Monday, April 1, 2013

Bill's Old Bike Barn, Bloomsburg PA

Dirt Track
Notice the leather waist belt.  This was worn because the old rigid frames didn't offer much support.  

 Kleines Kettenkraftrad HK 101
 Kleines Kettenkraftrad HK 101 

Harley Topper
Harley Topper

Billville - Indoor Town
We hopped in the car Saturday and drove about an hour to Bloomsburg, PA.  On the way, we jumped out of the car to see the Forestry service stocking Lackawanna State park with trout.  Each family would walk up and grab a bucket to release into the stream.  We hurried on our way since Bill's Old Bike Barn was only open for a limited time on Saturdays.

The outside looked like a hoarders paradise, motorcycle parts strewn about, some shaped into fun garden creatures and re-purposed into bird feeders.  I was skeptical about the inside.  Well, inside it was pristine, neatly organized and overwhelming.  For a 5 buck fee, you could walk around at your leisure and get lost in the expansive collections of motorcycles, car parts, posters, fishing memorabilia, taxidermy animals (bull moose and more) and a whole town recreated to look like Downtown Berwick.  Complete with the hold bar from Berwick Hotel.

Every bike in the warehouse ran when it was parked in the facility about 10 years ago.  Old Indian bikes with side cars, Moto Guzzi, Harley Davidson, Rolls Royce, Triumph, Puch, Garelli, you name it, it was in there.  A neat section in the back had old Harley engines cut away at various sections so you can see how the pistons would fire and how each part worked together.  Also, there were tons of bikes with old Carbine lamps and neat gadgets you don't see nowadays.  I'll have some film coming in the next few weeks with couple of cool WWII German BMW bikes inside too.  If you ever pass through the area, take an hour (at least) and see the place.


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