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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Beet, Sep 16, 2017.
Looks like I have found myself another project This little fella followed me home yesterday
^^^ Nice Husky @darren70
Is an @ 1980/81 ? WR (250/390/430?)... I can't quite make out the sideplate?
I remember back when Murray Watt, Barry Stowe (125/175cc) AJ Cunnynghame and Hans Appelgren (250cc) and Phil Lovett (390cc) were punting them around for the Husky Imports team in the NSW enduro scene back around the 79' to 82' era.
Husqvarna had a fantastic reputation as ISDE bikes (euro) and baja desert/cross country mounts (in the USA) back in their day. Pelle Granqvist had a fair deal of success in the Australian Motocross titles and Mr MX series aboard the CR 390/430 mx'ers against the primarily Japanese mounted pro starting grids. Whereas in European motocross circles, the Husqvarna's were a popular privateers choice (compared to the Japanese RM, YZ, KX and CR's of the day).
I had a 1981 Husqvarna CR125 for a half season... but I could never come to grips with the handling. Great fork and suspension action... but I could not get it to turn. It seemed to me that the Husky chassis (tall things that they were) was more suited to the open natural terrain/sandy "euro style" tracks or off road terrain, than the dry, dusty, hardpack/man made mx tracks typical of Oz circuits back then.
Your new acquisition looks as though it is in mint working order.
Its a 82 430, big bike for big skids
From what i know all the ealy ones had heaps of rake on the front for the terrain you mentioned, its pretty good although not a concourse bike.
im not a concourse sort of bloke
a 430... !!! wow...!!!
Now that'll put hair on ya' palms...
Was the lil' IT 200 not providing enough vintage "scared the shit outta' meself..." moments, for your liking Darren...?
Theres somthing about an old big bore with single leading shoe drums that attracts me...
what could possibly go wrong
.... nothin' ... probably...?
Someone on the Ozsylum needs to get themelves a Maico 490 as a baseline comparison bike... @Simosez ?
Maybe a Magoo special
I don't have a spare $10 grand lying around unfortunately. I can be a test rider though. I'll even waive my usual fee!
I remember riding a nice 83 430WR back in the early 90's. I was impressed with the smooth, torquey motor and the suspension. Much better in the rough stuff than the early 90's MX bikes.
I sold all of my Maicos including a 490 to someone from around Lithgow
I'll keep an eye out!
They are beautiful bikes and there are a few that turn up at events i'm at but from an outsider they seem pretty unreliable. Even GB on the most loved Maico in Australia has issues and i have seen him DNF a few times now. He was 2 minutes in front of me at an event this year and it was nice to watch.
Even back when Maico's were current models... my recollection was that they were temperamental (things like SEM electrics, and BING carburettors) and they seemed to suffer from engine/transmission failures (combination of the big brutal two stroke power, and fairly agricultural euro gearboxes/clutch assemblies). Their reputation for chassis/suspension that were bulletproof, drum brakes that (when wet) were non-existent and the explosive grunt the engines made... meant the things are surrounded in folklore.
Came from Wallerawang I think
Rode Huskies for years in the pre'75 MX here. Had a '74 CR400 and still have a '72 CR250. As you say Troy was a bit of a trait that they preferred the sand. Oh and mud, I mean real mud. They were more stable than just about anything else on the track in those sort of conditions, but a bit of a struggle on hard pack.
I still want one of these though.
Or a CR.
I know most of the blokes on the aggies. Yea they go pretty hard on modern bikes
I too also wanted one. Finally tracked down an XC and now pride of place in the shed. Just love the look
One of the best looking bikes built in my opinion.
Is yours a 500?
Must admit that if I had one these days, a 250 may be more appropriate.
Mine were always pretty reliable ,except when my 400 broke the gearbox mainshaft or my 250 enduro locked up solid because I was distracted and forgot to put oil in the petrol
Picked her up today