Post-Listing Update: Despite 11 bids on eBay, this Husqvarna 450 WR did not meet reserve at $2,600.
In the 1960’s, Husqvarna had led the charge in turning British off-road bikes into relics. By the 70’s, Husky had become a dominant force in motocross, winning multiple world championships and Baja 1000s. 1972 was a banner year for the firm – their entire lineup was upgraded to 5 speed gearboxes with left-hand shifters, new frames, Motoplat injections, and a 450cc torque monster of an engine that powers the Husqvarna 450 WR that we feature today.
The 450 WRs featured front and rear alloy mufflers, as well as silver front forks and the “hand grenade” muffler. But one of the biggest features was the Femsa ignition, which allowed for lighting kits to be installed. We think these are the quintessential examples of 70s dirt bike styling. It’s become relatively common for riders who aren’t involved in vintage racing to lower compression on these bikes, which supposedly makes the WR a bit more user friendly.
This specific Husqvarna 450 WR has been with one family since new, and was restored in 2007 – the seller provides a long list of all the parts that were included in the restoration. The bore was also increase by 0.20. For the last 6 years, it’s been tucked away in a museum, so hopefully the new owner won’t have a problem getting it dirty again. What’s the point of increasing the bore just to have the bike sit in a museum?
Find this Husqvarna 450 WR for sale here on eBay with an opening bid of $999 in Spokane, Washington.