The Harley in the Barn: More Great Tales of Motorcycles Archaeology

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Motorbooks, Oct 15, 2012 - Transportation - 256 pages

Driving down a country road, a flash of chrome catches your eye as you pass an old farmstead. Next time you roll by, you slow down and focus on a shed behind the house. Could that be? Good lord, it is! Hard on the brakes, quick reverse, and pull in the drive. Yep, itā€™s a vintage Triumph Bonneville peering forlornly from beneath a tattered cover. Youā€™ve just begun the journey that fuels the dreams of every motorcycle collector: the long-forgotten machine, re-discovered.

The Harley in the Barn offers 40-plus tales of lost Nortons, hidden Hondas, dormant Indians, and busted BSAs, all squirreled away from prying eyes but found by lucky collectors just like you. Author Tom Cotter is not only a barn-find master, heā€™s also master of discovering the collectors with the best stories and the most outlandish finds.

If you canā€™t pass a padlocked garage without wondering if thereā€™s a great old bike stashed inside, this is your book. Hell, this is your life.


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Foreword by Pat Simmons
A Motorcycle Greater than the Sum of Its Parts
Rock and Roll BarnFinder
Born a Rambling
The Beemer and the Chief
Chapter Two Strange Places
Chapter Three Real Character
Another Black Beast Returns to the Road
Eclectic Collector
Motorpoloist Survivor
Four Little Indians Pulled from a Shed
The Crapaholics Are At It Again
Chapter Five Rare Finds and OneofaKinds

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About the author (2012)

Tom Cotter (Davidson, NC)writes regularly for Road & Track and other magazines and has a deep-seated love for motorcycle and automotive rescue. He has written four books on the lure of collector vehicle archaeology, the award-winning The Cobra in the Barn, The Hemi in the Barn, The Corvette in the Barn, and The Vincent in the Barn. Cotter most recently authored the biography of drag racing legend Tommy Ivo.

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