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Husqvarna 250cc Cross (1972)


The 1972 250cc Cross was a completely new and redesigned motorcycle after years with no significant changes in the Husqvarna offerings. The engine now shifted on the left, like other European and Japanese machines, had an all new 5-speed transmission, and was considerably heavier than its predecessors. It’s rumored that several of the Husqvarna team riders actually refused to ride the new 5-speed models, and instead, rode the previous year’s model. They found the new engine less powerful, and for off-road, preferred the 8-speed (4-speed with hi/lo range) gearbox from the 1971 machine.

Fortunately for Husqvarna, due in large part to the success of the movie “On Any Sunday” that featured Malcolm Smith and Steve McQueen riding Huskies, sales continued to climb.

Purchased from my friend Mike Eber, the completely original machine was restored by Vintage Iron. It sits in the back of my son Brad’s prize 1970 Chevrolet El Camino. We hope and pray that Brad will someday take the Husky out to the desert for a ride in his beloved El Camino.


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