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    Plumbers find WWI-era cycle

    I found this in Argus Leader newspaper Sioux Falls SD. A bit of military history unearthed at Camp Ripley in MN. Plumbers were digging a 15 foot deep trench to lay a sewer line when they discovered a World War I military motorcycle and sidecar. David Hanson, who directs Camp Ripley's Military Museum, says the cycle is at least early 1918, 1919 or maybe early 20's vintage. Hanson says the motorcycle was discovered 200 yards away from the museum. Hanson says the cycle will be restored and displayed at the museum. I thought maybe others might be interested in this story. So now we not only find bikes in barns but we have to dig for them?

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    Camp Ripley? Sounds more like "Camp Ripley Believe It or Not"...........!

    Cool story, I'd like to see photos of that.
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    Hey, thanks for the link to that news article!
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    It appears to be the rusted remains of some Harley parts. Certinally not enough to call a motorcycle. But I also see that it has pedals. Last year of pedal H-D was 1915.
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    I like the quote from Col. Hanson, "I think we need to get a real expert to restore this thing,".

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    They have a looooooooong way to go. Somebody's going to have to sell their Lexus to get that thing where they want it
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2001_FLHTP-I View Post
    I like the quote from Col. Hanson, "I think we need to get a real expert to restore this thing,".
    Ya think!? LOL!!!

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    I think they should keep digging and hope to find another one in better shape.

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