On the Pegs - May 2022 On the Pegs - Volume 7 Issue 5 - May 2022 - Page 135

forks rubber , which were too weak and lead to a weak elasticity .
At the introduction of the Silverpilen , there were no racing-enduro machines to be bought . And the options available for racing were negligible as the machine ’ s legal weight of 75 kg had to be respected . Consequently , the new Silverpilen was neither intended for competition , nor was it considered a suitable machine for offroad riding , in those days named " T " for " Reliability " in Sweden . In the late summer of 1955 Husqvarna engineer Ruben Helmin said , " if you ' re going to race with this machine , you have to blame
yourself . The Silverpilen is a vulnerable machine , not made for racing purposes . The suspension is not good enough on the wooden trails , gravel roads and dizzy ruts ."
Ruben Helmin would regret these words later . To some extent , he was right , but the future proved Ruben Helmin totally wrong as this motorcycle was the beginning of a golden era for Husqvarna . In the winter months from 1958 to 1959 , Husqvarna prepared their new 250cc machines in the factory . Helmin and his engineers tuned the power plant , introducing a completely new alloy cylinder , made to improve the engine ' s performance .
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