Saturday, December 24, 2011

Motorcyclepedia IV

Part four and last of my visit to Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, NY.

The links to the previous posts:
Motorcyclepedia II
Motorcyclepedia III

A bicycle with a tank and engine shoved in the frame
Love the white tires
The owner must have had very short arms, look at the handlebars

This three-wheeler came from the "De Dion, Bouton et Trépardoux" company which was formed in Paris in 1883. This became the "De Dion-Bouton" automobile company, the world's largest automobile manufacturer for a time, becoming well known for their quality, reliability, and durability

The SdKfz 2, better known as the Kleines Kettenkraftrad HK 101 or Kettenkrad for short (Ketten = tracks, krad = military abbreviation of the German word Kraftrad, the administrative German term for motorcycle), started its life as a light tractor for airborne troops.  The vehicle had the advantage of being the only gun tractor small enough to fit inside the hold of the Ju 52.

The Harley-Davidson XA (Experimental Army) was a flat-twin shaft drive motorcycle made by Harley-Davidson for the US Army during World War II.  Only about 1000 were produced (Wiki)

The Aurora Machine and Tool Company started as a machine shop in 1886.  In 1903 Aurora founded the Thor Moto Cycle and Bicycle Company.  I couldn't find much information about Thor but here's a page with some information (Thor)

Ace Motor Corporation was a motorcycle manufacturer in operation continuously in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1919 and 1924 and intermittently afterward until 1927.  Essentially only one model of the large luxury four-cylinder motorcycle, with slight variations, was made from first to last.

In 1969, American Machine and Foundry (AMF) bought the Harley Davidson company, streamlined production, and slashed the workforce. This tactic resulted in a labor strike and a lower quality of bikes. The bikes were expensive and inferior in performance, handling, and quality to Japanese motorcycles. Sales and quality declined, and the company almost went bankrupt.

1970 AMF Harley Davidson

Anyone for a cold treat? Ice cream?
I love the colors on this motorcycle.

After the museum tour and with the group starving we went down to the river's edge looking for a place to eat.  We settled on Billy Joe's Ribworks, a very nice place on the edge of the Hudson river.

The waterfront along the Hudson river in Newburgh has a nice dock and lots of restaurants.  You can take a leisurely ride on a paddle boat or just watch the power boats go by.

Since Orange County Choppers (OCC) is nearby, some of us decided to visit the place.  I had been there on a previous ride but decided to go again to see the effects of the split between Paul Teutul, Sr., and Paul Teutul, Jr.

My favorite chopper on display, a special Cadillac CTS-V themed model.
I own a Cadillac CTS-V

A chopper designed for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. 

My second favorite chopper on display, a special model made for the National Fallen Heroes Memorial.
I love the assault rifles and the ammo boxes with the ammo chains streaming out.

I have reached the end of my posts of the trip to the Motorcyclepedia Museum.  I hope you have a chance to visit one day.  There are many more motorcycles on display than I could post here.

I will end with a picture of the Paul Sr. bobble head toy.  I hope you have enjoyed my pictures.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Motorcyclepedia III

Part three of my visit to Motorcyclepedia Museum. Some great machines, enjoy.
The links to the previous posts.
Motorcyclepedia II

Indian Warrior with skis

A beautiful Indian with tan saddle bags

1931 Indian Four Package Truck

1908 Indian Racers
Love the white tires, reminds me of my bicycle when I was a kid

1967 Mega Cycle
Beautiful chrome work on the buggy and motorcycle

Two weird contraptions
The Pulse
Look at the steering on the big V8 trike

You can never have enough lights
This is one way to improve being seen on the road

Did I say the museum is big?

More to come......

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Motorcyclepedia II

A continuation of my last post, here's the link if you don't feel like scrolling down:

I will let you guys enjoy the beautiful motorcycles on display and if you happen to live nearby, definitely visit the museum.

I would love to take this Yamaha TZ250 to a track

1974 Yamaha TZ250

How about this 51 Velocette Grand Prix Racer?

A few Indians

A Yankee motorcycle? I had never heard about this company

A beautifully restored Henderson
Henderson produced 4-cylinder motorcycles from 1912 until 1931

Ace Motor Corporation produced motorcycles in Philadelphia between 1919 and 1924

Bultaco was a Spanish manufacturer of two-stroke motorcycles from 1958 to 1983

1978 Harley Davidson MX250

My kind of motorcycle, an adventure motorcycle

Another adventure bike, with a single "pannier" in the front,
I'm kidding of course, still a beautiful Indian
Look at the black one in the back with white tires

Two more Indians
Wow, gotta love the pastel colors, these colors are coming back in cars

Two beautiful Indians with sidecars

I will end this post with this beautiful 1920 Indian
A bicycle with a Briggs & Stratton Type D Motor
Hey, they were able to do 100 miles per gallon

More to come......