February 2, 1988 |
Malcolm Smith thought for a moment, smiling as always, as he pondered the question. He had just arrived home after driving at least 8,500 miles in the Paris-to-Dakar rally, 22 days across the mostly uncharted western part of Africa, zigzagging through the heartland of the Sahara Desert. "Go back? You bet I would," Smith said. "I would like to see improvement in the safety regulations, but I'd go back in a second. I hope to be there again in 1989."
April 24, 2009 |
A major question mark loomed when USC opened spring practice last month -- and it had nothing to do with the Trojans' quarterback situation. The competition to replace Mark Sanchez dominated the buzz before and throughout workouts, but the linebackers trying to fill the shoes of an entire NFL-bound unit also warranted scrutiny.
May 17, 2013 |
Boldly proclaiming, "The year 2013 will be remembered in motorcycling history as the year that Husqvarna was reborn," KTM on Thursday announced that the venerable Swedish motorcycle manufacturer will join its sibling rival Husaberg under the KTM umbrella. This looks like good news for Husky fans. But what happens to Husaberg? The 110-year-old Husqvarna was purchased this year from BMW by Pierer Industries AG, a company controlled by Stefan Pierer -- chief executive of KTM. BMW had bought the company --which started life in 1689 as an arms maker for the Swedish crown and began selling motorcycles in 1903 -- five years ago from the owners of MV Agusta brand, which had acquired the line when it bought Italian motorcycle company Cagiva, which in turn had taken charge of Husqvarna decades earlier.
December 5, 2012 |
Husqvarna's terrific new TR650 Terra is the legendary marque's attempt at an affordable, entry-level, “dual-purpose” motorcycle, street legal but able to get off the pavement and into the dirt. But is it a casual road bike for off-road enthusiasts or a dirt bike for street people? I saw my first Husqvarna in 1969, as a spectator at a motocross championship. It was love at first sight, and the signature red-white-chrome gas tank and green number plates were imprinted on me forever.
January 31, 2013
German car and motorcycle maker BMW announced Thursday morning that it has sold the famed Husqvarna brand, abandoning the 110-year-old Swedish dirt-bike manufacturer in order to focus more energy on building up its share of the fast-growing scooter market. "In the context of changing motorcycle markets, demographic trends and increasing environmental demands, BMW Motorrad will expand its product offering to exploit future growth potential," the company said in a statement. "The focus of the realignment will be on urban mobility and e-mobility.
May 1, 2011 |
It wasn't an overwhelming NFL draft for USC, but it was a history-making one. In the seventh round Saturday, three Trojans were selected in consecutive order: running back Stanley Havili to Philadelphia (No. 240 overall), receiver David Ausberry to Oakland (241) and linebacker Malcolm Smith to Seattle (242). The closest USC has come to a run like that in the NFL's modern era was in 1977, when Ricky Bell was picked first overall, Marvin Powell went fourth and Gary Jeter fifth. Other Trojans taken Saturday were tight end Jordan Cameron (fourth round, Cleveland)