1982 Husqvarna 430 WR (update)

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by Ted West, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. Ted West

    Ted West n00b-ish

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    So, what do you guys think?

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  2. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    Looks to be in great condition.

    That's a real score if you just picked it up! :thumb
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  3. mtn500

    mtn500 bush jumper

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    flippin sweet:D
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  4. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    I think I would like to have that bike :nod


    very nice.
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  5. HammerD0wn

    HammerD0wn Go cry me a river...

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    ooohh that's pure dirt bike porn.... awesome
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  6. Ted West

    Ted West n00b-ish

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    Thank you gentlemen,

    I picked it up a year ago and spent some time on it. Nothing major:
    - Shock bearings and bushings
    - Fork seals and oil
    - Replaced broken shifter spring
    - New fenders
    - New seat cover

    The bike actually has low hours and starts on the 1st or 2nd kick. I took it into the woods a few weeks ago to keep its spirit intact (not a show piece, just a well preserved dirt bike) and I figured I'd just ride around gently. She wouldn't stand for it and the next thing I know I was rolling on the power and flying off rock jumps etc. The thing is, the bike handles extremely well and the power is ridiculous. I look at how simplistic all of the decisions are compared to modern bikes and I have to say, modern bikes take the long way around the technology block for modest gains. You can see why guys won on the old Husqvarnas. It was real education riding this bike that hard and one of the best experiences I've ever had on a motorcycle. It was the best!

    Thanks for letting me share with the class. Peace and enjoy the holidays :thumb
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  7. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    Absolutely gorgeous.


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  8. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Pretty bike and fast....They would pass everything but a gas can.
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  9. Ted West

    Ted West n00b-ish

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    That's funny! The gearing is also interesting. 1st, 2nd and 3rd are pretty close then there is a big jump between 3rd and 4th. You roll the power on in 4th and it's like warp speed. The front end will snap right up in forth too (surprise, surprise). And the bike is light, 242 dry. My '06 TE250 is 237 dry and with fluids (water cooling) I bet they are close. Power? Not close. the 430 is an animal. Diablo really :eek1
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  10. mattc

    mattc Been here awhile

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    That's beautiful! Reminds me a lot of my 198? xc250. Thing was a beast, and would not die!

    Here's a pic of a pic, after the new owner fancied it up.

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  11. 305racer

    305racer Fossil Rocket Pilot

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    Nice piece ya got there:wink: Dont be afraid to flogg that thing thats what it was made for.
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  12. sam2

    sam2 Adventurer

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    I just bought one of these today. Its surprisingly clean and smokes a LOT but runs and runs FAST! This is my first thumper (I've had a sportster for a couple years now), and I am blown away by the power of this bike. I want to get her running like she should be but first things first i need to put fresh gas in it. Does anyone know what type of 2 stroke oil and what mix is best for this beast? The previous owner said yamaha oil mixed at 32:1 but he barely rode this bike and knew very little about it. Also I wanna change the motor/tranny (the same stuff has been in there for years of mostly sitting, he didn't even know what it was. The speedometer is not attached, but I have it and the cable, haven't tried to hook it up yet. I paid 1400. Was this a good buy?
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  13. Euromad

    Euromad Been here awhile

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    If the bike is in good shape it was a decent deal. If you have to replace tires, rebuild shocks, maybe not so much. check the inside of the tank for rust- the ethanol in gas absorbs water that will rust tanks that sit a lot. Sorry I can't give you more info. Other old Husky riders will give you oil info.
    Congrats!
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  14. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    Had on back in the day.

    First race was against Frank Gallow, Phil Andrews, R. Brown Warner, (one of the Lojack boys), Tom Penton and Al Chuppa.

    Only time I ever beat anyone to the first turm in a hare scramble.

    They all passed me in the trees, but what memories.

    Sold it to Mark Hyde when I moved to NY state.

    LOL
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  15. Motoduc1

    Motoduc1 backtrackvideo.com

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    Not a thumper, you know. Two stroke! Raymond @ Hall's Husky (one smart dude when it comes to vintage Husky) recommends Golden Spectro for pre-mix. I run at 45:1. And they really like good race fuel!
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  16. ADV8

    ADV8 Taumarunui..Darwin..

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    The WR fuel tanks are aluminum until the plastic tanks came out in the mid 80's.
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    All of that decade big bore WR's were fast, when they were still 'Made in Sweden and you even got a build tag from the dude who put your bike together.
    A 430 Auto will always be on the wish list.
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  17. FJ_Kevin

    FJ_Kevin Been here awhile

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    Darn nice Husky that one.

    Reminded me of this photo I though other Husky fans would enjoy. This is local expert Walter Nitto taken about 1978 or 1979 at Bridgehampton on long island. That is a CR390...

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    I never owned a Husky but did put a Husky rear wheel in my 400 Maico Magnum after elongating the spoke holes in the mag hub! :1drink
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  18. sam2

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    What would you guys use for the gearbox? I was told honda 80w-85w trans oil would be okay. Also I've been told by my dirtbiking friends that I should use fuel treatment and octane booster with pump gas or racing fuel if I can get it. It feels like the pilot jet is a bit off, lots of popping and rough running at small throttle openings, but screams like it should once I open it up. I took her out to the pine barrens and the shocks seem to be fine (found myself flyimng over quite a few dirthills), but there is oil on the forks so it looks like its time for new seals. I figure 15-20wt fork oil should be good. I also need an air filter and I'm gonna order two plugs, has an old splitfire in it but I was gonna go with the ngk ones that came on the bike.
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  19. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    A friend has a 1987 430 Husky as his regular everyday trailbike,he loves it wont consider getting anything else.
    He's sure it weighs 219 lbs,lightest bike ever made. I dont think so but hate to mess with his dreams.
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  20. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Sweeeeet !!!! :thumb
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