Husqvarna was founded nearly 300 years ago
as a weapons factory for the Swedish army. It grew and
diversified, and in 1903 it produced its first motorcycleâ€”making
it the oldest continually produced motorcycle brand in history.
Husqvarnaâ€™s motorcycle line continued to grow, and by the 1930s
they began competing inâ€”and winningâ€”international races. By the
1970s, Husqvarna literally dominated the off-road race scene,
and continued to do so through the early eighties. However,
broad changes in the companyâ€™s focus and product offerings,
combined with strong foreign competition, pushed Husqvarna
Motorcycles to the edge of going out of business. Recognizing
the inherent value of the name and the off-road market, in 1986,
a small Italian motorcycle company named Cagiva, purchased the
Swedish company and began rebuilding this historic brand.
In 1996, after the Cagiva Group sold one of its premier
brands, Ducati, to a group of American investors. Husqvarna was left without a
U.S. distributor for its products. Recognizing the potentially tremendous demand
for Cagiva and Husqvarna motorcycles in the United States market, the owners of
Cagiva, brothers Claudio and Gianfranco Castiglioni, sought to establish a
viable U.S. distributorship for Cagiva, Husqvarna, and the reintroduced MV
Agusta marque. They approached longtime friend Eraldo Ferracci to investigate
the possibility of establishing a new U.S. distributor.
During this time, Eraldo Ferracci, founder of Fast By
Ferracci Racing Products, was head of the Fast By Ferracci Race Team which won
two World Superbike and two AMA Superbike championships. En route to the these
titles, FBFâ€™s race team defeated huge factory racing teams despite the seemingly
overwhelming odds facing a small motorcycle shop from suburban Philadelphia.
Fast By Ferracci Racing Products grew from a small machine shop in a garage
behind the Ferracciâ€™s house to a multi-million-dollar international corporation
dedicated to designing, manufacturing, and selling top-quality aftermarket
Based on the success of Fast By Ferracci, the Castiglioni
brothers recognized that the Ferracci organization had the drive necessary to
reestablish the Cagiva, Husqvarna, and MV Agusta brands in the United States,
and established a joint venture between Cagiva and the Ferracci organization in
1997. This new company, Cagiva USA, was granted exclusive rights to import and
distribute Cagiva, Husqvarna, and MV Agusta products in the United States and
In 2009 BMW acquired Husqvarna Motorcycles, Dr. Herbert
Diess, General Director of BMW Motorrad, and Claudio Castiglioni of MV Agusta
signed a contract on July 19th to initiate the sale.
Diess says that, "With the Husqvarna models targeted at
the sporty competition, we will be able to extend the BMW Motorrad range to
include younger groups of customers as well as the entire off-road and supermoto
sector much more quickly and effectively than with our core brand alone."
While BMW has dabbled in the off-road market with its
rapidly expanding line of enduro bikes, the acquisition of Husky should enable
near-instant leverage in this growing segment. BMW says they plan to operate
Husqvarna as a separate enterprise, and that operations will remain at their
current location in Northern Italy.
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