We were feeling nostalgic after interviewing Jeff Hesseltine and he started in on all of his old 70’s and 80s dirt and street bikes. Since we’ve been accused lately of being a little more asphalt than dirt, we decided to serve up some dirt from the 70s. So we turned to the Ultimate Dirt Bike Rider Guide and went to a Steve McQueen favorite — the 1971 Husqvarna 400. This is the same bike that McQueen rode in the classic motorcycle movie On Any Sunday.

The 400 was a bigger version of the popular, world championship-winning 250 Cross. It featured a 395cc two-stroke single with excellent power, light and sharp handling and decent factory suspension. Those capabilities led to competition success in the 1971 Baja 1000, where it was ridden to victory by Smith and Gunnar Nilsson.

The Guide says any Husky model from the late 60s through 1971 is worth looking at, but avoid the 1972 and 1973 models. They were heavier than the older bikes and not very reliable. The 450 Desert Master was consistently named as the model to stay away from.

Now where to find one?