Series Husqvarna 1975-1987
Husqvarna 250 CR GP Mikola Replica - Peter Andrews -
The 1975 CR 250 parts were purchased in June 1998 as a basket case
advertised in a motor cycle trading magazine. The
restoration of this 250 began in July of 2004 when the frame, swing arm
and various brackets were sent to be bead blasted and the parts powder
coated, the color I used was Dulux bright
silver as the closest color to the original, there were a few brackets
that were missing and I manufactured the missing brackets which were
painted along with the frame. I used the original Bufo bolts and nuts
which have been re-plated and as well I used button head stainless
steel screws for the engine side covers, reed valve assembly and chain
guard. The motor internals and gears were in excellent condition with
very little wear apparent to any of the parts although a couple of the
gears were worn badly which I replaced with NOS parts from Husky Parts
Australia who also supplied the correct cables, I also replaced all the
bearings and seals. I sourced two new pistons from the Husky Club
Newsletter advertisement section and purchased them, as well as a new
rod kit from Euro Rods, the ports were polished and aligned with cases
and the motor was assembled and painted with Hi temp Satin black paint.
The forks legs were re-chromed by Hard Chrome Services in South
Australia, the correct tank, bars, Bing carburetor and controls were
sourced at various swap meets and the tank painted by Husky Imports. I
used a Uni Filter pro comp 2 air filter and I tracked down two of the
correct large gold Mikkola replica decal one in pristine condition and
the other slightly used but still in Minnesota for the air box cover.
The seat cover and decals were sourced from Bultaco parts (MXM), Spoked
Wheel repairs laced the Akront yellow label rims with stainless steel
spokes. The Husky Club, supplied the NOS gas tank cap, the kill switch
and the manuals for the 1975 250 CR. Click photo for bigger picture
Peter Norman took a barn rat from
junk to show bike. Are you willing to let your Husky not get this type
of attention? At some point in thisHusky hobby we seem to want to honor
the marque and we all turn down this road to show perfection. The finished
product leaves the other competition bike owners in awe of
the functional beauty. Not that all other marques are inferior. It is just
a new, period Husqvarna is absolutelygorgeous. How about this 1980
390 CR? Excellent! Good looking and fast! Restoration at show level is
not an easy task and takes a lot of patience, searching and a budget.
At this point in time 2002, most parts to do this Husky can be found thru
the club newsletter! click image for larger view
Gold 1976 175CrossCountry
Hello Craig, I have attached a few photos
of the 1976 175cc restoration project. I think I sent you some photos
(snail mail) a while back of just the frame and parts. I give all
the credit to my good friend Mark Daigle for.. 1) buying
the bike back from a high school friend of ours, Jan Lipka.
2) sneaking every part he could fit on his cooler (including the engine
cases) into work and bead blasting everything. 3) using your great
publication for information and contacts to put it all right.
I was eight years old when my dad brought me to Pepperell MA. in 1968 and
saw Torsten Hallman ,Bengt Aberg and the Husky team put on a show.
I dreamed of racing a Husky someday. I got this bike eight
years later.. I won my first New England championship on this
bike. The two models are my nieces sporting ISDE Qualifier
Gold Medals. (also won on Husqvarnas) Thanks for everything, you do a great
job keeping the Husqvarna community together. Alan Wickstrand
Husqvarna 430 XC Cross Country
1981 was an all new magnesium
alloy engine and 40mm forks for the entire Husqvarna line of motocrossers
and cross countrys. Rear hub improvements along with heavier gage spokes,
Ohlin suspension units at the rear and 38mm Mikuni carbs made these Huskys
the fastest ever. The front forks had also been increased in diameter to
40mm with a travel of 11.8 inches. Price for new 430 was about $2685. Karlströms
Motor in Sweden was the record selling dealer in 1981 with 227 Huskys,
mostly 420 Automatics.
Husqvarna 500CR Motocross
Mid 1982 Husqvarna introduced their
new 488cc open class motocross winner, the "500CR". It is quite striking
with a silver paint job and red striping. The giant 44mm Mikuni fed a new
integral reed cage with 8 petals. The cylinder and head were a natural
metal finish as all the models were for 1982. Ohlins piggyback reservoir
shocks were standard equipment as were Trelleborg tires and Motoplat ignition.
This model sold new for $2950.
Gold 1982 500 CR
The beautiful 500 CR belongs to
Husky Club member Allen McKay in California. This bike took an extensive
restoration to put it in this condition, however it is used as a regular
vintage race winner on most weekends on the west coast. Shocks were
restored by Husqvarna 4
Speed, frame was powder coated,
motor redone thru suppliers in newsletter. click the photo for large view
Husqvarna 250 OR OFFROAD
the quality tradition at Husqvarna of producing "State of the Art" competition
racing motorcycles that needed no additions, tuning, or modifications.
When you bought a Husky, you raced that day! The gastanks had become more
contemporary with square edges for the past several years and the suspension
travel was up to 12" at both ends. Håkan Carlqvist was the last person
to win a world title on a Swedish 2-stroke Husky and it was the the 250
World Championship in 1979. Update - of course Alessio Chiodi has
kicked butt two years in a row (98-99) on a 125CR Husqvarna and has achieved
world class winning status for Husqvarna in motocross again - and the tradition
of excellence continues!!!
moto cross racer Mike Guerra raced for the factory in 1978, aboard
a 125. He moved to the 250 class for 1979 and 1980. Finishing 7 and
8th in the US National series. He raced in Europe in 1981 and 1982.
In 1982 he won the Spanish 250 Grand Prix. The last 250 GP win for
Husqvarna 500CR Motocross
Husqvarna's tradition of building the best motocross bike the public could
buy and race was contiuned throughout the entire line of models. Liquid
cooled engine, aluminum swing arm, single shock Öhlins Piggyback,
Metzler tires(USA), were a few of the features. At 224 lbs for a 500 CR,
this motocross machine was more than most could handle.
Husqvarna 360 Automatic
introduced more cutting edge technology with the 360 model called "The
Automatic". It had it's problem when subjected to the thrashing of motocross,
but in short order Husqvarna had an automatic off road bike that was unequalled
by any other manufacture.
Husqvarna MC 258 Swedish Army Model
The Husqvarna MC 258 came into use
1982. The Army needed a new bike to replace the old HVA and the Jawa. Three
manufacturers were contacted to make a prototype, Husqvarna, Monark and
Hägglunds. Hägglunds that normally only produced tanks, APCs
and similar vehicles replied early that they were not able to build it.
Monark and Husqvarna were left. The decision between these two great marques
was difficult , but Husqvarna's better terrain abilities got them the order.
They produced 3000 motorcycles for the Swedish Army. The Husqvarna 258
will be used until 2005, when it will be replaced by a new bike. One motorcykel
that has been tested recently is the Husaberg .
The Husqvarna MC 258 is very reliable
and the automatic gearbox works always well if maintained properly. We
change the oil and check for wear once a month and have very few problems
with it. The original rear shock absorbers are replaced by newer Öhlins
absorbers as the older are worn out. My thanks to Richard Ohlsson. This
a picture the "Swedish Lions" motorcycle show team.