1984 Husqvarna WR 400: Ride Review Lite

7 replies to this topic
  • Skoalman

Posted September 14, 2008 - 04:24 PM


I love this bike!

Hands down the most reliable post vintage bike I've raced and ever

Well, this weekends AHRMA Mid Atlantic CC raced was cancelled on
thursday afternoon due to an injury suffered by the track owner. And
so now I was sitting there with my Husky all dressed with no place to
go. Mike Murphy (Rokon Rebel!) called me and asked me if I'd like to
have a vintage only trail ride at West Virginia's Tomahawk MX Track.

I don't usually trail ride my old Euro Iron because I like to keep
them well oiled and squared away for race events only. But hey, with
no race on the horizon, why not ride it?

While Mike pulled the rope on his Rokon, I made some small
adjustments on my Husky, and fired the ol' beast up...Mike, always
tells me that he old and slow -- yeah, uh, right. So he told me lead
through the woods. Now I know I'm not as fast as Mike, but I think
Mike was using his ol' man reverse psychology jedi mind trick to push
the pace -- Oh yeah, it worked.

The conditions were greasy and sloppy, as it had just rained all day
friday, and there were 3-4 foot water filled holes all over the 5
mile loop trail. The trail is combination of every thing -- rocks,
roots, brief little high speed freeways -- a nice mix. However, it
truly was a mess out there in the woods. As a matter of fact,
everybody else rode the MX track, there was absolutely no else on the
trail except us.

To make a short long, I have had my fair share of marquis post
vintage Euro GS/Enduro bikes over the past few years, and I've owned
this Husky since 2005, but with the exception of a worn out CS seal
which I recently replaced, this bike is like combining a Panzer and
Sherman tank -- the best of both worlds. Strong, reliable, well
suspended, stable even in the worst of condition, neutral to very
precise and quck steering, and the brakes even work well in the wet
conditions. I was truly amazed at just how well this bike tracked at
higher speeds in these condtions.

But the best feature of this bike -- THE MOTOR!...

It's one of the best powerbands I've ever ridden, can be ridden like
250, but when you really wick it up then you know your on an open
class bike. Blaze or Lug -- take your pick, this Husky does it all.

I currently own a couple of Yamaha IT's and a 79 Maico 250 GS (best
handling bike I've owned Modern or Vintge -- bar none!) -- good bikes
in there only lil' way; BUT, the Husky is the total package. It does
everything well...And for post vintage racing, that's just enough for

So if you ever get hands on one, don't let it go...and if you know
someone who is looking to sell an a 84-85 Husky WR 400 (ITC Twin
Shock) drop me a line or two...2 Husky's are better than just one!

Oh BTW, it was good riding with Mike "Rokon Rebel" Murphy, he pushed
to me another level this weekend and the muscle aches and pains I
feel were well worth it.

  • Norman_Foley

Posted September 14, 2008 - 04:42 PM


400WR is still thought of as Husky's greatest enduro bike. It was just listed as one of the top ten off road bikes in Dirt Bike. I didn't realize that AHRMA allowed a water cooled bike in post vintage.

  • Skoalman

Posted September 14, 2008 - 04:46 PM



As long as it doesn't have disk brakes and a pro-link type suspension your good to go for AHRMA CC.

  • Joe Chod

Posted September 15, 2008 - 07:15 PM


I love my 83 WR430 for the same reasons but am also always looking for an 84-85 WR 400 2 shocker for the same reasons you wrote.


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  • Team Maverick

Posted October 01, 2008 - 10:35 AM


I bought an '83 WR 430 this summer to race post-vintage and it is the sweetest bike I have ever owned. I have trail ridden it a half dozen times and in the trees it's magic. I'm sure the WR 400 is even better and hopefully a bit quieter 'cuz my 430 is noisy.

  • ryboj

Posted October 01, 2008 - 03:01 PM


Thanks for the review......I didn't know much about these particular ones.

I've always wanted a twin shocker just for the experience factor. Maybe one day, and it looks like that's the one to have.


  • Skoalman

Posted October 01, 2008 - 04:51 PM


You're welcome...

A buddy of mine thinks I'm crazy b/c I said if I my 08 KTM 250 was inoperable for a modern HS, that I'd use the Husky for a back up...He said people would be making fun of me...Hell, let 'em laugh I told him...I'd run it in a NY minute...As a matter of fact I might just bring it out for an upcoming HS at Millville, NJ on 12 Oct...As I once told him "don't let them twin shocks fool ya' brotha -- ol' Olaf has got some 'soul'"

  • HuskyRips

Posted October 02, 2008 - 03:59 AM


Yep, 84 WR400 was one of the best bikes they ever built.

Still miss mine.


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