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1991 Husaberg

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.”

Adventure Travel Talk: If we were 50 years younger…

Some 40 people enjoyed a pair of lively presentations Sun., March 20. One, by Chris Piland of Pacific Grove, detailed his 70-day trip across the United States and back on his Honda Passport. Chris has been following Ed March of the UK, who has put more than 110,000 miles on his little Honda, and brought a slide-and-video show of his travels from Malaysia to the USA. They met in New York! Look for the bikes in the album below. We’ll do it again, it was so much fun._MG_1612 _MG_1609 _MG_1607 _MG_1606 _MG_1602 _MG_1601 _MG_1599 _MG_1598 _MG_1597 _MG_1596 _MG_1594 _MG_1593 _MG_1592 _MG_1591 _MG_1590 _MG_1589 _MG_1588 _MG_1587 _MG_1586 _MG_1585 _MG_1582 _MG_1580 _MG_1579 _MG_1578 _MG_1576 _MG_1575

1913 Harley Davidson Belt Drive

Another example of “You never know when a blind pig will find an acorn if he keeps his nose to the ground.” We were hanging around the Museum last weekend, swappin’ lies and tellin’ stories…And this guy drove up in a truck with a 1913 Harley-Davidson belt drive. He was looking for a climate-controlled space in which to display it and we have just such a space. It has been great fun having it here and we hope it gets to stay for a long time and that he’ll bring more bikes from his collection. In the meantime, come see it — along with the 1957 Triumph, 1949 Vincent Rapide, 1936 Rudge, and 1930 Harley-Davidson. There’s also a 1958 Triumph “bathtub” which you may have noticed before.

1913 harley-Davidson belt drive

1970 Montesa Cota … talk about a project!

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.

Sans body

Sans body

montesa2

I swept off the spiders.

I swept off the spiders.

New at the Museum

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

Peter and his Kawasai Ninja 300

The Widow-Maker Arrives

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.

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!