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.”
In Memory of Dave Mosher
March 11, 1948 – October 22, 2015
Unique Norton 850 Commando with Front/Rear disc brakes and an electric starter.
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.
Thanks for visiting, Jack!
Greg Ekins (Bud’s nephew) and Brad Lackey were here Dec. 31 with another couple. Dave Fedor got pictures and then posed himself. Lots of new displays at the Museum this week. Come by! You never know who is going to be there!
David Fedor with Brad Lackey
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.
Belonged to someone’s grandfather and we all want to ID it. I see a v-twin, tank shift, electric headlight, leather saddle…I believe it’s an Excelsior V Twin. American made. Email me at email@example.com
Is it an Excelsior?
Brian Stearns and his son, Jack, came to the Museum today in celebration of Jack’s first street ride. He has ridden dirt bikes since he was big enough, but this was his first street ride, on dad’s BMW GS (bumble bee). Brian rode his 1937 Indian.
Brian on his Indian, Jack on Brian’s Bumble Bee
Bet you didn’t now Harley Davidson made a moped. Well, here’s the proof. Worth the drive over to Nevada to get it. Now I need to wash 37 years of dirt off it, turn it over to Bob Reikes to tinker with, and it will be the new star of the Scooter Room.
A lot of great people and great bikes came by today, Oct. 19, when the power was out all over the Monterey Peninsula. This is Ron Baxter’s 1968 BSA 650 Thunderbolt. Now, if he had a feather and I had that BSA, we’d both be tickled.
Christian motorcycle club from the San Lorenzo Valley — God’s Warriors — visited the Museum today. They rode a variety of bikes, but they’re positive that Jesus had a Harley because the Bible says he walked everywhere!