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Motorcycling Is In My Blood

Posted in Two Wheels by Stacy McMahon on August 26, 2008

Who knew? A couple years ago while visiting my folks, I was looking through an old photo album and saw some pics of a guy on an old-style motorcycle. It turned out this was my maternal grandfather, who was a newspaperman in the UP during the Depression. Looks like he had a bit of misspent youth to his name as well:

The pics didn’t come with any info on the ride, so I had to Google things like “classic motorcycle”, and had a hard time coming up with anything. Then by chance the other day I saw a reference to Excelsior, and the “X” logo on the gas tank just like on Grampa’s bike. After some more research it looks like his poison was a 1920 Excelsior 20r, with a 1,000cc v-twin. In its day it was the equivalent of an Indian, or (later) Norton or Vincent. Grampa Bolger had good taste — I wonder what he’d think of my Bandit, or the BV


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  1. Clint said, on August 26, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Heh — i guess I’m not the only one going through old photos at the moment!

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