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Capacity : 250
Model : WR automatique
Production : 1976 -
Category : (Off Road) Military


250 Automatic -1976

A two-wheeler for the military

It was in response to a specification issued by the Swedish Army that Husqvarna began developing an automatic off-road motorcycle in the early 1970s. The specifications insisted that such a machine should be easy for non-motorcyclists to ride. Since the Arctic cold ruled out the use of a hydraulic torque convertor, the Swedish manufacturers were forced to seek alternative solutions.

An Entirely Novel Project

Using the existing 250 enduro machine as a starting point, Husqvarna developed a motorcycle with pneumatic fuel injection and a novel transmission. It retained a conventional gearbox, but with each ratio progressively engaged by a centrifugal clutch as the speed increased. A ratchet device released each gear as the next one was selected, while a free-wheel came into play during deceleration.

Comfortable but Mistrusted

Once the system was perfected, it proved particularly easy to use, though the use of the brake took a little getting used to. The Swedish Army loved the Husqvarna and duly placed an order, though civilian riders scorned this ingenious system, which went into series production in 1976 at a relatively affordable price. Died-in-the-wool riders mistrusted the automatic. After Cagiva took over Husqvarna in 1987, it attempted to rationalize production by transferring it to Italy, and sacrificed the automatic in the interests of cost. They acted too soon as Honda tested soon after an off-road automatic.


Engine: 245cc (69.5x64.5rrun) air-cooled single-cylinder; electronic ignition

Valves: two-stroke; automatic intake valves

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 4-speed centrifugally engaged, enclosed chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); Swinging fork with twin spring/dampers (rear)

Brakes: drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 3.00x21 inch (front); 4.00x18 (rear); removable side skis

Weight: 276 lb


With neither clutch nor gear-selector, the Husqvarna was a practical automatic off-roader; it even came with demountable skis.


Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

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