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Husqvarna 250cc Cross – 1971

It was 1971 and Husqvarna motocross and off-road racing motorcycles were at their peak in popularity. The Japanese invasion was just coming on, but for the most part, the Asian imports were still considered play bikes. This was soon to change!

In many ways, the 1971 Husqvarna 250cc Cross was similar to the first 1966 model that hit American shores. Refined for durability, they still had a 4-speed transmission, the engine was almost identical in appearance, aluminum fenders replaced the steel fenders, and Akront alloy rims saved weight and were stronger than the predecessors steel rims. In function, the Huskies still shifted on the right while most of the competitors had moved shifting to the left. Much was to change the next year as Husqvarna tried to retain it’s position as the top motocross machine.

This machine was restored by Noble Butler to it’s original condition.

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