Malcolm Smith’s 1970 Husqvarna 400 To Be Inducted Into The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is getting a new addition to its lineup of legendary motorcycles and if I do say so myself, it’s bringing in one of the most iconic movie bikes in history. That’s some pretty esteemed company, but if there’s one bike that’s deserving of that distinction, it’s Malcolm Smith’s 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross that played a prominent role in the famous motorcycling movie, “On Any Sunday.”
The bike has actually been to the Hall of Fame but its past appearances have been limited as displays only. Well, now the Hall of Fame will be its permanent home, something that wouldn’t have happened without the generosity of Smith himself.
But as he said so himself, the “On Any Sunday” Husky deserves to be put in the Hall of Fame, not just because it starred in one of the finest motorcycling movies in history, but because it’s singularly responsible for inspiring a generation of riders, a lot of whom credit the bike and the movie for igniting their passion in motorcycles.
That’s an honor not a lot bikes can boast of, but something the On Any Sunday Husky proudly wears like a badge of honor. There really is only one place for this esteemed bike and that place is the AMA Hall of Fame.
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Why it matters
I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t even born yet when “On Any Sunday” was released. But when I was young, one of my uncles introduced me to the iconic motorcycle-themed movie starring Steve McQueen and since then, I always look back to it fondly as one of the reasons why I became such an unabashed fan of motorcycles.
Having Malcolm Smith’s 1970 Husqvarna Cross get its deserved spot in the AMA Hall of Fame is long-overdue but I’m still pretty stoked that the fine people at the Hall of Fame finally decided to honor Smith’s Husky in an absolutely fitting manner.
At the very least, it would be a fine addition to the long list of legendary bikes that are already in the Hall of Fame and I’m sure that the next pilgrimage I make to Wisconsin will include a visit to the establishment just so I could get a first-hand look at the bike many credit as the one that launched 1,000 motorcycle dreams.
Give a ton of credit to Smith as well for recognizing the bike’s importance to a lot of people and generously donating it the Hall of Fame. The Husky wouldn’t have been able to get its spot in the shrine without Smith’s blessing so for him to do it is a real magnanimous gesture on this part.