A Messenger on Christmas Eve

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.

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Thanks for visiting, Jack!

Adventure Travel Talk: If we were 50 years younger…

Some 40 people enjoyed a pair of lively presentations Sun., March 20. One, by Chris Piland of Pacific Grove, detailed his 70-day trip across the United States and back on his Honda Passport. Chris has been following Ed March of the UK, who has put more than 110,000 miles on his little Honda, and brought a slide-and-video show of his travels from Malaysia to the USA. They met in New York! Look for the bikes in the album below. We’ll do it again, it was so much fun._MG_1612 _MG_1609 _MG_1607 _MG_1606 _MG_1602 _MG_1601 _MG_1599 _MG_1598 _MG_1597 _MG_1596 _MG_1594 _MG_1593 _MG_1592 _MG_1591 _MG_1590 _MG_1589 _MG_1588 _MG_1587 _MG_1586 _MG_1585 _MG_1582 _MG_1580 _MG_1579 _MG_1578 _MG_1576 _MG_1575

1913 Harley Davidson Belt Drive

Rear wheel with belt drive. The chain is on the other side (driver's right)

Rear wheel with belt drive. The chain is on the other side (driver’s right)

Gas tank. Once the engine is engaged, by pedaling and making the chain on the other side run the engine, the lever is pulled back and this sets up the belt drive.

Gas tank. Once the engine is engaged, by pedaling and making the chain on the other side run the engine, the lever is pulled back and this sets up the belt drive.

We need an acetylene tank to make this headlamp work!

We need an acetylene tank to make this headlamp work!

Can you tell that Harley and Davidson started out by building bicycles?  A mere 10 years later, they hadn't gotten rid of the pedals.

Can you tell that Harley and Davidson started out by building bicycles? A mere 10 years later, they hadn’t gotten rid of the pedals.

Rear wheel with belt drive. The chain is on the other side (driver's right)

Rear wheel with belt drive. The chain is on the other side (driver’s right)

Original paint.

Original paint.

1913 harley tool kit + thumb

Tool kit behind and under the seat

Tool kit behind and under the seat

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

Ann Carrigg and Robert Gardner delivered that 1930 Harley-Davidson. It belonged to her late husband who stated in his trust that the bike was to be displayed in the museum and not sold. We were happy to oblige

Ann Carrigg and friend, Robert Gardner... and the 1930 Harley-Davidson VL

Ann Carrigg and friend, Robert Gardner… and the 1930 Harley-Davidson VL

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

Dennis Hiramatsu’s Mustang

 

Both

Both

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.