Ok who was your favorite husky rider ?????

Discussion in 'History' started by Troy F Collins, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. ray_ray Mini-Sponsor

    Location:
    The Philippines
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    08\013 WR250, 010 TC250, 012 TC250
    I gotta go with an old friend of mine, Bo Clayon. Bo is gone now and was not a bike rider of any sort as far as I knew, but one day he showed up with 1974 Husky 400. Yep one of those bad-a$$ Huskies back in the day. I had a 76 250 CR so I think I might influenced him to buy it ... Not sure about this as I don't remember asking... But I could not have been more shocked if he had driven up in the space shuttle ... lol

    Only rode with him once ... We took off out of the small country down I lived in ARK on the payment heading for some dirt :) ... For what ever reason, we had to return to my house and on the way back, Bo had to top-out the Husky .... I was doing about 70MPH on mine when he passed me like I was sitting still ....

    He got about 25 yards in front of me and then the engine sized and locked the back tire! As I said, Bo was not a rider and just judging by the black mark he was leaving, he did not clutch the bike... He left a big long 'S' shaped black mark that finally hit the gravel at the side of the road and the bike slide out from under him ... As I was passing him and watching, he was kicking up crazy dust in the gravel and had just ducked his head and was beginning to do forward somersaults down in the ditch that was full of weeds and big grass!! I nearly hit a road sign as I watched him flip in all that dust...

    He stopped flipping and I came over to him and here is the first words out of his mouth after the wreck: "I'll never top this bike out on payment again!" I just left it at that and thought 'good idea' ... Bo did not know dirt bikes but he too was on a Husky :banana:

    He had one more wreck where the bike nearly cut his head off via the chain and I never heard about the bike again :(

    I like all the other cool guys mentioned here also ... You gotta wonder where Husky would be without the movie 'On any Sunday' with Steve McQueen and Malcolm Smith riding the bike so long ago and winning so much on them ...

    Heikki Meikkola was a true racer ... Spent his time in EU battling DeCoaster and raced in usa only to kick a little butt...
  2. JHG67 Husqvarna
    C Class

    Location:
    Ohio
    Drew, Yes I got to meet and hang out a with him and Geoffe Ballard (who was riding for Can-Am at the time as was legend Jeff Smith) for a bit one day after the race at the Loretta Lynn's national they where cool guys for sure.
    A freind and myself where traveling to as many east coast nationals as we could make. Sometimes I didn't even make it back home to Florida on Mondays to hit high school :excuseme:
    Those where experiences I will never forget meeting and talking to all my heros from the off road world that I read about in the magazines.
    We even let Jeff ride one of our 125 Cagivas and he loved it!!
    He said it was waaaaaay faster than his Husky (which we already knew anyway ;))

    Joe Chod, ya that looks like him as I look through my fuzzy 1980's minds eye :thumbsup:
  3. Joe Chod Moderator

    Location:
    upstate NY
    Funny thing mentioning Geoff Ballard. Seeing him (huge tall) and John Martin (super small short) standing side by side was a hoot. But boy oh boy could they make those Can Ams sing through the trees!
  4. huskyhaulic Husqvarna
    C Class

    Location:
    ohio
    Best Husky rider of all time!!!

    Malcolm Smith would get my vote :thumbsup: This man has mud running thru his veins and truly loved any form of off-road motorcycle racing. Some riders were great moto-cross riders but that's where the story ended. Malcolm mastered them all cross-desert-trials and done it with a smile as if he was just happy to be on two wheels or only one, a true gentlemen to the sport! :notworthy:
  5. jfoulkrod Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Simpsonville, SC
    Another vote for Gunnar Lindstrom. Also like Brad Lackey and Steve McQueen. Ah, hell....I like them all. They made Husqvarna.
  6. Team Sweden Husqvarna
    C Class

    Location:
    UNITED KINGDOM
    Hi all , As a european member and Husqvarna rider /Enthusiast of the 70`s & 80`s I can only offer the TRUE Works riders of Bengt Aberg from Sweden & Heikki Mikkola of Finland.Also the marvellous & meticulous Brad Lackey who at that time was a truely dedicated Works Husky "under-study" making his way to the top in the Grand Prix.
    Both multi World Champions aboard factory mounts that I was privelliged to witness in all their world class glory of many MX Grands Prix . When I have got the hang of your web site I shall put on some personal photo`s from those Epic years when the harsh sport was one of Real, Mature riders. Men of incredible skill,courage & fitness. Incredible.
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  7. Chayzed Pilot Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    So Cal
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2004 TC450,1978 390CR,1983 430 Wr
    Other Motorcycles:
    A gaggle of them
    I was a desert guy and worked in the industry. My faves were Mitch Mayes, AC Bakken, Scot Harden, Brent Wallingsford, Jack Johnson, and Larry Roesler. I believe I remember George Erl racing a 125 Husky at the Parker 400 one year. I might still have the picture. I haven't talked to Scot or AC for a couple of years. They were at our Hilltoppers GP race quite a bit.

    Motocross guy I liked was Rolf Tibblin. He was an animal.

    Scott
  8. roostafish Husqvarna
    A Class

    Location:
    Eugene, OR U.S.A.
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2009 WR 250
    Other Motorcycles:
    2013 KTM 350 XCF
    So many good favorites listed in this thread. I think my favorite is Ed Lojak. He was apparently psycho. I was just a kid reading (looking at pictures really) magazines, but I remember seeing a few shots of him on a Husky, and a shot of the whole USA ISDT trophy team on Husky's, including Lojak.
  9. rajobigguy Administrator

    Location:
    So.Cal.
    Got to give a pretty enthusiastic nod to George Erl. He's not only won more than his share of fairly high profile events but also has supported many of the riders (some of which were competitors). Thanks for all you do George.:cheers:
  10. kingsqueak Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Monmouth County NJ
    No votes for WoodsChick?
  11. racemx904 Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    owenton, ky
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2014 Beta 350RR & 1986 430XC
    Other Motorcycles:
    1975 Rokon and 2004 Kawasaki KX65
    LR, harden, SMITH, Ashcraft, Jack Johnson, Ron Bishop(my uncle).....to me a tie between LR and Dan Smith....
  12. master62 Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    PA
    King Richard
  13. hammer Husqvarna
    AA Class

    My favorite Husky rider is my wife and best friend Jaime.

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  14. Daniel508s Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Vacaville, CA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    2009 TC510
    Other Motorcycles:
    2009 Suzuki RMz450, 2013 KTM250sx
    Brad Lackey, Malcolm Smith, Heikki Mikkola, Terry Cunningham, Dick Burleson

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  15. wrx Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    845 newyork
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1973 to 1986 husky's various models
    Other Motorcycles:
    RM -250 / Buell / Penton 400 mc5
    Burleson,Roeseler and Jacky Martens
  16. Norman Foley Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Trumansburg, NY... The Beautiful, Finger Lakes
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    82 250WR 86 250WR 93 WXE350 03 TE610
    Other Motorcycles:
    '85 Fantic 300 '12 HUSABERG TE250
    I voted Hyde and Melton earlier, but after a lot of thought, I have to add Fred Hoess. I wish Husky would have pulled him back into the fold. GasGas is lucky to have him back.:cheers:
  17. 250 cr Husqvarna
    C Class

    Location:
    gardiner n.y.
    mikkola and howerton
  18. rj302 Husqvarna
    C Class

    Location:
    michigan
    fav husky rider

    Bad Brad #1, but really respected Hiekki
  19. Joe Chod Moderator

    Location:
    upstate NY
    Norm,
    Your response got me thinking. Husky had a great deal of success a few years back with Scott Summers acting as a player/coach kind of thing. If I were king for a day I would jump start that whole thing qgain with Fred heading up and managing a team of young upstarts while occassionally slinging a leg over a bike and showing them how its done.
    Just my 2 cents and If i hit powerball.......its a done deal....as well as restarting "Husky Products".

    GG is lucky and to hear that 2 stroke rip with him on it is better than any Mp3!

    Joe
  20. husky12 Husqvarna
    C Class

    Location:
    new york
    have you guys forgot alessio chiodi?