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Moto Mucci Husqvarna

Moto Mucci Husqvarna


Musing Minimalism 

Turning a shaky dual-sport into a show bike.

WORDS Ian J.D. Logan  IMAGES Jenny Linquist


Dave Mucci has an ability to coax the extraordinary from the banal. He did it with one of his first builds, a Honda CX500, turning a bike dubbed by many as Güllepumpe (German for “shit pump”) into the most widely recognized custom CX of the past six years. With several builds under his belt since then, he's done it again with a Husqvarna TE570 that turned heads at this year’s One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon.

He picked up the TE570 in July, 2015, thinking it would be a quick build, but a low-side spill on his girlfriend's bike left him out of commission with a broken wrist. With unforeseen time on his hands, Mucci went back to the drawing board and began re-imagining what the bike could be. The humble, single-thumper dirt bike came stock without a starter, battery, key, or center stand, which appealed to Mucci’s predilection for minimalism in both design and engineering. After stripping the bike’s bulky plastic shell, Mucci sourced an aluminum Husqvarna CR350 tank, purple with just the right amount of wear. To make the tank work, he had to relocate the radiators and decided to prominently position a single Mishimoto unit on the front forks, offset by a pair of vertical LED light pods protected by a stainless guard of his own design. Mucci didn’t try to hide the radiator hoses pumping coolant to and from the engine, instead letting them breathe and compliment the lines of the frame and exhaust.

“It's a 260-lb, 56-hp wheelie machine with an on-off switch for a throttle.”

Mucci says he is most proud of the subframe, which seriously challenged his pipe-bending skills. What you see here is the third or fourth iteration of the fabrication. “The cantilevered subframe design moved the center of gravity toward the core of the bike and freed up the visual space around the rear wheel," Mucci explains. "This provided a design element many components could work off of. The exhaust was tucked up to follow the belly line of the subframe while the tank continued the top line forward to give the bike an aggressive direction. Variations of cool grey and champagne gold were used in place of black to give the bike a bright look.” 

Featured in Iron & Air Magazine Issue 027

Mucci had the motor decked, raised its compression a bit, and installed a Surflex billet clutch to reduce rotational weight. A K&N filter and custom stainless exhaust meant the Dellorto carb needed new jets. As a weight-saving measure, Husqvarna didn’t equip the bike with a crankshaft counterbalance, which would typically dampen engine vibrations. To make the bike’s shakes more bearable, Mucci carved a seat out of high-density foam and used a smaller rear sprocket to bring down rpms at highway speeds. “Custom suspension springs and valving were made to match my weight, lowering the bike four inches and stiffening it up for canyon carving,” says Mucci. “The leftover eight inches of travel would be plenty for dirt service roads." An Öhlins damper from a Kawasaki ZX10R was adapted to tune steering feel, and hand controls were upgraded with ASV adjustable levers.

Before the final powdercoat and paint, Mucci took the Husqy on a six-day, 2,000-mile tour of the Pacific Northwest, where he and his girlfriend have recently relocated. “It's like straddling an oversized palm sander designed to polish out your genitals until you're smooth as a Ken doll,” says Mucci. “It's a 260-lb, 56-hp wheelie machine with an on-off switch for a throttle.”

Featured in Iron & Air Magazine Issue 027




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