Classic motorcycle collection

1914 Excelsior Auto Cycle

We were invited down to another antique engines showing this weekend. This one was being held at a guys house near Las Lunas, NM and I was told that he was a director for the Albuquerque Museum and had quite a nice motorcycle collection. To go see some old bikes we decided to take the old BMW airhead for its first long distance ride to see how she does.

Wow is all I can say. He had such a wide selection of bikes going back to 1914 in various states of restoration but his garage was just amazing. I’m aspiring to have something halfway close to this by the time I retire. The garage was built into a hillside and as far as I can tell was almost the entire footprint of the house with the living quarters on top. I’m blown away by how neatly organized everything is and just how many bike parts there were laying around.

Besides bikes there was quite a bit of memorabilia, antique engines, radial engines, printing presses etc. I would love to have this sign.

Every edition of several motorcycle magazines going back several decades all neatly organized. I have no idea why one would need that many rims, seems to be a lot more of them than there were bikes, they were all labeled what they went to.

Nuts and bolts and parts bin section.

Need some tires? This is a better selection of old school tires than you’d find at almost any store in Albuquerque, check out the reaaaly old ones still wrapped in plastic.

Seems to be a lot more tanks than frames also. If I ever need some old tank from the 60’s or 70’s I know where to find one.

Need some bars anyone?

Trying to show how big the garage is.

How many people have stuff like this in their basement?

Enough of the garage, I know you all came here to see the bikes!

This is a closeup of the first picture above, a 1914 Excelsior. Looks like the original paint.

I think Tom had said he had bought 3 motors from various swap meets to coble together a whole one.

I love these leaf spring type forks like the old Indians used to use also.

leaf spring forks

Acetylene headlight, I’m glad we dont have to fill up our lights with fuel and manually light them now days.

acetylene headlight

Acetylene tank, I’m not sure if this is just a gas cylinder or if it ran off carbide and water like a miners lamp.

Sunbeam

Sunbeam

An amazing Royal Enfield restoration. It took us a while to figure out exactly what it was Tom had put some custom badges on it to throw everyone off.

British Royal Enfield

Dont see too many of these anymore, an old Velocette.

Velocette

This was one of my favorites and probably in the worst condition, the mass of spaghetti wiring and giant magneto is just scary. This Jawa is whats called a double port single, as in single cylinder and dual exhaust. Actually looking closer at the picture it could be dual intake also.

Jawa double port single

This is the tank that goes with it just back from chrome! Very beautiful finish. Tom said it took a long time to find someone that could do the tank at this level of quality, there used to be many shops but slowly platers are going out of business or shutting down and the old timers that can do this type of work are retiring.

Can you guess what this is?

Its a Harley!

Harley Davidson Sprint

Triumph? in progress

This is probably why Willie wanted to come, he had 100 year old engines and Montesa motorcycles too.

Montesa

Well what do you know… Tom had a BMW 1976 R90/6 too! His looks much nicer than mine. He did say he was impressed that we had ridden all the way from Santa Fe on ours and liked that these old bikes were still getting used, especially by the “younger” crowd.

BMW R90/6

Willie’s bike, a Honda Shadow thats been converted to right side shift because Willie only has one leg.

Honda Shadow converted to right side shift

Cece was quite popular, and even got to sit on some of the display pieces to pose for pictures. This one is a 50’s Allstate with right side hand shift. A bit of googling has shown that these were rebranded Puch motorcycles from Austria resold by Sears.

Allstate Motorcycle

Things were much more stylish in the 50’s even with small details like the headlight lenses.

Cece loved this one, an old Triumph Cub. A kids bike but finally one just her size.

Triumph Cub

2 comments to Classic motorcycle collection

  • The values of classic motorcycles are that much higher when their parts and finish are original. If you are not sure if a bike is original, call in an expert. If plan to get into collecting classic motorcycles, make it a point to visit rallies, meets and other events.

  • Hello,
    I live in Albuquerque, NM.
    I came upon your blog while searching for someone or other that may be interested in my two motorcycles.
    One is a 1966 Triumph T100CH.
    The other is a 1982 Moto Guzzi Monza.
    Forty or so years ago I lived in Los Lunas.
    I was surprised to see the tour of the collector’s shop.
    I’d appreciate knowing how I can reach him ?
    Cheers,
    Ron Jacob

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