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Old 08-10-2007, 03:29 PM   #1
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Imagine if you will....a time of yesteryear when motorcycling was only 20-40 years old, a time of HD Jd's, indians, excelsior, pace arrow, crockers, Knucks and Pans. You are young, rebelious, mechanical,creative, posses a need to go fast, to do what none have done before, to express yourself through your work and your bike. Society's outcasts, overlooked,working man, outlaw, %'r...
Imagine today if you could visit that Parkerized Place and Time of handmade,no off the shelf custom parts, where CNC meant "Can Not Come" now because I am working on my ride.
Imagine better yet if if a one man had the vision, love, perseverence to spend his whole life collecting the best examples of the rareest, most unigue examples of these with a desire for a hands on living musuem where they all ran and WERE run and put them in one warehouse for all to come and to be greeted by the humble man himself that takes the time to talk to you, demonstrate, exhibit and ..maybe let you ride some of this "Tradition"
Well... Stop imagining and get you rigid ass out to Dale Walksler's "Wheels through Time" Museum in Maggie Valley N.C.
Here are a few examples of the manny many bikes, motors, memorablia etc that is in store, and by the way buy a raffle ticket for the VL that he is giving away.

Dale should get an invite from the Head Honchos here at the JJ to The EDR"08 and see what he rides!
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Old 08-10-2007, 03:38 PM   #2
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yes, that is a picture of ONE of the '36 Knuckle,shaft drive Trikes (say that again slowly) that he has and that I mentioned in a Post that he wants Panhead Steve to repair a frame on. Only 6 prototypes made, HD Corporate has one, he has three and HD does not know where the others are!
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These pics are making wood
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I've met Dale and he's a fantastic guy - treats you like he's know you forever. If you are a gearhead and like old bikes - you should make NC a destination for a trip. Cruise the mountains. Drink Sweet tea. Stop by the Museum and Dale might go tearing around on a boardtracker that was raced back in the day.
Dale's a hero.
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Great stuff! Nother place on my "to do" list
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some motors and HD Rocket engine,some of the flatheads had the original crates he took them out of.
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fuck man, that's only about 2.5-3 hrs. from here. Imma definitely have to check that out. I've never even heard of it. Thanks for the heads up.
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They got a site too right?
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Friend of mine went there; said it was the coolest place ever. I'm def. going to make it there sometime...
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yep...www.wheelsthroughtime.com
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I remember when he was in Mt.Vernon,Il. Went there in the early '90's and it was waaay cool! He had an 80" Flattie with title for $1200.00 that I wanted to buy but,I never made it back. Still kicking myself for that one.
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I'm heading to Winston-Salem next weekend from Kentucky...

Can you say, "side trip" ?

Good, I knew you could.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Otherwise, I would have driven right by.
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What esle can you do with those bike motors laying around?
Maybe a new H.A.M.B. drag class?
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Probably the stuff Trent made before he moved off the ranch back home.
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General MotorsThree Wheeled Car Prototype using a Panhead for power plant.
Last Pic is the guy that plays with this shit every day!
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Here is Dale Walklser and two off HIS Favorite Traditional Bike Stewards
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Here is Dale Walklser and two off HIS Favorite Traditional Bike Stewards

...something happening on uploading pics, maybe too obscene
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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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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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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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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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