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Old 12-19-2004, 05:03 PM
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I think Husqvarnas are gnarly looking. Check out the new tc250 four stroker


I would love to have one, even though i have no clue on how they perform.
They look sick imo.
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Old 12-19-2004, 05:30 PM
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YEp, plus they are only MX bike with electric start.
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Old 12-19-2004, 06:38 PM
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Gnarly is a good description of how that looks! Where's the kick starter? I KNOW they don't have ONLY electric start! Tell me it isn't so. Or maybe Husqvarna's have always been on the left side. I've never seen one.
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Old 12-19-2004, 06:43 PM
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the kick starter is on the left side on huskeys. They changed it, but the chian used to be on the right and the resr disc brake used to be on the left.
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Old 12-19-2004, 06:47 PM
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my friend has a 1992 husky and the kick start is on the right. i don't know when they changed it
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Old 12-19-2004, 06:50 PM
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I dont like it...The shrouds are just plain rediculous and The front fender looks like someone nose bombed a concrete slab then duct taped it back on...From the footpeg and back it looks awesome. They need some major work on the front end. That rear fender is sweeet! I wonder if I could modify it to fit a yami...

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Edit: After further research i raise my rating to a 7 because it has the "easy holeshot device" thing that most if not all of the pro riders use and thats pretty thoughtful to have stock on a bike.

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Old 12-19-2004, 07:02 PM
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Ditto what Mike said.

I would love to own one but I can't see what the engineers were thinking when designing the plastics.
Good luck trying to fit more than 1 numbers on those sideplates!
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Old 12-20-2004, 07:54 AM
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Ok...I guess I am going to have to throw down some schooling here on a little Husky History.

Everybody knows they were the stuff back in the seventies. They were at the time made in Sweden. The kind of dropped off the map (In America) due to lack of funding. They were the first to start making decent 4 strokes (Sorry KTM guys, but it's true) when they came out with the 510 in the mid 80's.

In '87 they were bought by Cagiva (who was owned by Fast by Ferracci) They started to make a good comeback through the 90's' but they lost their American Distributer. They have since gotten bought by a new distrubuter and are coming back with a vengence.

To dispell any misconceptions:

Husky's now have ALL kick starts on the Right side...Husky's are now either Electric Start or Kick or both if you want.

They came out with new 4 stroke motors that have gobs of technology and are incredible...

The Big 5 Just became the Big 6...
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Old 12-20-2004, 10:46 AM
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If parts availability wasn't a problem, I'd seriously consider looking into their bikes. If I remember correctly, Cycle World rated their '04 TE 450 as the best open class enduro bike for 2004.
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Old 12-20-2004, 01:55 PM
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a little more schooling,,

The electric start 4-strokes come with a kick starter in a box, you can put it on if you want to. That is why you don't see one in the picture.

Parts, as far as I have seen are not an issue.. dealerships are an issue.. The nearest to me is 250 miles away.. But I have been able to get any part I want shjiped to me within a couple of days from either Summit Cycles in MO,, or Florida Powersports in Stuart FL..


Oh, and one of the reasons there doesn't seem to be an rush to become dealerships in the US is because of two things, neither being how good the bike is..

the reasons are 1.. AMA requires a certian # of machine imported to the US to be allowed to race in the AMA SX and MX... Husky brought the right amount into the US back in 99, 00, and 02 and dealers couldn't sell them so for 04 and 05 Husky is not bringing any 2-strokes to the US...
and 2 last year Cagiva sold their Husqvarna division to Piaggio (vespa) but Piaggio could not get government approval, so the sale had to be recinded. This screwed up shipping and production just at a time when it looked like a lot of the 4-strokes could have been competetive in AMA racing, but being unable to get them here people bought Hondas, Yamahas and KTMs.

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Old 12-20-2004, 02:11 PM
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We have (had perhaps) a husky dealer locally (also carried kawi's). They never really caught on locally though. I've seen a couple out riding, they look pretty sweet.

Certainly seems like good equipment from everything I've ever heard. Another cause of marketing (or lack thereof) scaring people away from a good product. They seem to be in the same position as KTM was about 3 or 4 years ago. Ya know, back when it was still the "big 4".
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Old 12-20-2004, 02:17 PM
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I remember reading an interview with a KTM executive in Cycle World and he claimed that KTM now owns the Husky name. They consider it an "upscale" brand like Acura is for Honda.
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Old 12-20-2004, 02:33 PM
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I was considering possibly getting a Husky next year, but I want a 250 pinger so I'm going to get another KX.
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Old 12-21-2004, 09:20 AM
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I was considering possibly getting a Husky next year, but I want a 250 pinger so I'm going to get another KX.
Summit Cycles in MO,, has 04 250 pingers left over for $4500!!!!
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Old 12-21-2004, 09:49 AM
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When I look at that Husky pic., it reminds me of the European Grand Prix days of the 70's and early 80's. It just looks like a rugged, outdoor GP bike.

Say, come to think of it, whatever happened to the CanAm Rotax Bombadier line?
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Old 12-21-2004, 10:31 AM
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Anyone considering a Husky should keep Hall's in Springfield Il in mind. An active dealer and they also have a good stock of vintage parts. They're good people.
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Old 12-21-2004, 07:34 PM
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Here's a little more history on Husqvarna.

They were one of the dominant European brands in motocross in the 60's and 70's. Torsten Hallman won several 250 World Championships. Bengt Aberg won a couple of 500cc world championships on Huskys as did Heiki Mikkola before he went to ride for Yamaha. Kent Howerton won the 1976 Open class National championship on a Husky. That was the last time a European bike won an AMA national championship.

Many National Enduro championships were won on Huskys with Dick Burleson and Terry Cunningham winning almost everything from 1970-mid 80's.

They were the preferred bike in the desert as well with J.N. Roberts and Whitey Martino riding them to many desert wins.

What sent Husky down the tubes was a combination of things. The Japanese got serious about motocross in the mid-70's and their bikes improved tremendously. Husqvarna was sold to the Electrolux conglomerate (yes, the vaccuum cleaner people). Electrolux was not prepared to run a company like Husqvarna. Most of the Husky dealers in the USA were Mom and Pop dealers that may have even operated out of their garage. They were true enthusiasts, but not interested in competing with the Honda dealers down the street. When Electrolux sold Husqvarna to Cagiva, things went from bad to worse. Cagiva alienated the entire dealer network. Cagiva expected the Mom and Pop dirt bike dealers to now buy an allotment of bikes each year AND to start selling the Cagiva line of street bikes. Most of the Husky dealers went away overnight. Then Cagiva shut down the Swedish manufacturing plant and moved it to Italy. Effectively the Husqvarna brand was dead at that point. The bikes produced after 1987 are Italian made Cagivas with the Husqvarna name on them.

The engineers and production workers that were left in Sweden got together and started Husaberg. All you KTM 4 stroke riders are riding the end result of that. KTM aquired Husaberg a few years back in order to move the KTM 4 stroke program forward quickly.

I had to laugh last year when Husqvarna put out a "100 year anniversary edition" in red with chrome panels on the shrouds. It was supposed to look like the legendary bikes from the 60's and 70's.

BTW, OldMXRacer is right about Hall's Cycles. They are probably the oldest remaining Husqvarna dealer from the 60's and have an awesome parts inventory for the "real" Husqvarnas.
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Old 12-21-2004, 11:43 PM
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Vintage Dave:And thats why I refuse to buy either Husa,Husky or KTM.
And to ad on to your story:The people laid off from Husaberg has started to manufacture yet another bike called Highland Motors.
These guys just wont quit.:-)
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