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Monday, April 14, 2008

Nice wheels!

I checked out the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum this past weekend; it's located in Pickerington, Ohio...just East of Columbus along I-70.

The American Motorcyclist Association, of which I've been a member for many years, operates the museum.
(Consequently, I got in for free)

Unfortunately, they were undergoing a massive renovation, so most of the collection wasn't on display at the time of my visit.

Anyway, I took a few pictures of what was there...

Here's what it says on the placard:

Replica 1885 Daimler "Einspur"

The first known gasoline-powered cycle was designed and built by Gotlieb Daimler as a test-bed frame for a prototype automotive engine. It was first successfully operated in Germany on November 10, 1885.

This replica was constructed by Jim Carlson, Roy Behner and Ray Behner of New Brunswick, Ohio and was purchased for the Museum through donations from AMA members and staff in 1985.

(Old Harley-Davidson "panhead" DuoGlide)

(Really old Indian)

(Old BMW)

(Old Excelsior-Henderson)

Those have nothing on my Harley...


Blogger Cassandra said...

I think I do like yours the best.

April 14, 2008 8:14 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

These are pretty cool! It's a shame that most were not available.
Cassandra is right though, your has any of these beat (well, the Indian has unique charm...)

April 14, 2008 8:36 AM  
Blogger Marsha said...

I like it! Funny...Kevin and I were just in this area 2 weeks ago, drove to Lancaster to pick up a camper :)

April 14, 2008 10:20 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

You were "born to be wild"

April 14, 2008 11:07 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Yes, camo...your "bike" puts all the rest of 'em to shame. This lil' bunny sure did enjoy her "biker tour" of Philly on the back of it... ;-)

April 14, 2008 12:15 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

I didn't know you were a member of the AMA... I guess I'll have to call you "Doctor Camojack"??

(:D) Best regards...

April 14, 2008 12:52 PM  
Blogger The trotting Possum said...

I had the privilege of owning a 750Harley-Davidson Sprint for a while. 'Twas quite a beast, with a single horizontal mammary. I guess it was Harley's shot at cafe racers. It was much lighter and more user-friendly than the standard 1200cc Harley monster, and very fast off the line.

I blew it up with bad Mexican gas years ago, but as an oddity, I wonder what it would be worth today.

April 14, 2008 3:03 PM  
Blogger boberin said...

The Possum lives! Most excellent, good to see you up and posting!!!

April 14, 2008 3:18 PM  
Blogger benning said...

That Einspur looks like a Rube Goldberg contraption. Kinda nifty, though.

Your bike looks comfortable. Stick with it.


April 14, 2008 5:17 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Cool pics!
That's quite a saddle on the Daimler, nicht wahr?

April 14, 2008 5:36 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Mine is the best, having all the "bells & whistles", "latest & greatest", etc.

The Indian does have "unique charm"...and I wouldn't mind owning one "just because".

I was in the Columbus area over the weekend for a wedding.
(And back on the job Sunday PM)

That I was, indeed.

I expect that my bike is (much) more comfortable than any of those older versions.

Nah; different AMA.

The trotting Possum:
I believe those single cylinder Sprints were made in Italy. You're right, they were Harley's shot at cafe racers.

I actually saw one for sale at a farmers' market a few years ago.
(I don't remember how much they wanted for it)

Well, for 1885, the Einspur was "state of the art".

My bike has over a century's worth of improvements.

Ja, ist.


April 14, 2008 7:43 PM  
Blogger lwood said...


you ever seen the movie the fastest indian in the world? i think thats what its called.

April 14, 2008 7:58 PM  
Blogger Ms RightWing's Ink said...

Pan heads, shovel heads, Harley heads---that is all I knew or heard about motorcycles back in the day.

I sure got a lot of stories about my friends who built choppers in their apartments back in the late 60's. Acid and Harleys never worked out well for them. (not me, them)

Wonder where they are now?

April 14, 2008 10:03 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

"The World's Fastest Indian", an Anthony Hopkins movie...based on a true story. No, I haven't seen it. I wanted to when it came out, but never got 'round to it. Hopefully I'll be able to catch it on cable sometime.

Ms RightWing:
My current ride is a "fathead"; before that I had a "blockhead".
(Some might say I still do...)

Do you wonder where the choppers are, or your friends who built them?

April 15, 2008 10:41 AM  
Blogger Ms RightWing's Ink said...

Do you wonder where the choppers are, or your friends who built them?

Well both, I think the choppers are in the scrap yard, though the engines may live on.

My biker friends, well unless they changed their ways, they too, are likely being re--cycled.

Sometimes only a few escape train wrecks. I escaped.

April 15, 2008 8:47 PM  
Blogger Tin Ma'am said...

OK, i want one now. I'm jealous. Gimme!!! Gimme!!!

April 18, 2008 6:37 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Ms RightWing:
Some old bikes are still around...unlike some former cronies.

I know many of us escaped "train wrecks".
(I'm glad you're one of 'em)

Tin Ma'am:
I though you wanted one already.

If you do get one though, remember what I told you about taking the rider safety course, and your instant "invisibility"...

April 19, 2008 7:15 PM  

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