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.


  1. It's fun to look at the old bikes. With no suspension on the Thor other than the seat springs I think a long ride on that bike would make one back.......Thor.
    Nice post!

  2. I am amazed at the beautiful bikes in the museum. Any idea on the exact number of machines on display?

    I bet OCC was interesting. I like Paul Jr's Cadillac bike the best. I liked that it didn't need a kickstand either.

    Good times. Thanks for sharing.

  3. @Ken
    Thanks. A lot of the old bikes had no suspension other than the springs under the seat, not designed for long distances that's for sure.

    There are over 300 motorcycles including over 100 Indians. OCC is in trouble, half the display room was empty, I think the chopper craze is dying fast.

  4. George,

    So, I have to guess that the rider of the Parisian machine in the first photo would have been a gentleman, and as such, not subject to sitting like a base-born, hunched over, but upright (from where he could could look down at those around him.) Maybe it's a stretch, but they were simpler times.

    Also, why don't we have awesome names for motorcycle companies anymore, Thor seems so trustworthy.

    Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life

  5. @Brady
    Agree on the names, Thor or Ace would be nice names to revive.

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  7. Dear George:

    How are things?

    I didn't realize that Newburgh was so upscale... The museum looks great,. and I am going to suggest it for a Mac-Pac club ride.

    Fondest regards,
    Twisted Roads

  8. @Jack
    Things are improving, still no job but I'm working on something for myself, wanna be my own boss, more time for riding.
    Let me know when the Mac-Pac goes there, I might go again, we can go through the Palisades Parkway.

  9. Geez! That Motorcyclepedia Museum is amazing. really liked the Cadillac CTS-V looks cool too.

    1. Thanks for visiting. I usually don't like links on my blog, you know, spammers, but your blog is great and you are from South Africa where there's beautiful terrain to be explored. I lived in SA from 75 through 85 but never visited the Cape, wish I had, maybe a future trip is in order :-)