The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is the kind of place that gear head dreams are made of. While autos of the four-wheeled variety are obviously their bread and butter, the folks at the museum think that motorcycles are pretty happening too, as I discovered when I headed downstairs into the museum’s administrative area, where several race bikes were on display.
I had been invited there as a guest on the museum’s weekly podcast, Car Stories, hosted by two very funny guys named James and Kyle. Since I arrived quite a bit early (it was pouring rain that day, and had been for weeks, in an unusually wet SoCal winter, and I wasn’t sure what traffic would be like), they started off by giving me a tour of “The Vault,” a vast underground parking garage packed with vehicles. I saw Saddam Hussein’s limousine, an original Tucker auto and a car with a dashboard made of wicker. It looked like a piece of outdoor patio furniture.
After the podcast, the guys snapped some photos of me and the very wet KTM 1290 Super Duke GT I rode there; Kyle confessed his lust for the 690 Duke, and how once he gets his license that might just be his first bike.
I had a blast, and I hope you enjoy listening!