Husaberg Motor AB was established in 1988 from the circumstances arisen out of the purchase of the motorcycle division of Swedish company Husqvarna by Italian Cagiva in 1987. Cagiva shifted the production of motorcycles to Varese, Italy. A group of engineers led by Thomas Gustavsson decided to stay back in Sweden and continue to work on their project. Husaberg Motor AB was registered in January 1988. The other Husqvarna employees who joined Husaberg were Ruben Helmin (Husqvarna chief engineer and Husaberg’s first managing director), Urban Larsson (Husqvarna designer), Björn Elwin (chief of Husqvarna test department). Roland Söderqwist, a small Swedish mechanical firm owner was also involved in the Foundation of the company. The first factory was set up in a woodshed at lake Vättern in the town of Husabergs Udde from which the name of the company is derived.
The name Husaberg was only made official by Gustavsson when entering an enduro race at Skillingaryd, as he was forced to declare the make of his motorcycle.
The Husaberg team tried to compensate for their lack of funds by their courage to rely on technical innovations and could never afford to hire established professional riders but rather ambitious rookies such as Joël Smets, Jimmie Eriksson, Walter Bartolini, Kent Karlsson, Anders Eriksson, Jaroslav Katriňák, Mike Tosswill and Peter Jansson.
Husaberg’s previous slogan, “Ready to Race” was adopted by KTM as its own. Husaberg’s current slogan is now “Pure Enduro.”
We met at 9 AM at the Museum and rode to the Wagon Wheel in Carmel Valley. There, we had a scrumptious breakfast and a little bit of BS, and got home before the rain started.
It’s a story of brotherly love. Gary Reed’s brother owned this bike ad had it stored at their dad’s house. He offered to sell it to Gary for $25, and Gary of course said yes. Little did he know that Dad was tired of it being in his way and had told the brother to get rid of it, but now it was Gary’s and HE had to do something about it. So he stored it in the back of his garage, uncovered, for at least 25 years. When he decided to move recently, he had to do something with it, so now I have it.
It’s not at the museum — too rough. We’ll keep you apprised.
I swept off the spiders.
Emma, champion restorer of all motorcycles old and new, replete in pearls, brooch, nylons and heels, rode Brian Stearn’s 1946 Indian Chief around the block.
Emma on the Chief
Bob Reich came by today, March 9, with his new Honda 996. Beautiful machine!
Usually this heading refers to bikes. Well, there IS a bike, but this posting is to introduce Peter Walker who is our new intern. He’ll be at the Museum every Saturday, soaking up all the information he can about vintage motorcycles. He’s a computer science major at CSUMB and is helping with our website and sale/trade program to help us upgrade the collection.
The bike, by the way, is a Kawasaki Ninja 300.
Peter and his Kawasai Ninja 300
After talking with Danny Gottfried last month about his collection of restored Kawasaki triples (aka “Widow-Makers”), he brought his 1974 Kawasaki 750 Mach IV to display at the Museum for everyone to appreciate.
Danny Gottfried and the perfect Kawasaki
The other side
The welcoming committee
This is a 100-point show bike with 0 miles since restoration, and it’s absolutely perfect. It will be placed on display nose-to-nose with the 1974 Suzuki 750GT “Water Buffalo.” This will be the finest display of two-cycle triples on the Central Coast.
Come check ’em out!