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Husqvarna 400cc WR – 1974
Wide Ratio

By 1974, Husqvarna had lots of competition in the off-road market. Honda had the Elsinore, Yamaha the MX and YZ models, Suzuki had the TM, and Kawasaki was selling the KX models. They – Husqvarna, sharpened their tool, so to speak, with this 6-speed, wide ratio gearbox model. Others features of the WR included a larger tank (than CR models), plastic fenders, and a much quieter muffler. Applause! They were ahead of their time with a quieter bike.

In the desert, with riders like A.C. Bakken, Brent Wallingsford, and Larry Roeseller, Huskie was still winning lots of races.

It’s interesting that Husqvarna chose to go back to the Burgundy colored fuel tank that they had abandoned in 1968.

This bike was restored to “as new” condition by Noble Butler.

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