On the Pegs - June 2022 On the Pegs - Volume 7 Issue 6 - June 2022 - Page 179

” Excelsior ”, also equipped with a sidecar and valued at 575 kronor .
In the following twelve years , Karl-Axel used his motorcycle for transportation to friends and relatives . It was never ridden for commuting to work , though . He went to towns and places as Mora , Uppsala , Gävle and Enköping . In the beginning of the 30s , the owner suffered from a loose muffler as it had rattled apart on the uneven roads that he travelled . The wheel tracks were more than 30 centimeters deep when it happened a few miles from Karl-Axel ’ s home . Consequently , he lost the silencer along the western highway leading towards Gothenburg . The silencers should have been replaced , but weren ’ t and instead they were provicionally repaired and lasted until the war broke out . After 1939 ,
the Husqvarna was taken off the active register leaving it to rest due to lack of petrol and tires during the war period . But in 1945 , the 610 model was again active on Swedish roads . Unfortunately , the original tyres were discontinued and the bike was equipped with 19-inch wheels .
Eventually , the son of Karl-Axel , Olle Hjelm , overtook the responsability of the ” klenod ”. He not only fixed the silencers , but also invested in a thorough renovation of the 610 Husqvarna machine . It took Olle 20 years to dismantle bits and pieces before the bike was up to date in an original state of mind . In the 30s , the sidecar concept became popular among customers and fans . Husqvarna developed their concept further with new vehicles and outfits for racing purposes . But that is another story .
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