Mis-Adventures of a Hoosierbilly Motorcycle Tramp

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by JB2, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. JB2

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    When you walk into the large room behind the showroom area you're hit with wow. This was originally a Toyota dealership that Dave Sr. started. When everything went "big-box" they built a new building on a main thoroughfare and this building became a museum for his large collection of motorcycles. This would have been the service area when cars were sold here, now you can just barely walk to get around all the bikes. They are going through growing pains and have purchased a building across the street that will become a Honda museum. They have since bought the building next to theirs and it will be divided up by autos and motorcycles. With the addition of the much needed square-footage this place will rock when it's all sorted out. I did manage to get a few good shots while they were rolling in the five new members of the fleet. Probably over half of the over 200 motorcycles here are motocross, enduro, dual-sport, trials or flat track. Every ADV base is covered.

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    This would also rank up there as one of their most prized motorcycles in the collection. It's a factory Indian board-track racer from 1912. There's a single on the other side of this one but I failed to get a shot of it.

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    And then there is this 100% original, almost no miles GB500TT. If I could have only one from here this would be my pick. Period. :thumb

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    This oddity is an Ariel Leader. Never seen one before. Didn't know they existed. It's the reason we go to museums, eh?

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    In a room off the service area I found a cubby hole of rare Hondas. A Transalp with a CBX land yacht just behind it. Behind those two bikes was a 500 Turbo bike that is really rare. I didn't know what I was looking at until I got home and researched their website. Ultimately I failed to get a better shot. Next time...

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    Sharing the space with jewels of the Honda variety were yet more vintage dirt bikes.

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    How's about a blown Triumph drag bike? Cool display and definitely home built. It would scare you to look at the welds and all of the modifications to the frame. The front loop is from a Triumph but it has been turned upside down a re-arched. The tail section is a bolt-on hardtail and everything in between is a collection of pipe and sleeves. Fast is the only thing, right? As they say in TB, "I'd hit it!" :thumb

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    Hodakas, Montessas, Ossas. Besides the Super Rat most of the bikes in this row are trials bikes.

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    And more Pentons than you ever seen in one place at one time. They are everywhere. This is just a sampling. It is worthy to note that Kip has restored between 35 and 40 of the dirt bikes in this collection. Most of them are the Pentons and almost all of those Pentons have been signed by John Penton. This collection drips with cool.

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    How about three really rare Hercules? The other thing about these three bikes is they were all restored by Rik Smits. Yep "the" Rik Smits... retired NBA Pacer... he's into motorcycles like everyone else in this place.

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    More rare bikes after more rare bikes. One of several Rokons in the collection.

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    Kip getting ready to set the Frontera up on its center stand. This has to be the oddest center stand ever made... ever. Note the two new-to-the-collection CZs directly behind Kip. Kip restored the yellow one.

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    Here's the CZ250 in the background that Kip just delivered. I shot it at the old Woodside Motors building in Upland, IN a couple years ago for the calendar.

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    The gentleman in the foreground gave Kip a hand with the delicate process of not dropping it. This Frontera is one of the rarest of Bultacos ever made.

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    Okay we're going to break for pizza. Dave Larsen just got back with a stack of St. Louis thin-crusts and when we're done we're heading across the street to the Honda wing. Did I just say that? :scratch

    Stay tuned.
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  2. JB2

    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    On the way across the street to the Honda museum I noticed this very cool Ural with sidecar. This isn't your average Ural. The changes are subtle unless you parked it next to one just as they came off the showroom floor.

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    When you walk in the front door you are greeted with more wow. My eye caught this CB400F Super Sport right away. I had hoped they might have a CB550F but they did not. This bike has similar features and look but is very different. I did learn a few things by looking it over to help with the cafe bike project. They also had a CB550K but the rear frame section is completely different than the F-model however I learned a few things from it to help on the bike project too.

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    Then you can't help but see all the red Hondas parked together. How's about a CBX Sport? Stunning.

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    This one was a standout too. It's a 1970 CB750K. It is so clean it is hard to tell if it is original or restored. Usually you can find hints one way or another but this looked very original to me. I was going to ask Ray when I caught up to him later but got sidetracked on another topic and forgot. Next time...

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    And this beautiful Suzuki X6 Hustler. As you can see they are still moving in and setting up displays. Not sure if the 'Zuk will stay here or go across the street.

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    Some of their automobile collection is also being stored here too at the moment. This is one of the real antiques. It has a flathead motor, as it should, with Offenhauser heads and intake along with other period-correct hot rod parts.

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    This really nice Bridgestone is also a keeper.

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    It seemed almost intentional that they parked this Kawi 500 Triple next to the Honda Super Hawk. Look at the back tire on the Hawk, it's seeing some street time. Cool. Also notice the Shelby rim in the very background.

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    The rim belongs to this original paint, unrestored Shelby GT350. Of course because it's a drop-top it is even rarer. Then when you look under the hood...

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    ... that's a genuine Paxton super charger. One of only a handful of GT350's in existence with this factory option on a convertible.

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    How about a sweet little Super Sport hot rod? Very nice but I'll stick to the Super Sport motorcycles.

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    So we'll end the tour on another new-to-the-museum bike. It's just so pretty all you can do is stare at it and hope someone says take the Ducati for a ride. Probably not going to happen so I just stared. :D

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    Many thanks to Kip for the invite and many thanks to the Mungenast brothers and their friends for a great day on the road. Some of my motorcycling days are from the seat of an F150 or E150. And when they're days like this day it's almost as fun as riding... almost. :thumb
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  3. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com TPB all the way

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    I like the 1920's Ace Four Cylinder! Thanks for the awesome photos!
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  4. JB2

    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    RideDualSport.com, Yeah I like the Ace too. It was pretty crowded in the front room with enthusiasts and bikes and I wasn't able to get a good shot of it. Next time...
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  5. bountybuddy44

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    Thanks so much for sharing with us. What a fantastic trip! I hope I can make up or find some of those next year. Ride safe my friend.
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    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    Thanks Bounty. Great museum. There's more to see that you can imagine. Those photos barely touch the surface.
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    Fantastical photos! You do great work, thanks! :clap
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  8. JB2

    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    Thanks Spokester!
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  9. JB2

    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    So I'm working away on the Brutus project and I swear I hear the neighbor running his riding lawn mower... then it stops? Surely he ain't mowing? Hell I mowed 3 weeks ago and the grass needs it again. It's December in Indiana. I open the garage door and it's Bhuff on the KLR. My mistake. It was't the neighbor mowing. :lol3 Anyways, I got this far on the project.

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    Brian had called earlier in the week and thought he might get away for a short ride and head my way. He lives in Richmond which is 60 miles away traveling the most direct route. It wasn't supposed to warm up until the afternoon but I forgot about his heated gear so shortly after 12:00 noon I rolled my KLR outside to put some heat in her. With all that I have going on and the unseasonably good weather it was a distraction I was looking forward to.

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    He'd came up around through the Dunkirk area and found a few gravel roads. My older bloodline comes from there and I offered to head back that way to see if we could find those roads again. On the way I stopped at Buckles Cemetery just outside of Dunkirk to give him the nickel tour of my roots. One thing I neglect to do, having lived in one town all my life, is photographing things that are close to home. This is my Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother. Martin was born on February 29th. By years, he died at 78 years of age. By birth date, he was only 19-1/2 years old.

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    This would be his older brother Daniel. They come from a family of 12 that lived.

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    This is Henry's grave. The eldest Bantz in this part of the country. He is my Great-Great Grandfather. His family came from old Germany that is now a part of Poland and settled in southern Ohio. Henry and his brother headed west during the Gold Rush. Henry came back a very rich man and settled in Jay County just outside of Dunkirk. At one time he was the largest landowner in the area. I have a picture of him with my Grandpa in 1912 just two years before he died. I'll get it scanned and posted.

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    Henry built this house around 1870. He stated that if there was a brick in the house that he didn't get gold prospecting, gambling or trapping that he'd personally remove it from the house. They raised a tribe of youngin's here. I run into other Bantz's around that I've never met before and in our conversations we all find out that we know about "the house" and we all know the stories of Henry's life. He was quite the character. The house has not been lived in for at least my lifetime. Maybe when I was a kid there might have been someone living there. I'm not sure if the current owner's are related but someone is keeping the roof and the windows tight. It is a prime candidate for a restoration. Hopefully someone will step up and restore it to it's original glory. It's one of those places that still stand pretty much the way it was built. No obnoxious add-ons or siding covering the brick. The windows are even original to the house. Cool old place.

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    Here's Bhuff checking it out from the saddle of his bike.

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    Next we headed in through Dunkirk and stopped at the Dunkirk Rail Station. It has been preserved thankfully. The grounds around it could use some attention but the building is saved. Dunkirk is a "barley-hanging-on" town. I'm not sure the city could afford to restore it today and a lot of our history in the area is dying because of the economy. Note that most of the old structures in this area of the country are brick. At the turn of the 20th century almost every town around here had a brick factory, a glass factory and a grain & feed mill. Dunkirk is surviving on the glass industry.

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    A plaque to commemorate the restoration in 1987.

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    Buff mentioned that he'd only had a Pop-Tart that morning and was there anything to eat close by? Well, Brian was one Pop-Tart ahead of me cause I'd thrown my clothes on when I jumped out of bed and hadn't been back inside to even eat. By overwhelming majority we chose food. We headed south to Albany and stopped at Pete's Duck Inn. This place is a local landmark. Pete has been serving some of best steaks and otherwise bar/grill type food for generations. We took on the "special of the day" which was a half rack of ribs with hand cut, homemade fries for $7.99. I should have taken a photo ADV style but the plates were on us before I could think to run get the camera. One taste and I forgot... not only the camera but how good the food is here.

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    Brian and I caught up on shop, we both work in the collision industry. We talked about old trips, new trips and trips we've yet to take. Radian and I we're kind of striking up a ride together to see Mungenast Museum and I'm pretty sure we could get Bhuff on board. I smell a road trip to Saint Louis, Missouri in the makings. Something to dream about over the winter. But I digress... we killed more than an hour at Pete's and by the time we were leaving it was going to be a straight shot home for Brian to get there before "deer-thirty". At least we got in the warmest part of the day.

    Bhuff, it wasn't much of a ride for me. I know you burned at least a buck-fifty in mileage before the day was over, but damn I needed it and thank you for showing up. Thanks brother! :thumb
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  10. Bhuff

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    Twas a great day indeed!
    I ended up going thru some old stomping grounds when I was a kid.. things sure look different now. I headed east thru Ridgeville and kept going east and down thru eastern Ohio, clock said about 200 miles for the day when I rolled into the driveway.

    Its been awhile for being in the wind and cant wait to do it again.. not sure how many more riding days we will have this year, but with the heated gear you just never know.

    Hey get back to work on your build!!

    BHuff
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  11. JB2

    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    Bhuff, 60's and rain this weekend. Kim will be gone until Sunday evening. I have a ton of photos to hang on the project bike and a ton of work left to do. If the rain holds off, I will ride. If it rains I will be in the garage welding and painting. Either way I will be motorcycling all weekend. Any free time in your weekend? :beer
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  12. radianrider

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    Can't get Brutus updates too quickly. :)

    Like the ride report posted above. Nice to be that connected to family roots. Mine's spread out all over northern U.S.

    Spent part of the day looking at tank bags for use during a possible ride to St. Louis. :)
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  13. JB2

    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    Radian, Brutus updates getting posted now. Looking forward to the museum trip. (Bhuff?) Had to ride there in an E150 on the last trip but the next trip will be on the bike for sure.

    I've never found the perfect tank bag. I've found things on all the tank bags I've owned that I like but not all of them in one tank bag. One thing I have discovered over the years is expandables are a PITA. The rain covers are made to fit over the expanded bag not the unexpanded bag. When running them unexpanded in the rain the covers flap all over the place and sometimes fly off unless the bag is stuffed to the limit. I like things as tight to the bike as I can get so I try to find bags that are the right size to begin with. There's a lot of good choices out there. Good luck!

    Mom's family is like your family... all over. Dad's family was pretty rooted here. Regardless, our families all come from somewhere else if you go back far enough. :D
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    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    Took some of your advice re: tank bag. Ended up with a dreaded expandable bag. Good news is I bought it to provide better access to my camera and I don't need to expand it to hold the camera.
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    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    Radian, You can't go wrong with the Cortech. In some ways I should go bigger but I'm still stuck in the minimalist approach. :D When I have a bag that can be bigger over time it usually is because I keep finding a way to put more stuff in it. :lol3 I'll bet you will too. :thumb
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    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    Story of my life and garage. :rofl
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    Great pictures, look forward to more and our next adventure.
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    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    Well Mr. Attebery I am humbled. :D You've been a member since '07 and you don't post often but it is sure good to see you following along. You know I don't care where we meet or where we go cause I know we'll make the most of it. We only have one problem and that's Bhuff is back on two wheels so the good times will only get better. I'll be calling this weekend and maybe we can throw a dart at the map and pick a place to start planning for a rendezvous point. Having missed our big fall trip this year I'm thinking we might do something in the spring when the weather is unpredictable... just like I like it. :lol3

    Got a package in the mail that I suspect is from you. It's under the tree. Calendars are coming off the press now and I'll pick up the first batch on Monday. Your's should be in the mail next week.

    Kim sends her love. Ride safe always, JB2
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    I started the new year by reading this thread from the beginning.

    An excellent start to 2016 :clap

    I didn't hit the like button only because it would have been for every post! :thumb

    I appreciate the links and youtube vids to learn more about people, places, and things.
    I'm listening to Chuck Cannon right now in fact.

    Thanks for taking us along on your rides.

    I'm subscribed and looking forward to more :ricky
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  20. JB2

    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    Jag, Thanks & I only hope it was as entertaining as your Drifter to Alaska thread! :D

    Chuck Cannon fairly rocks, BTW. If you follow me very far you'll figure out not much I listen to will ever be found on the radio but when you listen to guys like Chuck you wonder why they aren't? :hmmmmm