Monday, December 19, 2011

Motorcyclepedia

Last June I visited the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, New York with my friends from the Central Jersey Motorcycle Club.  The museum had opened back in April and this was our first visit to the museum.  The non-profit museum in the town of Newburgh is housed in a former Miron Home Center and has 2 floors covering about 85,000 square feet.  There are over 350 motorcycles on display and about 100 of them are Indians.  I was equally amazed by the quantity and the quality of the motorcycles on the various galleries.

My trusty Kawasaki Concours (Goldie)
We had a large group, about 20 riders, we met for breakfast and then made a beeline to the museum with no stops.  I didn't have a chance to take any photos along the trip.  Some of the club members that showed up for the ride.



From the outside it's hard to believe such a building houses so many valuable motorcycles and the sign hardly shows it, a little sign in front of the building.




Once you get inside, it's a whole different story, you are surrounded by all kinds of motorcycles that go back all the way to the 19th century, remember, we are in the 21st century, hard to believe.

I'm a big Google user but was always annoyed when viewing pictures because they would open one at a time.  With the advent of Google Plus, which I encourage everyone to join and friend me there, they have updated the way pictures are displayed, now you can see all the pictures in a post at the same time and in full size when you click on any photo.

I will be making various posts since I have so many pictures, there's no point in taking pictures if no one sees them so without further ado here is the first batch, enjoy.








Who doesn't remember "Easy Rider", the 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper?  There's a nice collection of choppers from various Hollywood movies.







The 60's and 70's were crazy, you gotta love the trikes from the era.  These pictures were taken with my old camera with a special fisheye adapter, excuse the distortion.









I had to have a little fun, this mini chopper that looks like it was made by the guys at OCC (Orange County Choppers) was the only motorcycle we could sit on, I took advantage of it.


9 comments:

  1. Looks like a place well worth a visit. I especially like the 60's vintage trikes!

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  2. George, that's a nice collection of pictures. Thanks for posting them.

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  3. @Canajun
    Yes, definitely worth and plan on spending some time to really appreciate the bikes. Gotta love the 60's :-)

    @Erik
    Thanks for stopping by, there's more coming ;-)

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  4. Wow, me thinks you could get lost for hours in there looking at all the bikes, trikes, etc.

    A great way to get lost for the day. Thanks for sharing the pictures, looking forward to the second batch.

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  5. There are some great bikes there. Hadn't seen some of those "choppers" before. Quite interesting.

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  6. You guys seem to have great musumns scattered all over the country. Great pics George

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  7. @Trobairitz
    It's worth a visit for sure if you like motorcycles.

    @BeemerGirl
    Wait for the next batch, very interesting bikes coming up.

    @Roger
    There's a big one down south I haven't been to but I'm planning on going there this year, it's the "Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum"

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  8. What a great place to visit. I was in Newburgh once, but how did I miss this gem of a museum? I have seen about four of the Captain America bikes from the film Easy Rider in different places, so they must have made a lot of them! I am looking forward to looking at part two of this posting, which is where I am going now....

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  9. @Gary
    This museum only opened earlier this year, April I believe. Yes, they did make copies of the Captain America bikes ;-)

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