With the Grand Prix De Snow 2019 coming up in just over a month we thought what better way to promote the event than with a tasty example of a vintage offroad machine from our title sponsors 1983 line-up.
The bike belongs to Sean Wiesner who was kind enough to loan it to us for the month. The 250WR has been in his stewardship for the last 20 years, read on for his take on the bike and a few of the mods you might have noticed that make it different from its stock siblings.
1983 Husqvarna WR250 is a real off-road race bike... not a show bike. It gets raced (although infrequently) and thrashed hard. Husqvarna bikes have always been known as super high quality using very durable materials. Not always the most "fashionable" especially by the mid 80s when everyone else was going water cooled and single shock. Husky evolved, perfected and did not try to reinvent strictly for marketing purposes. Those last few years of twin shock bikes used Ohlins ITC technology which had position sensitive valving and were actually superior to much of the early single shock bikes.
The bike rides like a Cadillac in the roots and square bumps. You don't really need to stand... it's like a Barcalounger!
The bike has been fully "restored" twice in the 20+ years in my ownership. Most recently in preparation for the Mexican 1000 race... it has yet to get to that starting line.
Those vintage uber snobs will notice the presence of a Showa fork and Nissin disc brake on the front. The stock fork was pretty much like a wet noodle and the drum brake merely decoration. Let the protests begin! Lawrence Hacking is keeping the stock front end in safe keeping.
All bearings and complete motor rebuild (including the last OEM Husqvarna rod kit available on the continent) done by talented machinist John Beirsteker. Ohlins ITC shocks rebuilt by Ohlins specialist technician Jon Cornwell.
It has won the Vintage class at the Corduroy Enduro in 2001. It won the overall at Lawrence Hacking's Grand Prix De Mud in 2017 with my son Wolfgang at the controls. He also won "Best Authentic Vintage Riding Gear" award. This bike is so simple... no flash, only execution. It can hold its own against many contemporary machinery.