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Old 07-26-2014, 06:28 PM   #1
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Dave Percival's collection

So I've been hearing for years about a guy up north of here that has a big collection of old BMWs. Just a private collection, not a museum. Once a year he opens it up to the public. Today was the day. Mary and I rode up to Andover this morning to have a look.

There were lots of riders stopping by as the local European bike club was having its annual rally in Bethel, just a half hour away. We parked our bikes and were greeted with this view:




A little closer:



Inside the first room there were lots of bikes, not all BMWs:





Lots of cool stuff on the walls, too:







More about Dave Percival and the collection on this site: http://www.bfbrawnphotography.com/DP...torsports.html
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:43 PM   #2
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Hats off to the collectors, without collectors values could not be established, and they have to spend their money to establish the market.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:48 PM   #3
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In the next room there was a very cool BMW Isetta, Mary is included for scale:




Also an R65 like the one I rode up on, only this one was an LS, and a very rare for North America R45. I think I heard there were only a dozen or so brought into Canada. None to the US:



A Moto Guzzi:



And a very cool Douglas:
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:58 PM   #4
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The old ones were in the last room. It would be fitting to start with this one:


Check out the front suspension:


They just don't make them like this anymore:



The rest of the room looked like this:







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Old 07-26-2014, 10:33 PM   #5
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Wow! Thank you, and him, for sharing.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:47 PM   #6
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I think that he's a recipient of the Gerhard Knochlein Award from BMW, which is presented to individuals that have preserved the heritage of the marque and have found ways to share that with the general riding public.

He's a terrific guy, to boot.
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Old 07-27-2014, 12:30 AM   #7
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Wow. That's incredible, must be a full time job just to keep them all dusted.
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Old 07-27-2014, 12:44 AM   #8
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Wow.
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Old 07-27-2014, 01:00 AM   #9
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Beautiful

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Old 07-27-2014, 01:10 AM   #10
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And they all run.

I recall that '23 R32 was the bike featured in the Guggenheim museum Art of the Motorcycle show. I have a photo of me sitting on it making obvious motor noises.

Thanks for sharing those photos.
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Old 07-27-2014, 04:58 AM   #11
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great collection. much better than the Andover i work in
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:04 AM   #12
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Wow!

What a MUST see!
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:58 AM   #13
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amazing collection. thanks for posting all those pics. Great job.
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:08 AM   #14
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Holy crap!!! What a wonderful collection. Thanks for the pics, jealous I don't live in Maine....
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:41 AM   #15
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" jealous I don't live in Maine...."

You'd get over that after your first Winter there.
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