Perhaps more than any other models, it was the agile, lightweight two-strokes from Husqvarna that spelled doom for big hulking British four-strokes that once held sway in scrambles and desert racing. “The Mag 250,” wrote Tom White in the pages of Motocross Action magazine, “demonstrated Husqvarna’s ability to market a true works-caliber motorcycle. The Mag 250 had all-magnesium engine cases; 36mm Bing; eight-petal reed valve; moved up Girling shocks (one inch); a Motoplat ignition; longer swingarm (one inch); four-speed gearbox from the 400CR; 125-size clutch; white plastic fenders; shouldered Akront alloy rims (with Trelleborg tires), and Magura controls. It weighed 214 pounds. [It was] an immediate success in the hands of AMA National privateers like Kent Howerton, Brad Lackey, Billy Clements, Gary Semics and Bob Grossi. The Mag 250 [remains] one of the most sought-after motorcycles for vintage competition.”
Mikkola, known as the “Flying Finn,” was one of the most popular and feared motocross racers of the 1970s. During his illustrious career, Mikkola collected four World Grand Prix Motocross Championship titles. When Husqvarna asked Mikkola to return to the Grand Prix 500cc class in 1974, he eagerly accepted. After a season-long battle with Roger DeCoster, Mikkola won the World Grand Prix 500cc Championship.
The 1975 Husqvarna CR250GP on offer here was purchased in 2012 by our vendor, a collector of off-roaders of the 1960s and 70s. The bike was restored by Mayer Brothers of Tucson, AZ from the ground up. The engine and 6-speed gearbox were inspected and stress-tested and a full rebuild was deemed unnecessary. The engine remains taut and powerful. The company’s list of refurbishments is as follows:
Hallman rims laced with Buchanan spokes and new Michelin tires
Goki fork air caps
A very rare Husqvarna Products exhaust
Maguire controls with new grips
New chain and sprockets
Seat professionally recovered
Steel CR tank professionally painted base coat/clear coat
Decals clear coated for protection
S&W rear shocks
Upon purchase the owner scored 92 points at the El Camino Vintage Motorcycle Rally in 2012.
The bike is accompanied by restoration documentation and judging sheet.