Tag: Sweden

  • Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna 400

    Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna 400

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Remember the days when motorcycles made it onto the cover of magazines like Sports Illustrated? Riding bikes was something that real men and movie stars did. And as we’re relentlessly reminded these days, there was no greater star than Steve McQueen. McQueen’s unusual prowess on… Read more »

  • Deus Husqvarna TE250

    Deus Husqvarna TE250

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Husqvarna is a manufacturer with over a hundred years of history—and a finger in a lot of geographical pies. Formerly Swedish, it’s now owned by BMW and builds its motorcycles in Italy. Husqvarna has just set up shop in Bali, which got the boys from… Read more »

  • Interview: Ola Stenegärd

    Interview: Ola Stenegärd

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,,

    I’ve always imagined BMW Motorrad designers to be technicians in white lab coats. So I was surprised to discover that the leader of BMW’s motorcycle design team is a freewheelin’ Swede with a passion for old-school choppers. Ola Stenegärd studied Industrial Design in Stockholm and… Read more »

  • Of motorcycles and movies

    Of motorcycles and movies

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    About a year ago, I finished reading the final instalment of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium trilogy”. I found these Swedish crime novels absolutely gripping—and not just because the heroine Lisbeth Salander rides a motorcycle. In two weeks, the US movie adaptation of The Girl With The… Read more »

  • SE Service Slugger

    SE Service Slugger

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sweden’s Stellan Egeland is one of the world’s most innovative custom motorcycle builders. Like Belgian maestro Fred Krugger, Egeland is prepared to push the limits of styling and use as much modern technology as possible. His approach resulted in a podium finish at the 2009… Read more »

  • Krook Street Racing Husqvarna

    Krook Street Racing Husqvarna

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    David Andersson used to have a Husqvarna SMR 570 in his garage in Sweden. The he stumbled across the Mule Motorcycles website—Mule being Richard Pollock, creator of the Web Surfer Bike EXIF Calendar bike and a regular commenter here. “I went down to my garage… Read more »

  • Husqvarna automatics

    Husqvarna automatics

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    I used to think that automatic gearboxes in motorcycles were restricted to a few odd Moto Guzzis and Hondas. Until a few days ago, when Ken Smith sent me the latest issue of VMX Magazine—with a Husqvarna automatic on the cover and an article inside:… Read more »

  • Triumph Rocket III Stellan Edition

    Triumph Rocket III Stellan Edition

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Swedish custom specialist Stellan Egeland is best known for his wild ground-up customs such as the SE Service Harrier. But he’s also made inroads into the mainstream market, thanks to an unusual alliance with Triumph Scandinavia. Triumph commissioned SE Service to work a little magic… Read more »

  • 1935 Husqvarna racer

    1935 Husqvarna racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    I realised with a surprise at the weekend that we’ve never featured a vintage Husqvarna motorcycle. One tends to associate the Swedish brand (est. 1903) with its all-conquering motocross machines from the 60s and 70s, but the earlier models are worthy of attention too. Like… Read more »

  • Coming Through Retriever

    Coming Through Retriever

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The motorcycle world is full of oddities, but this is one of the strangest we’ve ever seen. It’s a Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing that’s been turned into a tow vehicle by the Swedish company Coming Through. The Retriever is fitted with a towing assembly… Read more »

  • 1972 Monark 125 MX

    1972 Monark 125 MX

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    This super-stylish Swedish motocrosser is one of many delectable machines at the Owen Collection, a vintage dirt bike museum in Walnut, California. It’s one of around 1,100 Monark 125s imported into the US in the 1970s: the blue and yellow color scheme identifies it as… Read more »

  • SE Service Harrier

    SE Service Harrier

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    One of the most controversial European custom shops is Sweden’s SE Service, run by Stellan Egeland. The latest SE motorcycle is the Harrier, a radical BMW-powered machine that Egeland is promoting as the first in a new line of ‘modern customs’. The Harrier reminds us… Read more »

  • 1974 Moto Guzzi 850T café racer

    1974 Moto Guzzi 850T café racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Lars Lindqvist calls his lovely modified 850T a “V9,4 Sport”: It’s running a Le Mans 1 engine with 940 barrels. The tank and rear fender are from a V7 Sport, while the seat is from a 750S. The engine breathes through 36mm Dellortos and Lafranconi… Read more »

  • MarcusMotoDesign

    MarcusMotoDesign

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Why is Sweden so good at custom bikes? Stockholm designer Marcus Carlsson has just revealed the striking Husqvarna V1000 Gran Turismo, his tribute to a 1935 Husqvarna 500cc road racer, complete with original logo on the tank. The bike’s foundation is a Suzuki TL1000S engine,… Read more »

  • Vintage Ice Racing in Sweden

    Vintage Ice Racing in Sweden

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles

    Patrik Sohlberg and Benny Johansson turning left, in Sweden, on ice. Many of the ice riders are former speedway stars, and are still racing competitively in their 50s or older. One gentleman, Olle Åhnström, is 86 and has been racing for 60 years. Most impressive.… Read more »