off events. It was the lightest, fastest off-road competition event in the world and immediately won fame for Penton, Malcolm Smith, Dub JN Roberts and more.

Torsten won the World Championship 250 class in and 67 on his factory prototype model. was no doubt which competition bike was to be bought by the experts in A 1966 250 Husqvarna cost 1966 Serial Number

1968 Husqvarna 250 cross Replica

The 1968 Husqvarna off road motorcycles incorporated the frame that Torsten had been winning on the past 18 Husqvarna was very keen to and sell state of the art equipment and to quality high and within cost.

Many updates apparent with the first of MF series bikes and they welded one piece frame, rear sprocket mount, steel tail fender, air cleaner cover, new chain system, new style rear pedal, internally there many upgrades to gearing/shafts/piston/rings. T544 became the standard tire for Husqvarna. Malcolm John Penton, JN Roberts, Martino along with Hallman, Gunnar Lindstrom, Kring, Christer

Hammargren, Tibblin, Vic Eastwood, Brian Steffan Enequist and others to shred the competition world in all off road events.

1969 400 cross Vic Eastwood Replica

The series for competition MG Husqvarna was the of the 400 Husky. Husqvarna had been 400’s for three years and was to pass on this incredible It was an instant success and became the for which all others makes compared.

The MG series saw improvement with an all new hub, Femsa ignition, front fender, the fork were eliminated and major cylinder design change gave five intake instead of three. The ’69 included the 250 cross, 360 cross, 400 and the new 360c sportsman (SG). Åberg, Arne Kring, Jonsson, and Torsten Hallman world championship motocross.

was the last year for the original tank, steel rims. tail fender, and small brake for all models.

1957 HVA Silverpilen Basse Hveem

was a good year for Husqvarna buyers as HVA was offering at least 10 models of sophisticated, lightweight. street bikes. The Silverpilen or Arrow as the USA knew it was imported to by at least one dealer and road in Cycle magazine in mid ’57 a very favorable review. The even addressed the off road of the super light weight 175 cc motorcycle.

Around this Rolf Tibblin was also the racing potential of these and had modified Silverpils for motocross. engineer/machinist Gustav Flink was interested in this potential and was to produce custom cylinders, crankshafts, intake systems, components, to help develop the race winning potential of early Husqvarna.

Norway’s motorcycle racer Basse endorsed the Silverpil and this also became very at ISDT type competition. Hveem sold his own line of clothing (ie helmets, leather in this same 50’s era are very sought after My thanks to Henrik Broen, for Basse Hveem info.

Husqvarna 450 WR Cross Country

was a new era for Husqvarna motorcycles. The entire of motocross, desert, enduro had been upgraded to a new generation of with 5 speed transmissions, shift, new low engine frames, of the 450cc motocross and cross and also the 125ccCR motocross (6 Motoplat ignitions and more. frame series was MJ and all models had the fenders front and rear.

The grenade muffler was standard on all as well as the silver leg front The WR models retained the Femsa to allow for easy lighting Husqvarna continued to dominate all of off road racing, most in world class motocross, events, and enduro.

The list of winners was spectacular and included Mikkola, Arne Kring, Åberg as well as US stars Smith, Dick Burleson, Ron Jake Fischer, Ed Schimdt, Mungenast, JN Roberts, Mark Jim West, Bob Grossi, + many

1963 Husqvarna 250 Works

1963 Husqvarna had identified how the racing victories would be for the division to prosper, profit and The factory sponsored efforts of years had been positive and year the Husqvarna factory out 100 of their highly sought motocross race bikes. lite weight and designed for use these bikes were made for each ordering and you could choose Norton or Ceriani forks.

Torsten Hallman devastated all the in 1963 motocross with his and equipment combination.

Ja, den är Vi vill göra mer! 250cc bikes were so that they easily the speed of the larger four versions.

Husqvarna was rethinking how to approach the 500cc class. above shows a ’63 later model front and the fork boots were not

1955 Husqvarna

Modell 31 Modell 31 Lyx

1955 was a year of and upgrade for all Husqvarna motorcycle The model 31 series was introduced as a for model 30. These mid-sized HVA standard equipped with rims, stainless steel quick access ignition petcock controlled from top (a small knob next to gas Trelleborg tires, Bosch magneto, Amal carb, and 3 foot operated vaxel.

The loop rear fender was a nice touch. Of course you equip these models all sorts of great add-ons package trays, saddle of different sorts, double leg guards, or you also could them to successfully off road This particular Sport 31 had, what the catalog as, amotocross seat and cross bar handlebars as well as the high exhuast.

The Lyx model 31 had a single and low pipe. The light weight and power of these 120cc inspired the owners of these and model Husqvarna to pursue activities. Husqvarna was building models to fit the under 75kg class of motorcycles in Sweden existed due to license by driver

16 year olds could ride up to 75kg until 18 old. In 1959 the restriction was to 125cc and, I believe, is applied today.

1973 400 CR Motocross

1973 was continuing the upgrade of all Husqvarna motorcycles. years series was MK and all of motocross came with new white fenders and small motocross The forks had been improved as and were easily identified as leg forks.

The 400 was a magnifcient performer on the with far more power most owners could It was, as all Huskys, raced out of the box and continued to grow an outstanding of top class winners in all off road US stars Gary Semics, Blackwell, Mike Hartwig, Bob were just a few. and Nilsson were the BAJA kings .

1938 Model 301 LÄTTVIKTS Motorcykel

The Model 301 was first production 2stroke motorcycle. 98cc, chain and rubber damped suspension on the allowed HVA to sell tens of of these popular bikes. machine featured a leather pouch, squeeze bulb package tray, head and lites, two speed hand gearbox, Amal carb, and operated rear brake.

This model sold new for ($71).

1974 Husqvarna 250 CR Mag 250

1974 was again a milestone for the leader of motocross competition The Mag 250 was Husqvarna’s ability to market to the a true works caliber The Mag 250 had an all magnesium engine case, valve intake, new swing arm shocks moved foward, in silencer on the expansion chamber, +

This bike is still one of the sought after AHRMA motocross bikes. It is both beautiful and quite a performer in the classes.

This MK series was the first year for the magnesium reed valve 250 engine. model was an immediate success in the of privateers. Light and powerful, model was more along the of of a true ultimate works model that had been to 63-68 models.

Mag 250 had the shock on the swing arm moved foward, a generation expansion chamber built in silencer, white fenders, Akront alloy and small front hub.

class riders Heikki Bengt Åberg, Arne Gunnar Lindström were on Huskys. The USA heros were and included Malcolm Smith, Kain, Mitch Mayes, Semics, Bob Grossi, Brad Dick Burleson, Jake Ron Bohn, Ed Schmidt, Ben Bower, Berggren and more. The Swedish Team included Hans Hans Hansson, Bengt-Olof Kurt Gustavsson, Lars Johansson,

Husqvarna 400

as well as Bengt Ingemar Wernerson, Tommy Anders Hallberg, and Conny

Jack Lehto managed the team. Many other were part of this exciting era .

1974 Husqvarna Motocross

1974 was also a of great improvement on the great Husqvarna 125 CR and SC models. The front end was an all Betor fork unit alloy triple clamps as White plastic fenders, air box, alloy rims, cut out and alloy front hub made a beautiful package along the lion yellow paint ’74 was also the year of the new Husqvarna company logo and it was displayed on both tank of every size Husky.

The Husky is a highly desired of the AHRMA racing crowd. In my the best looking 125 of the 70’s, but I might be biased.

1965 250 Works Motocross Hallman

The 1965 250cc motocross was updated to take advantage of Hallman’s experience and track record on the 250 Huskys with he had won the world championships. Ceriani were fitted, updated chamber with a tapering cone, larger air filter, and rear frame were a few of the Features retained from model included push-in gas 19 front hjul, Dunlop tires, alloy fenders and rear.

This excellent ’65 250 Motocross is located in Australia and by Brian Watson. It is Husqvarna

1964 Husqvarna 250 Motocross Bickers Model

1964 the motocross models had already their way to England and champion Dave Bickers had a special for that season made to his It was tested in early ’64 by a publication and found to be superb! The Husky was fitted with forks, Dunlop Sports and Girling shocks.

There was sheet vinyl added to the air filter and where this to the rear. it was used as a number surface. There was also shrouding at the rear of the seat the frame tubes. The tank of particular bike was modified indentations to allow for more to stop fork turn.

The weight and high power this Husky the best of motocross.

1967 Husqvarna 250 Hallman Replica

1967 was a year for Husqvarna racing The demand for both the 250cc and motocross bikes was far more what had been sold the year. Many subtle changes occurred to increase the of a motorcycle that was originally for one year expert motocross

The frame tail section was in diameter, swing arm was fabricated round tubing, front revised, gas cap was changed from in to standard automotive, handlebar redesigned, folding pegs expansion chamber was redesigned as a one custom fabrication, 21 front was a frequent option, air filter was along with many The candy apple red paint was for a last year and, as above, was the most beautiful and off road motorcycle for that Torsten Hallman kicked again for the fourth time in the and won the 250 World Championship.

1969 360 C Sportsman ISDT Replica

was also a year of revision to the dual sport models. the term was not in use then. The model as the 250T Commando was replaced by the new 360 C Revisions included an added engine displacment, motocross quickchange rear wheel frame tubing added the tank, chainguard, headlite and were updated, and Trelleborg tires were standard.

Husqvarna 250T Commando

1967 — Husqvarna thier first dual bike to the USA. Although it like a street version it was a complete stand alone It was called the 250 T Commando because it was on a Swedish military bike. The was revised to Sportsman in late but it had been road tested by World as a Commando earlier in the

Unusual details were the chain guard. dual passenger folding pegs, 21 wheel option or 19, speedo Motaloy hubs front and no battery, and tool bag option. model was continued in ’68 and almost exculsively to a USA market.

1971 Husqvarna 400 cross

Åberg Replica

This MI Husky was the last year for the speed model. Changes the early 1970 MH series new hi cross bar handle bars, metal front fender 36 mm concentric Bing, and improved components. All four speeds on the right side and this for great left turn

The eight speed option was for all around trail and desert but the motocross purists wanted the four speed. In mid 1971 sent a flyer to all Husky with decals alerting to add the Bengt Åberg decal to the and the Heikki Mikkola decal to the (decals are diplayed further my page ). Husqvarna dominated all off events during this motocross, desert, enduro, and events like Baja and the 400 as well as world class

World class riders Hansen, Bengt Åberg, Kring, Gunnar Lindstrom heros on Huskys. Probably the impact in the US on all of off road riding was Smith on MH 1221 in the movie On Any which was released in 1971. and Steve McQueen rode a of MH 400’s to all Husky lovers

Check out this movie. some spare money you’ll want a Husky!

early MI 400 pictured above has low cross bar bars, no decal, and tab mount tank as opposed to collar mount tank.

1971 Husqvarna 400. properly to stock condition with a Motoplat, updated rear and a small motocross tank is of kicking … big time on other motorcycle eligible for any class. It’s lite and hi performance are comparable to none! If you you need more bike, consider practicing more; on the wrong track!

This is inexpensive to buy and cheap to maintain!

right hand shift may temporary dexterity problems for riders, but well worth the

If you are a lite weight rider than 180 lbs), then a 250 4 speed would also be a choice.

There should be reason to not have an AHRMA bike with the amount of Husqvarna still available for

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