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.”

1975 Norton 850 Commando – Estate of David Mosher

In Memory of Dave Mosher

March 11, 1948 – October 22, 2015

Unique Norton 850 Commando with Front/Rear disc brakes and an electric starter.

 

A Messenger on Christmas Eve

All quiet on the downtown front! On a quiet day we had a nice visit from Jack Miller, the last of the Telegram Messengers in Hawaii. He worked for ITT World Communications up until 1976 and rode a Honda. He said one of his co-workers rode a Harley, which often wouldn’t start. Another rode a BMW R60 with Earles forks. He himself has had a CZ at one time, and a Penton. He liked that Maico, too, and said he was hoping to find a Honda Passport he could buy to scoot around Sacramento, where he lives. Good luck on that one! We do have a couple of them on display with great stories to go with them.

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Thanks for visiting, Jack!

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

Ann Carrigg and Robert Gardner delivered that 1930 Harley-Davidson. It belonged to her late husband who stated in his trust that the bike was to be displayed in the museum and not sold. We were happy to oblige

Ann Carrigg and friend, Robert Gardner... and the 1930 Harley-Davidson VL

Ann Carrigg and friend, Robert Gardner… and the 1930 Harley-Davidson VL

1930 Harley-Davidon VL

This 1930 Harley-Davidson VL belonged to the late Thomas Michael Carrigg of San Rafael. It was his desire that this bike be on display so that everyone could enjoy it the way he did. His widow brought it to us with the proviso that we put it on display…and we’re happy to comply!

Here are photos of the seat, the footboard, and the Indian air cleaner cover: Typical of Harleys of the era. It fits, it works, and there you have it. We’d label this particular motorcycle an early “bobber.”

1930 Harley Davidson VL 1930 Harley side view 1930 H-D footboard 1930 H-D Indian air cleaner 1930 H-D seat