With winter nearing and the end of seasonable riding weather coming soon for some of us, I’ve turned my thoughts to planning future trips. In the course of putting together this issue, a few interesting motorcycle experiences came to light.
Prompted by the release of Aaron Frank’s new book The Harley-Davidson Story: Tales from the Archives, motojournalist Dain Gingerelli shares his story of a trip to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a Behind The Scenes Tour. This tour takes you into the Harley-Davidson Archives, a rarely visited collection featuring racks upon racks of special motorcycles, memorabilia, a chance to see parts of the Core Collection and more. To read Dain’s story check out Harley-Davidson Museum’s Archives, and read his review of the Tales from the Archives book. Dain’s story definitely put a visit and a tour on my to-do list.
If you’re willing and able to travel a little farther, a new and even more rare experience awaits. World Champion motorcycle racer, movie star and Italian legend Giacomo Agostini has built a new exhibit at his own home, which he has deemed the Sala dei Trofei. That translates to "trophy room" (why does everything sound prettier in Italian?), and while the name may be simple, the experience is like no other.
That's Ago below on the left with famed motojournalist Alan Cathcart, as Alan spent a day touring the legend's new museum. Guests are now invited to travel to Italy, stay in the family bed and breakfast, and enjoy a tour of the museum with Ago as host.
If instead you're itching for a road trip, read about Robert Smith's adventure as he goes searching for the elusive Olympic Mountains in Washington state aboard a 1970 Triumph Bonneville. The adventure is sure to get your wheels turning, thinking about where to plan your next tour come spring.
If you can't wait that long to get out on the road, make plans to attend the 15th Annual Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show on Jan. 30, just south of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
No matter when you think your next trip may be, it's never too soon to start dreaming.