David Hannigan

David founded Hannigan Motorsports with his wife Ruth Anne over 35 years ago.  The company is known for producing high-quality, cutting-edge sidecars and trike conversion kits.  He visited Wheels Through Time in June 2013 with his wife on their Honda Gold Wing 1800 Quadracycle.

For more information, visit www.hannigantrikes.com

Frank Boorn

 

Frank is the 2nd person in the Harley-Davidson Mileage Program to document over 1,000,000 miles.  He has ridden these miles in all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, Holland, Australia, Brazil and Argentina.  He visited Wheels Through Time in June 2013.

Feature Bike Friday #11 — 1903 Indian “Century Racer”

Indian became America’s first production motorcycle company in 1901.  This 1903 model is nearly identical to the very first Indian produced, and is among the first few hundred American bikes ever built.  It is featured in original condition, and was found less than 100 miles from the original Indian factory in Springfield, Mass.  That was probably the furthest it had EVER been from its birthplace, until Dale purchased the machine in the mid 1990s.  It is believed to be the oldest running Indian motorcycle in the world.

In 2006, this bike became the first Indian to win the coveted "Race of the Century" at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.   The race is reserved for 100 year old and older machines only. 

The American Motor Drome Co.

Our friends at the American Motor Drome Company
have shared their passion and enthusiasm for motorcycling around the country
for decades. They have kept the 100+ year old art of the Original Motorcycle
Thrill Show, The Wall of Death, alive through their travels and performances.
Their first performance at Wheels Through Time saw record museum attendance in
June of 2013.

For more information, please visit: www.AmericanWallofDeath.com

Feature Bike Friday #11 — 1916 Harley Cutdown

Before choppers, there were bobbers.  And before bobbers….there were cutdowns.  Motorcycle customization has been around since the earliest days of two-wheel motorized tranportation.  This 1916 Harley Cutdown represents the first era in customization, when the focus was to make your bike lower, faster, lighter, more agile and more maneuverable — much like racing machines supplied only in limited numbers by manufacturers.

Built from parts in 2010, this machine features 61" cubic inch "souped-up" engine and three speed transmission.  The driveline was set into a specially modified frame, with lower center of gravity, shorter wheelbase, short tanks, and low seat position.  While it was built in 2010, it was important to us to use only parts available during the era, and to build it in the same manner it in which it would have been done nearly a century ago.

Feature Bike Friday #10 — 1928 Harley OHV 2-Cam Hillclimber

Among the one-of-a-kind machines at Wheels Through Time sits this rarity from the hey-day of American hillclimbing.  While little is currently known about exactly who built the machine and when it was built, experts consider it to be an uncatalogued model handbuilt for hillclimbing by the Harley factory experimental program. 

As both Indian and Excelsior debuted their factory-built overhead-valve for the 1928 racing season, Harley had no machine to compete in the 45 cubic inch class.  As a result, HD is believe to have built up a very few OHV 45"s with existing parts from other models.  Special 61-inch two-cam racing bottom ends were used in conjunction with a pair of single cylinder 21" OHV "Peashooter" top-ends, resulting in OHV motors of 45" displacement.  Only three of these motors are known to exist today.

Keep an eye on Velocity Channel on Wednesday, June 18th!  WTT’s new series called "Whats In The Barn" debuts at 10:30 p.m., before moving into the 10:00 p.m. slot the following week.  This rare machine will be feature on one of the episodes, so stay tuned!

American Iron Magazine — April 2013

 Don’t forget to check your subscription to American Iron for the April 2013 Issue’s coverage of one of the visitor favorites at Wheels Through Time.  The AIM Staff takes a close look at the museum’s 1912 Excelsior, which still sits in original paint.  Dale found this bike in Walneck’s Cycle Magazine Classifieds, and bought it from the long time owner in Kansas.  The bike has a 1000cc twin cylinder engine ane belt-drive transmission.  It is single speed, and has only a coaster brake.  The machine is capable of speeds up to about 40 miles per hour!

We run this bike for visitors almost every day at the museum, so next time you’re in, be sure to ask the staff where she’s at.

Hagerty Magazine — Summer 2013

Be sure to pick up a copy of Hagerty Classic Cars Magazine for a wonderful in depth article about Wheels Through Time Museum.  Appropriately titled "The Treasures of Dale Walksler’s Motorcycle Imaginarium", the article dives into the sprawling collection of rare Americana that fills the 38,000 square foot facility. 

Thanks Hagerty, for helping to share the story of Wheels Through Time, and for helping to fuel the motoring lifestyle.

Feature Bike Friday #9 — “The Duck Bike”

Carroll Resweber burst onto the racing scene like few other races throughout motorcycle history.  During a visit to the factory in the 1950s, Carroll was introduced to engine tuner Ralph Berndt and agreed to move north from his home in Texas to compete in the dirt track circuit aboard a Berndt prepared machine.  The result would be four National Dirt Track Championships over the next four years (1958-61).  Resweber was said to be the only rider who could lap the entire track, running wide open, with his feet up!

Affectionately known as "The Duck Bike", this Harley-Davidson KR dirt-tracker is the very machine on which Resweber captured all four of his dirt-track titles.  The bike was discovered in pieces in the tuner’s garage, along with an entire fleet of Reswebers other racing motorcycles.  Carefully rebuilt by Dale in the mid 1990s, the bike is excatly as it was raced during Resweber’s final season.  It features 4 speed transmission and no brakes, as was common for dirt-trackers of the day.