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1968 Aberg-McQueen Husqvarna Viking 360

In 1968 World Champion Bengt Åbergper formed on the Husqvarna motorcycle in Santa Cruzas part of the 1968 Inter-Am series, when it was seen by accomplished motorcycle racer and actor Steve McQueen. He was impressed with the new Swedish two-stroke. Steve did not think for a long time and bought it from Bengt on the spot. That was just the beginning of beautiful relationships between a famous racer and Husqvarna motorcycles.

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Before 1966 Husqvarna was better known for their 250cc two-strokes, as larger engines were difficult to build due to their propensity for overheating.The first of the larger two-stroke Huskies was especially a modified version of the 250 with an increased bore and a longer stroke necessitating a new barrel, piston. In fact, it was a new engine. The model was called the Husqvarna Viking 360.Most of the troubles with the engine were largely solved. In addition, the Swedish engineers decided to use a new fully welded frame - in place of the bolt-together frame that had been used previously. A new bright red and chrome paint scheme was added.

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Swedish rider Bengt Åberg performed on the newly upgraded Viking 360 and won competitions in the United States and in Europe.

The Åberg-McQueen Husqvarna Viking 360, VIN #MF-1987, has survived original to the current day.It belongs to the owner of Blacksmith Garage based in Eden, Utah. In 2014, the motorcycle was restored to its original condition.

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