Harley-Davidsons in Sweden

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Nestled in the town of Huskvarna, Sweden, lies Huskvarna Folkets Park, a venue brimming with music history and serving as a vibrant meeting place for car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.

In late spring the park comes alive with the hum of engines and the camaraderie of like-minded individuals who appreciate the intricate beauty of the internal combustion engine.

The timeless appeal of classic cars and motorcycles gathers enthusiasts from near and far throughout the summer months.

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When attending one of these classic car and motorcycle meets, you capture the essence of the event with exhaust fumes and rumbling engines – and I did my best to capture it through my lens. Among the gleaming chrome and polished paint, two Harley-Davidson motorcycles and their proud owners stood out, embodying the spirit of the community.

Huskvarna Folkets Park, established in 1925, is one of Sweden’s most active Folkets Park in Sweden. Countless events, from concerts and festivals to automotive meets, have taken place here and the park is fostering a strong sense of community.

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The weekly car and motorcycle gatherings are a cherished tradition, attracting enthusiasts from near and far to showcase their beloved vehicles, exchange stories, and revel in a shared passion. Of course it is equally appreciated also by the guests that do not have a vehicle of their own to showcase.

The Harley-Davidson motorcycles featured in some of the photos I took represent more than just transportation; they are symbols of freedom, craftsmanship, and a rich cultural heritage.

Each bike tells a story, not only of its mechanical prowess but also of the journeys and experiences of its rider.

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The bond between a rider and their Harley is that of deep personal connection and pride.

Just a stone’s throw away from the park is the Husqvarna factory, a cornerstone of Swedish industrial history. Originally known for producing muskets, Husqvarna evolved to manufacture bicycles, motorcycles, and eventually chainsaws and kitchen appliances.

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The Husqvarna motorcycles, known for their rugged reliability and innovative engineering, played a significant role in the development of the motorcycle industry in Sweden and beyond.

One of the Harleys that caught my eye initially was this yellow hand built and gorgeus marvel of a bike. The owner, whose name escapes me at the moment, gladly shared his experience of driving an extenden fork Harley with a car tire around twisty roads around the country side.

“No problem”, he said. “The only real issue is when you drive around a roundabout at slow speed”

See, I’ve got a suicide clutch on it

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Suicide clutch and suicide shifter means that going left around a tight corner at a slow speed – especially so with an extended fork – won’t allow the driver to put his foot down since it is busy controlling the clutch. When going slow he might have to keep the clutch activated due to speed reasons.

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These weekly meets at Huskvarna Folkets Park are more than just social gatherings; they are a testament to the enduring appeal of automotive culture. They provide a platform for enthusiasts to connect, share knowledge, and inspire future generations. The importance of these events lies in their ability to preserve history, foster community, and celebrate the artistry and engineering of classic vehicles.

Huskvarna Folkets Park, with its rich history and vibrant community, serves as a beacon for car and motorcycle enthusiasts and as long as it is well visited it seems as if the tradition will stay. Phew!

Li’l Red Express Truck. Fujifilm X-T3, Fujinon 35mm f/2 WR

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