Custom XR1200 Dirt Tracker
Before Harley-Davidson introduced its own XR1200, Steve Storz, a factory tuner for Harley-Davidson’s Grand National dirt track team in the 1970s, was turning out customized Sportster 1200s that were inspired by the XR750 racebike.
Husqvarna’s departure to Italy in 1986 was a blow to devotees of Swedish motorcycles. The last major marque had departed the Scandinavian country, leaving a painful void. Seizing an opportunity, many of the native Husqvarna engineers who were left behind, aspired to preserve Sweden’s position as an active player in the off-road motorcycle manufacturing game. Husaberg was founded in 1987 and, a year later, the first of many competition-worthy four-strokes was introduced to an eager off-road community.