Husaberg

Husaberg is a manufacturer of off-road and supermoto four and two-stroke engine. Husaberg motorcycles are known for their larger displacement engines and for their race-oriented construction. Originally based in Sweden, its motorcycles are now developed and manufactured in Austria by parent company KTM. After the motorcycle section of the traditional Swedish brand Husqvarna was bought in 1987 by Italian company Cagiva, some of its engineers, led by Thomas Gustavsson, stayed in Sweden and founded Husaberg Motor AB in 1988. The name Husaberg was only made official by Gustavsson when entering an enduro race at Skillingaryd, as he was forced to declare the make of his motorcycle. The Husaberg team tried to compensate for their lack of funds by their courage to rely on technical innovations and could never afford to hire established professional riders but rather ambitious rookies such as Joel Smets, Jimmie Eriksson, Walter Bartolini, Kent Karlsson, Anders Eriksson, Jaroslav Katrinak, Mike Tosswill and Peter Jansson. [edit]KTM ownership Good results on the tracks could not compensate for slow sales, and Husaberg was eventually purcha

ed by the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM in 1995. Although Husaberg motorcycles have been produced at the KTM factory in Mattighofen, Austria since 2003, and the development department is also at KTM in Mattighofen, the Motorsport department remains in Sweden. Husaberg's previous slogan, "Ready to Race" was adopted by KTM as its own. Husaberg's current slogan is now "4 Stroke Force." [edit]Reliability The earlier Husaberg engines (1989–1996) were known to have premature engine failures due to the fact that they do not have an oil pump and rely on oil delivery from the timing chain. The reliability and quality of the engines have improved over the years and, from 1997 on, have been comparable to that of more established brands. [edit]Palmares Joakim Ljunggren at the 2010 WEC Grand Prix of Italy Husaberg won the FIM 500 cc Motocross World Championship with Belgian rider Joel Smets in 1995, 1997 and 1998. They also won 6 Enduro World Championships in 1990, 1991 (2), 1995, 1996 and 1998. Three more Junior Enduro World Championships followed in 2005/2006 by Joakim Ljunggren and in 2009 by Oriol Mena.