Hedlunds and Other Swedish V-Twins
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Hedlund made 52 of these 980cc SOHC v-twins for sidecar MX use. " They are compact and lighter than the Commando and similar engines, popular at the time. Bore is 95 with a short 63mm stroke, giving about 980cc. Duplex chain drive to a Norton gearbox. Carburettor was either a downdraft twin choke Webber, special narrow body one made for Ferraris, or a pair of side mounted Amal Concentric Mk2 (most pics of MX ones I have seen have these). The one I have is (according to the British importer and ex factory rider) the only Roadrace spec one made (1981 ish). It has bigger cams and sodium filled exhaust valves, I am not aware of any other changes. In it's day the engine made a reasonable amount of power and heaps of torque.....he Hedlund was in fact a true union of European engineering - It was designed and built in Sweden using a Swedish Stefa magneto, the Matchless con-rod and Norton clutch came from the UK and the Mahle piston was made in Germany. "
Live re-build of the Hedlund v-twin engine
Modern and retro: USD forks, monoshock supermotard version, and Norton Featherbed-framed racer version with huge silencer and leading-link forks
Cafe-racer: Hedlund V-twin in a Norton Featherbed frame
Street-legal Hedlund bitsa racer with twin discs: it is an ISR chassis kit used to make 3 of these ISR/Hedlunds..............................................................................................and a road-racer on track
Mr. Hedlund himself, riding his personal Hedlund sports tourer
Hedlund v-twin project: frame made by Sune Ohlsson (SOH), who is famous amongst classic scramble racers in Sweden. Pics taken in 2011. Source: http://albinracing.blogg.se/2011/march/
(thanks to Mats Olofsson)
This is what the Hedlund v-twins were designed for - sidecar MX
CUSTOMS and CHOPS
Various customs and chpped Hedlund v-twins.... the black lowrider was built by Stefan Farnell in 1985
Acke on the first ISR motorcycle (ISR Brakes) source: http://www.isrbrakes.se/about_isr/ ..............................and another Swedish project
Swedish TFA 125cc v-twin racers circa 1954
There are only supposed to be 2 of these NV 1000cc Albin v-twins in existence... however, there seem to be four here. Source for military pics and the translation of Varberg museum info: http://www.bjorns-story.se/private/Tekniska%20Malmo/Tekniska_museet_malmo_mc_eng.htm
"This is one of the two existing motorcycles a project, which was the "JAS project" in the beginning 1940. Inspired by the German troops consisting of armored cars units followed by motorcycles and machine guns. The Swedish army 1942 wanted a cycle like the Germans. AB Nymans workshop got instructions to design a new motorcycle. From the beginning only 2 prototypes. If these made the tests another 750 copies should be ordered. The meaning was to use as many details from the solo motorcycle Albin/Monark M/42 (500 cc) as possibly. Instead it should be a 1200 cc. The Harley Davidsson should be the pattern. 3 factory new Harley Davidsson was bought and partly copied. The instruction was also that a side wagon had to be driven by a propeller shaft and it must be able be declutched. A BMW 500 cc TV was bought as model.An order for totally 3 375 000 Skr was confirmed by Nyman 1943. This large contract included testing and control of the vehicle. During the production severe problems showed up and the whole project time was prolonged. In February 1945 the Swedish metal strike broke out. After totally paid 650 000 Skr the army responsible division decided 1946 to withdraw the order and gave Nyman Workshop 85 000 for compensation. The main reason was that the new terrain car showed better mowing abilities and it could also take more soldiers and was also more comfortable. All this for about the same cost as the motor cycle.Two copies of the motorcycle was built for about the cost of 1 million pro each in today money value."
Lasse Sundberg's 80-year old Husqvarna 550cc "1668"
Original Husqvarna racer and Christer Watz's race replica - the "Watzqvarna"
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