Husqvarna Motorcycle For Sale
You are probably already familiar with Husqvarna as a brand. Their motorcycle line is just one part of a company that produces a wide variety of power equipment. However, you might be unaware of just how long Husqvarna has been around. The Swedish manufacturer started way back in 1698, making old-timey muskets. In the 17th and 18th centuries, many Swedes marched to war carrying one of their muskets. In fact, the Husqvarna logo is a picture of an iron gun sight viewed from the shooter’s perspective.
Husqvarna is not wholly unique in this regard. Several early motorcycle and auto manufacturers got their start as weapons manufacturers. The reason is simple; you need a lot of the same equipment and skills for both jobs. By the late 1800s, Husqvarna primarily produced World War I military rifles, which required precision machining equipment, particularly for milling out the barrel. Those same core competencies apply to engine design, where a cylinder must be bored out to very tight tolerances.
Interestingly, Husqvarna started making motorcycles before they made motorcycle engines. Their first models were released in 1903, and they didn’t produce their own in-house engine until 1918. That year, they received a contract from the Swedish Army, which gave the company an infusion of cash to develop new models. In 1920, they debuted a 550cc V-twin engine comparable to the larger engines from other manufacturers.
The 1930s saw additional developments in the 350cc and 500cc range. And as one of the few countries in the world to remain untouched by World War II, Husqvarna’s location in Sweden was ideal for continued development. By the 1950s, they were producing an array of popular motocross bikes, including the iconic Silverpilen, which weighed less than 170 pounds. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Husqvarna would win 14 of 20 World Motocross Championships.