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Old 08-10-2007, 10:16 PM   #21
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Here is Dale Walklser and two off HIS Favorite Traditional Bike Stewards
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Old 08-10-2007, 10:23 PM   #22
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Old 08-11-2007, 07:05 AM   #23
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Went to Dale's place a couple of weeks ago on my way to Mid-Ohio for the vintage racing. Meet Dale at the entrance cause he was even taking the money! The guys enthusiasum is just infectious to say the least! The racing H-Ds on the second floor were my favorites. Several days later I come out of the pisser in the pits at Mid-Ohio and who do I walk into but Dale! The guy gets around! The marque for the year was Sportsters and it looks like Dale brought his Knievel bike for the great display. If your in Maggie Valley you should GO!
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Old 08-11-2007, 07:50 AM   #24
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When I was 21 I went on vacation with my mom after my folks split up and she was bummed,she had a conferenece in N.C. and I suggested we go to Wheels Through Time for fun one day. When we arrived Dale greeted us and we made our way around the museum and I burned up alot of film. Then Dale started hollering at everybody to gather round and he proceeded to kick,push,and pull start several bikes and ride them down the aisles of his museum weaving inches away from other priceless machines. I had found my new role model!!! Anyways he was extremly gracious and took almost 45 minutes out of his day to talk to a skinny kid from Florida and never once acted like he wanted to be anywhere else. He is truly a class act and motorcycling is lucky to have him and Wheels Through Time.

P.S.- On that first visit he gave me a WTT anniversary t-shirt, which ironically I wore this morning before sitting down to read this thread.
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Some really cool stuff there.
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I need to get down there to see all that classic iron. Thanks for the pics.
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Man, another reason to venture East of the Mississippi
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:44 AM   #28
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I understand he has the mysterious "Traub" there.

It was found in a brick wall in Chicago, I think. No one knows who built it, but the quality is said to be better than production bikes of the era.

Bud Ekins owned it for a long while.
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I understand he has the mysterious "Traub" there.

It was found in a brick wall in Chicago, I think. No one knows who built it, but the quality is said to be better than production bikes of the era.

Bud Ekins owned it for a long while.
Curiosity here.........details?
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I have seen the Traub. It is a unique piece of history from a time when people say to hell with all and built,cast,whittled and forged a vision form nothing. Dale has extensive but still limited knowledge about the bike, and if memory serves me correct he actually fired it up and rode it on one of my visits to WTT and it really impressed the hell out of me considering replacement parts don't exist and the risk associated with putting it into service has to be considerable, but that is what WTT is all about.
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I have seen the Traub. It is a unique piece of history from a time when people say to hell with all and built,cast,whittled and forged a vision form nothing. Dale has extensive but still limited knowledge about the bike, and if memory serves me correct he actually fired it up and rode it on one of my visits to WTT and it really impressed the hell out of me considering replacement parts don't exist and the risk associated with putting it into service has to be considerable, but that is what WTT is all about.

Someone made the parts once & they can be remade if they need to. I am glad to see him ride it...
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Old 08-11-2007, 03:19 PM   #32
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I agree they could be remade, my point was more to the point of most guys would polish that bike with a diaper and Dale went speeding through his museum on it spraying oil and filling his lifes work with exhaust. It was meant to be rideen and the wonderful part is that even to this day it itill is as oppesed to being locked inside some other bullshit museum or bricked up in a damn wall again.
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