1969 HUSQVARNA 400 CROSS:
FIT FOR A CHAMPION!
This is the bike that made Bengt Aberg famous— or was it the other way around? Aberg used Husky’s full 400cc machine to win the 500cc MX
World Championships in 1969 and 1970. The combination
of the precise handling and incredible power (nearly 40
horsepower) made this machine a motocross weapon.
Obviously, the rider, Aberg, played a huge part. At 23
years old, the former forest ranger and tractor driver had
become synonymous with a take-no-prisoners riding style
BY TOM WHITE
and a level of physical fitness that would characterize
Husqvarna’s factory elite throughout the ’70s.
The Husky 400 Cross was equally successful in the
California deserts and in the Baja 1000 with riders like
Gunnar Nilsson, J.N. Roberts, Malcolm Smith, and Whitey
Martino. Edison Dye’s team of mechanics would mount
large gas tanks and lights for the torturous Baja, and the
Husqvarna’s reliability would ensure a good finish. An
optional eight-speed transmission conversion was also