1. Husqvarna Motorcycles Made In Sweden - About 1988 and older

My '84 500AE MX Project

Discussion in 'Vintage Restoration Projects' started by Rossik, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. suprize Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Bendigo, Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    WR 400, bike in a box Moto Villa 350
    Other Motorcycles:
    ktm 300
    love that open shocker look.:thumbsup:
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  2. 84scrambler Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    mid Florida
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    87 xc 250, 85 wrx 250, 79 wr 250
    Absolutely, Love the black and silver and yes the rims too. Don't think twice about it that is a awesome looking bike ! Good Job.
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  3. Wildebeest90210 Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Gloucestershire.
  4. dartyppyt Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Illinois
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    17 TE 150, 82CR 500
    Other Motorcycles:
    82 125,250,430&500 79 390 83 250
    Bike looks sharp!
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  5. ruwfo Administrator

    Location:
    NJ
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1980 390CR, 1982 430CR, 1984 400WR
    Other Motorcycles:
    1985 250XC, 2016 FJ-09
    looks good, how's she gooooooooo
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  6. Rossik Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    West London
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1985 Husqvarna 500AE
    Thanks all for your nice comments....it has been a fun journey which is almost over, and as soon as I get her running, I'll post a report, pics and video asap. So to answer your questions Michel & ruwfo, I don't know how it runs yet

    To get it finished and running, I need some help - I am basically looking for someone to finish the build as I've got to a point where the last couple of jobs are beyond me.

    I live in Wokingham (basically Reading), UK and will take it to anyone who can help - naturally I will pay for the work so I'm not expecting any charity work

    Effectively the work it needs is as follows:
    • proper mounting of the tank & expansion chamber
    • installation of a new ignition
    • and just general checking of the work I've done to ensure it's all good & safe to ride
    Not sure if I mentioned it before but the last time I properly worked on my bikes, apart from routine maintenance, was in the 1970s, so to get it so far and at such a high standard is something that I feel good about.

    If you or someone you know can help, please PM me !
  7. stormer254 Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    England
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    More than I dare let her know
    Other Motorcycles:
    Yes!
    Looks really good,I do all my own work (and it shows), I would suggest Andy at HVA, its the era he specializes in and he produces some lovely bikes.
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  8. ajcmbrown Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Metung Victoria Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    400WR 250WR 07 WR500 430AE 360AE
    Other Motorcycles:
    1985 500CR Ducati Multistrada 1200S

    Ahh yes, that's Australia, every man with beer in hand!
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  9. darren7878 Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    79 CR390 and 84 CR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    81 Maico, 79 Kawasaki, 88 Honda
    What ignition are you going to run?
  10. Rossik Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    West London
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1985 Husqvarna 500AE



    OK so it's almost 2 years now since I last posted but I'm pleased to say that I've now got my bike back from Rod Spry, and when I picked it up 2 weeks ago I heard it start for the first time since I imported it from Abilene, TX

    It took about 5 kicks to fire up and man it sounds so nice, I'll take it out of my quiet suburbia this weekend and make a vid of it running to post for you guys. Rod had to use a bike stand to help him get high enough to get a decent kick (anyone who knows Rod will know his skill, his dedication and also that he is slightly vertically handicapped :) hence the need for the bike stand )

    I handed the bike to him, not running and with all of the new bits attached/installed (overbore, V-Force reed, Lectron carb and CDI ignition) and essentially in that state he had no hope. So in the style that has made him so popular for the work he does, he decided he needed to go back to a baseline that he could work with and then add new piece by new piece and tweak it along the way.

    He put a standard ignition and carb on it and got it firing, albeit for not very long. But it did start, so he progressed in his very methodic way, until he got all the good bits on there and now it fires up after not too much legwork.

    In the meantime, as I think I mentioned in an earlier post, my wife bought me a KTM 250 EXC for my birthday (oh yeah, she's a keeper for sure ;) ) so I have been riding that and having lots of fun. Now she has just been offered a temporary posting of 2 years to New York, so we are headed stateside for a bit

    The sad news (for me, but hopefully it's good news for someone out there), I think I need to hand over the last 2% of work required to get my 500 to a point where it can be enjoyed to someone else.

    I will make the vid of it started and also take lots of pics along with the comprehensive list of work I've had done to it and then list it for sssale here......and probably on Andys HVA Factory site as well.......I really don't want to sell it to someone who doesn't have a clue, and ultimately if it doesn't sell I will just put it in storage till we come back and maybe I'll race it somewhere......
  11. jack topper Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    Cascade, MT
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1974 400WR
    Other Motorcycles:
    honda, yamaha, suzuki, Indian, Kawas
    Man...after all that work I don't think I could bring myself to part with it...!
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  12. Rossik Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    West London
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1985 Husqvarna 500AE

    Mate it wasn't an easy decision but I really enjoyed the process - right from the adventure (maybe crazy I know) of buying a bike, unseen, from a complete stranger on Craigslist, importing it from Abilene, TX to the UK and then the rebuild, I am so happy with the result

    But I now realise that I have to pass it on as I'm not someone who can maintain this myself, in which case it's not really a bike that I can keep to ride......

    I have met (in the cyber sense) some really lovely, helpful and so knowledgeable Husky lovers ( Michel Dufayard, Grouty, Andy HVA and stormer254 among others) and only the assistance of the Cafe Husky community have I been able to achieve it....(haha, this is sounding like an Oscars award acceptance speach :) )

    So I'm going to do the photography tomorrow and have it posted on Saturday morning and post it here on the Classifieds as well as HVA Factory
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  13. grouty Auto Lover ...

    Location:
    South West UK
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    78 390WR, 78 390 AMX, 500 Humph
    Other Motorcycles:
    works 73 CCM 520, another 73 CCM520
    If you don't NEED to sell it .... don't ! Keep it tucked away, or better still in the front room. Maintaining it is easier than a manual boxed bike and a pleasure to work on. I reckon my 14 year old daughter could pull the box to bits with a bit of instruction.

    Why not ask Andy to store it for you for 24 months ? It's not a long time in the general scheme of life. When it's gone, it's gone .... forever :(
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  14. troy deck Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Republic MO
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    87 250wr 12 cr125
    Other Motorcycles:
    kx65 ty80 rm80 kdx250
    man you got who's knows how much money and all this time waiting finish it and ride it at least a time or two
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  15. 84scrambler Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    mid Florida
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    87 xc 250, 85 wrx 250, 79 wr 250
    Agreed, don't sell the bike as long as your coming back so you can enjoy it then. Store it with the ktm.
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  16. Rossik Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    West London
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1985 Husqvarna 500AE
    I understand you guys completely, 100%, but in all honesty, we are planning to do what we can to remain in the US.....and as the KTM is more reliable and easy to get parts for, I will be taking that with me

    Had I researched it better, and realised how fragile the auto gearboxes were on the 500s I most likely would have bought a non-auto Husky to restore, in which case it would have been something I could have ridden every weekend

    I know you think I should keep it, and yeah I have put so much time & money (more money than time to be honest) which I realise I am not going to get back but I now need to recoup as much as I can as this is now going towards the purchase of a truck in the US

    It hasn't quite worked out the way I envisaged it to, I was really hanging out to see what it rides like, but given that we're outta here in a couple of months, there's no way I'm going to risk busting a clutch spring and having a broken bike again........ now that it's finished and running, I'm going to sell it that way
  17. Rossik Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    West London
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1985 Husqvarna 500AE
    so anyway, here it is.....

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  18. Rossik Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    West London
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1985 Husqvarna 500AE
  19. Rossik Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    West London
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1985 Husqvarna 500AE
  20. Rossik Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    West London
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1985 Husqvarna 500AE