December 12, 2012

Nick's place

At some point during our 2-day visit to Nick's place, I reach up on a shelf - not knowing what's there and not able to see anything - and I grab a hold something, which turned out to be an original solo-seat with very nicely worn leather on an original seat-pan. It was an awesome piece, and this was just how things went at Nick's place in southern New Jersey. The Pony quickly snagged the seat for the Purple People Eater (more on that later), and we kept on going through this El Dorado of parts.

When we first rolled up, we saw this great Panhead ready for pick-up. I don't know the story or owner, but it looks like a stocker gem that someone has and will be taking very good care of.

This store or place or museum or whatever you want to call it, is actually more of an entity that seems to have a life of it's own. It's simply been growing and growing like a pimply teenager that never really figured out how to behave and follow the rules - and who doesn't love that? Nick also has a 1947 BT Flathead, amongst the 100's (yes) of bikes he has - this one was conveniently parked in front of the register, so can instantly run through the store really loudly at moderate speed.

Following the seat-pan discovery, we asked Nick if he had any t-bars and he takes us through some of the elaborate aisle and shelve-corridors, and as we're entering a blind alley with parts on the floor and all kinds coolness coming off the walls, he points straight at where they are stacked. The point is, what might seem incoherent to the mere mortal, is an intricate system of organization which you either have to be autistic or the owner of the place to understand. This is the t-bar + a-lot-of-other-stuff section:

We ended up spending 2 days at Nick's, rather than the couple of hours we had planned, so there are more stories to tell - about the museum, the 2-storey bike-barn, the school bus and chicken coop warehouse and of course our very generous and hospitable co-host Billy - the Prince of the XR. For now, here's the rest of the pics from the ground floor in the main building - they are a bit shaken, but so was I.

We salute Nick's Custom Cycles for keeping up the pace for 46 years, and still going strong. If only Motorious could evolve like that, and become a place of stories, parts, bikes and myth. There's another US-trip story here.

Motorious Copenhagen - Vintage motorcycle parts, accessories, and clothing

No comments:

Post a Comment