In late 1960s, Motorcross was a discipline of racing that was dominated by the Europeans. Husqvarna distributor Edison Dye introduced an American racing series, bringing over European champion MXers, who crushed the American competition for a while, but the American kids were fast learners…
Two strokes were taking over from the British singles from BSA, Matchless and AJS in the US, as they had previously in Europe, and by the time Mark Blackwell won the US section of the Trans-Am series in 1971, he was on a Husqvarna. By then, Husqvarna had won nine World Motocross Championships and U.S. riders like Malcolm Smith, Bud Ekins and Steve McQueen were aboard.
The 6-speed WR was the enduro or dual sport version of the Baja-winning racing XC, featuring lights and less aggressive stance.
The Husqvarna 500WR on offer here is from the last year of production and last year of the air-cooled, and penultimate year for twin-shock, drum-brake Husky. It is presented in excellent overall condition in original spec with its first-year plastic gas tank. It was bought by a prominent collector as you see it here and was placed on static display for past several years. As such, the bike will need re-commissioning before returning to off-road use.
Sold on a clean, clear New Mexico title complete with original owners manual and warranty card.
Location: Ventura, California