All quiet on the downtown front! On a quiet day we had a nice visit from Jack Miller, the last of the Telegram Messengers in Hawaii. He worked for ITT World Communications up until 1976 and rode a Honda. He said one of his co-workers rode a Harley, which often wouldn’t start. Another rode a BMW R60 with Earles forks. He himself has had a CZ at one time, and a Penton. He liked that Maico, too, and said he was hoping to find a Honda Passport he could buy to scoot around Sacramento, where he lives. Good luck on that one! We do have a couple of them on display with great stories to go with them.
Thanks for visiting, Jack!
Greg Ekins (Bud’s nephew) and Brad Lackey were here Dec. 31 with another couple. Dave Fedor got pictures and then posed himself. Lots of new displays at the Museum this week. Come by! You never know who is going to be there!
David Fedor with Brad Lackey
Belonged to someone’s grandfather and we all want to ID it. I see a v-twin, tank shift, electric headlight, leather saddle…I believe it’s an Excelsior V Twin. American made. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it an Excelsior?
Brian Stearns and his son, Jack, came to the Museum today in celebration of Jack’s first street ride. He has ridden dirt bikes since he was big enough, but this was his first street ride, on dad’s BMW GS (bumble bee). Brian rode his 1937 Indian.
Brian on his Indian, Jack on Brian’s Bumble Bee
A lot of great people and great bikes came by today, Oct. 19, when the power was out all over the Monterey Peninsula. This is Ron Baxter’s 1968 BSA 650 Thunderbolt. Now, if he had a feather and I had that BSA, we’d both be tickled.
Christian motorcycle club from the San Lorenzo Valley — God’s Warriors — visited the Museum today. They rode a variety of bikes, but they’re positive that Jesus had a Harley because the Bible says he walked everywhere!
Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Hiramatsu came by the Museum from Winters, CA, and brought photos of his personal Mustang. He and his dad restored this 1949 Mustang Model 2 “when he was a kid.” He sold the Mustang to a neighbor (so it hasn’t gone far). I sold a motorcycle once, Dennis, and was so sorry that I never sold another — and you see what happened! I have a real live Mustang on the floor here. Dennis bought the 2013 CSC Mustang to honor his dad. It’s the one on the left in the photo of both bikes.
Jeff Stoehler is from Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada. He’s riding his Suzuki DR650 to Ushuaia, Argentina, the End of the World — the tip of Tierra del Fuego.
Brave man, Jeff. I had to tell him that when I was in Ushuaia, the only motorcycles that had made it that far (that I saw) were BMWs. Jeff was with Liza Miller of Re-cycle Garage (Santa Cruz, CA). I’m sure she’d set him up if the bike let him down. We wish him all the best!
Erick, son-in-law and daughter with the Norton
And that beautiful Kawasaki
Erick (far left) runs a motorcycle and scooter rental business…in Madagascar. He was here visiting his daughter and son-in-law and they posed with the Norton and the Kawasaki.
My grandson, Russell Hayes, came by today on his Buell with his friend Winston Yeung in tow (figuratively) on his Hayabusa. They spent a good part of the afternoon here, and are now thinking seriously about a sidecar, having tried on the BMW/Jawa rig for size. They went off in search of seafood for lunch and set the seagulls squawking.
Russell, Winston, the Buell and the Hayabusa
Bob Reich came by today, March 9, with his new Honda 996. Beautiful machine!
Dave+Smith visited the museum today, braving the AT&T crowds to spend quite a while with us. Great day for riding, and what a gorgeous bike! They’re from Concord.