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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:09 pm 
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The price was so good I couldn't pass it up.
It just needs a little TLC and a minor fortune.
1977 Husqvarna WR250. All the parts are there but the lower end has a problem.
Since I'm a man who knows my limitations, I'm having the engine professionally rebuilt.
However the rest is getting my own care.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:57 am 
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Every aware-minded guy should have a capable back-woods dirt bike at hand, and the 250 Husky was one of the best. Low center of gravity but high ground clearance are hard to attain in a dirt bike, but the Huskies did it by keeping their engine base at or below the wheel axles and compensating with huge shock travel. Husqvarna were outstanding backwoods machines in the 1960s, competing directly with the then-dominant Bultacos. Then along came the "disposable" lightweight Japanese bikes which killed the market for everyone else. Today's KTM bikes copy many of Husqvarna's old tricks and remain successful off-road machines, showing that imitation is the highest form of flattery.
The hardest part about owning a Husky is learning to spell the name correctly.
You'll have a lot of fun with this bike; BRAVO!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:16 am 
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Thanks Frank when I was a kid my uncles always rode Husky's.
I remember sneaking rides on my uncle Jim's CR390 when I was about 12.
We had a farm and lots of land to use.
I had to lean it on a fence to get on and start it because it was so tall.
The left side kickstart was so hard to use.
Man that bike was super scary fast!
Of course we didn't use helmets or any safety equipment and luckily didn't get hurt.
Old Husky's were the Porsche's of bikes, engineered to the .010mm but made to work all day with no problem.
Most people don't pronounce it correct either, "husk-varna" not "huska-varna"

Husqvarna motorcycles was sold to Cagiva in Italy in 1987 but some guys didn't want to move and in 1988 they founded Husaberg.
BMW bought Husqvarna from Cagiva in 2007 and 2013 Pierer Industries(KTM and Husaberg’s owner) bought them in 2013.
Interestingly Husqvarna is the worlds oldest continually manufactured motorcycle company beating Harley Davidson by six months.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:46 pm 
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Ahhhh, so THAT's why KTM copies Husky's good ideas ~ they own the patents!
The Huskys of the 1960s were virtually bulletproof. They had a reputation as being the toughest bikes in the woods. You could bounce them end over end down wooded hills and only bend the handlebars a little. They were next to indestructible and they were still running when they hit the bottom. I note yours has plastic fenders, which Honda pioneered in 1960 and everyone smart copied immediately.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:37 pm 
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Update
I got the frame painted and the engine overhauled.
Lots of other small items painted and new suspension bearings etc.
Still have lots of things to clean/refurbish.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:02 pm 
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looks great so far Rich :thumbs_up:

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:39 pm 
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Jealous!
Note the cantilever shocks to the rear swing arm. Huskys were one of the first to use that.

My own Bultaco finally meets my satisfaction for a dual-purpose bike. Even after adding a luggage rack, center stand, longer side stand, "real" horn, 12v Penton electrical system and lights, after-muffler and new tires, the whole bike is still under 200lbs dry.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:45 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:54 pm 
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Excellent work so far. I undrstnd your dirt machine probably doesn't come with a center stand but I highly recommend one if you're actually intending to ride the bike. You may have to take one from another brand bike but having the ability to leave the bike upright and walk away from it is a priceless luxury most dirt riders don't have. Also, it pays to be able to hang one or the other wheel in the air for alignment or tightening purposes. Also, you might not feel good about laying your freshly-painted restoration over against a tree to support it. The best time to add a stand is while there are still parts missing from the bike.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:03 pm 
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Actually the 1976 models (mine's a 1977) introduced the welded on kickstand and it's on the bike. Prior to that it was a clamped on option.
It's coming along well. I got the ignition system mounted and the airbox stripped/painted. Also a lot of replacement hardware.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:10 am 
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Any ideas about wiring it for street-legality? I know it's a dirt bike but...... 8)
My 1966 Bul has everything it needs for the street (except rocket launchers) and loves to play in the dirt.
We could terrorize whole communities together.... 8)

Here's something of possible interest:

http://classicmotorcycles.about.com/od/ ... -Bikes.htm

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:29 pm 
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I did upgrade the ignition to a Powerdynamo modern electronic and it has the option to add headlight/tail light.
I'd love to throw some street tires on see how it rides.
I looked at that site and man I would live to get back into racing.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:23 pm 
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Here’s the progress. All I need now is fuel and oil. Matthew approves.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:01 pm 
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Aww, Mannnnn....that's just downright purdy. Looks like a shiny new penny.
Now go get it muddy! :twisted:

Do you know what fuel/oil ratio your engine uses? Have you filled the gearbox yet?
The Bultaco uses 51:1 Golden Spectro and if I mix it right I hardly get any smoke at all. 8:1 compression ratio so I can fill it with just about anything that burns. Bultaco tanks have a deep anti-spill tube running down inside the filler, so if you lay the bike down no fuel spills out. I haven't needed to test it, yet.

Don't forget to oil your front shocks.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:56 pm 
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That’s one of the bits I have’nt figured out yet the manual says straight 20weight for the gearbox and the fuel ratio is supposed to be 40:1. I need to consult the vintage husky guys as to the brand and viscosity. I always like Spectro. The tank is just a plain old empty space. When I used to do NETRA races I had a mishap with my XR350R pinning me to the ground upside down on a steep hill. The fuel was draining all over my chest. Luckily my riding partner came back and got it off me and there was a stream close by for me to strip down and rinse the gas.

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