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SOLVANG – MISSIONS AND MOTORCYCLES

To ring in the New Year, we traveled up the coast to Solvang, “the Danish Capital of America” near Santa Barbara’s wine country.
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We saw some of the usual touristy sights – windmills, horse-drawn carriages, the mermaid statue.  We sampled ebelskivers and saw what little we could of the Old Mission Santa Ines…
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mission santa ines
mission santa ines
mission santa ines

Vintage Motorcycle Museum

But what we really went up to Solvang for was motorcycles.  Vintage motorcycles.  On a tip from a friend we went to the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum.  And saw lots of sweet sights of another kind.  If you haven’t been able to tell from my posts on vintage airplanes, I love old vehicles.  Rather testosterone-y for a gal, but never the less, I do.  The smell, the rumble are all primal feels that I get in my core.
The museum contains a wide selection of vintage motorcycles, from just after the turn of the century to more modern classics.  On my venture I saw BMWs, Indians, Moto Guzzis, Ducatis, Nortons, Triumphs, just to name a few.  And all were in pristine condition.
vintage motorcycle museum
vintage motorcycle museum

1929 Harley JDH

vintage motorcycle museum

1932 Brough Superior

vintage motorcycle museum

1924 Moto Guzzi

vintage motorcycle museum

1924 Moto Guzzi

vintage motorcycle museum

1939 Vincent Series

vintage motorcycle museum

1914 Indian

vintage motorcycle museum

1939 Norton

vintage motorcycle museum

1936 BMW R12

vintage motorcycle museum

1918 Thor

vintage motorcycle museum

1914 Indian

1920 ABC Sopwith

vintage motorcycle museum

1923 James

And many more.  These are all in a private collection that is open to the public.
Happy travels!  And I hope you had a joyous New Years Eve!
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3 responses to “SOLVANG – MISSIONS AND MOTORCYCLES”

  1. Laurence says:

    Oh, I had forgotten this village… I was there about 15 years ago!!! It was fun to see it compare to real Holland!
    Hope you had fun!!!!

  2. Lady Cherry says:

    My hubby would love to visit something like this. He is a motorcycle nut. Lovely horses too, love them!

  3. nudeedudee says:

    How wonderful! Looks like you had a great time. I haven't been to Solvang in a few years, thanks for the lovely reminder of how great it is. We used to make abelskivers at the restaurant I worked at in chicago, I miss them. And those motorcycles are amazing!!

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