Vintage Motorcycle Restorations
The Home of Two Steve McQueen 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross
Vintage Husqvarna / Husky - Penton – Hodaka – Harley – Yamaha – Kawasaki
My private collection includes bikes owned by
Steve McQueen, Dennis Hopper, Charles Bronson, Torsten Hallman, Malcolm Smith,
Don Vesco, Swedish racers Torbjorn Winzell and Hakan Anderssen
Pride, Attention to Detail and Originality.
My HL500 Supermoto featured on Feb 2013 cover of VJMC magazine
News 5/12/13 Torsten Hallman will be honored in Las Vegas in Oct. Purchase my Hallman Husky and you will be invite to display the bike at the event.
News 4/15/13 Discovered – Dennis Hopper 1970 Husky 250. Currently under restoration. See left menu for link.
News 4/2/13 Discovered - Hakan Andersson 1970 Husqvarna 250 used in 3rd annual Firecracker Grand Prix. Hakan was F.I.M. 250cc World Champion in 1973
News 4/2/13 Discovered 1972 Husqvarna 125 raced by Swedish racer Torbjorn Winzell in Inter-Am Series
News 4/1/13Completed rare 1972 Husqvarna 125. See left menu for link.
News 3/8/13 The Friends of Steve McQueen car show coming up again June 1. http://www.stevemcqueencarshow.com/
News 12/12/12 Completed 1976 Husqvarna 360WR Photo in example section
News 11/29/12 My engine guy discovered a engraving on Solar McQueen Husky crankshaft. Start with letters EG if anyone knows who may have engraved the crank.
News 8/18/12 Just acquired Andrea Bartolini Yamaha works 1997 YZM400F engine. Same engine as Doug Henry (see left menu for new project)
News 7/24/12 Not Husky related but its news. Don Ince of Vintage Viking has discovered a Von Dutch / Jim Morrison Motorcycle. Click on link details in left menu.
News 7/4/12 Husky used in chase scene in movie Mechanic has been found. Here is your chance to get both bikes from movie as a pair.
News 7/3/12 Finished Yamaha HL500 SuperMoto. SuperMoto
News 4/19/12 Completed restoration of JN Roberts 1968 Husqvarna 360 Inter-Am race bike. See left menu
News 2/7/12 Newly discovered and under restoration by me, is a 1971 Husqvarana Sportsman used by Charles Bronson in the movie “Mechanic”. The bike was discovered by Don Ince of Vintage Viking . There is a video on You Tube showing a chase scene Here. The bike is the one in the van.
News 12/12/11 Completed 1975 Kawasaki KX250 See it in list of example restorations.
News 11/11/11 Finished the Bud Ekins 1969 Husqvarna 360 Sportsman. See left menu.
News 10/4/11 Thanks to Don Ince of Vintage Viking we have a sweet ending to the documentation for the Aberg 1970 Inter-Am Series 400 Cross. In left menu. As you will read, I found the bike, held on to it for a few years until Don found the first document showing four bikes used for Inter-Am and sold to dealer as a used race bike. The problem was we did not know who raced which bike. By pure luck I found a article that spoke of Abergs broken frame from last race at Saddleback race track. I then found the repair on my frame which identified the bike was the Aberg. The final document is a memo to Pierre. In Edison Dyes words “Take the Aberg bike to Ring Cycle to repair the swingarm, damaged at Saddleback, needs to be welded.” Followed by the frame number. I post the document in Aberg story left menu. It doesn’t get any better than this.
News 9/26/11 I completed the restoration of the 1970 Husky 400 Cross that was the “Buyer Beware” motorcycle you see in my left menu. So there is a Happy ending to this bike. What I did not mention was this was Bengt Abergs 1970 Husky used in the 1969 Inter Am. The Buyer Beware Bike – Before and After
News 8/19/11 Added a little story about a trip to pickup bikes and one of the bikes I call The HarleyVarna
News 7/27/11 Picked up 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross 8 speed original purchased by Malcolm Smith. No history at this point.
News 7/27/11 Completed Bengt Aberg 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross Inter-Am race bike. Final photos coming soon from Classic Bike magazine UK.
News 6/4/11 Here is a photo of my McQueen Husky at this years 2011 Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show. (on the right) Along side it is an identical Husky I restored and sold to a customer. Husky Chino I was told by Don Ince of Vintage Viking, the show was a HUGE success. Double the cars and motorcycles and happy to say the Husky’s were a huge hit again. Thanks Don for all the photo’s This is Don Ince’s personal McQueen owned Husky RT. Chad McQueen giving it a look over. Here is McQueen look alike on my Husky. He is pretty close. McQueen and my customer with 400 Sample of the car show The Cars
News 6/3/11 Finished a second Hl500 and their is a test run video on the page for the bike.
News 6/1/11 Finished a 1973 250 Husky and made a GoPro helmet cam video of test ride. Unedited. This is a huge 335Meg video, so if you have dial up or a PC that runs on steam it won’t work. Husky 250 Here is a short version Husky 250 Short Run.
News 5/14/11 Steve McQueen’s 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross sold at auction today $144,500.00
News 4/8/2011 The annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show is coming up again. June 4 2011. They have a new website. Car show and this year they are celebrating the movie Lemans. Looks like a great time and of coarse my McQueen Husky will be there along with newly found Husky RT once owned by Steve and now owned by Don Ince. There is also a dinner on Friday June 3 at the Boys republic with Michael Keyser giving a talk on the behind the scenes of the making of Lemans.
News 3/21/2011 Beverly Hills, Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance. Set you calendar for May 1, 2011 . They will be featuring one of my 1970 400 Cross. Beverly Hills along with several other outstanding motorcycles including 1966 Husky 360 raced by Malcolm Smith and Torsten Hallman, Torsten Hallman 1967 Husq 360, Gustav Flink 250, Penton ISDT, 1968 Yamaha DT250, 1970 Honda SL350, 1973 Suzuki Rotary Motor, 1967 Rickman Metisse Matchless Motor, Kawasaki 100 Green Streak. All these motorcycles are part on museum collection owned by Brad Boyle Racing.
News 3/14/2011 Completed a 2nd Desert Master. Desert Master
News 3/14/2011 Another discovery thanks to Don Ince and now part of my collection. Torsten Hallman’s 1970 Husqvarna 250 Cross InterAm race bike. I will be doing a soap and water restoration on it, when I can find some time.
News 3/14/2011 Gunnar Lindstrom book “Husqvarna Success” is out. If your into Husky’s that book is a must have. One of the most complete historical books on Husqvarna I have seen. A thumbs up for any coffee table.
News 3/13/2011 Matt Stones new release of McQueens Machines book is out and it has my McQueen 400 Cross in it. Another great book for the coffe table.
News 2/22/2011 Congratulations to Dan Cogdell for Lawyer of the Year 2011. I was honored when Dan sent me a copy of the front cover of magazine and to see what was behind him in the photo. I did the bike for Dan a few years ago. Cover Thumps up to Dan for his recent 5th place in 2010 Baja 1000 in Over 40 Pro class. Very impressive.
News 2/16/2011 Completed a 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross. This was a early version. Click Here
News 2/13/2011 Added new evidence from several Edison Dye invoice documents to McQueen Solar Husky page. I am searching for history on this bike. Currently all the documentation points to McQueen’s “Solar Automotive” which is a mystery right now. I am also searching for the person responsible for building the Solar Husky frame and would consider a reward.
News 2/8/2011 A second Bengt Aberg Husky has been found. This one was the 1969 Inter-Am race bike. It is on it way to me for restoration. Customer owned.
News 2/1/2011 New addition to my herd. Torsten Hallman 1970 Husqvarna 250 Inter-Am race bike. Discovered by Don Ince
News 10/19/2010 I located rare 67 Husky 250cc Commando, but unfortunate is is to far gone to be restored. Serial numbers removed. 1 of 56 imported into USA.
News 7/3/ 2010 Completed clean up of the second Steve McQueen Husky built by Steve’s “Solar Automotive” and added final photos.
News 6/10/ 2010 Two more McQueen Husky’s found. Don Ince of Vintage Viking is now the proud owner of Steve McQueens 1970 Husqvarna 250 that Steve shipped from factory in Sweden to France so he would have something to ride around on during the filming of ”Lemans”. Don has all the supporting documents. The 400 Cross he also shipped with 250 is still not found. Also found is the 1971 400 Cross used for cover of Sports Illustrated. Steve Bonner is owner.
News 3/28 2010 The book Steve McQueen: A Tribute to the King of Cool by Marshall terrill is out now. I was honored to be able to write a short passage in it on page 215. There is a limited special edition and regular edition. Dalton Books New 3/13 2010 Video at the 2010 Steve McQueen Car show You Tube
News 3/1/2010 Update ”Another bike with McQueen connection” Full story and photos moved to left menu.
NEWS 2/09/2010. My Steve McQueen 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross is now on display at the San Diego Automotive Museum. I have some photos and information in the left menu but then checkout the complete story and video at McQueen Online. You’ll see Chad McQueen signing the tank. http://www.mcqueenonline.com/1970husky400cross.htm
Check out this video of Matt Stone (Editor of Motor Trend magazine) just after he rode the bike outside the San Diego Automotive Museum He is talking to Chad McQueen on his cell telling him for the first time he just rode his dads bike. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fvmL4FKrho&feature=player_embedded
Here is a video by one of my 400 cross customers. Another happy customer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR9aJPhwF4g
Here is good read. Some Husqvarna history by JC Hilderbrand. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/764/6018/Motorcycle-Article/The-Rise-and-Fall-of-Husqvarna-Motorcycles.aspx
What I do: I provide restorations for any type of vintage motorcycle but I specialize in Husqvarna. I only restore a few bikes a year so if you see something you want you better get it while you can. You could wait years. Click on restorations in the menu and see what is available for sale, bikes sold and what is in process.I restore and sell most of my restorations. I do this as my hobby. I have a passion for it and it is not my main source of income. It simply funds my hobby.
If your interested in any of my restorations or would like your own motorcycle restored by me send me a email. The motorcycles are typically restored to collector or museum quality level. As you will see the 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross is my favorite and you could say I specialize in them. Most people know that this is the type of motorcycle used in the Bruce Brown academy award nominated documentary “On Any Sunday” with celebrities Steve Mcqueen, Malcolm Smith and Mert Lawwill. The 400 Cross is the motorcycle used in the documentary by Steve and Malcolm not to mention Steve McQueen and Malcom Smith raced personally. Due to this documentary the 400 Cross is a well sought after motorcycle.
Since there were only approximately 700 of these bikes brought into the country by the importer Edison Dye they have become a somewhat rare bike. It is not known how many still exist. I decided to start a 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross Registry since this bike is probably considered one of the most significant motocross bikes. If you have a 1970 400 and would like to put it on the list email me and I’ll add it. Serial number, your name, city and state should be all we need for the list. If you can supply your address, email and phone number I’ll keep that private.
She is a beauty A diamond in the rough!
I think you get the idea!