If 4 gears in a transmission is good, 5 must be better, right? And in that case, how would you describe 8? If you’re Husqvarna in 1970, you’d say eight was just enough, as that’s how many gears were available in the 360 Cross.
To be fair, the setup was really just the regular 4-speed tranny with an optional second primary gear that was selectable with a handlebar-mounted lever. As the seller notes, “the 8-speed model was a favorite of racers like Malcolm Smith, who won the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 in 1971 on an 8-speed Husqvarna Cross with co-riders JN Roberts and Gunnar Nilsson respectively.”
This example is on offer from Vintage Moto Factory, though that wasn’t the shop that restored the Husky a few years ago. As the seller notes, most parts are restored originals or NOS – the number plates, fenders, and engine kill button seem to be the “only items that did not come new from Husqvarna.” Specific mentions are given to original parts like the Magura controls, restored original parts like the Akront rims, and NOS parts like the Barum tires and Girling shocks. “98% of the hardware on the bike are the correct Bufo bolts, which have been replated in the proper Cadmium finish.”
The seller is quite experienced with Huskys of this vintage and he says that “in my opinion, this restoration is of top quality and very correct. However, it should be remembered that this is a race bike with a race history, and is not 100% cosmetically perfect. That said, this bike will stand very tall in any motorcycle collection – anytime and anywhere.”
Find this Husky for sale in Santa Barbara, California with a BIN of $9,850 or best offer here on eBay.