Have wanted to post up about this for a few weeks now, just didn’t get around to it. On our trip down to the Gap, while sitting out a rainy day, L8RG8R drove us down to check out the ‘Wheels Through Time’ museum in Cherokee, NC.

Pretty cool place – the owner has a few hundred motorcycles, all American (Harley, Indian, one-offs, flat trackers,board trackers, etc). All restored and running, they give an interesting look into the history of motorcycling and how far it’s come and where it’s been.

I really enjoyed it – the owner restored most of them himself, which is an impressive feat on its own. All of them run, and while you are walking through the museum, the owner walks around, starts up some of the bikes and rips a few burnouts down the aisles – tells a few stories about where that particular motorcycle came from, who owned it, how he got it and what it took to restore, etc. It’s a very personal look into 1 man’s passion for motorcycling, and paints a wonderful history of these crazy 2 wheeled machines.

Those board trackers were nuts – strap on a slab of leather to your head, rip at about 125 mph with no brakes on 2′ wide tires, on a track made of wood, and hope you don’t crash, kill yourself, and send your now-missle motorcycle into the crowd of spectators.

They have a current display of ‘women in motorcycling’ there now as well, with some great pictures and historical accounts of women on motorcycles during a time when it was absolutely taboo.

Early battery powered harley

All of the staff are volunteers, who donate their time to help the owner present the museum to the general public – the town does not offer any assitance, so the guy is doing it all on his own dime. If you get a chance, stop by there and toss the guy a few bucks and walk through the displays – a worthy cause to help keep such a comprehensive early history of motorcycles going.

They’ve got a website: http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com&nbsp

And he just put out another site which shows videos of how they bikes are restored (tough to find a Clymer for a one-off Traub found hidden inside a wall in Chicago ).