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was in Santa Barbara for work this past weekend and on Sunday drove up to Solvang to get some hand made Danish Chocolates for the wife and saw that there was a Vintage Motorcycle Museum on the outskirts.

So I took a bunch of pictures to share here, enjoy. I tried to match the plaques to the bikes.


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apologies if I posted the same bike several times, trying to upload from my phone.
 

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I visited a few years ago too. Well worth the beautiful ride.
 

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Thank you so much for posting these. Amazing machines indeed.
 

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the moto guzzi models are by far my favorites
 

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Excellent! So many outstanding bikes. Thanks.
 

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Thanks for the photo 'tour'. I live in Santa Barbara and have visited the museum a few times. My favorite is the Crocker, as a true work of art/design. No idea if the engine was any good?

When I visited the museum, I have to practically be dragged away as I'm into close examination of every detail and people I've been there with just want to glance and move on. I'm pointing to this and that feature and explaining what it is and what it's for and even fellow riders I've been with just aren't into the engineering as I am. Each one of these represents countless hours of trial and error and innovation at the time to overcome obstacles. I'm still amazed at seeing a motorcycle with wooden spokes! "Honey, the termites ate your spokes!"
 
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Thanks for the photo 'tour'. I live in Santa Barbara and have visited the museum a few times. My favorite is the Crocker, as a true work of art/design. No idea if the engine was any good?

When I visited the museum, I have to practically be dragged away as I'm into close examination of every detail and people I've been there with just want to glance and move on. I'm pointing to this and that feature and explaining what it is and what it's for and even fellow riders I've been with just aren't into the engineering as I am. Each one of these represents countless hours of trial and error and innovation at the time to overcome obstacles. I'm still amazed at seeing a motorcycle with wooden spokes! "Honey, the termites ate your spokes!"
I know what you mean. I've never been to this museum, but I have a tendency to do the same thing. The details and differences therein are endless. Many years ago I had the privilege of being able to tour the museum at the Indianapolis Speedway. The technology change over the years is captivating and the innovations everywhere. There is so much to see.

I do the same thing when we are touring and appreciating architecture. Especially more ancient architecture. It's so amazing the labor that built it.
 

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There is a similar motorcycle museum in Pickerington Ohio near Columbus. Love the old bikes there. They had some paintings there too but can’t remember the artists name. I’ll look it up! Wesley R Baker
 

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The Glen H Curtis Museum is about 30 minutes from my house, and they have some old motorcycles, Sea Planes and a lot of other stuff. It's a cool day trip.
 

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Tis "museum" is actually the private collection of one man:

How to Find Us - Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum, Solvang, CA (motosolvang.com)

The motorcycles in the museum are from the private collection of Virgil Elings. He has been collecting motorcycles for 2 decades. The collection is quite broad with something for everyone, ranging from a 1910 FN to the present, and across all makes. The emphasis is tilted toward racing motorcycles since Virgil and his son Jeff were involved in vintage motorcycle racing, both motocross and road racing.
 
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