Husqvarna 500 review
Way back in the 1930s, Husqvarna competed very successfully at the highest level in Grand Prix road racing with 500cc bike powered by its own leading-edge 50-degree V-twin four-stroke engine, produced by its legendary designer Folke Mannerstedt. This bike was Husqvarna 500.
Between 1931 and 1935 Husqvarna (aka HVA), then the country’s largest street bike manufacturer, built a total of 19 500cc V-twin works GP racers. It was the first V-twin to challenge the supremacy of the British singles in 500cc GP racing, laying the foundations of success enjoyed later in the 1930s by Moto Guzzi and BMW twins, and eventually by Italian 4-cylinder bikes, too.
Husqvarna 500 specifications
Claimed power: 44hp at 6,800rpm
Top speed: 118mph
Engine: 498cc air-cooled OHV 50-degree V-twin
Weight (dry): 127kg (279lb)