Dale Walksler

October 17, 2011

Motorcycle Kickstart Classic Ride – A 1200 Mile Harley Panhead Adventure

Day 1

Wednesday, October 5, 2011…D-Day.  Weeks of preparation (an procrastination) had come down to this.  Sitting in my driveway were my two entries into the first Motorcycle Kickstart Classic,  a 1972 BMW R75/5 and a 1964 Harley-Davidson Duo-Glide.  My good friend Tim volunteered to pilot the BMW and I rode the Harley-Davidson.  We left on a clear cool morning in central North Carolina, so I donned my full set of  leathers before kicking the panhead to life.  We let the bikes slowly warm up as my wife took a few parting photos.  By 8:30 we were fueled and on the road, headed west on I-40.  Our destination was Maggie Valley and the Wheels Through Time museum.  Maggie Valley is a straight shot down I-40 from my home and at only 250 miles, we had high hopes of making it to Wheels Through Time by early afternoon.

1964 Harley Davidson Duo-Glide and a 1972 BMW R75/5

1964 Harley Davidson Duo-Glide and a 1972 BMW R75/5

About 80 miles into the trip, I hit reserve and we pulled off for gas.  Trying to maximize my minimal range, I filled both tanks to the top, assuming that the bike would be upright for the next couple hours.  The bikes were running great and Tim commented that if we’ve made it this far without issue, we’ll probably make the entire trip without any problems.  Well, Murphy’s Law kicked in right after that and within ten minutes of the comment, I was pulling out the tool roll.  I had kicked the bike over about a dozen times without even sputter, so I started going through the standard troubleshooting procedure, checking for gas, air and spark.  Off came the air cleaner assembly, oil lines and More on Motorcycle Kickstart Classic Ride – A 1200 Mile Harley Panhead Adventure

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May 31, 2011

Wheels Through Time Classic Motorcycle Museum To Move

After nearly a decade in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, the Wheels Through Time Museum officially announced on May 28, 2011 that it will be moving out of the Smoky Mountains in order to expand its scope and broaden its impact.

Since 2002, WTT has developed into one of the premier museum’s of its type, housing over 320 of America’s rarest and most significant two- and four-wheeled vehicles, and an unprecedented collection of art and memorabilia dating back to the roots of our country’s transportation heritage.

The announcement to relocate comes as a result of a unanimous decision by the museum Board of Directors, who stated that in order to continue to preserve history in new and innovative ways, and fulfill its mission to educate and inspire a diverse, multi-generational audience on the history of American transportation, the opportunity to move the museum to a new and larger location offers much promise as to the museum’s future.

Currently, the WTT is researching several potential locations around the country, and has garnered much interest from some of America’s best riding destinations and scenic areas.  However, its current operations in Maggie Valley continue to move ahead full steam.  The museum has already hosted tens of thousands of visitors in 2011, and has countless great events scheduled throughout the summer and fall.

“We’ve been experiencing quite a season here at the museum!” said curator and founder, Dale Walksler.  “Hosting events like the upcoming Great American Race and the International Spyder Rally introduces WTT to thousands of new faces, and our visitors and members continue to let us know that we’re on the right track in providing an experience to remember.”  Recently, the museum was awarded one of TripAdvisor.com’s highest honors — The 2011 Certificate of Excellence — for consistent great quality feedback from guests.

Museum staff will keep visitors past, present, and future aware of progress on relocation through bi-weekly newsletters via email, and with regular website updates.   While closing to the general public on October 31, 2011, the museum will facilitate private tours until final relocation plans are confirmed.  The Annual Haywood County Toy Run and WTT Museum Bike Raffle, on November 12, 2011 will be the museum’s final public opening in Maggie Valley.

For more information, please call or email the Wheels Through Time directly.  The staff will be happy to assist with any questions pertaining to the museum’s future, as well as with scheduling future visits.

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January 11, 2010

Dale Walksler & 1915 Classic Harley – Motorcycle Cannonball Run

Dale Walksler is a name familiar to most of the folks here on this classic Harley forum and vintage motorcycle blog. It is no surprise that Dale will be one of the Motorcycle Cannonballers. Here he is posing with his 1915 Harley V-Twin that he plans on riding cross country in this event.

Dale Walskler & His 1915 Original Classic Harley Motorcycle

Dale Walskler & His 1915 Original Classic Harley Motorcycle

Motorcycle Cannonball Rider #22   Dale Walksler – 1915 Harley Davidson

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