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Husqvarna Silverpilen 175cc MC-282E 1960


When Husqvarna introduced the 175cc Silverpilen in 1995, Swedish young men were drawn to this lightweight and racy looking machine. The black and red paint job along with generous use of lightweight alloy components was a good base, and soon a healthy aftermarket for accessories would develop.

The lightweight (165lb) machine with a mere 9.5HP output was a perfect starting point for many tuners and the Silverpilen would receive many modifications aimed at either road racing or motocross. Gote Lindstrom was one of the young tuners that developed a reputation for his “hot rod” parts for the Silverpilen. By 1959, Lindstrom had developed a 250cc cylinder, high compression cylinder head, modified crankshaft, larger 32mm Bing carburetor, and an expansion chamber exhaust. Another Swede - Gustav Flink also built intake manifolds, cylinders, and heads for the machine, but took it another step farther by building a 250cc engine that would bolt into the stock Silverpilen chassis.

Both Lindstrom and Flink would go on to manufacture their own motorcycles; similar in many ways to the Silverpilen, but with 4-speed transmissions (instead of the 3-speed), 250cc engines, double cradle frames, and improved forks and shocks.

Future World Champions Torsten Hallman and Rolf Tibblin would get their racing careers started on modified Silverpilens. Husqvarna started taking notice and by 1963 had incorporated many of the tuners ideas into the new 250 cross models. Stronger frames and sub-frame sections, telescopic forks, Girling shocks, and a full 250cc engine would become standard.

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