Post Sale Update: This Husky sold for $4,100 after 37 bids on eBay.
In 1983, Husqvarna introduced a new 500cc motor for their Open Class bikes, and they promptly won the 1983 Baja 1000 in 14:48:10 with the US team of Dan Smith and Dan Ashcraft. While there were obviously plenty of modifications to the race bike, the production motorcycle was quite formidable in its own right. They’re also not easy to find in good shape, which makes this example quite tempting.
As the “XC” implies, this bike was all about getting across country as fast as possible – the stock gearing allowed a top speed of over 100 miles per hour if you were brave enough. The motor produced 43 horsepower and 33 lb-ft of torque. For more information, check out this period review from Cycle magazine hosted on Ye Olde Cycle Shoppe, which is such a great site to lose a couple of hours checking out old mag issues.
According to the seller, this example has received a rebuilt motor and rebuilt Ohlins shocks with heavy duty springs. The seat is said to be “immaculate” and there are no dents in the tank – but the photos make it seem like there’s some isues with the paint on the latter. Everything is said to work and it’s ready to ride, race, or restore as a show bike.
Find this big Husky for sale in Clinton, Pennsylvania with bidding up to $3,633