From Swedish Origins
The history of Husqvarna motorcycles runs deep. With Swedish origins and a plethora of experience, the company has earned the title of the oldest motorcycle manufacturer with uninterrupted production. In addition, Husqvarna is one of the highest points of reference of the off road market thanks to an image tightly connected to success in racing competitions.
The Legend Begins
In the late 19th century, Husqvarna was originally focused on the production of bicycles. However, by 1903 in Huskvarna, Sweden, the switch was made from bicycles to motorcycles with the unveiling of a 'motorized bicycle.' The first "Husky" motorcycles used imported engines, and it wasn't until 1918 that Husqvarna began producing machines built entirely in-house. By 1920, Husqvarna designed their first engine, a 550 cc four-stroke 50-degree side-valve V-twin engine.
By the 1933 and 1934 road race seasons, Husqvarna was already making the top steps of the race podiums. Their rise to fame continued in 1953 as a new form of motorcycle sport became popular in post-war Europe called, Moto-Cross, in Belgium. Husqvarna's lightweight and easy-to-adapt single-cylinder road bikes became a popular choice for off-road use in these races. By the mid 1950's Husqvarna unveiled their iconic Silverpilen. This creation was a true pioneer for the motorcycle world. It was a nimble bike weighing just 75kg. Its telescopic fork, hydraulic dampers and frame mounted engine were revolutionary for this time.
The Golden Era
Husqvarna was in full swing just as off-road motorcycling was booming in growth and popularity throughout the 1960's and 70's. Consistently winning the biggest global races and championships, Husqvarna became the dominant force in World Motocross. Husqvarna quickly became the ultimate off-road motorcycle racing brand of the era by capturing 14 Motocross World Titles, 24 Enduro World Championships and 11 Baja 1000 victories.
The Legendary Tale Continues...
Husqvarna has learned a thing or two over the course of 110 years of development. With over 50 years of racing and with more than 82 world titles in Enduro, Motocross and Supermoto disciplines, so far.... the legendary tale of Husqvarna continues!
Interesting Facts - Husqvarna
- Husqvarna's first motorcycle was unveiled in 1903 - a 'motorized bicycle'.
- Husqvarna competed in Grand Prix road racing in the 350cc and 500cc classes during the 1930s and was Sweden's largest motorcycle manufacturer by 1939. All of the racing bikes were based on a 50-degree V-twin prototype built by Folke Mannerstedt in 1931.
- A new form of motorcycle sport became popular in post-war Europe christened "Moto-cross" in Belgium.
- The iconic Silverpilen – meaning "silver arrow" in Husqvarna's native Swedish, it was a pioneering Husqvarna model, purpose-built for off-road use. Nimble and weighing just 75kg, the telescopic fork, hydraulic dampers and frame-mounted engine were revolutionary at the time.
- Rolf Tibblin piloted his 250 cc Husqvarna to earn Husqvarna's first world motocross champion in 1959. This began a long and prosperous Motocross racing career for both Tibblin and Husqvarna, as he racked up several more World Titles, "Motocross des Nations" victories and even the Baja 1000 Title along the way.
- In 1960 Bill Nilsson clinched the first Husqvarna World Title in the 500 cc class. Husqvarna learned from Tibblin's 1959 250 cc win, building a victorious premier-class bike for Nilsson and starting a dominant era in big-bore motocross for Husqvarna.
- In 1977, one of Sweden's largest corporations, Electrolux, bought Husqvarna Motorcycles.
- In 1983, Husqvarna set a new benchmark with the unveiling of a new style 500 cc 4-stroke model. The lightweight, easy-handling and air-cooled off-roader became the forerunner for a new generation of 4-stroke competition motorcycles.
- In 1987, the Husqvarna motorcycle division was sold to Italian motorcycle manufacturer Cagiva and became part of MV Agusta Motor S.p.A.
- In July 2007, Husqvarna motorcycles were purchased by BMW.
- In 2013 Pierer Industries AG bought Husqvarna from BMW.
- Today, the Husqvarna motorcycle brand has returned to its glorious origins with state-of-the-art technology and the iconic Swedish blue, yellow and white color-scheme. A brand new range of Enduro and Motocross motorcycles sees one of the oldest manufacturers return to the top of off-road motorcycle sport. In over 50 years of racing and with more than 82 world titles so far.... the legendary tale of Husqvarna continues!