1980 Husqvarna 390

When I was a kid I lived in Africa.  At the age of 17, a friend of mine brought a brand new 1978
Husqvarna CR 390 over from France.  For me this bike was (and is still) a monster, and an impossible
dream to have cause of the money it cost at the time to bring it from France by plane. I never forgot it
(my friend used to lend it to me sometimes) and I promised myself one day I would have one.

It took one year to restore the bike. It was in such a bad state even the engine was totally blocked.  I
bought everything, piece by piece, from different people and shops on the Internet. The bike has
matching engine and frame numbers.  I wanted original parts used in the restoration, even the rear
shocks.  I sent them to the Ohlin's Factory to be restored.  The tank I found was the correct one for the
this bike (small aluminium tank for the CR) but it was a disaster when I got it.  I sent it to a guy I know
who specialized in aluminium restoration on fuel tanks, spare parts for bikes, cars and boats.  He had to
take the tank completely apart, repairing it from the inside little by little.  The tank was reassembled
and later painted. this guy is an artist ! (took 2 months!!
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