Monday, February 22, 2010


There's something about the adjustable rake hydraglide fork......  Its a great way to give a little bit more attitude to any stock bike or hydraglide bobber.  I spent an hour or so digging up parts for this one...old black tins, original paint trees, raw legs. 

Destination -- dual carb pan bobber.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Brick Wall Bike

  Found behind a brick wall in a Chicago apartment building in 1967........the one and only Traub.   Dated to 1916, no evidence of exactly when/where it was built or who built it.  80-inch sidevalve w/ a 3 speed (HDs first sidevalve, 3spd, 80" was in 1936!!!) 

The bike is an inspiration.  If you haven't seen it....stop on by.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Then and Now......

Circa 1950, after being donated to The Henry Ford Museum by W.F. Thomas.
Circa 1990, after sitting idle in the Ford museum's basement for 50 years.

Circa 1992, this time in color, at Wheels Through Time.
Now, in its present form....the 1909 Reading Standard 1000cc Factory Boardtrack Racer. 
One of one in existance.  Perhaps the most rare and intricate early American racing motorcycle on the planet.  I've heard it run only twice...once in 1994 and once in 2009.   Its guaranteed to give you hearing loss and will send chills throughout.  One of my favorite motorcycles ever built. 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Bluegrass Stash

Just went and picked up a pile of old stuff from my dads buddy in Kentucky.  3 VLs, a JD, sidecars, more fenders than you can imagine, oem springer forks....the list goes on.
If you're looking for parts call me anytime at the museum -- (828) 926-6266

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Harley CAC

This time....with a helmet.

2010 AMCA Southern National -- May 14-16,

Be there!


Found this old accessory Sidestand today.  So bitchin.   I stared at it for about 15 minutes trying to figure out how it mounts.  Hooks over the front floorboard loop on the frame and clamps around the dpwntube.  Purdy sturdy. 

Its going on my Dad's 1915 HD Cannonball bike.  You don't see a '15 on a kickstand much.  Its got a whole new attitude.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Since we've been talking about Harry Molenaar......

The Molenaar Special

This little jewel was built by Harry's guys in the service department sometime in the late 40s early 50s.  XA boxer type engine, shaft drive.


From the cockpit...