Featured Bikes

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1909 Royal Pioneer

The Royal Pioneer was a gentleman’s motorcycle built for reliability and smoothness, not built to a price. About 1901 Emil Hafelfinger and Charles Persons founded Royal Motor Works in New York City, later moved operations to Worcester, Massachusetts. Like many builders of the time, they built DeDion-Bouton-style single cylinder engines under license for their motorcycles. …

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1912 Pierce Four

An innovative and luxurious motorcycle from the founder of one of America’s early, premier, car builders.   George Pierce began manufacturing during the Civil War – bathtubs, birdcages and ice boxes – forming George N. Pierce Company 1878. High quaility bicycles came next from the Buffalo, New York factory, soon followed by first a steam, …

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1914 Yale Twin

The Yale motorcycle was built by the Consolidated Manufacturing Company based in Toledo, Ohio, after they had acquired the rights to the California motorcycle. The California is famous as the first internal combustion vehicle to cross the American continent in 1903. The first Yale was the Yale/California built in 1906 and the first actual Yale …

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1923 Ner-A-Car Model A

Around 1919, seeking to make a two-wheeled vehicle with steering and seating position similar to a car, Carl Neracher (Ner-A-Car) of Syracuse, New York made several models over time, two-stroke and four-stroke powered with three speed and variable transmissions. With the handlebar well aft of the wheel, center hub steering was employed, a system also …

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1936 Harley-Davidson VLD

Announced in July 1929 as a replacement for the inlet-over-exhaust “pocket valve” twins that had been in production since 1911, the “flathead” (L-head or side-valve) Harley-Davidson VL “Big Twin” model line was developed and produced until 1940. While its twin headlamps, round toolbox and Klaxon-type horn were carried over, nearly all of the VL was …

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1939 Harley-Davidson EL “Piston Splitter”

  This 1939 Harley-Davidson was found in a barn in Ohio. It was once ridden by a World War II bomber pilot. The EL designation means it displaces 61 cubic inches. 1939 was the fourth year for the Knucklehead, Harley’s first OHV V-Twin.    61 Cubic Inch 45 Degree V-Twin Overhead Valves Bore & Stroke: 3.31×35″ 40 Horsepower …

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1948 Indian Scout “Big Base”

Metallurgy, engineering, induction and exhaust flow knowledge being what is was in the 1940′s it was not easy to make a competitive V-twin engine that would also endure 200 miles of professional dirt track racing. Bearings, pistons, valves and connecting rods all suffered failures. The Indian “Big Base” Scout engine was a special race-only engine …

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1951 HD FL Cop Bike

It takes a certain knack to  build a retro bobber and make it look…not retro at all, look made back in the day, as we so often say. David Ohrt has been looking at Harleys, stock and custom for decades, has bought many basket cases, built them and sold quite a few to collectors like …

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1952 Vincent “Red” Rapide

  1952 Vincent Rapide Touring - Series C    When you visit a motorcycle Museum, there are a few bikes you expect to see. Maybe a Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, or  Kawasaki Z1, perhaps a Triumph Bonneville, or the small Honda you got your start on. But above all, you’ve got to see some Vincents, and the National …

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1954 Harley-Davidson John Tibben’s KR750 Dirt Track Racer

Riding this KR750 Harley-Davidson, John Tibben was a strong and consistent contender on the dirt tracks of America from 1956 to 1968; its motor even powered him to 7th and 9th in the Daytona 200 in 1960 and 1961. In 1952 Harley-Davidson brought out the K model to compete with the lightweight British machines from Triumph, BSA, Matchless and Norton …

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1955 Goggo 200 DeLuxe Scooter

Andreas Glas, a maker of agricultural equipment in Germany, visited  a machinery exhibition in Verona, Italy in 1949 and viewed a new Italian scooter. Taking the idea back home to put his company in the automotive business, prototypes were studied, then production machines came in 1951. Using very stylish “Deco” steel bodies and trim, Goggos were all enclosed, …

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1957 BSA Gold Star DBD34 Flat Tracker

The BSA Gold Star’s 500cc OHV single cylinder engine did not have the raw power of the Harley-Davidson KR750, but its light eight and excellent handling made it a frequent winner on the half-miles, TT and occasionally the mile tracks in American Grand National Championship racing. The majority of the BSA marques 58 GNC wins came aboard the …

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1970 Vesco Engineering Yamaha Twin Streamliner

Land Speed Record competition calls for the right combination of power and chassis design combined with good aerodynamics. Vesco’s twin engine ‘liner made it to about 180 mph, but lacked stability and crashed. Don and Rick Vesco had a Yamaha shop in California in 1969 when the new Yamaha XS650 arrived. Don had experimented with …

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1990 XR1200 Jesse James Custom

When people hear the word “museum” it can conjure up thoughts of dusty old relics or long forgotten artifacts and when people think of a motorcycle museum they can often be led to think that its full of only pre-war “barn finds”. Now we do have our fair share of old bikes and barn finds …

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Evel Knievel X2 Rocket Bike

Evel Knievel, The Ultimate American Daredevil   After thrilling audiences for many years jumping over cars, trucks and buses with Triumph, Laverda and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Evel Knievel decided to take an extreme step; he set about planning a “jump” of Snake River Canyon in Idaho. Knievel engaged experts to help him build the rocket “bike,” …

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Featured Bike: 1972 Triumph X75 Hurricane

It seemed to hit all at once. In 1967 a big, high performance bike was a 650 Triumph or a Harley Sportster. Then all hell broke loose about 1968 with the Norton Commando Fastback, and soon after the 750cc Triples from BSA and Triumph followed by the Honda CB750 and H1 Kawasaki. By 1973 there …

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Featured Motorcycle: The 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport

In 1972 Ducati burst onto the scene and showed the world its supreme, championship winning 750 cc V-Twin, a race modified 750GT designed by Fabio Taglioni. Riding modified 750GTs, in 1972 Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari finished first and second at the fast, Daytona-like Imola 200 in San Marino, Italy. Putting their 1972 race wins …

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Harley-Davidson XR750 Cut away bike

This Harley-Davidson XR750 “cut-away” bike illustrates the most dominant production racer ever built. It has reigned over America’s dirt track ovals for an amazing 40 years. Although it has been tweaked and refined, today’s XR750 racers are very similar to the first “alloy” versions from 1972. Sharing direct lineage with earlier Harley production racers, the …

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Honda Dream 50R

Showing the 1960s style were short racing handlebars, an elongated and low-profile fuel tank, and bolstered seat with race tail. Disk brakes were standard and unusual for small displacement motorcycles. Honda built the AC15 50cc-class bike to commemorate the successful 1962 Honda CR110 single cylinder racer. In 1962, Honda revealed its first 50cc-class works racer, the RC110. At the same time, it …

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Jay Springsteen’s MX250 short track racer

  A Small Dirt Track Racer with a Big Story; Jay Springsteen’s Harley-Davidson Champion MX250 This is bike is small in size, but large in GNC history. For many years after its success it was ignored, and it was stashed in a basement, but Don Miller, collector and owner of the apparel company Metro Racing, …

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The “Barn Job”

The name “Barn Job” suggests something cobbled together, which this Vincent definitely was not. With it, builder/rider Clem Johnson would become the first drag bike racer to go 140, 150 and 160 mph. For more than five years, the machine held the record for both elapsed time and top speed. Its quickest would be 9.70 seconds; its …

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