VINTAGE BIKE LOVERS can get an eyeful from the new TV show launching June 25 on Velocity as host Dale Walksler shows off “What’s in the Barn?”
Walksler, curator of the Wheels Through Time museum, shares his passion for and wisdom about vintage motorcycles as he searches sheds, barns, storehouses and hangers across the United States for the unicorns of the powersports world.
In the debut episode, Walksler and his son Matt get a vague tip from a museum visitor who claims he saw a rare peashooter motorcycle at an army surplus warehouse a few miles from Wheels Through Time. Walksler can't imagine how an antique motorcycle could find its way into a building that's rumored to hold 500,000 grenade canisters. What he also doesn't know is that this 10-mile drive will detour him all the way to rural Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where he will be tempted to buy two of the largest collections of new and used motorcycle parts in the U.S. Future episodes include:
"100-Year-Old Harley" July 2: For much of Walksler‘s life, he heard the tale of the one family-owned, unaltered, barn-kept, 100-year-old Harley. Two weeks before Christmas he's hired to dig the bike out of the family barn and bring it back to Wheels Through Time to prep for auction in early January. There's no doubt Walksler wants the bike, but the family thinks they can get more from an active bidding process. Dale works straight through the holidays to get ready, but the real surprise comes when he becomes an active and aggressive bidder at auction.
"The Hidden Hillclimbers" July 9: The 85-year-old owner of Metropolitan Motors, which closed its doors in the '70s, is fed up with the pressure of protecting one of the world's most valuable stashes of all-Italian cycle parts. With pallets stacked nearly to the ceilings, and no recognizable organization or labeling system, he doesn't have the energy or manpower to sort and market the collection of parts, bikes and rare dealer signs. Worried that he'd have to sell for scrap, he contacted Walksler and asked for help. The parts value could exceed $10 million. It will take cash, years to inventory, price and market, and more than 12 semi trucks to transport, but it's a deal Walksler just can't walk away from.
“What’s in the Barn?” airs at 10 p.m. ET Tuesdays starting June 25.
Posted by Holly Wagner