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, it’s a vintage Triumph Bonneville peering forlornly from beneath a tattered cover. You’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, he’s also master of discovering the collectors with the best stories and the most outlandish finds.
If you can’t pass a padlocked garage without wondering if there’s a great old bike stashed inside, this is your book. Hell, this is your life.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Pat Simmons
Chapter One - The Thrill of the Chase
A Motorcycle Greater than the Sum of its Parts
Patience and Perseverance are his Secret Weapons
Rock and Roll Barn-Finder
Born a Rambling Man
Bike in the Barn
The Beamer and the Chief
Chapter Two - Strange Places
She Sells Seashells by the Seashore
How Many Vincents Does it Take to Hold Up a Fence?
Just Give It a Kick
The Thor in the Maple Tree
Word of Mouth
One TZ Summer
Bike in the Basement
Chapter Three - Real Character
The Free Kiwi Triumph
Keating’s Keating and Other Tales of Discovery
Triumph Over Nature
The Vintage Cycle Master
License and Registration Please…
The Heffron Triumph
My First Antique Harleys
The Barn-Find Bultaco
Chapter Four - The Long Haul
Another Black Beast Returns to the Road
Four Little Indians Pulled From a Shed
The Crapaholics are at it Again!
The Two Rules of Motorcycle Barn-Finding
Chapter Five - Rare Finds and One-of-a-Kinds
Goddess of the Hunt
20th Century Cycle
Follow the Numbers
The Collapsed Barn Find
The World’s Fastest Indian
Ultra Classic Curse
The Consolation Prize
The Mystery of the Hidden Harley
The Paper Discovery