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Last year I was wowed by the Martin Motorsports “Modern Classics” motorcycle show. I couldn’t believe that a dealer would (1) shut down for an entire day at the start of the season, and (2) attract such a first rate collection of motorcycles for a show. This event simply blows away any other I’ve seen.

And just like last year, I was shutter happy. I wish I had more talent for taking pictures because my point and shoots just don’t do justice to the beauty of some of these machines.


The show started even before we got in the door, with this beautiful example of a Ural Patrol with sidecar parked next to us in the lot.


Another shot at the Ural.


Beautiful Moto Guzzi. Some lucky person’s daily rider.


Another beautiful ‘Guzzi in the parking lot.


1957 Moto Rumi Competizione 124cc owned by David Markel, who also basically owns Skippack, PA


1957 Moto Islo Carrera 175cc. One of only 2 surviving examples. Only 4 were produced.


1972 MV Agusta 350 Electronica


1985 Ducati MHR Mille


1957 Moto Morini 175 Setto Bello, also owned by David Markel.


1970 Moto Guzzi v750 Ambassador LAPD Model


1936 Indian Sport Scout, which is still a working race bike that has won the AMA National Championship for its class three years running. This model was also made famous as the donor bike for Burt Munro’s land speed racer in the movie “The World’s Fastest Indian.”


Suicide shifter on the Indian.


1975 Harley Davidson Aermacchi RR250, owned by master mechanic Bill Himmelsbach of Eurosports Coopersburg.


My friend Scott gushed over this bike. I didn’t catch what it was.


1967 Triumph 8V Roadracer, which once held a land speed record at Bonneville.


Another nice Triumph road racer


I saw this Honda Trail 90 at Lansdale Bike Night too. It’s sweet.


1948 Norton Manx Roadracer. Makes my heart go pitter pat.Yet another from the Dave Markel collection. I have to figure out a way to meet this guy.


Just some pretty bikes


The Jawa dirt tracker


1972 Montessa 250 VE Capra.


1971 Ossa 250 Stiletto Scrambler.


1973 Rickman Zundapp R125MX.


1978 Harley Davidson AMF SX175. Yes, 175.


1978 Harley Davidson MX250. Only one model year, only 1,000 made, several hundred reportedly were scrapped at the end of the model year. Still a cool bike.


1960-1970 Jawa 890 Speedway. I’m guessing the 10 year range on the model year is because the owner doesn’t know how old it is.


1973 Triumph X75 Hurricane. Oh my…


1972 Norton Commando Combat. Again, oh my…


1969 BSA A65 Lightning Special.


1955 MV Agusta Disco Volante. Guess who owns it? That’s right. Dave Markel.


1956 MV Agusta 175 CSTL. Owner: oh nevermind.


1964 Ducati Monza, described by the owner as a “bitsa bike” (bitsa this, bitsa that.)


Look at those slim sexy lines on the MVA Disco Volante.


One of my favorites. 1954 MV Agusta Squalo owned by my new best friend, David Markel.


Another angle of the MVA Squalo


Can you tell I liked this one?


1949 Gilera Saturno. Markel collection.

I’ve said it before. Martin Motorsports just gets it. They understand the way motorcycles get into the soul of those of us who love them. They realize we’re all suffering from cabin fever and needed to get out today and ride a bit, and ogle some bikes, and think about the season ahead. Dennis Martin has done a wonderful job building his dealership and according to one of his colleagues who I chatted up today, he’s one of the most successful Triumph dealers in the country.

Later this week, I’ll share some other things I discovered Dennis is up to that will further differentiate his dealership as the best in the business. Stay tuned.

Yesterday I was at Martin Motorsports for its annual show “The Modern Classics.” Once again Martin’s demonstrated why it’s the best motorcycle dealership in the Philadelphia area, bar none.

The dealership turned it’s showroom floor into a motorcycle show which, in Martin’s words, “celebrates the motorcycles of the 60s, 70s and 80s that made big contributions to their eras with their technology, style, performance or establishing new trends…the bikes you remember…the bikes that made you a motorcyclist!”

It worked, in spades. The place was packed with hundreds of people and the bikes on the showroom floor were an amazing collection of rolling works of art. My friend Scott and I agreed: if someone gave us the freedom to pick any bike on the floor to take home, it would be damn-near impossible to make a decision.

The folks at Martin’s just get it. It’s not just about selling bikes and performing service. It’s about celebrating motorcycles, celebrating being a rider. Every weekend at Martin’s is a happening, even run-of-the-mill weekends when there is nothing special going on, even if it’s just to stop by and look around.

Enough words. Enjoy the pictures.