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birth of a legend
since 1903
  • a weapons factory

    On the Swedish king's command a weapons factory is founded in Huskvarna.

  • sewing machines

    The weapons factory begins to produce kitchen appliances and sewing machines made ​​of cast iron.

  • kitchen appliances

    The weapons factory begins to produce kitchen appliances and sewing machines made ​​of cast iron.

  • bicycles

    Husqvarna includes bikes into its product range.

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03

A legendary journey begins

Husqvarna’s first motorcycle was unveiled in 1903 - a ‘motorised bicycle’. As the oldest motorcycle manufacturer with uninterrupted production, Husqvarna has thankfully learnt a thing or two over the course of 110-years of development.

1933

First taste of victory

In the 1933 and 1934 road race season Husqvarna’s made regular visits to the top step of the podium - a family tradition that has endured over the past 80 years of racing.

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53

The birth of Moto

A new form of motorcycle sport became popular in post-war Europe - christened ‘Moto-cross’ in Belgium. By 1953 races were being organised across Europe, with the lightweight and easy-to-adapt single-cylinder Husqvarna road bikes fast becoming a popular choice for off-road use.

1955

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.

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59

Husqvarna’s first World Motocross champion

Rolf Tibblin piloted his 250 cc Husqvarna to the 1959 Title. 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

1960

Premier-class honours

In 1960 Bill Nilsson clinched the first Husqvarna World Title in the 500 cc class. Husqvarna learned from Tibblin’s ’59 250 cc win, building a victorious premier-class bike for Nilsson and starting a dominant era in big-bore motocross for Husqvarna.

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63

The glorious 60’s & 70’s!

A golden-age dawned for Husqvarna just as off-road motorcycling was booming in growth and popularity. Consistently winning the biggest global races and championships, Husqvarna became the dominant force in World Motocross. By storming to 14 Motocross World Titles, 24 Enduro European Championships and 11 Baja 1000 victories - Husqvarna fast became the ultimate off-road motorcycle racing brand of the era.

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75

Building a legend

Throughout the seventies, Husqvarna continues it's global off-road victory march - consistently adding Motocross and Enduro Titles in both the US and Europe to the ever-growing list of accolades

1977

Dirtbikes become serious business

Husqvarna’s legend spread beyond the off-road scene - by the late 70‘s the once niche motorcycle manufacturer was suddenly in corporate demand. In 1977 one of Sweden’s largest corporations, Electrolux, bought Husqvarna Motorcycles.

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83

Leading the way

When Husqvarna unveiled a new style 500 cc 4-stroke model in 1983, it set a new benchmark. The lightweight, easy-handling and air-cooled off-roader became the forerunner for a new generation of 4-stroke competition motorcycles.

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87

Move to the South

In 1987, the Husqvarna motorcycle division was sold to Italian motorcycle manufacturer Cagiva and became part of MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. The motorcycles, widely known as "Huskies / Husky", are from now on produced in Varese.

1988

The big split

When Husqvarna motorcycles was bought by Cagiva MV Augusta in 1987 - plans were set to relocate to Italy by 1988. The core Husqvarna development team chose to rather remain in Sweden - breaking away and launching ‘Husaberg’ in 1988.

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07

BMW buys into the legend

With ambitious plans to expand their off-road motorcycle range, BMW bought Husqvarna Motorcycles in 2007. Husqvarna’s long history and unmatched list of off-road accolades were an attractive proposition.

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13

A historic reunion - two become one again!

In 2013 Pierer Industries AG (Husaberg’s owner) bought Husqvarna Motorcycles - marking the reunion of two halves of the original Husqvarna brand of the 60’s and 70’s! For 2014 the ‘new’ Husqvarna Motorcycles brand returns to it’s glorious origins with state-of-the-art technology and the iconic Swedish blue, yellow and white colour-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!