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Husqvarna Enduro 360cc – 1969
Sportsman

Edison Dye convinced Husqvarna management to build a street-legal machine similar to the motocross models that were selling so well in the Americas. 1969 was the first year that Dye was able to import this model in large volume and the Sportsman was intended to compete with the Yamaha DT1-250 and other offerings from the Japanese.

Malcolm Smith showcased this new machine by riding it, and Gold Medaling in the International Six Day Trials in Spain. Unfortunately, sales never took off for this very special machine. Rather high tech stuff - like the 8-speed hi-low range, and a rather high retail price contributed to the poor sales.

This example was restored by my friend, Bill McNees back to factory original. It’s been shown once at the Del Mar Concours where it won best in class.

Images are property of The Early Years of Motocross Museum, ®2006