Category Archives: Motorcycle Museum: New at the Museum

1991 Husaberg

Husaberg Motor AB was established in 1988 from the circumstances arisen out of the purchase of the motorcycle division of Swedish company  Husqvarna  by Italian  Cagiva  in 1987. Cagiva shifted the production of motorcycles to Varese, Italy. A group of engineers led by  Thomas Gustavsson  decided to stay back in Sweden and continue to work on their project. Husaberg Motor AB was registered in January 1988. The other Husqvarna employees who joined Husaberg were Ruben Helmin (Husqvarna chief engineer and Husaberg’s first managing director), Urban Larsson (Husqvarna designer), Björn Elwin (chief of Husqvarna test department). Roland Söderqwist, a small Swedish mechanical firm owner was also involved in the Foundation of the company. The first factory was set up in a woodshed at lake Vättern in the town of Husabergs Udde from which the name of the company is derived.

The name Husaberg was only made official by Gustavsson when entering an enduro race at Skillingaryd, as he was forced to declare the make of his motorcycle.

The Husaberg team tried to compensate for their lack of funds by their courage to rely on technical innovations and could never afford to hire established professional riders but rather ambitious rookies such as  Joël Smets,  Jimmie Eriksson,  Walter Bartolini,  Kent Karlsson,  Anders Eriksson,  Jaroslav Katriňák,  Mike Tosswill  and  Peter Jansson.

Husaberg’s previous slogan, “Ready to Race” was adopted by KTM as its own. Husaberg’s current slogan is now “Pure Enduro.”

1975 Norton 850 Commando – Estate of David Mosher

In Memory of Dave Mosher

March 11, 1948 – October 22, 2015

Unique Norton 850 Commando with Front/Rear disc brakes and an electric starter.

 

1913 Harley Davidson Belt Drive

Another example of “You never know when a blind pig will find an acorn if he keeps his nose to the ground.” We were hanging around the Museum last weekend, swappin’ lies and tellin’ stories…And this guy drove up in a truck with a 1913 Harley-Davidson belt drive. He was looking for a climate-controlled space in which to display it and we have just such a space. It has been great fun having it here and we hope it gets to stay for a long time and that he’ll bring more bikes from his collection. In the meantime, come see it — along with the 1957 Triumph, 1949 Vincent Rapide, 1936 Rudge, and 1930 Harley-Davidson. There’s also a 1958 Triumph “bathtub” which you may have noticed before.

1913 harley-Davidson belt drive

1930 Harley-Davidon VL

This 1930 Harley-Davidson VL belonged to the late Thomas Michael Carrigg of San Rafael. It was his desire that this bike be on display so that everyone could enjoy it the way he did. His widow brought it to us with the proviso that we put it on display…and we’re happy to comply!

Here are photos of the seat, the footboard, and the Indian air cleaner cover: Typical of Harleys of the era. It fits, it works, and there you have it. We’d label this particular motorcycle an early “bobber.”

1930 Harley Davidson VL 1930 Harley side view 1930 H-D footboard 1930 H-D Indian air cleaner 1930 H-D seat

Pacific Grove Police Dept.’s Retired Kawasaki

sgt viray unwraps Kawi sgt viray & kawasaki larry e & Kawi We finally got through the red tape and now have the Pacific Grove Police Department’s retired 1996 Kawasai KZ1000P sitting on a trailer, ready to be dusted and displayed during Good Old Days, April 11-12. There will be an officer on hand with trading cards and stories, and we’ll have cookies. Come by and see it. There will be a reception later in the month. We’ll have the Kawasaki indefinitely.

The bike is in excellent shape, having been cared for over the years by Larry Esquivel, a reserve police officer.

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Sgt. Viray finishes unwrapping the Kawasaki

Sgt. Viray finishes unwrapping the Kawasaki

The Widow-Maker Arrives

After talking with Danny Gottfried last month about his collection of restored Kawasaki triples (aka “Widow-Makers”), he brought his 1974 Kawasaki 750 Mach IV to display at the Museum for everyone to appreciate.

This is a 100-point show bike with 0 miles since restoration, and it’s absolutely perfect. It will be placed on display nose-to-nose with the 1974 Suzuki 750GT “Water Buffalo.” This will be the finest display of two-cycle triples on the Central Coast.

Come check ’em out!

New at the Museum: 2003 Ural with Ural sidecar

We’ve acquired a 2003 Ural with a Ural sidecar. Great retro look, with a spare tire and tire repair kit. Rides high, easy to get into for the passenger. When I had a BMW with a Ural sidecar, I had a passenger to serve as reverse gear — but this one has a reverse built in! What an improvement! Other updates: A windshield for the passenger, and a luggage rack, plus mudflaps. Come and see it soon.Ural1ural 2

Guest: 1987 Vespa Bravo Piaggio Moped

A pristine little 1987 Vespa Bravo Piaggio has come for an extended visit. It was purchased by my friend from a man in Arizona who had purchased two, one for himself, one for his wife. The wife passed away, he lost interest, and after only 186 miles my friend bought it. He has put it in the museum for the foreseeable future, keeping company with that Vespa and all the other little bikes like the Peugeot moped, the Solex motorized bicycle, the Honda 70 Passport (probably the most popular motorcycle worldwide ever).

Guest:1979 Ducati 900SS bevel drive

Just in this week is 1979 Ducati 900SS bevel drive. It belongs to Lloyd Cabral, who got in touch with me from Hawaii and asked if I would consider taking care of it.  That was a no-brainer. Kirk, his buddy, brought it down last Saturday and we put it on display for everyone to enjoy.

Guest: 1940 Indian Scout FlatTracker

Front and center at the museum is a 1940 Indian Scout Flat Tracker. It belongs to Brian Stearns. It has the infamous suicide clutch which always brings a lot of questions. This thing is absolutely perfect! It was restored 21 years ago and it looks like it just came off the showroom floor.