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Old 12-28-2008, 01:18 AM   #1
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Cool little motorcycle adventure today

As most of you know I think I do quite a bit of bike riding. My uncle and I have a good friend that owns a cycle shop here in town and has been doing that sort of thing for like 30 years. Anyway, he knew of this place where this guy owned this big building full of bikes - and I mean full. We went and visited it today (and naturally brought along a shopping list). I took a couple pictures where I could, which you can see. You REALLY had to watch your shit where you were going and pay attention to where you walked.
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This big building was built in 1880 as a cider mill originally. It traded hands until about 1920 when this other guy bought it. The guy that bought it was an AVID collector of motorcycles and had basically spent his lifetime squirreling away bikes since the 20's on up until he sold it to another guy named Fran sometime in the mid 90's. The first owner that started putting bikes in it would basically go all over the place and any company that was going out of business or whatever, he would buy all their bikes and put them in this building. He eventually died and his wife, not wanting anything to do with the place (and not knowing what treasures were inside) sold it to Frank, the current owner. Frank knew what gems were inside, knew what it was worth, and took the whole place for like 50k or something absurd like that. Frank basically did the same thing, bought bikes, stored them there, and sold them. The guy has made a FORTUNE off this place. He's super leery about who he lets go there though because the place has been collapsing for the past 20 years. The pictures DO NOT do this place justice. Bikes are just JAM PACKED in this place - there's mostly no walking room. It's a 4 story building (3 on the end pieces you can't really see + basement), and it's in complete disrepair. There are many sections that you just can't get to because it's too dangerous. There are basically these big sized areas of the floor that have collapsed taking like 20-30 bikes at a time to their deaths, crashing from the 4th floor, through to the 3rd, through to the 2nd, straight on down to the basement. In the picture of the main floor you'll see is what we called an "island" of bikes - that whole big open area full of bikes, you can't get to because the whole damn thing is || that close from caving in. The guy bought the place for basically nothing when the old man died, made a fortune just letting people go in there and getting what they wanted out of it, and owes nothing on the place. It's pointless to try to restore, it was beyond restoration when he got ahold of it, he just knew what was inside and what could be sold.
You can't even imagine what kind of treasures are to be had in that place. Rare, unique, foreign bikes that you can SCOUR THE UNIVERSE to find parts for...this guy has ROOMS, whole ROOMS, just full of, a lot of them very near brand new. The place is so huge you could spend like two full days just looking at two floors. We went there and bought 5 off the guy, a couple for parts, and a couple for restorations. The picture you see of the rusty looking bike with the "H" on it is one we got, it's a German made Hauffman and it's worth a small fortune in good running condition - the guy had about two dozen of those bikes. You just can't even imagine this place. It's amazing.






Everything you see to the right of the pillars on the left is all part of the "island of bikes" that we unfortunately couldn't get to.



It may be hard to see, but that section of brick wall, which is holding stuff up above it, is only supported by a couple of pipes...yikes!







Bikes crashed through the floor above us through this floor into the basement




These two below shots were taken from one of the rooms we were trying to rescue two trail 90's out of before it collapsed and destroyed them (the room probably had 100 bikes in there but we only wanted these two). The collapsed area you see also was full of old vintage bikes. It's really too bad, we'll never know what other true treasures this place had.







A small part of the gas tank room. This place is like a big department store: one room may be devoted only to tanks, another to handle bars, another to engines, etc. Rare stuff you can't find ANYWHERE - he has TONS of them.





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Old 12-29-2008, 08:18 AM   #2
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Re: Cool little motorcycle adventure today

How the hell does this topic have over 2,000 views?
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:47 AM   #3
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Re: Cool little motorcycle adventure today

Damn, sad, but cool at the same time. Would love to rescue some of those old bikes, restore them, and ride the hell outta them.
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mustve gotten picked up somewhere eh?
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:57 AM   #5
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Re: Cool little motorcycle adventure today

I wish the lighting was better and I could get to other parts of the building to take more pictures from. Those pictures there don't do that place justice. Most are just of the main floor, there is still a full basement below with just as many bikes, plus a floor about the main one there, and floors above that on the end parts of the building. Even the exterior shot at the bottom is only seeing half the building.

That place is awesome...all kinds of Zundapps, Hauffmans, BMWs, other foreign bikes I can't pronounce the name to, and the usual Hondas, Harleys, etc - there are a ton of bikes in there that were made just after the turn of the century, because as I said before the first owner started packing them in there in the 1920's.
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:59 AM   #6
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Re: Cool little motorcycle adventure today

Wasn't there a story like this but about cars? A barn full of cars that someone stumbled onto?
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Re: Cool little motorcycle adventure today

Yeah I heard about it a while back
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:45 PM   #8
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730 guests viewing this topic, holy shiznit. Where exactly did you post this , Markus ?
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Re: Cool little motorcycle adventure today

he posted it in the forums of ilikegaybuttsecks.com


It looks like most of the gems have been either destroyed or picked to death.. but i'm not really a vintage motorcycle collector so what do I know.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:36 PM   #10
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Re: Cool little motorcycle adventure today

I put it on Digg but it only got 3 diggs, so I have no idea where the traffic is coming from. I suppose it's possible someone picked it up and put it on reddit or something.

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