Husqvarna was founded near the town of the same name in Sweden in 1689, well before even cycles were invented. The first product was a gun or rifle. As with many motorcycle manufacturers, Husqvarna first began producing bicycles in the late 19th century. In 1903, they made the jump to motorcycle manufacturing. In the 1960s, their lightweight, two-stroke off-road bikes helped make the once dominant British four-stroke motorcycles obsolete. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Husqvarna was a dominant force in the motocross world, winning 14 Motocross world championships in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc divisions, 24 enduro world championships and 11 Baja 1000 victories.