Some Things are too “BIG” to Move

Wheels through time

Last year we blogged about the Wheels Through Time museum closing and auctioning off a portion of the motorcycle collection and moving to Prescott Valley, Arizona. Dale Walksler had second thoughts and just held a Grand Reopening. He also took some time to participate in the Pebble Beach Concours and travel across the country in the Pre-1913 Cannonball Run.

If you have never had the opportunity to visit the museum you need to make time and see the wonderful collection he has assembled in his Blue Ridge Mountain retreat nestled in the Maggie Valley of North Carolina.  Deb on the Harley and me on the Ducati made the trek on our motorcycles  a few years back and greatly enjoyed the museum–check out our photo gallery.

Making a pilgrimage to this museum would have to be on any motorcycle fanatics trip list because it unites phenomenal driving roads, wonderful scenery and unique destinations.

Keep up the Great work Dale and Wheels Through Time!

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Wheels Through Time Museum–Shifting Gears in 2009

Flipping through a recent AutoWeek magazine; I spotted this curious ad in the classified area.

RM Auctions ad

We visited the museum back in the fall of 2006 while riding motorcycles on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The museum has been nestled in the Maggie valley region of North Carolina since 2002. The curator and founder, Dale Walksler, is a true showman. He wonders throughout the museum talking to visitors and firing up the bikes during the day.

As Dale fiddles with the choke and the kick start; he proclaims, “They all run! Some take a couple of minutes longer than others.” Sure enough the bike burbles to life and exhaust fills the air.  Dale twists the throttle a couple of times and the engine settles down into a nice idle.

As he explains about the bike and its history to the faithful who watch in amazement; the bike continues to warm up.  More than 280,000 people have come through the doors in the 6 year the museum has been open.  The weekend we visited about 200 motorcycle of all kinds sat in the grassy field next to the building.

Dale twists the throttle a couple of more times and he pops the clutch and the bike’s tires squeal, like a shot he races across the museum among his vast collection of memorabilia. All that is left is the smell of rubber, oil and gas in the air among the onlookers.

Dale on a Motorcycle

Back to the point of this post. Why was RM Auctions featuring the museum in an ad? I surfed over to the auction site and found nothing, I then headed to?the museum’s site and I found this cryptic statement.

“The Wheels Through Time Museum will be shifting its gears in 2009 towards new objectives and a new focus.”

I don’t know what it means, but my recommendation to all who have not made it to the museum as of yet. Pack up the car or bike, plan a route and head on over this summer.  If you want to check it out before booking the room–visit our Photo Gallery to see more photos from the museum.

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AZ Bike Week-Demo Days

Last week was bike week here in Arizona. I took Saturday morning to run over and try out a few different motorcycles for fun at the demo area. I focused on the Can-Am Spyder and Harley Davidsons’ in particular. I signed up for a couple of other vendors but could seem to hit them at the right time.

Spyder Demo Area

The Can-Am Spyder is a three wheel fun machine. The demo runs you through a marketing blitz on the design and then a how-to on the operation. During the class they even sit you on a bike and snap a photo. Below is mine.

?Me on a Spyder

This is one quick ride–it just takes a little time to get use to the width and turning. If you have a chance you have to try it just for the fun of it.

I also had to take a ride on the Harley Davidson V-Rod. Harley makes a great bike and the V-Rod does not disappoint. It handles like a cross between a sport bike and a cruiser in my mind. It would be on my list of must-haves if I hit the lottery.

I also took a few minutes and walked the parking lot taking photos of bikes.  It was great collection of a few thousand bikes. This one Harley stood out. It was Ferrari Red?with the appropriate Ferrari badges.

Ferrari Harley

Visit to the Photo Gallery to see more photos from the day.

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The Internet was just being discovered by the masses, modems screamed at 14.4K over phone lines and the BMW Z3 was just beginning to roll off the production lines in Spartanburg, SC. We lived in Spartanburg–the center of BMW activity in the US.

We had a car that was to come off a lease and wanted something fun. The Internet led us to the Z3 and the passion was ignited. We found the BMW community via the web and started to participated through posting of photos of BMW culture and cars in our area. That soon turned into a tiny website and then a domain ( and another domain and another website.  Within a year we were helping a local Z3 racer with a website and started to get noticed by the BMW enthusiasts on the web. We added/changed the websites adding (, and over the next few years.

Jump ahead 12 years and we are still working at it. We still do car events, museums and cars/motorcycles. With more that 3,500 photos in our Photo Gallery and growing we are now looking for a new spin. Look for more photos and stories along with a host of other changes coming to the site in the weeks and months ahead.

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