As a motorcyclist who has logged a lot of miles, you’ve probably seen a lot. Great roads. Beautiful sunsets. Gnarly trails. But have you seen the bizarre, the unusual, the unique?
Some of your fellow riders have, and they have pics to prove it. Here’s a sampling.
1. BMW and Teepee. Here’s one way to advertise your motorcycle shop. Emerson Motor Works was a popular shop in Rochester, Vt., specializing in air-cooled BMWs. Unfortunately, owner Dave Segal died in his sleep and the shop closed.
2. Giant Lobster. This giant lobster, affectionately known as “Big Betsy,” was in Islamorada, Fla., outside the entrance of Treasure Village. It took five years to make, is 35 feet long and 25 feet high. Treasure Village closed in 2007 and “Big Betsy” moved down the road to Rain Barrel Artisans’ Village.
3. Big Rocker. Danny Sanazaro wanted to come up with a way to advertise his Route 66 Fanning (Missouri) Outpost archery and feed store. A giant rocking chair is the idea he came up with. Built in 2008, “The World’s Largest Rocking Chair” as it is officially known, is 42 feet high and made of steel. The rockers are 31.5 feet long. The chair weights 27,500 pounds. Does it rock? When it was first built it did. But then it was welded so that it wouldn’t rock because of concerns people might get hurt. The chair is now believed to be the second largest rocking chair in the world. Casey, Ill., is home to the largest rocking chair in the world. It is 56.5 feet tall and was completed in 2015. It apparently is made from old telephone poles and is quite the attraction in the town.
4. Little Honda. Maybe this would be a good poster for “Don’t Drink and Ride”? Or did someone miss a curve and end up in a tree? Or did someone simply park the Honda and forget where he or she left it many, many years ago? There are many things to ponder. Is this the Honda from that old song that went: "I'm gonna wake you up early cause I'm gonna take a ride with you, we're goin' down to the Honda shop I'll tell you what we're gonna do, put on a ragged sweatshirt I'll take you anywhere you want me to." If so, that wouldn't be good.
5. Big Landshark. If you do enough riding you may eventually stumble onto a shark, like this rider did. Would you be brave enough to walk into his gaping mouth, under those sharp teeth? Take a chance. Actually, Roadsideamerica.com, which keeps track of such things, lists around 50 shark attractions around the country. so it would be pretty easy to put together a "Jump the Shark" tour if one desires.
6. Lucy the Elephant. Lucy the Elephant in Margate, N.J., has been attracting visitors for more than a century. It was built in 1881 at a cost of $25,000. Lucy is a National Historic Landmark. It has been upgraded over the years for safety reasons, allowing visitors inside to learn Lucy’s history. Lucy was built by land speculator James Lafferty, who was trying to sell sandy lots. But by 1887 he sold Lucy and the land to Anton Gertzen of Philadelphia.
7. Big Duck. If you’re headed toward Flanders, N.Y., you may want to drop by the Big Duck. It was built in 1931 by Martin Maurer, who raised ducks. Made of concrete, it measures 20-feet tall and 30-feet long. Interesting, tailights from a Model T Ford were used for the Big duck's eyes. The building served as a shop for selling ducks and eggs. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is on the Big Duck Ranch.
8. Kittens. Everything you need is in one location. Need new motorcycle parts? They’re here. Used parts? Yep. Kittens? You bet! In fact, there may be a treasure trove of rare goods just behind the treeline here. Rare artifacts of motorcycling history. When you’re riding out in the country just keep an eye out for “Motorcycle Lane” and you can get what you need. In fact, there may be a free kitten with every purchase.
9. Dragline Bucket. This dragline bucket is near McConnellsville, Ohio. It was used for coal mining by the Central Ohio Coal Company. It operated from 1969 to 1991. The Bucyrus-Erie dragline was used on was called the Big Muskie. The 220-cubic-yard bucket was the largest ever built. It cost $25 million and took two years to build. It was completed in 1969. Coal mining was big business in Appalachia. Very big business. This dragline bucket is as big as it gets.
10. Lawn Jockey. How would you like to have AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Eddie Lawson in your front yard? You can. Just find a lawn jockey, get some green, white and black paint, a little motorcycle helmet, get to work painting and you’re in business. Or if you want to find one already painted you may get lucky by looking in the massive swap meet at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, July 5-7, 2019, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, welcomes riders and racers of all brands to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the annual event. All activity at the event will financially support the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the 501(c)(3) that raises money for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The event features vintage competition in road racing, motocross, hare scrambles and trials at Mid-Ohio and flat track racing at the nearby Ashland County Fairgrounds. Riders in these disciplines are racing for national championships or national championship series points. In addition, there will be exhibition pit bike races and dirt drags. The event also will include vendors from all areas of motorcycling, selling gear and services for motorcycles old and new. Past vendors have included vintage and modern gear sellers, painters and pinstripers, parts and tools dealers, community garages and much more. For more info, go to www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Events/AMA-Vintage-Motorcycle-Days-News.