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1939 World’s Fair Police Motorcycle with Sidecar

1939 World’s Fair Police Motorcycle with Sidecar

The New York Public Library has an awesome collection of digitized images. I found this one while poking around. A 1939 World’s Fair Police Officer with motorcycle and sidecar.

I would love to know what type of motorcycle it is. If anyone has any information, please let me know!

New York World’s Fair - Employ... Digital ID: 1679255. New York Public Library

New York World’s Fair - Employ... Digital ID: 1679255. New York Public Library

Photo Note Reads:
“An Officer is pictured standing beside one the Motorcycles used for messenger service by the New York World’s Fair 1939. He is wearing the official uniform of the exposition police force, consisting of oxford gray coat, tan breeches, trooper’s hat, tan shirt and blue tie, leather boots and Sam Browne belt. The letters on the collar will be NYWF, giving him his official status.”

I Spy: 1975 Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorcycle

I Spy: 1975 Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorcycle

I am fortunate enough to have a very eclectic group of motorcycle friends. I’m surrounded by unique and interesting characters. So too are their bikes.

Last evening while out for an after dinner walk we ran in to our friend Quacka. He just happened to pull in to town on the maiden voyage of his 1975 Suzuki RE-5 rotary project bike.

Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorcycle

Suzuki RE5 Rotary Dash - Fuzzygalore Girlie Motorcycle Blog 1975 Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorcycle - Fuzzygalore Girlie Motorcycle Blog 1975 Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorcycle - Fuzzygalore Girlie Motorcycle Blog

Three cheers for the ugly duckling.

He’s turning what was a corroded mess into a real attention getter. The RE5 was never considered a real looker but it has well established cult following of Wankel-lovers these days.

Their signature roll-top gauge cluster and tail light usually garner polarizing comments. Love it or hate it, I foresee a lot of conversations with folks who “remember when they first came out” in his future.

Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorycle

In 1984, the first Iron Butt Rally had a first place tie. One of the riders was aboard a Suzuki RE-5. Fast forward 25 years to the 2009 Iron Butt Rally. Two more brave souls on RE-5s threw their hats in to the ring to compete. Although neither RE-5 crossed the finish line, they had a lot of folks cheering them on.

Suzuki RE-5  Links

Vintage Motorcycle Eye Candy: 1914 Flying Merkel

Vintage Motorcycle Eye Candy: 1914 Flying Merkel

In 1902 Joseph Merkel Started manufacturing single cylinder motorcycles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Merkel was an innovator in the newly blossoming motorcycle arena. With his sights set on competition machines by 1905 Merkel began to produce racing bikes.

Innovations by Joseph Merkel

  • A patented spring fork that was the precursor to telescopic forks
  • Monoshock suspension
  • Throttle controlled engine oiler
  • Cam-actuated intake valve
  • Merkel Motor Wheel
  • Reduced highway fees for motorcycles in New York 🙂

In 1908 Merkel merged his motorcycle company with Light Motor Company. The newly formed Merkel-Light Motor Company was then relocated to Pennsylvania. It was during this time that the “Flying Merkel” came into the world.

Merkel motorcycle production ceased during the time of World War I.

YouTube Video: Flying Merkel Running

Links & Photos


  • http://www.theflyingmerkel.com/themerkel.htm
  • http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/hofbiopage.asp?id=229
  • http://www.50sville.com/merkel.htm
  • http://www.motorcycle.com/events/historic-vintage-bike-auction-preview-80205.html
Sights from the Road: 5 Great Vintage Neon Signs

Sights from the Road: 5 Great Vintage Neon Signs

One common theme that seems to run through my photographic interest is vintage signage. Most often neon signs, though I’m not that picky if it’s really eye-catching. Much to the chagrin of my riding partner(s) I will throw on the anchors or double back to snap a picture if something interesting crosses my path.

5 Great Signs Spotted on the Road

  • Alexandria Bay, New York – The Spot Café
    Nestled along the shoreline of the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence Seaway, Alexandria Bay, NY offers the typical fare of touristy motels, souvenir shops and restaurants. Boldt Castle is not to be missed.
  • Skowhegan Maine – Skowhegan Diner
    Though I did not stop in to the diner to eat, I did walk across the footbridge bridge behind it to check out the Kennebec River.
  • Willets California – The Lark Motel
    On Route 101, the Lark Motel sign is a real looker. Great shape, color and composition. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Redding California – Stardust Motel
    3 for the price of 1 jackpot! The Stardust has 2 great signs on their property and the Americana Lodge sign can be seen peeking out as well. Redding offers the opportunity to see the Sundial Bridge and puts you on the path to great riding roads.
  • Aquebogue, New York – Modern Snack Bar
    Go for the sign, stay for the pie. This was where I had my first piece of Strawberry Rhubarb. Now I am completely hooked.
The Stardust Motel - Redding CaliforniaThe Stardust Motel sign- Americana Lodge Motel Sign - Redding CaliforniaThe spot cafe Alexandria Bay New YorkThe Skowhegan Diner - Skowhegan MaineThe Lark Motel on Route 101 near Willets California Modern Snack Bar Sign - Aquebogue, New York
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Photos from The Larz Anderson Classic European Motorcycle Day

Photos from The Larz Anderson Classic European Motorcycle Day

Larz Anderson Carriage HouseLarz Anderson Classic European Motorcycle Day
On Sunday I left the house in the dark hours of the morning. Though the sun was not yet up, I could see that the streets were wet and the sky was heavy. I kept my fingers crossed that the day would be dry. I met up with Bill and Graham and we headed east to catch the Orient Point Ferry. As we rode along Sound Avenue, the sky went from the dawn barely breaking to being light in what seemed to be a matter of seconds. The sunrise transition seems to reach a point where it happens so quickly.
When we arrived at Larz Anderson in Brookline, Massachusetts, the entry gate was manned by a staff. They were collecting $10 for admission and $5 for parking. Crap. I only had $11 in my pocket. I tried to fish it out while the bikes in front of me were paying. One of the staffers then shouted to another to help ‘this fella,here‘ pointing to me. I shot him a quick dirty look. The person whom he spoke to then handed me an entry wristband and motioned me to go through, my $11 still in my pocket. I didn’t feel so bad getting in for free after being called a dude. Score!
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
15 Newton St
Brookline, MA 02445
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