Photos and story by Brendan Lutes
THIS FEATURE HAS MULTIPLE PAGES
After working as a motorcycle journalist for 10 years now, traveling can get a little old, but when a trip like the one I just returned from comes up, I just couldn’t pass it up. Getting the chance to ride new bikes, travel to a country I’ve never been to, and experience a Grand Prix while getting the VIP treatment is something that doesn’t come along too often. So when Husqvarna invited TransWorld Motocross to head over the Sweden for a week to experience all of this, I jumped at the chance to be the one to represent our magazine—even though I’d return home only days before my wedding. Before I knew it, my fiancée Emily and I had packed our bags and prepared for an unforgettable trip, using it as a “working” pre-honeymoon.
The trip began with a flight to Stockholm and then on to Lulea, Sweden, where the new bike introduction was to be held. Lulea is so far north that it doesn’t get dark, remaining completely light outside even through the night. It’s a quiet little town and sits roughly one hour from the track where 24 other journalists and I got to ride the new Husqvarna motorcycles. The entire event in Lulea was amazing. The track itself where we tested the new bikes was a deep sand track that was unlike anything I’ve ever ridden before. And on my fourth lap, I decided it would be a good idea to attempt a big tabletop for the first time. To make a long story short, I landed off the track, went over the bars, and splashed into a mud hole. The crash left me soaked and muddy, and forced me to head back to the pits to change into my spare set of gear. It was a little embarrassing, but I’m never one to take myself too seriously. The rest of the day was filled with riding as many bikes as my body would allow. And by the end, I could barely walk after riding every single motocross bike in Husqvarna’s line up, as well as a couple off-road bikes for good measure.
Read all about the intro day HERE.