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Old 12-16-2018, 04:47 PM   #16
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If Don Vesco isn't mentioned in that thread about badass motorcycle racers, he should have been. This is a streamliner he built and raced at Bonneville. Vesco had a long relationship with Yamaha, and this one is powered by two supercharged XS650 motors. The curator told me that Vesco lost control of it at well north of 200mph, and tumbled it down the salt. It took them two days to re-skin it, then Vesco went back out and broke 300mph in it! Badass indeed.


Thanks for coming along with me. I was pressed for time while I was there. It would have been nice to have had more time and a better camera, but it was a real pleasure to spend some time in there drinking it all in.

Regarding an earlier question, I have not been to the Barber Museum, which I hear is amazing. However, I have been to more than a few moto museums in Europe and North America, and IMHO it is a useless exercise to compare them. Enjoy the one you're in while you're in it.

Now, be glad you're in California where you can get out and ride!
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:18 PM   #17
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Awesome.

The commentary/history along with the pics make this awesome. Rekindled lots of fond memories. Total lust for the Pursang my old CZ and the ultimate Hodaka... the Combat Wombat!! Hodaka had some killer names.

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Old 12-16-2018, 06:33 PM   #18
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Awesome.

The commentary/history along with the pics make this awesome. Rekindled lots of fond memories. Total lust for the Pursang my old CZ and the ultimate Hodaka... the Combat Wombat!! Hodaka had some killer names.

Thanks man.
Thanks right back! Part of sharing the moto love.
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:07 PM   #19
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Enjoyed the tour. Hope to get there one day.
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:26 PM   #20
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Thanks Kurt!
There is a moto museum in our backyard I must visit...
https://www.mototalbott.com
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Old 12-17-2018, 06:16 AM   #22
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There is a moto museum in our backyard I must visit...
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Let's do a ride! I want to go there too.
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Thanks for sharing - I have now added it to my bucket list of places to visit
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Thanks for sharing - I have now added it to my bucket list of places to visit
And it's on my bucket list for a return visit - on a moto. It would be cool to combine it with a trip to either the Peoria TT or Springfield Mile. Add to that some riding in southwestern Wisconsin (Peter Egan's stomping grounds) and northeastern Iowa (known locally as Little Switzerland) could be fun.
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Very cool. Thank you!

It all makes me want to get out and ride!
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Let's do a ride! I want to go there too.
I went to the Talbott, which was a fine way to ride on winter solstice. Pics follow.

Let's start with what you see we you come in the front door, and it reflects the benefit of locating so close to the homes of some great American racers - 3 world championship winning bikes of Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts, and KRJR. Hard to find this much concentrated history anywhere.


Located close by is an accurate replica of one of the Benellis raced by the legendary Renzo Pasolini.


Want something truly exotic? How about one from the time when Kenny Roberts created his own motorcycle and his own V5 engine? Yep, the Proton KR!


While on the topic of pure sex; the most beautiful motorcycle to ever come out of Japan, the Honda RC30!


Followed by some exotic Italian, endurance racing pure sex, the Laverda SFC750!


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How did Ducati become so legendary in superbike racing? It started with this, the 851!


More Italian gorgeousness!


Speaking of which, a Moto Parilla!


One of those exquisite Ducati singles that built their reputation long before Taglioni decided to pair them up to make an L twin.


The late sixties brought us the HD/Aermacchi Sprint, the most perfect expression of the Triumph Bonneville, and one of those bikes that would do them all in, the original Kawasaki H1.


More of the H1, this one for Bill!


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Holly shitballs … I've never had any desire to go to Anamosa, Iowa, but your images might have just changed my mind! Amazing . Now, I just have to convince my wife that we are going to Iowa to see Slipnot and I will be able to sneak in some moto museum time .
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