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Motorcycle History: Part 2
 

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Morbo the Destroyer 02-01-2011 11:57 AM

Wow, this is turning out to be a really good series. Thanks for making it available.

The Curtiss V-8 is one of my favorite motorcycles. They have it on display at the Smithsonian. That engine is so cool, the fuel intake is some sort of "runner" where the gas drips down onto a rail and gets vaporized and sucked in.

pushrod 02-01-2011 12:39 PM

Great stuff!

Thanks!

The_AirHawk 02-01-2011 03:00 PM

Boop-Boop Be-Doop!


mscuddy 02-01-2011 04:07 PM

Reminds me of Buz' Huffy. Of course Buz' Huffy was made to exacting tolerances and compter CAD design.

Great stuff there Paul. Dig those old atmospheric intake valves....

Morbo the Destroyer 02-07-2011 05:59 AM

I just re-read this; there is enough interesting material to make it worth it.

Where's the best motorcycle museum in the US? I know Barber has one in Alabama. There was a pretty good museum up in NC, but I heard that the owner was moving or selling it, because he was PO'd with how the cops were hassling motorcyclists in the area.

There's a car museum with some bikes in Daytona; I went years ago, but I wasn't really into it then. I think I'll take another look this year at Bike Week.

pplassm 02-07-2011 06:42 AM

Wheels Through Time is still open in Maggie Valley, NC.

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I visited there last year. Well worth the trip, although American bikes aren't really my thing. They were a big participant in the recent Cannonball Rally.

Make sure you check their calendar before you go. They do close up at times, especially during the winter.

Haven't made it to Barber, yet, but I did go to the British Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham before it burned. That was neat.

If you are in the area, the AMA museum is nice, but not really worth a dedicated trip, IMHO.

Kevin_Duke 02-07-2011 09:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Morbo the Destroyer (Post 255422)
I just re-read this; there is enough interesting material to make it worth it.

Where's the best motorcycle museum in the US? I know Barber has one in Alabama. There was a pretty good museum up in NC, but I heard that the owner was moving or selling it, because he was PO'd with how the cops were hassling motorcyclists in the area.

There's a car museum with some bikes in Daytona; I went years ago, but I wasn't really into it then. I think I'll take another look this year at Bike Week.

The best I've seen is definitely Barber. Really cool bikes and lots of them, all displayed beautifully. Before I went, the place had been hyped in a big way, and I feared it might not meet the hype. But it was all that and more.

Best plan is to line up a trip there that coincides with the AMA Superbike weekend. Even better, book a track day or school on either side of the race weekend!

Haven't yet been to Wheels Through Time, but I'm glad to hear it's still operational.

pushrod 02-08-2011 06:46 AM

+100 on KD's post!

Like him, I was afraid all the hype about the Barber Museum was going to be overinflated.

It's not.

The place is fantastic beyond words.

And, they regularly fire up one of the exhibits. While I was there during the Vintage Motorcycle Festival, they lit off their V&H V-Rod drag racer. Inside the building. Hoo!

During a lull in the racing, they paraded a 1913 (IIRC) Peugeot in front of the main paddock, and we saw the S1000RR ripping around during warm-ups.

Add in the artsy-fartsy touches (sculptures, landscaping, etc.) on grounds that would embarrass any premium golf club, it's a heck of a facility.

The_AirHawk 02-08-2011 08:09 AM

One of the BEST things about the Barber Museum is, it's "right on" the Track (it's at the last turn on the front straight) - you can watch some of the action while checking-out some of the finest examples of moto-porn ever collected in one place......


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