Thursday (8/4) we figured should be more of a little more kicked back than our previous 2 days. My legs were feeling it after or hike and bike ride and Diane didn’t argue so I figure she could use a less taxing day as well LOL!!
So after breakfast we decided to visit a few spot’s I had in my mind, the first was Escape Motorsports in Provo. They are a Polaris dealer and we have not totally ruled out a RZR 900 trail as our toy of choice to put in the pickup.
Escape Motorsports had what we thought were pretty good pricing. Pricing in fact that was not far off from the numbers we have been quoted on a Can-Am Outlander 850, one of the other toys in the running to drag around with us. With the pricing so close it makes us very very tempted to go the RZR route except it would be more to deal with while on the road as far as weight and size goes.
After looking at RZR’s we were off to the next destination, Timpanogos Harley Davidson. We could not help notice the building as we were entering town a few days ago so I knew we just had to see it. And then when we noticed it was a Harley Davidson shop it sealed it.
As it turns out Timpanogos Harley reclaimed most of the materials to construct there 58,000 SQft shop from Geneva Steel which operated right across the street from 1942 until 2005 when it was shut down. The Harley shop is thought to be one of the largest buildings to be built from reclaimed materials in the country. Over 75% of the materials used to build this dealership was recycled from Geneva Steel, railroad bridges, and other early Utah industrial buildings dating back as early as the 1870s, now that I guess is why it caught our eye.
The outside of the shop is amazing and so is the inside. They just might have the largest inventory of any shop I have ever been in. In fact after being totally impressed with the stock on the main floor we were given an opportunity to tour an “employee only” area in a lower level.
It wasn’t long before we felt ourselves looking at each other and drooling. And not drooling over each other, we were drooling over a couple Harleys that caught our eyes LOL!!! Well that was that, it was time to leave before we tossed one more option in the ring as far as toys go.
The next spot I had in mind was called Legends Motorcycles, and this is where I will mainly let pictures do all the talking because there are no words I can possibly use about what we were about to see and experience.
As soon as we walked in the door we could see were in for a treat and had to refrain ourselves from running off to one piece of motorcycle history to another with no rhyme or reason like a couple of kids. And probably the only reason we didn’t was that we were approached by Todd who gave us a little history about the place and filled us in on the lay of the land, they had treasures in every nook and cranny.
Again, we will let the pictures do most of the talking because to be honest I can’t tell you exactly what each bike is and I didn’t take proper notes. Normally I would take pictures of information displayed by whatever it is I’m looking out for future reference but for some reason what info was supplied by each bike it just wasn’t easy access for pictures I guess.
But as you can tell there are bikes that date back to the early 1900’s. Harleys, Indians, Thor, Whizzer, Yale (a link to Yale http://www.motorcyclepediamuseum.org/yale-motorcycles/) and I know a couple others that I forgot the names of (and didn’t even know about until our tour).
Along with motorcycles they have a nice display of art and sculptures, as well as a restaurant, clothing dept, service shop and even a barber, yup a barber.
While walking around we ran into Travis who we had a great time yacking with, he was full of information about the shop and motorcycles and told us a little about the owner (Rick) who obviously has a passion for old stuff, mainly motorcycle related.
I guess Rick normally rides one of his bikes in the annual Cannonball Motorcycle runs each year and this year is no exception.
On Friday, September 9, 2016 100 riders will leave Atlantic City, New Jersey on a 16 day ride to San Diego, California. No motorcycles built after 1916 will be allowed to enter so it would be a site to see and if there was any way we might even be close to their route we would certainly try to watch part of it but I doubt that will be the case. Here is a link to the Cannonball Rally site if you are interested. http://www.motorcyclecannonball.com/
After looking at bikes I was getting a little hungry and wanted to eat at the restaurant at Legends OR at the Brewery that the Legends owner (Rick) owns just across the parking lot but Diane had done a little research and found a place called “Art City Trolley” and wanted to give it a try so away we went.
Here is a copy of their story from their web page “
On Feb. 5, 1994, the Art City Trolley Restaurant officially opened its doors. After locating the 1931 Brill Bullet Trolley car in an almost abandoned state some six months earlier, Jeff and Kelly Decker along with numerous family members and friends restored the Trolley Car and converted it into a small roadside diner that boasted seating for 26 people. Thanks to a supportive community, (and some great food), 2 years later the small diner grew to a seating capacity of 115 with the addition of the “Trolley Station” that stands today.
The original menu has evolved from favorites like the Baby Back Ribs that won “Zagat’s Dinning Guide” for “Best BBQ in the State”, to the legendary Art City Special Salad. In January 2009 we reached another milestone by becoming one of “Utah Valley’s Best Choice” for Salads. As always we use the freshest ingredients and original recipes concocted from scratch here in the restaurant.”
I had an Art City Special salad that was as big as my head and Diane had a very tasty chicken sandwich. And hey, they even had a couple old motorcycles inside!!
Remember we mention that across the parking lot from Legends was a brewery? Well that thing just stayed on my mind through lunch so we decided we just had to go check it out and have an adult beverage!! Are you surprised?? I didn’t think so. Hey, it was on the way home anyway.
Here are a few words from their website:
“OUR STORY, Harley-Davidson would build 150 motorcycles in 1907, most notably the Harley-Davidson Strap-Tank, named for the nickel-plated steel straps that anchored the gas tank to the frame. Number 2037 was the 37th model to roll off the assembly line that year. It is considered the best unrestored example of the strap-tank model in existence, sporting its original paint job, engine, frame and tires. This motorcycle now resides in the Legends Motorcycle building located across the parking lot from the brew pub. Guests enjoying the Strap Tank Brewery are encouraged to walk over to Legends to see the one of a kind motorcycle, along with dozens of other extremely rare and vintage bikes.”
We loved Legends and the brewery held many of the same characteristics construction wise. They certainly go after the fine mix of old run down building / modern look and pull it off very well. And the beer was good too!!
Of course the brewery had a couple bikes inside and from what we saw the food looked pretty good but we were so full from our lunch’s that all we could handle were 1 beer each before we headed home and lounged the rest of the evening.
That pretty much sums up our stay in the Provo Utah area. We have a feeling we will be in the area again, especially if Rick finds a way to let people ride one of those old beautiful pieces of rolling art!!
Friday (8/5) was another travel day but we will do a separate update on that but to wet your whistle we were headed to Moab Utah, one of our favorite places in the country so far.