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Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum - Warwick, OK

dmonkey

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I sure hope some of you enjoy motorcycle museums as much as I do, because I visited another one this past month while riding Route 66 from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA. I was following friends and family who participated in The Cross Country Chase motorcycle event (1930-1960 bikes), but I was on a modern bike (2022 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone) so I had much more time to stop and see the sights along The Mother Road. The Cross Country Chase is put on by the same folks who organize The Motorcycle Cannonball endurance run, so they alternate which event runs each year.
The Seaba Station started out as a rural automotive service station before Route 66 was established, and more recently has been converted into a tourist stop, motorcycle museum, and swap meet venue.
You will find additional information from the National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/seaba_station_warwick.html
The Seba Station has its own website, but it's very out of date: http://seabastation.com/

Hours: 10am-5pm every day except Wednesdays and holidays
Address: 336992 East, OK-66, Warwick, OK 74881
Admission: Free, donations encouraged

The collection of motorcycles is much smaller than other motorcycle museums I've posted about, but the admission price reflects that and there is still some interesting history to see.

Entrance and highly recommended Route 66 guide book, a bit outdated but very useful if you're trying to see sights on the Historic Route 66 rather than modern interstates that superseded it.
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A nice Indian Four
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A vintage speedway bike, note the handlebars, for left turns only in an oval.
Honda ATC 250 3-wheeler, lethal!
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Honda Trail 70 (CT70)
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Hercules, famous for its wankel/rotary engine.
Ariel Leader. When comparing the beauty of fully enclosed motorcycles this is somewhere between the Vincent Black Prince and the Honda Pacific Coast :p
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A penny-farthing / high wheel / ordinary in front of a neat ghost sign in the museum.
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dmonkey

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Briggs & Stratton Motor Wheel, a great way to motorize a bicycle!
Some of the mini-motos on shelves.
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Jawa Golden Sport (Mustang), a really awesome not-a-moped.
Aermacchi Harley-Davidson
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Some of the 2-stroke motocross and enduro collection, a Bultaco and another Italian (AMF) Harley Davidson
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I didn't catch what model this yellow Honda was, anyone know it? Maybe a Z50 variant?
** EDIT ** Update: it's a Honda QA50
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I figure I may as well include a few of the Cross Country Chase motorcycles, they were basically a traveling museum!

These first two motorcycles were from the MC Cannonball rather than the MC Chase.
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As you can imagine, these riders have a hard time leaving events and even fueling up, people come out of the woodwork when they see these bikes running and on the road.
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Brian and his Nimbus C. He's done the chase before, ridden this bike all over, and is a top notch mechanic. Unfortunately he finished with his bike on a trailer this year after two nasty spills that put one of his arms in a sling.
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Kiwi Mike of Kiwi Indian. He's the guy for vintage Indians.
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Jurgen's Elvis bike, he's from Germany, riding 2-up, and it's a loaner bike. (y)
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I highly recommend checking out the Cross Country Chase site and their social media for much better photos than I took in a hurry before finding where the food was at.
 

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This has been a HECK of a year for dmonkey!
For anyone who hasn't already seen them; here are some other motorcycle museum posts from dmonkey:

I love looking at these old 2 wheelers, have to admit that it makes me just a little sad that we are so far away from these in time. As beautiful as they are it would almost be impossible to justify riding one except at exhibitions.
There are just so few left and probably fewer replacement parts.
Almost entered the Win This Bike for the '37 Knucklehead. May still, but it would be rough insuring and even rougher worrying about it!
Anyway, thanks for posting!
 

SneakyDingo

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Yah, for those of us who aren't close to any of these facilities, it's really been a great way to enjoy them. Thanks @dmonkey
 

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Almost entered the Win This Bike for the '37 Knucklehead. May still, but it would be rough insuring and even rougher worrying about it!
Anyway, thanks for posting!
You're very welcome.

I've got tickets for that knuck🤞If you win it you may as well ride it, right?

Very few replacement parts are readily available for most of those Cross Country Chase motorcycles. For Harleys many got lucky and cannibalized parts off of other HDs that had broken down and were dropping out, or asked other riders if anyone had a contact nearby who happened to be available to answer a phone in the evening and come drop off some needed parts. Lots of folks offering up spare hands, tools, and knowledge to do maintenance and repairs in the hotel parking lots at the end of each night. That was honestly some of the best entertainment from the event, watching people coming up with and implement creative repairs to get back on the road the next day. That made it all the more impressive to see the "other" motos in the event like the Zundapps, Nimbus, and Ariel Square Four. If they didn't have the spare parts they needed packed onto their bike the whole trip, and couldn't make do with some hardware from an ACE, they were SOL.

The Motorcycle Cannonball is different because it's supported. Some of those riders only ride. At the end of the day they go to sleep and if their motorcycle had issues they usually have a support crew, sometimes with with a literal machine shop and spare parts bike in a trailer, following them to fix the motorcycle before the next morning. Without exaggeration there are motorcycles of $100k+ value in that event, so it is much more exclusive, strict, and competitive.

The past ~3 months of travel have been a real blast breaking in my new Moto Guzzi V7. I've got at least 1,500 more spaced out miles planned before the end of October to hopefully get myself to the midwest before snow arrives there. One of the biggest bummers is that my CT125 is in storage and I likely won't ride it until spring. I miss zipping around town on it! Luckily I stashed a vintage Manco mini bike chopper I rebuilt in a family member's garage, so I have something to scratch the mini moto itch.

I installed a SIZAPP 4G 2-wire GPS tracker on the Goose shortly before leaving CO with it and it's been neat to see the history of all the places the motorcycle has been to since.
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I've had lots of great stop recommendations, I was even inspired enough by @_studythepast 's post from Thurmond, WV to visit there. One of the cooler places I've stayed while traveling, camped in the "ghost town" right between the New River and CSX's railway.

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