Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
Re: Husqvarna . . That's now a BMW Brand, right?
TAKEN FROM A 2007 POST (Before BMW purchased Husqvarna)
Actually, Husqvarna chain saws and Husqvarna motorcycles currently have no connection other than name. I work with the chainsaw folks in Sweden so I have heard the story a few times. Let’s see if I can get this straight.
Husqvarna began making engines and motorbikes in the early 1900’s. They are well known for their world championship motocross and enduro bikes over the years. In 1978, Electrolux acquired Husqvarna and they operated as a wholly owned subsidiary. In 1986, the Husqvarna Motorcycle Division was sold by Electrolux to the Italian company Cagiva and they took over production and development. (You might remember when the Costiglioni bothers of Cagiva tried to take over Ducati in 1983?) Anyway, Cagiva purchased MV Augusta in 1997 and they now make the new MV motorcycles. (Remember the SPR bike featured in “I Robot”) In 2004 the car maker Proton bought MV and a year later sold it to GEVI. When Husqvarna Motorcycles moved production to Italy in 1987, a group of former Husqvarna employees started a new motorcycle company “Husaberg”.
2006 K1200R (sun yellow) sold
2003 K1200LT (anthracite) sold
2005 Grand Teton, N.P.
2007 Osage Beach, MO
2008 Midway, UT
2009 Rapid City, SD
2011 Boise, ID
2013 Bend, OR
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